UW-Green Bay alumnus recounts Phoenix basketball memories at Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena

UW-Green Bay alumnus and former men’s basketball player Ryan Borowicz ’99 (Biology) recounts cherished memories of Phoenix basketball games at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in an article by WIXX. “When I was a kid, basketball was a big part of my family and we had season tickets to the Phoenix games when they really were starting to become good,” he says. Read more.

Tony and Dick Bennett to play golf at famed golf club because of father-son wager

UW-Green Bay alumnus and former Phoenix basketball player Tony Bennett and his father, former Phoenix men’s basketball coach Dick Bennett, will be playing a round of golf at the Augusta National Golf Club, per a wager the father-son duo made: if Tony made it to the Final Four, Dick would agree to play at Augusta. Read the full story from Wisconsin.golf.

UW-Green Bay alumnus Tony Bennett and company win National Championship

One last congratulations to UW-Green Bay alumnus Tony Bennett on leading his team to the NCAA National Championship Monday night. Here’s a few links to local and national coverage.

Virginia, Tony Bennett make NCAA national championship a father and son reunion, USA Today

Virginia wins OT thriller against Texas Tech to claim first national championship, NBC

G.B. community looks back on time with Tony Bennett, WHBY Green Bay basketball fans anxiously await NCAA Tournament Championship game, WBAY

Virginia wins its first NCAA basketball championship, defeating Texas Tech, 85-77, Washington Post

WATCH: ‘One Shining Moment’ on CBS after Virginia wins the 2019 NCAA championship, CBS

One Year Later, Virginia Finds Redemption and Wins the N.C.A.A. Title, The New York Times

Tonight! Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers play for the National Championship

In case you’ve missed it, one of UW-Green Bay’s most famous alumni, Tony Bennett, has been humbly leading his team, the Virginia Cavaliers to the Final Four, and tonight (April 7, 2019) they play Texas Tech for the NCAA Championship! You can read more, here. Tip-off is 8:20 (CST) and coverage will be on CBS. A quick scan reveals “watch parties” at most local bars and restaurants to cheer for one of Green Bay’s most-favored sons. See some of the favorite University Archives’ photos from Bennett’s playing days and join in on the facebook conversation, here.

Media Coverage: UW-Green Bay alumnus Tony Bennett is heading to the NCAA Tournament Championship

Phoenix faithful are elated for UW-Green Bay alumnus Tony Bennett, who played basketball for UW-Green Bay and was coached by his father, Dick Bennett. His Virginia Cavaliers got by Auburn this weekend to play in the NCAA Tournament Championship. There’s plenty of media coverage… Here’s a few posts: The JSonline shared UW-Green Bay’s throwback Thursday photos in its story,  Wisconsinites are encouraged to cheer on Virginia in this WSAW story, and Fox 11  spotlighted Bennett’s incredible journey to tonight’s (April 8, 2019) championship game.

Incredible postseason journey for men’s basketball comes to an end

Green Bay men’s basketball ended its postseason strong with finishing as the runner-up in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT). The CIT championship game, taking place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, saw the Phoenix fall to Marshall 90-70. This was the first postseason championship game in program history. Read more at greenbayphoenix.com.

Fans cheer on men’s basketball in CIT championship

There was lots of excitement surrounding the Green Bay men’s basketball team making it to the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT) championship on Thursday, April 4. Fans of the team gathered to cheer on the Phoenix. “There is always support for the team, that is why everyone wants to come out and watch.” See more from WIXX.

Phoenix men finish long postseason as runner-up in CIT championship

Green Bay men’s basketball finished as runner-up in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT) championship game on Thursday, April 4, 2019 falling to Marshall at 90-70. During this long postseason journey, the team made program history. Read more from Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Bennet embrace, then and now

Déjà vu: 30 years ago Tony and Dick embraced after leading the Phoenix to its first NCAA Tournament

Phoenix fans will remember the embrace… March 5, 1991. Father and son. All-star and head coach. Tony and Dick Bennett. When the final buzzer had sounded, the Phoenix had taken down Northern Illinois, 56-39, in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship, to win its first-ever trip to the Big Dance. While the frenzied, standing-room only crowd rushed the court to celebrate the home team, father and son could be found in an embrace that Phoenix fans have not forgotten despite the passing of 29 years. And it came flooding back to life this week, when Dick and Tony sought each other out once again — in celebration of an even bigger moment — Tony had just led his University of Virginia Cavaliers to a Final Four appearance for the first time in 35 years. Nope, it wasn’t the Phoenix we were cheering for this time. Or was it? Congratulations Tony and Dick Bennett. Green Bay is rooting for you.

Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers (often nicknamed the “hoos”) play at 5 p.m. Saturday against Auburn University in the NCAA Final Four. See more historical photos in this University Archives Facebook post.

1991 Photo

Father Dick Bennett embraces son Tony Bennet March 5, 1991
Father and Head Coach Dick Bennett embraces son Tony Bennett March 5, 1991, Source: UW-Green Bay Archives

 

2019 NCAA March Madness Video Tweet

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Special father-son moment.
Tony & Dick Bennett share an embrace from one #FinalFour coach to another.
#MarchMadness@UVAMensHoops@BadgerMBB — NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadness) March 31, 2019