Alabama-Birmingham coach Jerod Haase takes some credit for helping the career path of his NCAA Tournament counterpart, Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg. They met each other as players, when Hoiberg played at Iowa State and Haase at Kansas. In a memorable game, Hoiberg scored 32 points, including 17 in a row in a Cyclones’ comeback victory.
“I jokingly say that I put him in the NBA because he had so much success against me,” Haase said. “I always remember Coach (Roy) Williams saying that outside of his current team he probably like coaching against or had as much respect for Fred Hoiberg because he did things the right way.”
Hoiberg spent 10 seasons in the NBA and led the league in three-point shooting in 2005.
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No. 14 seed Alabama-Birmingham plays No. 3 Iowa State at 11:40 a.m. Thursday (truTV).