March 31, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino are finally doing an encore. For the first time since their teams played perhaps the greatest game in the history of the NCAA tournament, Krzyzewski and Pitino will meet in the NCAA tournament Sunday when top-seeded Louisville faces Duke. In the Midwest Regional final, no less. Never mind that few of their current players were even born in 1992. Or that Pitino is no longer at Kentucky, having switched sides in the state's civil war after his brief trip to Boston and the NBA ended badly.
July 16, 2008 |
Mike Krzyzewski lied to his team. Rick Pitino got lost in a fog. Grant Hill made the pass, and Christian Laettner made the catch, dribble, spin and shot. It was the greatest game in the history of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, according to rankings done recently by USA Today and Sports Illustrated. It was March 28, 1992, and it was Duke vs. Kentucky in the championship game of the NCAA East Regional before 17,848 spectators in the Spectrum. "I thank God I was part of it," Krzyzewski said during the press conference after Duke's 104-103 overtime victory.
March 26, 2000 |
After paying the $7 toll to enter Hoop City, go left on Lynette Woodward Way, then right on Pat Summitt Lane. After passing Rise magazine, take a left on Linda K. Sharp Street and a quick right on Marianne Stanley Street. There, at the end of the road named for the former Immaculata star and Old Dominion coach, is the Last-Second Shot booth, where you, too, can be Charlotte Smith, the North Carolina standout whose three-point buzzer-beater propelled the Tar Heels to the 1994 national title over Louisiana Tech.
March 22, 1998 |
It was like the daydream that 10-year-olds repeat on the playground, in the backyard or any place a hoop is bolted to a backboard. With the Spectrum packed to the rafters and the clock just a heartbeat from running out, Christian Laettner drained a 17-footer to give Duke a 104-103 overtime victory over Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA East Regional final. It was, by many accounts, the best college basketball game ever. Fate has brought the Blue Devils and the Wildcats together today to do battle in the NCAA South Regional.
September 20, 1997 |
Southeastern Oklahoma State basketball player Eddie Powell was killed early yesterday when a cow, hit by a car, crashed into the vehicle in which he was sitting. Powell, 23, of Oakland, Calif., died about 1:10 a.m. He was sitting in the rear of the car and was wearing a seat belt. Southeastern officials said no one else was injured. The accident occurred near Paris, Texas, as Powell and the others returned from Southeastern's football game with Texas A&M-Commerce. Powell, a senior point guard, averaged 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and had 137 assists as Southeastern went 27-4 last season.
April 12, 1997 |
What a difference Shaq makes. Shaquille O'Neal returned from a 28-game layoff in a big way last night with 24 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-98 victory that snapped the visiting Phoenix Suns' 11-game winning streak. O'Neal, his left knee encased in a purple brace, played as though he had never been away. He scored 10 of the Lakers' first 13 points on an impressive array of slam dunks that ignited 17,505 cheering fans at the Forum. "Believe me, Shaq is back," guard Eddie Jones said.
February 20, 1995 |
Owner Harold Katz, channel-surfing NBA games on a satellite dish in Florida, is said to be feverishly entertaining all comers. His more reluctant coach and general manager, John Lucas, admits that would-be partners are calling "every day. " Yes, with three days until the NBA trade deadline, the 76ers are flirting heavily in attempts to land the floor-running team leader they so desperately need. "We're talking to everybody, about everything," Lucas said, covering all bases.
February 22, 1994 |
The circumstances were perfect for David Robinson. His coach wanted him to keep putting it up, and Christian Laettner couldn't put up any resistance. With Laettner suspended for one game after a run-in with an assistant coach at practice, Robinson turned in a 50-point show yesterday to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Spurs' 13th straight victory featured the best individual performance in the NBA this season. "The guys were telling me to shoot," said Robinson, who reached the 50- point mark on a three-pointer with a little more than a minute to play.
April 19, 1993 |
Christian Laettner always will have fuzzy-warm memories of Philadelphia and the Spectrum. "I'm sure my Duke teammates and I will be remembered for what we did here last year," the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie said, referring to Duke's 104-103 overtime victory over Kentucky for the NCAA Eastern Regional championship on the night of March 28, 1992. "People said it was the greatest game in college basketball history. I don't know if it was or wasn't, but it's a game I definitely won't forget.
March 2, 1993 |
They are making their way through the NBA together, two rookies - one a player, the other a coach, both with basketball miracles in their backgrounds. But there are no miracles to be found with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Success must be taken in smaller measure. And given the nature of professional sports, theirs is an unequal partnership. The rookie player has all the security in the world, while the rookie coach has none. Still, rules are rules. When impetuous forward Christian Laettner missed a mandatory practice after the all-star break, interim coach Sidney Lowe suspended him from last Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks.