The 1938-39 Panther squad was known as “The Dream Team,” and VUU had won the first of it's 23 CIAA conference titles that season.
McDaniel is the last surviving member of that team. “We were really good,” he said. “We won two straight CIAA titles and should have won three.”
This dynasty was built during a time when VUU's student population numbered around 300. VUU's coach and athletic director, Henry Hucles, had built the basketball team into a powerhouse.
Too powerful for a college team, some said.
Vicious rumors and whispers started about the Panthers. Some couldn't believe that a small, private university could field such a great team without the lure of payment to the players.
1958-1961 squad featured All-American and 23 rebound a game (6'3 and a half) Jumpin' Jackie Jackson of Boys High, All-CIAA playmaker Eddie "Czar" Simmons, also of Boys. They composed 2/3 of Connie Hawkins' great Brooklyn three-on-three squad, and 3/5 of Brooklyn's Rucker Tourney team in those days.
Under the leadership of head coach Dave Robbins since 1978, the Panthers basketball program has been to the Division II "Final Four" seven times (1980, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006) and have won three NCAA Division II national championship titles (1980, 1992, 2005). The team was the 2006 National runner-up with a record of 30-4. The team has also captured the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference championship 20 times.http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=4906523