Dougherty Struts His Way Into Fashionable Four
April 2, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - First-time participant Neil Dougherty has advanced all the way to the Fashionable Four, CollegeInsider.com has announced. The head men's basketball coach at TCU outstyled second-seeded Dennis Felton of Georgia in the Elegant Eight to earn a berth in the National Semifinals, which will take place on Sunday, April 4, in San Antonio, Texas.
Dougherty, who was seeded fourth in the Waters Region based on his rating in the Fashion Power Index (FPI), is the lowest seed remaining in the field. He will face Rice's Willis Wilson, the No. 1 seed in the Wilson Region, in the next round. Wilson has advanced to the Fashionable Four each of the past seven years and won the title in 2002. The other semifinal matchup features top-seeded Bruiser Flint (Drexel) against No. 3 Ricardo Patton (Colorado).
Dougherty's run to the Fashionable Four began with a triumph over 13th-seeded of Steve Hawkins of Western Michigan in round one. He then defeated Western Illinois' Derek Thomas, the fifth seed, to reach the Sensational Sixteen. His biggest victory came in the next round, as Dougherty became the first person to upset a No. 1 seed in this year's tournament by outlasting top-seeded and defending champion Gary Waters.
Fans may cast their vote for Dougherty on CollegeInsider.com. In March, TCU's second-year head man was selected to staff writer Angela Lento's list of "College Basketball's 50 Sexiest Men."
Dougherty is also heavily involved in covering the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Throughout the tourney, he has provided round-by-round analysis on CollegeInsider.com as well as for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC.com). In addition, fans may see Dougherty co-host "Celebrating San Antonio" with John Rhadigan on Fox Sports Southwest every night from Apr. 2-4 at 10:30 p.m. (CT). On Thursday, current North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams was a guest on the show.
Tuesday, April 6: Fashion Finale