Teammates Then & Now: ’86 Navy Men’s Basketball on that Legendary Season


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On March 16, 1986, No. 17 Navy (7th seed) stunned No. 9 Syracuse (2nd seed) 97-85 in their own Carrier Dome in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, helping pave the way for the Midshipmen’s eventual Elite Eight appearance. Thirty-five years later, the bonds that united that legendary team remain. Join us on Tuesday, 30 March at 11 a.m. EDT as five members of that incredible squad reunite to share their memories of the roots of the team’s success and how that experience—and the rest of their Naval Academy careers—shaped their lives.

Vernon Butler ’86
Tony Wells ’86
Kylor Whitaker ‘86
Carl Liebert ‘87
Cliff Rees ’88

Moderated by Phil Bergman of Navy Athletics


Called to Serve is a virtual speaker series that allows members of the Naval Academy community to share their perspectives on critical topics, the Academy's mission and the role of service—of all kinds—in their lives.




10:00AM - 12:00PM Tue 30 Mar 2021, Central timezone

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