When it comes the tradition, what took place in basketball at Hamline, a small college in St. Paul started by a Methodist bishop, is amazing. Texas Tech is here for its first-ever appearance in the NCAA's Final Four. You're all aware of that, obviously.
Here's what you didn't know: The first two times Texas Tech earned its way into a postseason basketball tournament, the winners of said tournament were the Hamline Pipers. Those were the 32-team National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (later and still the NAIA) tournaments in Kansas City in 1942 and 1949.
Moral of the story: When you hear of Hamline and success in the 32-team tourney in K.C., don't think of today's NAIA. Think of a tournament started by Dr. James Naismith in 1937, and predating the NIT by one year and the NCAA by two, and drawing terrific fields.
Patrick Reusse is writing Minnesota basketball history blogs this week at startribune.com/blogs/Patrick_Reusse.