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 reception 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: