Connecticut guard A.J. Price is the son of Tony Price, who helped 30 years ago helped lead Penn to one of the more remarkable runs in tournament history.
In 1979, when the tournament field was expanded to 40 teams and seeded for the first time,
Penn was a No. 9 seed in the East Region and upset North Carolina in the second round before beating Syracuse and St. John’s to advance to the Final Four in Salt Lake City. Tony Price was named to the all-East Region team. The Quakers lost to Magic Johnson-led Michigan State in the semifinals, 101-67.
Asked to compare their tournament experiences, A.J. Price responded, “They’re similar in that you’ve got win games to get this far. He put his team on his back. I had a lot of help on this team.”
The younger Price noted one other significant difference.
“He told me they were happy to be there,” he said. “I think you see that with a lot of Cinderella teams. They can’t build up a lot of adrenaline once they’re there because they’ve spent so much just to get there.
“We feel like we’re supposed to be here.”
April 2, 2009; 4:13 PM ET
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