When I was a kid, I always thought the term MOP was curious. Perhaps it was because I was so used to the term MVP, and the NCAA Tournament was the only place I ever heard the term MOP, or Most Outstanding Player, used. It makes sense, I suppose; and “valuable” and “outstanding” are relatively interchangeable within the context of a 6-game tournament.
Still, there was always something about MOP that seemed less prestigious to me than MVP. Maybe it has something to do with the unavoidable mental connection to mops, the actual physical things used to clean floors, and of course terms like “mop-up duty” or “mop-up time”. I always associated those terms with the scrubs at the end of the bench getting to play — clearly a stark contrast from what MOP is meant to symbolize.
But it what it is — and I may be the only idiot to overanalyze this in such a way — and when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, the best player is named the Most Outstanding Player. And the history of the Most Outsanding Player Award is the subject of today’s March Madness history lesson.
Before we jump into the All-Time NCAA Tournament MOP table, with both the mens and womens award winners, a quick rundown of our other recent March Madness links, and even a couple of ticket resources if you are thinking of make the (wise) decision to attend some NCAA Tournament games this year.
- 2010 NCAA Mens Tournament Dates and Site Breakdown
- 2010 NCAA Womens Tournament Dates and Site Breakdown
- NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament History: Past Champions, Final Four participants, Final Four locations by year, and interesting tournament tidbits
- NCAA Champions – Mens Basketball: All-time list of mens basketball NCAA Tournament champions, ordered from most won to least.
- NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships: All-time list of womens basketball NCAA Tournament champions.
- StubHub Tickets: 2010 NCAA Mens Tournament Tickets
- StubHub Tickets: 2010 NCAA Womens Tournament Tickets
And now, here is the table that displays the all-time list of MOP winners for the mens and womens NCAA Tournament:
NCAA Basketball Tournament MOP Award Winners: Men and Women
|Year||Tournament MOP - Men||School||Tournament MOP - Women||School|
|2010||Kyle Singler||Duke||Maya Moore||UConn|
|2009||Wayne Ellington||North Carolina||Tina Charles||UConn|
|2008||Mario Chalmers||Kansas||Candace Parker||Tennessee|
|2007||Corey Brewer||Florida||Candace Parker||Tennessee|
|2006||Joakim Noah||Florida||Laura Harper||Maryland|
|2005||Sean May||North Carolina||Sophia Young||Baylor|
|2004||Emeka Okafor||UConn||Diana Taurasi||UConn|
|2003||Carmelo Anthony||Syracuse||Diana Taurasi||UConn|
|2002||Juan Dixon||Maryland||Swin Cash||UConn|
|2001||Shane Battier||Duke||Ruth Riley||Notre Dame|
|2000||Mateen Cleaves||Michigan State||Shea Ralph||UConn|
|1999||Richard Hamilton||UConn||Ukari Figgs||Purdue|
|1998||Jeff Sheppard||Kentucky||Chamique Holdsclaw||Tennessee|
|1997||Miles Simon||Arizona||Chamique Holdsclaw||Tennessee|
|1996||Tony Delk||Kentucky||Michelle Marciniak||Tennessee|
|1995||Ed O'Bannon||UCLA||Rebecca Lobo||UConn|
|1994||Corliss Williamson||Arkansas||Charlotte Smith||North Carolina|
|1993||Donald Williams||North Carolina||Sheryl Swoopes||Texas Tech|
|1992||Bobby Hurley||Duke||Molly Goodenbour||Stanford|
|1991||Christian Laettner||Duke||Dawn Staley||Virginia|
|1990||Anderson Hunt||UNLV||Jennifer Azzi||Stanford|
|1989||Glen Rice||Michigan||Bridgette Gordon||Tennessee|
|1988||Danny Manning||Kansas||Erica Westbrooks||Louisiana Tech|
|1987||Keith Smart||Indiana||Tonya Edwards||Tennessee|
|1986||Pervis Ellison||Louisville||Clarissa Davis||Texas|
|1985||Ed Pinckney||Villanova||Tracy Claxton||Old Dominion|
|1984||Patrick Ewing||Georgetown||Cheryl Miller||USC|
|1983||Hakeen Olajuwon||Houston||Cheryl Miller||USC|
|1982||James Worthy||North Carolina||Janice Lawrence||Louisiana Tech|
|1979||Magic Johnson||Michigan State|
|1974||David Thompson||NC State|
|1971||None (Howard Porter*)||(Villanova)||*later ruled ineligible|
|1961||Jerry Lucas||Ohio State|
|1960||Jerry Lucas||Ohio State|
|1959||Jerry West||West Virginia|
|1955||Bill Russell||San Francisco|
|1953||B. H. Born||Kansas|
|1947||George Kaftan||Holy Cross|
|1946||Bob Kurland||Oklahoma A&M*||*now Oklahoma State|
|1945||Bob Kurland||Oklahoma A&M*|
|1939||Jimmy Hull||Ohio State|
A few interesting tidbits that I noticed while putting this list together:
- There have been 4 two-time winners of the Womens NCAA Tournament MOP Award since 1982. During that same time span, not one player on the mens side has won the award twice in a row. It did happen on the mens’ side back in the day, however, when guys like Bill Walton, Lew Alcindor, and Jerry Lucas took home multiple NCAA Tournament MOPs.
- 2004 was a hell of a year for UConn. The mens and womens teams took home the titles, with Emeka Okafor and Diani Taurasi both winning the MOP.
- Since 1982, only 14 different schools on the womens’ side have had MOP winners. In that same timespan, 20 different schools on the mens’ side have had MOP winners.
- Damn, Baylor just beat Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament.
Update: Get ready for this year’s NCAA Tournament with our March Madness 2010 preview post.