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Dale Brown, Shaquille O’Neal among those to be honored at college basketball Hall of Fame ceremony in KC

Shaquille O’Neal, who starred at LSU before joining the NBA, will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City on Nov. 23.
Shaquille O’Neal, who starred at LSU before joining the NBA, will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City on Nov. 23. ASSOCIATED PRESS

LSU had just suffered its third straight losing season, and men’s basketball coach Dale Brown visited the home of his boss, athletic director Carl Maddox.

“I told him I wasn’t sure I can win the way they wanted me to,” Brown said. “I didn’t want to create problems for him or embarrass the university. I told him that my wife I could return to North Dakota and teach and coach and teach. We didn’t want to see him get fired over me.

“And he told me, ‘Dale, you do it exactly the way you’re doing it, and as long as I’m the A.D. you’ll be the head coach.’ Well, that stimulated me.”

Brown posted 17 straight non-losing seasons, reaching two Final Fours, winning four Southeastern Conference championships and a league tournament. His 448 career victories rank second in league history behind Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp.

Brown will join seven others, including one his great players, Shaquille O’Neal, at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony on Nov. 23 at the Midland Theater. Tickets for the event are $30.

The ceremony kicks off another busy year for college basketball in Kansas City, which includes regular-season visits by Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri in December. Here’s a look at the schedule:

Nov. 23

▪ National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction at the Midland Theater: The 2014 class features players Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill, Darrell Griffith and Zelmo Beaty (deceased), coaches Dale Brown, Gary Williams and Glenn Wilkes and contributor Howard Garfinkel.

Nov. 24-25

▪ CBE Classic at the Sprint Center: Two semifinals, Maryland vs. Arizona State and Alabama vs. Iowa State, then consolation and championship games on night two.

Dec. 13

▪ Kansas vs. Utah at the Sprint Center

Dec. 20

▪ Kansas State vs. Texas A&M at the Sprint Center

Dec. 30

▪ Missouri vs. Oklahoma State at the Sprint Center

March 5-8

▪ Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association men’s and women’s tournaments at Municipal Auditorium

March 11-14

▪ Big 12 Conference men’s tournament at the Sprint Center

March 18-24

▪ NAIA Division I men’s tournament at Municipal Auditorium

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff.

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