The free throw shooting contest honors the late Skip Prosser.
Dec. 15, 2010
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University head coach Chris Mack defeated Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik 28-27 in the second round of a national free throw shooting tournament, which benefits the American Heart Association.
CollegeInsider.com created ‘Shots from the Heart,’ a project designed to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease. College basketball coaches, including Xavier’s Chris Mack, are competing against one another in a free throw shooting tournament, which will benefit the American Heart Association. The event also pays tribute to the late Skip Prosser, who passed away on July 26, 2007 of a heart attack. Mack was on Prosser staffs at Xavier and Wake Forest and played at Xavier under Prosser. Mack defeated Jeff Bzdelik of Wake Forest 28-27 in the second round, which concluded on Dec. 15. Mack defeated Greg Kampe of Oakland University in a first-round matchup.
The tournament culminates with a free throw final contested at the 2011 Final Four in Houston. Coaches are not competing against each other on the same court. Each coach shoots 25 free throws at his convenience. A member of the athletic department tallies the results and the coach with the most makes would advance. To avoid ties, shots 1-20 that are made are worth one point, shots 21-24 are worth two points and shot 25 is worth three points. In 2008 CollegeInsider.com created the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, which is given annually to the coach who not only achieves success on the basketball court but who also displays moral integrity off the court as well. Fans can follow the season-long event at www.collegeinsider.com/shots
Xavier hosts Wake Forest on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the second annual Skip Prosser Classic presented by PNC.