March 1, 2013
One-of-a-kind paintings honoring John Wooden's 10 NCAA championships and Jim Harrick's 1995 NCAA championship are being auctioned off online at ncaa.com/Art as part of the NCAA's celebration of 75 years of March Madness.
The original art pieces, designed and painted by world-renowned artist Opie Otterstad and commissioned by the NCAA and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), are part of a collection of 75 individual paintings, one for each of the 75 national championships from 1939 through 2013. Limited edition reproductions are also available for purchase via the same website. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the NABC Foundation, which supports TTRR (Ticket to Reading Rewards), the College Basketball Experience (CBE), and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
The paintings were unveiled prior to UCLA's game against Arizona State on Feb. 27. Otterstad, Harrick and Wooden's daughter Nan were in attendance to help present the pieces.
UCLA has the most NCAA Men's Basketball titles in history. Wooden won 10 in 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975. Harrick coached the Bruins to the 1995 Championship.
"We're pleased to celebrate the crowning achievements of the coaches who have guided their teams to championships over the past 75 years," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "This collection of artwork will serve as a unique and permanent reminder of these coaches' accomplishments on the court and their incredible contributions to the game of basketball."
For complete information about the NCAA and programs celebrating 75 years of March Madness, visit www.ncaa.com/march-madness. To bid on the original art pieces, click here. To purchase a limited edition reproduction, click here.