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Top all-time NCAA picks miss mark
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 5, 2013 @ 7:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA — The fans have spoken, and most of the time got it right. Most of the time.
The best college basketball team of all time, the best NCAA tournament moment of all time, the 15 top players of March Madness…all announced via a fan vote Friday.
Take it from the top.
Best team ever.
The fans picked Indiana of 1976. Not a bad choice.The last unbeaten champions were great by any measure. Bob Knight said at a press conference Friday that the day before practice started that season, he called his players together and set the bar at not losing a game. “I think that will always be their mantra,” he said, “that they did what they were capable of doing.”
But UCLA from the Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar years should demand a recount.
Indiana did not have a player so dominant, a rule was passed to try to stop him. They took the dunk away from Alcindor. It didn’t work. Of his three championships, the 1968 team merits the most attention. Its only loss was by two points to Houston in a landmark regular season game in the Astrodome, as Alcindor played with a scratch on the cornea of his left eye.
They met again in the Final Four, with the Cougars unbeaten and ranked No. 1, and Alcindor seeing clearly. UCLA 101, Houston 69.
Most memorable moment.
The fans picked Christian Laettner’s last-second turnaround jumper to get Kentucky past Duke 104-103 in the immortal 1992 regional championship. He should have won by a bigger landslide than Reagan over Mondale.
Laettner talked Friday of how, in the timeout before the shot and Duke behind 103-102, coach Mike Krzyzewski told his players they were going to win, never mind only 2.1 seconds were left.
“Over the last 21 years, I’ve learned from books and documentaries that (teammates) Grant Hill and Bobby Hurley were saying to … [For more on Some top all-time NCAA tournament picks miss mark, click here.]
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