Basketball: Newell painting to be unveiled

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA basketball tournament, the NCAA has commissioned paintings of each of the coaches of the winning teams.

Artist Opie Otterstad’s portrait of the late Cal coach Pete Newell hoisting the 1959 championship trophy will be unveiled during a private┬áreception prior to Thursday’s home game against UCLA, then displayed to fans at halftime.

The original artwork then will be auctioned off, beginning Feb. 15 through www.NCAA.com/ART. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Here is Newell’s portrait:

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Wow! In 1959 Cal won an NC in basketball and played in the Rose Bowl. The fans back then probably thought this would happen often…still waiting…grrrrr…

    Go Bears!

  • discdude

    30 years ago, I thought it was a long time ago…grrrrr is right!

  • Juancho

    Won the college world series in 57 as well.