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1984 College Basketball Season

November 8, 2013


North Carolina came into the 1984 season at #1 and they stayed there throughout *photo courtesy of Now I Know

By the time December rolled around, the top 5 in the AP poll stayed pretty consistent.  North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgetown, Houston and DePaul all stayed in the single digits after the December 13th poll.  Memphis State, who was pre-season #5, crept up to 4th before losing 3 of 6 games.  Other teams like Maryland and UNLV got into the top 5 for a few weeks as well.

But the pre-season top 4 teams; North Carolina, Kentucky, Houston and Georgetown would all consistently be at the top.  Not surprisingly three of those teams ended up in the Final Four and two squared off for the National Championship.

Our first action of the college basketball season featured an ESPN double-header on Thursday, January 12.

January 12, 1984 – Villanova Wildcats 65 @(#4)Georgetown Hoyas 63 (2OT)

Villanova had made the Elite Eight in the past two seasons but were off to a slow 4-7 start in 1984.  So, naturally, they weren’t supposed to compete with Georgetown in Landover, Maryland.  The Hoyas were 12-1 and ranked number 4.  Perhaps, Villanova though was preluding to their 1985 upset of Georgetown in a much bigger game.

The Wildcats had many players who were a part of that famous 1985 team.  In fact, the only player in this game who wasn’t was senior guard Frank ‘Happy’ Dobbs.  Dobbs was joined by guards Dwight Wilbur, Gary McLain, and Harold Jensen.  The frontcourt consisted of Ed Pinckney, Dwayne McClain, Harold Pressley and Chuck Everson.

Georgetown had brought in freshman sensation Reggie Williams, along with Michael Graham.  Williams and Graham joined the ’83 lineup with the likes of David Wingate, Bill Martin, Ralph Dalton, Michael Jackson, Gene Smith, Fred Brown, Horace Broadnax and, of course, Mr. Patrick Ewing.

The Hoyas liked to run and Villanova and Coach Rollie Massimino knew they needed to slow the game down.  They did so to less than a crawl, although Georgetown helped this in my opinion by not putting shooters around Ewing to start the game.  They instead opted for defensive aces Fred Brown and Gene Smith but the Wildcats backcourt broke the pressure and set the offense.  They also ran time off, even with a 45 second shot clock that existed until the last 4:00 in one of college basketball’s absolutely brilliant moves (it’s hard to tell sarcasm in writing, isn’t it?)

The game started with Ewing blocking a Wilbur layup and then getting an inbounds lob pass for a layup.  Patrick got a slam on a Wingate bounce pass but Pinckney finished against Ewing to put Villanova up 5-4.  Harold Pressley had an outstanding first half for Villanova, scoring 15 points.  The last two of those points were a tip-in on a Gary McLain miss.  Then Dobbs scored on a putback to put Villanova up 29-28 at the half.  For those that love omens, that was the same halftime score in the 1985 upset.

The teams went back-and-forth to start the 2nd half.  Wingate found Ewing for a layup.  Dwayne McClain scored on a baseline drive.  Pressley kicked out to Wilbur for a wing jumper.  Wingate swung the ball to Reggie Williams for a corner jumper.  Pinckney slammed over Ewing.  Wingate hit a pull-up from the foul line.  Then Williams got a steal and layup on a 3-on-1.

A Ewing jumper from the post completed a Georgetown 6-0 run and gave them a 38-35 lead.  Villanova had controlled the pace to that point but it looked like a Georgetown run was coming to break the game open.  However, that was Ewing’s last field goal.  Pinckney and McClain each hit two free throws and then McClain got a driving slam down the lane to complete a Wildcats 6-0 run.

The score kept going back and forth.  A Pinckney double-pump layup put Villanova up 49-46.  Then McClain found Dobbs for a backdoor layup and the Wildcats were up five.  However, Fred Brown drove for a reverse layup, scored, and drew Pinckney’s 4th foul.  After the three-point play, Georgetown had several chances to tie it but couldn’t do it.  The game looked about over when Ewing committed his 3rd foul and Pinckney made both ends of a 1-and-1 with 1:00 left to put Villanova up 55-51.

Wingate hit on a driving layup but also committed a charge on the play (the basket counted) which sent Pressley to the line for a 1-and-1.  Harold made both with 36 seconds left.  Michael Jackson hit from the elbow and it was 57-55.  McLain then sprinted to the baseline to receive the inbounds pass, but couldn’t stop after getting the ball and ended up traveling.  Gary, however, made up for it by getting a steal from Ewing, which led to Wilbur making both ends of the 1-and-1.  Broadnax hit a baseline jumper with 11 seconds left with the Wildcats still up 59-57.

Georgetown sent Pinckney to the line with 8 seconds left.  Ed missed the front end and Pressley knocked the ball out of bounds.  Georgetown got the ball to Jackson, who hit a pull-up jumper from the foul line at the buzzer to tie the game and give the Hoyas second life.

After Villanova missed on their first possession in the overtime, Georgetown decided to kill some clock.  With 2:30 left, Jackson drew Pinckney’s 5th foul and it looked like the Wildcats were in trouble.  But Jackson, an 81% foul shooter in 1984, missed both free throws.  Villanova then decided to run some clock.  But Georgetown eventually got a steal and Wingate was fouled in the last minute.  But he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Villanova got the last shot.  After a timeout, Dobbs drove and missed and then Ewing blocked his 2nd attempt.  We were headed to a second overtime with the last points on the board being still the Jackson jumper at the buzzer in regulation.

The second overtime wasn’t much better, but it did have scoring and quite an ending.  Pressley found Dobbs for an elbow jumper.  Then after Ewing missed two free throws, Dobbs hit two free throws for a 63-59 Nova lead.  Jackson hit another top of the key jumper for Georgetown but with 1:30 left, Wingate fouled out.  But Gary McLain missed the front end and Ewing was fouled by McClain with 59 seconds left.  This time Patrick made both to tie the game and once again Villanova got the last shot.

After a timeout, the Wildcats ran the clock down.  Dobbs hit Wilbur in the right corner with a cross-court pass.  Dwight raised up and nailed the jumper with 2 seconds left.  Georgetown was out of timeouts and couldn’t stop the clock.  It wouldn’t be the last time the Hoyas lost in Landover that season.

Villanova would recover from its slow start to finish third in the Big East with a 12-4 record.  They would be a 7-seed in the Mideast Regional and lose to Illinois in the 2nd round.

Villanova starters (points scored)

Harold Pressley (17) – Small Forward

Ed Pinckney (16) – Power Forward

Chuck Everson (0) – Center

Dwight Wilbur (10) – Point Guard

Frank Dobbs (11) – Shooting Guard

Villanova bench (points scored)

Dwayne McClain (11)

Gary McLain (0)

Harold Jensen (0)

Villanova Coach: Rollie Massimino

Georgetown starters (points scored)

David Wingate (8) – Small Forward

Michael Graham (4) – Power Forward

Patrick Ewing (14) – Center

Fred Brown (3) – Point Guard

Gene Smith (0) – Shooting Guard

Georgetown bench (points scored)

Bill Martin (6)

Reggie Williams (8)

Michael Jackson (16)

Horace Broadnax (4)

Ralph Dalton (0)

Georgetown Coach: John Thompson

January 12, 1984 – (#1)North Carolina Tarheels 74 @(#5) Maryland Terrapins 62

The 2nd game of the double-header was a heavy-weight ACC matchup.  North Carolina was undefeated and there had only been one week that they weren’t number 1.  Maryland had climbed to #5 after starting the season 10-1 and this was a big chance to climb more with the Tarheels coming into Cole Field House.

North Carolina had added on freshmen Kenny Smith, Joe Wolf, and Dave Popson to join Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan, Brad Daugherty, Matt Doherty, Buzz Peterson and Steve Hale in the Carolina lineup.  Maryland had added on freshman point guard Keith Gatlin, but their biggest change was the improvement of Len Bias.  Bias became a star along with Adrian Branch and Ben Coleman.  Steady Mark Fothergill and Jeff Adkins were back, along with Herman Veal (who was suspended for the end of the 1983 season).

The game started well for Maryland on their home court.  Coleman kicked to Branch for an elbow jumper.  Then after a Jordan free throw, Bias hit a pull-up from the elbow and then Veal found him with a cross court pass for a slam.  Carolina, however, responded with an 8-2 run concluding with Perkins getting a slam on an offensive board.

Gatlin found Bias for a corner jumper to give Maryland a 14-12 lead.  Wolf responded with a turn-around in the lane and then Jordan tipped in a Perkins miss.  Adkins then found Bias and Branch for jumpers to give the Terps the lead again.  After Daugherty responded with a jumper in the lane, Bias got a layup on another Adkins assist.  Then Bias hit another corner jumper after Jordan hit a turn-around in the post.

Carolina regained the lead and had a 28-25 lead after Matt Doherty lobbed to Brad Daugherty for a layup.  Bias responded again with a turnaround in the post and then Adkins found Coleman in traffic for a slam.  Fittingly, Bias and Jordan closed the first half scoring.  Lenny gave Maryland the lead with his 16th point on a jumper from the top of the key.  MJ came back with a wing jumper for his 12th point and a 32-31 Carolina lead that held at the half.

The Tarheels got the momentum to start the 2nd half as Perkins threw down an alley-oop on a Jordan assist.  Later, Kenny Smith threw an alley-oop to Perkins for a 38-35 UNC lead.  But then Adkins penetrated and found Branch in the lane for a field goal.  Then Adkins got a steal and found Branch for a slam in transition.  Doherty then found Daugherty for a slam over Bias.  Bias came back with a field goal on a Perkins goaltending and then Branch hit a pull-up in transition for a 43-40 Terps lead.

After Smith found Perkins for a slam on the break, Branch hit another pull-up from the box.  Then after Perkins tipped in a Jordan miss, Adkins found Bias with a cross-court pass for a wing jumper.  Carolina, however, took a 48-47 lead on a wing jumper from Steve Hale.  A Smith pull-up from the foul line gave them a 50-48 lead but Bias tied it with a double-pump in the lane.  Maryland was hanging with the mighty Tarheels but were starting to get into foul trouble.  After a Perkins putback gave him 18 points and Carolina a 52-50 lead, Bias committed his 4th foul.

But Maryland kept coming as Branch found Veal for a corner jumper.  But Perkins scored on another putback while he was fouled by Coleman.  The three-point play gave Carolina a 55-52 lead but Fothergill responded with an elbow jumper on another Adkins assist.  Adkins then hit a wing jumper to counter a Doherty field goal.  A Jordan free throw gave Carolina a 58-56 lead.  It was getting around the time where the shot clock would turn off and the Tarheels took advantage with their delay game and got two field goals by Jordan for a 62-56 lead.

With 3:05 left, Bias hit two free throws then at 2:20 Branch fed to Veal for a layup.  After Smith split a pair of free throws on a 1-and-1, Adkins found Coleman for a layup with 2:05 left and Maryland was down 63-62.  Perkins hit two free throws.  Bias missed a jumper after a spin with 1:32 left and Carolina finally put it away when Perkins got an offensive rebound and a three-point play with 1:00 left.

The game ended on a punctuation after Perkins blocked a Bias shot.  MJ got a breakaway and decided to rock the cradle.

Carolina would roll through the ACC season rarely being challenged until their finale against Duke that will be covered later.  Perhaps their only scare came six days after this Maryland game when Virginia came to Carmichael Auditorium.  The Cavaliers were down by 19 but came back led by Othell Wilson and cut it to 68-66.  But shots to tie it from Wilson and Rick Carlisle in the final seconds went in-and-out and the Tarheels held on 69-66.  I only have the last 9 minutes of this game so I won’t review it but will get to review Virginia as they hosted Maryland in a rivalry game.

North Carolina starters (points scored)

Matt Doherty (6) – Small Forward

Sam Perkins (26) – Power Forward

Brad Daugherty (10) – Center

Kenny Smith (7) – Point Guard

Michael Jordan (21) – Shooting Guard

North Carolina bench (points scored)

Buzz Peterson (0)

Dave Popson (0)

Steve Hale (2)

Joe Wolf (2)

Cecil Exum (0)

North Carolina Coach: Dean Smith

Maryland starters (points scored)

Adrian Branch (19) – Small Forward

Len Bias (24) – Power Forward

Ben Coleman (8) – Center

Jeff Adkins (4) – Point Guard

Herman Veal (5) – Shooting Guard

Maryland bench (points scored)

Mark Fothergill (2)

Keith Gatlin (0)

Maryland Coach: Lefty Driesell

bias vs jordan

Len Bias going against Michael Jordan *photo courtesy of sports illustrated tumblr

January 31, 1984 – (#10)Maryland Terrapins 67 @Virginia Cavaliers 66

The Maryland Terrapins had been ranked #5 in three of the past 4 weeks but trouble arose.  The Terps had lost a close game to Notre Dame on Saturday, January 28.  Then that night, Adrian Branch and Steve Rivers had been charged with possession of marijuana.  Maryland suspended both for undetermined amount of time.  With that going on, the Terps had to go rival Virginia three days after these events.

The Cavaliers cracked the rankings for the 2nd time in the previous week but two consecutive losses dropped them out.  Virginia had obviously lost a lot with just Ralph Sampson himself.  But they tried to make up for it with a motion offense that would eventually pay dividends.  The Cavaliers were led by senior guards Rick Carlisle, Othell Wilson and Ricky Stokes.  Then there was senior Kenton Edelin and juniors Tim Mullen and Jimmy Miller in the front court.  To go along with them were promising freshman big men Tom Sheehey and Olden Polynice.

Normal starters Wilson and Miller were coming off the bench.  Wilson, along with Stokes, was recovering from a sprained ankle and Miller was battling the flu.  It was Maryland who was hitting their mid-range shots early without Branch.  Jeff Adkins and Keith Gatlin were the main cogs.  Len Bias also hit his share.  His jumper put Maryland up 12-10 after each Virginia starter had scored a field goal.  Meanwhile for Maryland; Adkins, Gatlin and Bias each had 4 points on mid-range jumpers off ball movement.  Then Ben Coleman got involved with a hook shot in the post.

A 6-1 run on field goals by Adkins, Bias and Coleman gave Maryland a 20-14 lead.  Then Gatlin found Adkins for another jumper from the corner.  But Jimmy Miller came in and scored three straight points to spark the Cavaliers.  And after Bias committed his 3rd foul, Wilson hit from the top of the key to cut the lead to 24-21.  The teams went back-and-forth as Maryland continued to be sparked by Gatlin and Adkins while Tom Sheehey started to get it going for Virginia.  Sheehey finished the first half with 16 points but Maryland took a 36-33 lead after a Coleman putback at the buzzer.

The 2nd half started with the Virginia freshmen combining as Sheehey found Polynice for a layup and a foul.  Olden missed the free throw but the same thing happened when Adkins found Bias in the corner.  He made a jumper and was fouled but missed the foul shot.  Maryland maintained a four-point lead though until Mullen hit a pull-up from the wing.  Then Sheehey blocked a shot and Mullen found Wilson for a breakaway to tie the game at 42.  Miller then kicked to Wilson for a corner jumper and Virginia had their first lead.

The teams battled to a 48-all tie until Edelin got an impressive block on a foul line jumper.  Then Wilson found Carlisle on a 2-on-1 break.  On the next possession, Sheehey put back a Wilson miss and University Hall was going crazy.  The Terps came back as Adkins swung the ball to Gatlin for a wing jumper.  Then Herman Veal tipped in a Coleman miss.  Sheehey and Bias matched 15-foot jumpers.  Then Sheehey hit a driving banker from the left side for his 25th point and a 56-54 Cavaliers lead.

Then Bias committed his 4th foul, although he stayed in.  Jim Miller was having a productive ball game to that point, but the flu effects were starting to come in as he short-armed both free throws.  Maryland eventually took a 60-58 lead when Gatlin found Bias for a layup.  Gatlin then made both ends of a 1-and-1 for a four-point lead.  With 2:35 left, Virginia threw away an inbounds pass and then Adkins was fouled.  Jeff made the front end but missed the back end.  However, he got his own rebound and with the shot clock now off, Maryland was in grand position.

Edelin committed his 4th foul but Gatlin missed the front end of the 1-and-1.  Gatlin then got a loose ball foul on the rebound scramble.  Sheehey made both ends of the 1-and-1 and it was now 63-60.  With 2:00 left, Polynice fouled Coleman and Ben missed the front end of the 1-and-1.  Wilson found Carlisle for a wing jumper and then Veal threw the ball out of bounds against the press.  With 59 seconds left, Carlisle missed from the elbow.  But Coleman committed a loose ball foul and fouled out.  Polynice made both ends of the 1-and-1 for a 64-63 Virginia lead.

Maryland ran the time down before calling time out with 26 seconds left.  With 14 ticks left, Veal found Mark Fothergill in the post for a left-handed hook (if you don’t have Branch, why not go to Mark Fothergill).  Virginia pushed the ball back down but Carlisle missed a corner jumper.  Adkins got the rebound and was fouled with 3 seconds left.  He made both to ice it.

Maryland would lose its next two games to Georgia Tech and Wake Forest without Branch or Rivers.  Branch would be reinstated and came off the bench as Maryland lost its third straight conference game to Duke.  After that however, Maryland would finish the ACC season winning 5 out of 6 (including defeating Virginia at Cole Field House) and would be the 2-seed in the ACC tournament.

Virginia would be the 6-seed in the ACC with a 6-8 mark, which was one game in back of third place.  They would lose in the ACC tournament quarterfinals but made the NCAA tournament as a 7-seed in the East Regional with a 17-11 overall record.  After beating 10-seeded Iona 58-57 in the 1st round, the Cavaliers upset higher seeded Arkansas, Syracuse, and Indiana to reach the Final Four.  The Cavaliers lost to Houston in the National Semifinals 49-47 in overtime.

Maryland starters (points scored)

Herman Veal (8) – Small Forward

Len Bias (14) – Power Forward

Ben Coleman (12) – Center

Keith Gatlin (14) – Point Guard

Jeff Adkins (15) – Shooting Guard

Maryland bench (points scored)

Mark Fothergill (4)

Terry Long (0)

Jeff Baxter (0)

Maryland Coach: Lefty Driesell

Virginia starters (points scored)

Tom Sheehey (27) – Small Forward

Kenton Edelin (6) – Power Forward

Olden Polynice (10) – Center

Rick Carlisle (6) – Point Guard

Tim Mullen (6) – Shooting Guard

Virginia bench (points scored)

Othell Wilson (6)

Jimmy Miller (5)

Dan Merrifield (0)

Ricky Stokes (0)

Virginia Coach: Terry Holland

February 13, 1984 – Boston College Eagles 65 @St. John’s Red Men 68

The next three games feature St. John’s in Conference games against teams with better records than them.  The Redmen, after winning the 1983 Big East tournament and being a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, were struggling with a 4-6 Conference record for 5th place.  St. John’s had All-American junior Chris Mullin but had lost David Russell, Billy Goodwin and Kevin Williams from the 1983 team.  Mullin was joined in the front court by junior Bill Wennington and senior Jeff Allen.  The back court was new with freshman Mark Jackson and transfer Mike Moses.

Boston College was a few games ahead of St. John’s in the standings at 6-5.  The Eagles were coached by Maryland alum and future Maryland coach Gary Williams.  They featured future NBA players in junior guard Michael Adams and senior forward Jay Murphy.  They were joined in the starting lineup by senior forward Martin Clark, junior guard Stu Primus and sophomore 6’5″ center Roger McCready.  The Eagles had lost a close game to Virginia in the 1983 NCAA Sweet 16 and, like St. John’s, had a more pedestrian record in 1984 than their 25-7 mark the year before.

This game in Jamaica, New York was pretty much a match of 1st team all-Big Easters Jay Murphy and Chris Mullin.  Murphy started the game with a hook from the baseline and Mullin responded with a smooth wing jumper.  Each team matched each other early as every starter except Adams got on the board.  Mullin gave St. John’s a 13-12 lead with a transition layup after a between-the-legs dribble.  Then Moses found Jackson for a layup on a 3-on-1 break.  After a Murphy wing jumper, Mullin hit a pull-up and then Jackson got a steal, spun and laid it in for a 19-14 Redmen lead.

Mullin’s baseline jumper put the Jonnies up seven but then McCready got a layup and then Adams got a coast-to-coast three-point play after backup center Troy Bowers blocked a shot.  After two St. John’s free throws, McCready hit a runner in the lane and then backup guard Dominic Pressley got a steal for the Eagles.  He gave it up to Adams but got it back for a breakaway layup to tie that game at 23.  Boston College took a 28-26 lead when Primus tipped in an Adams miss and eventually took a four-point lead when Adams found Primus for a driving layup in transition.  But then McCready committed his 3rd foul and St. John’s cut it to 37-36 at the half when Jeff Allen hit a banker from the foul line.  Mullin and Murphy each had 12 points at halftime.

The second half started slowly, but the last few minutes made up for it.  After 3:30 minutes, the only two field goals on the board were from Primus.  Finally, Wennington hit a turnaround from the post to get the Redmen on the board.  Clark answered with a corner jumper but then Wennington got a layup and Mullin tipped in a Wennington miss to cut BC’s lead to 43-42.  After two McCready free throws, Mullin hit a banker from the wing and then fed Wennington for a slam.

Murphy’s wing jumper put the Eagles back up 49-46 but then Mullin alley-ooped to Wennington to get the crowd going.  Murphy quieted them with another wing jumper off great Eagles ball movement.  Moses and backup freshman center Willie Glass each got field goals for St. John’s to give them a 52-51 lead.  Murphy then hit two free throws.  Allen found Mullin for a wing jumper.  Eagles reserve forward Terrence Talley hit on a drive.  Mullin responded with a baseline pull-up.

Murphy then hit two more free throws after Wennington’s 4th foul to give BC a 57-56 lead.  Mullin then hit a banker.  Murphy nailed a wing jumper.  Mullin connected from the corner.  Murphy hit another wing jumper after Pressley swung the ball to him.  Mike Moses finally gave St. John’s the lead for good when he broke the press and drove for a three-point play that gave St. John’s a 63-61 lead and drew Mccready’s 4th foul.

After a BC turnover, St. John’s killed a minute and a half off the clock after the shot clock turned off past the 4:00 mark.  Then Allen was finally fouled on a layup after Mullin’s penetration.  Big Jeff made both free throws.  Primus hit Adams with a cross-court pass for a jumper to cut the lead to 65-63.  Then St. John’s turned it over against the Eagles’ press and with 1:34 left, Boston College had a chance to tie it.  They worked the ball around against the Redmen zone and finally with just over 1:00 left, Clark hit a wing jumper and it was 65-all.

St. John’s gave it to Mullin, who penetrated and was fouled with 42 seconds left.  Mullin made the front end of the 1-and-1 but the 90% foul shooter missed the second, but Allen got the offensive rebound and was fouled as the shocked announcers of Len Berman and Bill Raftery noted that even BC seemed shocked that Mullin missed the free throw.  With 38 seconds left, Allen also made 1-of-2 and the Redmen had only a 67-65 lead.  Boston College worked the ball inside to McCready who missed a hook in the lane.  Glass got the rebound and was fouled with 16 seconds left.  Willie missed the front end and BC got another timeout.  Clark missed a wing jumper with 9 seconds left and St. John’s knocked the ball out of bounds.

Berman was almost pleading for them to get the ball to Murphy.  They finally did on the inbounds but Jay missed a long, tough corner shot over two guys.  Glass got the rebound again and this time, with two seconds left, made a free throw to put the game away because there was no three-point shot in any college conference that season.

Both Boston College and St. John’s finished with identical 8-8 records in the Big East and were 4th and 5th seeds.  So they got to play in the 1st round in a game that pretty much determined who would go to the NCAA tournament.  St. John’s won 57-56 and as a result got an NCAA invite while BC had to settle for the NIT tournament.

Boston College starters (points scored)

Martin Clark (9) – Small Forward

Jay Murphy (24) – Power Forward

Roger McCready (8) – Center

Michael Adams (5) – Point Guard

Stu Primus (12) – Shooting Guard

Boston College bench (points scored)

Troy Bowers (0)

Dominic Pressley (2)

Terrence Talley (5)

Tim O’Shea (0)

Boston College Coach: Gary Williams

St. John’s starters (points scored)

Chris Mullin (25) – Small Forward

Jeff Allen (9) – Power Forward

Bill Wennington (15) – Center

Mark Jackson (6) – Point Guard

Mike Moses (7) – Shooting Guard

St. John’s bench (points scored)

Ron Stewart (2)

Willie Glass (4)

St. John’s Coach: Lou Carnesecca


Jay Murphy was a Big East first-teamer in 1984 *photo courtesy of BC Athletics

February 21, 1984 – St. Johns Red Men 75 @(#2)Georgetown Hoyas 71

After beating BC, St. John’s beat Pitt to even their conference record at 6-6.  Georgetown, meanwhile, had not lost since going down to Villanova at home.  Now they were back at the Capital Centre taking on Chris Mullin and company.

Mullin started the game with a wing jumper but David Wingate found Michael Jackson for a wing jumper of his own.  But then St. John’s started to take off.  Bill Wennington hit a jumper from the foul line and Mike Moses hit a pull-up from the wing.  Fred Brown alley-ooped to Ewing for his only 2 points of the first half.  But then Moses led Jeff Allen for a breakaway slam and Wennington got a steal and a lead pass to Mullin for a layup.

Later, Mullin hit a smooth pull-up jumper from the wing while Jackson fouled him.  Even with the hit on the wrist, Mullin’s jumper was as deadly as ever.  Chris scored 18 points to give St. John’s a 42-21 lead.  Georgetown then went on a 7-0 run concluded when Gene Smith got a steal and breakaway but the Redmen still led 45-32 at the half.

The Hoyas cut it to 45-36 when Horace Broadnax got a steal and Smith got another breakaway layup.  But St. John’s kept its advantage as Wennington hit another foul line jumper and Mark Jackson tipped in a Wennington miss after a Broadnax jumper.  Then Mullin got another breakaway slam after a Moses defensive rebound and outlet.  Another Mullin wing jumper gave St. John’s a 53-40 lead.  But then Ewing scored from the post and drew Wennington’s 4th foul.  Although Ewing missed the free throw, Georgetown cut it to 53-44 after a Wingate double-pump on the baseline.

St. John’s kept its lead though as Georgetown was matching them basket for basket but not generating any momentum from their defense or hitting the shots when they had a chance to cut into the lead even deeper.  Mullin continued to be the lead man and his two free throws with just over 4:00 left (remember, no shot clock after the 4:00 mark) gave St. John’s a 67-57 lead and gave Chris 31 points.

Finally, the Hoyas then made a little push as the Redmen were content to sit on the ball for the most part.  Ewing got a three-point play when he put back a Wingate miss and got fouled.  Then Mark Jackson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Wennington got called for his 5th foul going over the back of Bill Martin.  Martin made two free throws to cut it to 67-62 and St. John’s called a timeout with 3:49 left.

Both teams traded misses before Gene Smith fouled out and Moses made two free throws.  Then after a Michael Jackson miss, St. John’s ran some time off before Mullin got free at the baseline and hit on a reverse.  The Redmen now led 71-62.  But after Martin made 1-of-2 free throws, Willie Glass missed two.  Michael Jackson then hit on a driving banker.  Mark Jackson missed the front end again and with 1:18 left, Martin put back a Broadnax miss and the lead was down to 71-67.

With 1:10 left, Michael Jackson fouled out and Moses made 1-of-2 free throws.  Wingate missed a jumper but Broadnax got the offensive rebound and scored to cut it to 72-69 with 48 seconds left.  Moses then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 but Wingate missed a jumper and Georgetown lost the ball out of bounds.  After Jackson finally made a free throw (granted it was 1-of-2), St. John’s finally put it away when Mullin got a steal with 25 seconds left and Jackson got a breakaway slam.

In the Big East tournament after St. John’s polished off Boston College to solidify an NCAA tournament berth, these two teams met again.  This time it was at St. John’s home away from home at Madison Square Garden.  There the Hoyas got some revenge by beating the Redmen 79-68 in the Semifinals.

St. John’s starters (points scored)

Chris Mullin (33) – Small Forward

Jeff Allen (10) – Power Forward

Bill Wennington (11) – Center

Mark Jackson (6) – Point Guard

Mike Moses (5) – Shooting Guard

St. John’s bench (points scored)

Ron Stewart (2)

Willie Glass (8)

St. John’s Coach: Lou Carnesecca

Georgetown starters (points scored)

David Wingate (13) – Small Forward

Michael Graham (7) – Power Forward

Patrick Ewing (11) – Center

Fred Brown (0) – Point Guard

Michael Jackson (4) – Shooting Guard

Georgetown bench (points scored)

Gene Smith (6)

Bill Martin (12)

Horace Broadnax (10)

Reggie Williams (6)

Ralph Dalton (2)

Georgetown Coach: John Thompson

mullin vs georgetown

Chris Mullin (with a full head of hair before his crew-cut days) pulling up against Georgetown *photo courtesy of Red Storm Sports

February 27, 1984 – (#16)Syracuse Orangemen 82 @St. John’s Red Men 81 (OT)

After upsetting Georgetown, St. John’s beat Seton Hall by two on a Mark Jackson game-winner.  They now stood at 8-6 in the Conference and were rolling headed into their final home game against Syracuse.  With it being the final home game it was senior day, so Jeff Allen and a few others were honored before the starting introductions.

It was supposed to be a down year for Syracuse after losing Leo Rautins, Tony Bruin and Erich Santifer.  But the Orengemen had one of the most exciting freshmen in the country, Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington.  The Pearl brought a swagger to the Orange and his performance along with the improvements of Rafael Addison and Sean Kerins brought Syracuse into the polls for the first time at the end of January.

They were now 2nd in the Big East with an 11-3 record going into the St. John’s game.  This game was also a homecoming for Pearl Washington as he was from Brooklyn.  Pearl started the game by swinging the ball to his backcourt partner, Gene Waldron, for a wing jumper.

But after that first possession, St. John’s zone was effective and the Redmen scored the next 11 points.  Wennington scored 6 of those 11 points.  Despite the fast start, Mullin was cold out of the gate and really didn’t find his game until late.  Even with that, St. John’s kept its lead for awhile but Syracuse went on a 6-0 run to eventually tie the game at 26.

After the Orangemen took the lead, Mullin found Wennington for slams on three straight possessions.  One of those assists happened when Chris got a pass in the middle of the lane and one-touched it over his head to Billy.  Syracuse came back despite missing several free throws and having the Pearl saddled with 3 fouls.  An 8-0 Orange run finished the half, the last two of those points came at the buzzer when backup big man Wendell Alexis chased down a ball and put back a miss.  Syracuse led 39-38.

Syracuse increased that lead in the 2nd half as Rafael Addison started to get hot.  His turnaround in the paint gave Syracuse a 57-48 lead and gave him 17 points.  Then after Mullin hit two free throws, Pearl found Addison for a double-pump in the lane.  Then after a Willie Glass field goal, Washington found Rafael for three consecutive buckets to put the Orangemen up 65-52.

The big point of the St. John’s drought was that Mullin was missing shots he normally made.  But they slowly chipped away when Jeff Allen got six quick points and then Mullin finally hit a jumper on an Allen kickout to cut the lead to 67-60.  The teams then traded baskets until a Mullin jumper from the deep wing area cut the lead to 71-66.

With 2:56 left, Pearl went to the line for a 1-and-1 and missed the front end.  He then committed his 4th foul and Mike Moses hit two free throws to cut the lead to three.  Then after Alexis hit two free throws, Moses hit a jumper.  Mike then fouled out and Addison split a pair of free throws to put Syracuse up 74-70.

With under 2:00 left, Mullin hit a pull-up from the elbow.  Then Gene Waldron was called for an offensive foul and Mullin tied it at 74 with 1:13 left with a wing jumper.  After a Syracuse timeout, Waldron drove and was fouled.  He hit both free throws.  Wennington then followed up his own miss in the lane before Syracuse center Andre Hawkins penetrated and kicked out to Waldron for a corner jumper.  St. John’s got a timeout with 15 seconds left, down 78-76.

Mark Jackson found Mullin popping out to the wing off a screen.  Chris was fouled as he went up and nailed both free throws.  Syracuse went without a timeout and Pearl seemed to have a clear lane past his first defender.  But Jeff Allen came over and blocked the shot out of bounds with 2 seconds left.  On the inbounds, Sean Kerins missed a corner jumper and the game went into overtime.

The first minute of the OT was eventful.  Mullin missed a banker off the tip and Syracuse got a 4-on-1 break in which Waldron found Addison for a slam.  Allen then made two free throws as Kerins fouled out.  The Orange then held the ball for a minute to try and get St. John’s out of their zone.  Finally, Addison took and missed a wing jumper.

St. John’s got the rebound and were going to hold it until the last shot, but Syracuse decided to foul the Redmen’s worst foul shooter when he got the ball, 45% Willie Glass.  Willie made 1-of-2 with 2:30 left.  Then for 2:04 of that last 2:30, Syracuse decided to hold the ball and go for the last shot down one.  After their timeout with 26 seconds left, they worked the ball but didn’t seem to be getting a good look.

Finally, Pearl Washington penetrated and kicked out to freshman reserve guard Greg Monroe.  Monroe lifted and made the corner jumper with 2 seconds left to give the Orangemen an 82-81 lead.  For Pearl, it was his 18th assist.. a Big East record.  St. John’s had to go full court and the play almost worked.  Allen threw a full-length pass to Glass who seemed to catch the ball cleanly but didn’t have any control as he went up for a shot in one motion.  The ball hit the side of the backboard.

Syracuse lost their final regular season game to Georgetown and they would see the Hoyas again in the Big East Tournament final.  St. John’s would be a #9 seed in the East Regional and would lose in the 1st round to Temple, 65-63.  But they would be back in 1985 with perhaps their best team of the modern era.

Syracuse starters (points scored)

Rafael Addison (28) – Small Forward

Sean Kerins (8) – Power Forward

Andre Hawkins (5) – Center

Pearl Washington (8) – Point Guard

Gene Waldron (12) – Shooting Guard

Syracuse bench (points scored)

Greg Monroe (8)

Wendell Alexis (13)

George Papadakos (0)

Syracuse Coach: Jim Boeheim

St. John’s starters (points scored)

Chris Mullin (35) – Small Forward

Jeff Allen (13) – Power Forward

Bill Wennington (15) – Center

Mark Jackson (6) – Point Guard

Mike Moses (6) – Shooting Guard

St. John’s bench (points scored)

Willie Glass (6)

Ron Stewart (0)

Mike Feigenbaum (0)

St. John’s Coach: Lou Carnesecca

March 3, 1984 – (#15)Duke Blue Devils 83 @(#1)North Carolina Tarheels 96 (2OT)

In 1984, the North Carolina Tarheels were trying to join the 1957 Tarheels, the 1963 Duke Blue Devils, the 1970 South Carolina Gamecocks, and the 1973 & 1974 North Carolina State Wolfpack as the only teams in ACC history to go through the conference regular season undefeated.

Their final contest in that conquest was the young and improving Duke Blue Devils at Carmichael Auditorium.  Duke was in the rankings for the first time since 1980 and had a young coach by the name of Mike Krzyzewski.  The team was led by a trio of sophomores in guards Johnny Dawkins and David Henderson and big man Mark Alarie.  This trio was joined by another sophomore big man in Jay Bilas, who was thought to be slowed in this game with a shoulder injury but ended up playing a solid ball game.  Rounding out the regulars were freshman point guard Tommy Amaker and junior Canadian forward Dan Meagher.

Duke had started the ACC season at 1-4 (including a close loss to UNC at Cameron Indoor Stadium) but then won 6 conference games in a row, all by close margins.  They were on a two-game losing streak though as they had surprisingly lost back-to-back games at Cameron by a combined 3 points to Georgia Tech and Clemson.  They had a 5-1 record in ACC road games that season but had not beaten Carolina in Chapel Hill since 1966.

For the Tarheels, it was senior day.  So Sam Perkins, Matt Doherty and reserve Cecil Exum got honored in their last home game.  Little did we know, although I’m sure some suspected, that it would also be the final home game for Michael Jordan.  Doherty found Exum for the first basket of the game but Duke responded as Henderson hit a baseline pull-up after Duke beat the trap.  Then Meagher fed Alarie for a layup and Dawkins followed up his own miss.

Doherty and Perkins hit field goals to give the three seniors the first three baskets for the Tarheels.  But the game went back and forth as Duke used great ball movement to get open shots.  The big recipient early was Henderson who scored 10 first half points.  A Dawkins driving layup and a foul gave Duke a 15-13 lead and later Dawkins found Alarie on the break for another three-point play that gave the Blue Devils a 28-24 lead.  But then Henderson committed his 3rd foul and Carolina got back into it with Perkins and Brad Daugherty leading the way.  Perkins finished with 12 first half points while Daugherty contributed 10 off the bench.  The Tarheels led 41-40 at the break.

The 2nd half went back and forth as well as it started with Steve Hale finding Daugherty in the post for a jumper.  Hale had been the starting point guard since freshman Kenny Smith had gone out with a broken wrist.  Smith was back in limited time for this game.  Jordan had struggled a bit in the first half but his wing jumper gave Carolina a 49-45 lead.  But then Dawkins hit a driving finger roll from the baseline, Jordan committed his 3rd foul, and Alarie tied the game with a baseline jumper.

Jordan’s pull-up in the lane and a foul gave Carolina a 54-51 lead but then Michael committed his 4th foul and sat down for awhile.  With him down, the Tarheels kept their lead as freshmen Smith and Joe Wolf hit field goals to extend the lead to 60-55.  But then Amaker found Bilas for a layup, Henderson hit a jumper from the foul line and Bilas hit Alarie for a slam on a bounce pass between the legs of Perkins.  This gave Duke a 61-60 lead.

Jordan came back in at that point and hit two quick field goals, the second of which was an alley-oop from Hale, to give Carolina a 66-65 lead.  With about 4:00 left, Henderson fouled out with the game tied at 68.  With that Duke seemed to lose some momentum and Carolina, once they grabbed the lead on a Perkins free throw, seemed content to run a version of the four corners.  Through Duke’s defense, Carolina didn’t score off the spread but the Blue Devils missed several chances to take the lead.  First, Dawkins committed an offensive foul for his 4th.  Then Alarie missed an open jumper and finally with 1:00 left and Carolina still up 71-70, Amaker committed an offensive foul versus the trap.

The Tarheels tried to run out the clock, but Dawkins got a steal on a pass toward the middle of the back court.  Jordan hustled back and knocked the ball away from Dawkins out of bounds before he could go up with a breakaway with 28 seconds left.  But Duke’s passing found the open man after the inbounds.  After Amaker and Dawkins handled the ball, Bilas found Alarie inside.  Mark up-faked Perkins and Jordan, scored in-between them and drew the foul.  After the three-point play, Duke led 73-71 with 20 seconds left.  Carolina didn’t call timeout, Jordan penetrated and found Hale in the corner.  Steve was short on a jumper and Daugherty committed a loose ball foul on Meagher with 10 seconds left.  That was Daugherty’s 5th.

Meagher, a 64% foul shooter on the season, went to the line for a 1-and-1.  He missed the front end.  Perkins got the rebound and called timeout with 7 seconds left.  One would think the Tarheels would go to Jordan or Perkins, but instead Matt Doherty took the inbounds pass in the back court and went coast-to-coast before pulling up just inside the left elbow and nailing a jumper at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

In the overtime, both teams were content to hold the ball for a minute.  Duke controlled the jump and did just that until Alarie found Amaker past a gambling Tarheel defender for a layup.  Jordan tied the game with a pull-up from the foul line.  Then after a Duke miss, Carolina held the ball.  They eventually took a 77-75 lead when Smith penetrated and found Jordan for a baseline drive off the glass.  With 45 seconds left, Alarie tied it by making both ends of a 1-and-1.  Smith then penetrated again and found Perkins for a layup.

After a Duke timeout, they worked the ball to Dawkins.  He missed a jumper from the top of the key but the long rebound kicked out to Bilas.  The ball eventually found Dawkins again who drove to the lane and hit on an up-and-under shot to tie the game at 79.  Carolina got a timeout with 4 seconds left.  They inbounded to Jordan at half court.  He drove to the baseline and pulled up.  But as he went up for his customary game-winner the ball seemed to slip a bit and as a result, MJ’s attempt hit the side of the backboard and we were headed into a second overtime.  He’s human.

OK, maybe I take that last statement back after the first play of overtime.  Hale lobbed an alley-oop to him but the ball was behind him.  No problem though, MJ while in the air gathers the ball behind him and makes the basket while he is fouled.  North Carolina had a 82-79 after that surge of momentum, which as well as Duke’s fatigue put the game away in the 2nd overtime.  The Blue Devils stayed with them for awhile.  Dawkins and Alarie hit field goals to cut the lead to 84-83.

But then Perkins hit a turnaround in the paint.  And then after a Duke miss, Jordan penetrated and found Perkins for a slam.  Duke then turned the ball over and Carolina finished them off at the foul line as the seniors and Jordan eventually got to get an ovation as they went out of the game.

For Carolina, they had become the first ACC team in 10 years to go through the regular season undefeated in the conference.  In fact, they only had one loss on the season (a one-point loss to Arkansas on February 12) and had been #1 in the polls all but one week.  For Duke, their tough games would continue in the ACC Tournament.  They would have a chance to see Carolina again if they could get past a young, talented Georgia Tech team.

Duke starters (points scored)

David Henderson (14) – Small Forward

Dan Meagher (0) – Power Forward

Mark Alarie (28) – Center

Tommy Amaker (3) – Point Guard

Johnny Dawkins (25) – Shooting Guard

Duke bench (points scored)

Jay Bilas (11)

Doug McNeely (2)

Richard Ford (0)

Todd Anderson (0)

Duke Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

North Carolina starters (points scored)

Matt Doherty (12) – Small Forward

Cecil Exum (2) – Power Forward – senior starting on senior day

Sam Perkins (25) – Center

Steve Hale (6) – Point Guard

Michael Jordan (25) – Shooting Guard

North Carolina bench (points scored)

Buzz Peterson (0)

Brad Daugherty (16)

Kenny Smith (4)

Joe Wolf (4)

Dave Popson (2)

North Carolina Coach: Dean Smith

March 9, 1984 – ACC Tournament Quarterfinal: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 63 vs(#16)Duke Blue Devils 67 (OT)

Georgia Tech finished with a 6-8 ACC record, which was tied with Virginia for 5th.  The Yellow Jackets were in their third season in the ACC and Bobby Cremins, who had played on South Carolina during their undefeated 1970 ACC season, was starting to build something good.

Georgia Tech was led by junior forwards Yvon Joseph and Scott Petway, sophomore stars John Salley and Mark Price and freshman guards Bruce Dalrymple and Craig Neal.  They had just beaten Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium two weeks earlier.

Patway and Joseph got the scoring started for Tech while Johnny Dawkins hit two field goals and the game was tied at 6.  But then John Salley got two easy shots down low and then Price came off a Joseph screen for a runner.  Then Mark got a steal and breakaway for a 15-6 Tech lead.  They kept that lead until Dawkins got it going late in the half.  He scored 6 points while Price got his 3rd foul.  But Tech maintained a 30-24 halftime lead when Neal found Dalrymple for a layup.

The 2nd half started with Dawkins getting his 12th point on a jumper from the top.  Then Jay Bilas got a defensive rebound and gave it to Dawkins who went coast-to-coast.  Bilas then committed his 4th foul but Salley missed two free throws.  Then Dawkins found Mark Alarie in the post to tie the game at 30.  Duke took a 33-32 lead when Tommy Amaker found David Henderson on the break for a three-point play.  But then Price broke the press and found Joseph for a layup.  Then Yvon put back a Neal miss for a 36-33 Yellow Jackets lead.

The score went back and forth before Alarie hit a turnaround banker in the post to put the Blue Devils up 43-40.  Then from halfcourt in transition, Amaker fed Alarie for a running slam.  Another turnaround from the post gave Alarie 12 second half points and gave Duke a 47-40 lead.

Price then started to get it going with a driving banker and then a runner on the break off a Salley outlet.  Then on a 3-on-2 break, Price fed Salley who touch passed it to Petway for a three-point play.  This tied the game at 47.  Then Dalrymple got a steal and Price a breakaway to complete the 9-0 run.  Alarie kept Duke in it for the next few minutes before he committed his 4th foul.  Amaker found Henderson at the wing for a jumper which tied the game at 55.

Then with 4:50 left, Bilas fouled out and Duke had only Alarie as a true big man.  A minute later, Henderson hit two free throws to give Duke a 59-57 lead.  But Price tied it with a jumper from the deep wing with 3 1/2 to go.  Duke then decided to hang onto the ball and perhaps play for the last shot.  With 53 seconds to go though, Henderson was fouled by Dalrymple, his 4th, and made both ends of the 1-and-1.  But with 39 seconds to go, Price answered with another deep wing jumper.  Duke held the ball again but Petway got a steal with 14 seconds left.  Tech didn’t call time and gave the ball to Price.  He was just short on a baseline shot and the game went into overtime.

The overtime started off well as Dalrymple swung the ball to Price for another deep wing jumper.  Henderson then tied it with a pull-up from the foul line.  But then after Petway missed a banker, each team exchanged turnovers.  Then Duke held the ball again for the last shot.  Finally after about 2:00 Dawkins was at the free throw line.  He started to drive but gave it over to Amaker at the right wing.  With 8 seconds left, the freshman rose up and nailed the jumper.  Duke led 65-63.

Again there was no timeout as Tech gave it to Price in the back court.  Mark dribbled all the way up but just before giving it to Dalrymple for a game-tying layup, he charged into Henderson and was called.  Henderson finished the scoring at the free throw line after the buzzer went off.

It was said facetiously during this game that it would a reward for the winner as they would have to go up against the North Carolina Tarheels.  But after the double-overtime loss to their rival, Duke was probably aching for a second chance and they got it.

Georgia Tech starters (points scored)

Scott Petway (7) – Small Forward

John Salley (14) – Power Forward

Yvon Joseph (12) – Center

Mark Price (18) – Point Guard

Bruce Dalrymple (10) – Shooting Guard

Georgia Tech bench (points scored)

Craig Neal (2)

Tim Harvey (0)

Anthony Byrd (0)

Georgia Tech Coach: Bobby Cremins

Duke starters (points scored)

Dan Meagher (0) – Small Forward

Mark Alarie (20) – Power Forward

Jay Bilas (2) – Center

Tommy Amaker (6) – Point Guard

Johnny Dawkins (18) – Shooting Guard

Duke bench (points scored)

David Henderson (17)

Doug McNeely (4)

Todd Anderson (0)

Duke Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

March 10, 1984 – ACC Tournament Semifinal: (#16)Duke Blue Devils 77 vs(#1)North Carolina Tarheels 75

Unheralded Matt Doherty for the Tarheels had scored 20 points in the Quarterfinal victory over Clemson as the Tarheels played without center Brad Daugherty, who had hurt his hand in practice.  Daugherty was back for this game but wasn’t starting as freshman Joe Wolf took his spot in the middle.

Meanwhile, Doherty continued his scoring by getting the first 6 points in this game versus the Blue Devils.  But Duke went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-7 lead as the game started back and forth.  It continued as Carolina took an 11-10 lead when Jordan slammed home a Doherty miss on the break.  Then Mark Alarie penetrated and found David Henderson for a corner jumper.  Jordan then drove baseline and hit on a double-pump while fading away to avoid a charge.  Dan Meagher fed Alarie for a hook and then Kenny Smith, back in the starting lineup, hit an elbow jumper.

This action continued until Carolina took a 25-24 lead on a Steve Hale jumper.  Then the team that wasn’t expected to make the big run did just that.  Tommy Amaker hit a pullup from the wing and Jay Bilas hit a hook in the lane.  Then Johnny Dawkins outletted to Meagher for a breakaway.  After a Perkins free throw and two Doug McNeely free throws for Duke, Bilas got a defensive rebound and outletted to Amaker who quickly found a streaking Alarie for a breakaway.  This gave Duke a 34-26 lead.  The Devils maintained that lead at 40-32 at the half as Alarie and Jordan led the game with 10 points.

At the start of the 2nd half, the expected team made a run.  Perkins and Alarie exchanged field goals.  Then Perkins hit a turnaround from the post and Jordan spun baseline from the post and hit a reverse.  Then Doherty got a steal and hit a pull-up from the foul line and the lead was down to 42-40.  Then after Brad Daugherty committed his 3rd foul and Amaker hit two free throws, Jordan found Brad for a slam on the break and then MJ found Smith for a wing jumper to tie the game at 44.

Carolina took the lead when Smith alley-ooped to Perkins and then led 48-45 when Smith found Daugherty for a layup.  The Tarheels had chances to increase that lead but didn’t and Duke stayed with them and eventually took a 52-50 lead when Dawkins rebounded an Alarie missed free throw and put it back in.  Duke went on a streak that was highlighted by Dawkins alley-ooping to Henderson who threw it down with one hand.  But Carolina stayed in it on the strength of Matt Doherty’s offensive rebounds and putbacks.  UNC eventaully regained a 58-56 lead when Doherty got a steal and fed Jordan for a breakaway double-pump showtime slam.

Carolina got on another break with a chance to go up by four, but Perkins was called for a travel as he took 3 steps before finishing.  Perkins was having an off game to say the least and would not score down the stretch.  Duke tied it at 58 on an Alarie turnaround in the lane.  Then after Kenny Smith missed a layup, Alarie gave Duke the lead on a putback off a Dawkins miss.  Perkins then got called for an offensive foul on a screen as Jordan was driving.  This gave Bilas a chance to get a double-double on what was being called perhaps his best game at Duke so far.

Matt Doherty eventually tied it at 63 on a putback and a foul but Dawkins broke the press and gave Duke the lead with a layup.  Then Daugherty fouled out trying to get an offensive rebound.  Meagher made two free throws to give Duke a 67-63 lead.  But then Perkins found Smith for a layup and Jordan hit a baseline jumper and the game was tied again with the shot clock now off.  So Duke slowed it down but Henderson lost it out of bounds.  Then Carolina slowed it down but Doherty had a pass to Jordan deflected and stolen.

With 2:50 left, Dawkins tipped in an Alarie miss and Duke led by two.  But 10 seconds later, Doherty hit a jumper from the foul line.  However, Amaker found Dawkins for a wing jumper and the Blue Devils led 71-69.  With about 2:00 left, Perkins missed a hook to tie it.  Duke got the rebound and ran off a minute before Alarie was fouled.  With exactly 60 seconds left, Alarie made both free throws.  Joe Wolf hit two free throws after getting fouled on an offensive rebound.  But Duke regained a 75-71 lead with 42 seconds left when Henderson made both ends of a 1-and-1.  Doherty raced back down and hit a pull-up from 10 feet away just right of the lane.

With 17 seconds left, Perkins fouled Henderson who made both ends of the 1-and-1 again.  At the other end, Smith missed a corner jumper and Wolf missed an easy putback.  But Jordan finally got the ball in with 5 seconds left and Carolina called timeout.  With 4 seconds left, Doherty fouled Henderson again.  This time, David missed the front end and Carolina called their last timeout with 3 seconds left and a chance to tie the game.

However, the Tarheels had to inbound from three-quarter court.  Doherty tried to find Jordan at the near baseline with a long pass but the ball hit something out of bounds and went off Jordan’s hands.  Because the ball was ruled to have hit a water cooler out of bounds before getting to Jordan, no time ran off the clock and Duke got to inbound the ball where Carolina inbounded it.  Duke got it to Dawkins who was fouled.  Dawkins missed the front end but with Carolina out of timeouts, Perkins could only throw it the length of the court.  It hit the top of the backboard and Duke had pulled the upset.

Duke starters (points scored)

Dan Meagher (6) – Small Forward

Mark Alarie (21) – Power Forward

Jay Bilas (10) – Center

Tommy Amaker (6) – Point Guard

Johnny Dawkins (16) – Shooting Guard

Duke bench (points scored)

David Henderson (14)

Doug McNeely (4)

Duke Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

North Carolina starters (points scored)

Matt Doherty (20) – Small Forward

Sam Perkins (9) – Power Forward

Joe Wolf (6) – Center

Kenny Smith (6) – Point Guard

Michael Jordan (22) – Shooting Guard

North Carolina bench (points scored)

Brad Daugherty (8)

Steve Hale (4)

Dave Popson (0)

North Carolina Coach: Dean Smith

amaker vs jordan

Tommy Amaker going against Michael Jordan in the ACC Semifinal (by the way in case you were wondering, I don’t know why Carolina, as the higher seed, were wearing their road uniforms) *photo courtesy of CNN Sports Illustrated

March 10, 1984 – ACC Tournament Semifinal: (#19)Wake Forest Demon Deacons 64 vs(#14)Maryland Terrapins 66

In perhaps an anti-climactic Semifinal game as compared to the first one (or at least it seemed so as Maryland had far fewer fans than the other three North Carolina schools for this tournament in Greensboro), the 3-seeded Demon Deacons took on the 2-seeded (and suddenly the favorite in this tournament) Maryland Terrapins.

Sophomore Kenny Green was the only new starter for 1984 for Wake Forest, and he happened to be their leading scorer.  Senior center Anthony Teachey and junior guard Delaney Rudd also cracked double figures, while senior guard Danny Young was just below the 10 point marker.  The 5th starter was John Toms who had most of his playing time in this game taken by junior Lee Garber.  Wake Forest also freatured 5’3″ freshman Tyrone ‘Muggsy’ Bogues.

Wake Forest and Maryland had defeated Virginia and NC State, respectively in the Quarterfinals.  The Terps kept their momentum going early as Ben Coleman got two quick field goals.  Kenny Green also got two quick field goals to cut the lead to 6-4, but then the Terps really got rolling.  Herman Veal found Jeff Adkins for a wing jumper and then Len Bias hit a jump hook in the lane.  Adkins then found Bias for a baseline jumper and then Bias got a steal and Adkins a breakaway.  Maryland led 16-4.

Maryland took as much as a 13-point lead before Young hit a layup and then a jumper.  Coleman and Garber exchanged baskets before Teachey found Rudd for a backdoor layup and then Rudd got a steal and layup.  Just like that, the lead was down to 23-18.  But then Coleman hit a driving finger roll and Bias hit a jumper in the lane and a runner on the baseline.  Adrian Branch then got a block and a slam.  Coleman completed the 10-0 run with a jumper in the post.  A Garber basket cut Maryland’s halftime lead to 33-20.

The key to Maryland’s lead was defense, especially Herman Veal.  Veal had guarded Michael Jordan in the earlier matchup with North Carolina but was matched up with Kenny Green in this game.  The versatile Veal held Kenny to only those two early field goals.

But Green got going early in the 2nd half as he and Rudd each hit two field goals to kick-start Wake Forest on an 8-2 run.  After Branch hit a turn-around in the paint, Rudd and Green each got another field goal.  Branch hit another turn-around from the post but then Teachey put back a Green miss and Young found Rudd for a short pull-up on a 4-on-1 break.  Maryland called timeout as their lead was down to 39-36.

The Deacons cut it to one when Teachey found Green on a high-low for a layup.  But then Branch hit back-to-back field goals.  Keith Gatlin found Bias for a corner jumper and then Coleman hit a runner from the baseline to give the Terrapins a nine-point lead.  Maryland maintained its lead at 59-48 when Veal recovered a loose ball for a layup.  The shot clock was now off, so after Rudd made a jumper from the top of the key, the Deacons fouled Branch.  He made both ends of the 1-and-1.

But after a Garber field goal, Branch missed a front end and a Teachey wing jumper cut the lead to 61-54.  Branch then missed a running hook in the lane and Teachey made two free throws.  The Deacons then fouled Adkins, who made 1-of-2 free throws.  With 2:28 left, Rudd hit a pull-up from the baseline to cut Maryland’s lead to 62-58.  Adkins again made 1-of-2 free throws before Teachey made two more.  Teachey was having a nice night with a double-double.

With 1:05 left, Adkins found Bias on the baseline.  Lenny went up for a runner but lost the ball and Wake recovered it.  However, Young was short on a wing jumper and with 50 seconds left, Coleman made both ends of a 1-and-1 to give Maryland a 65-60 lead.  Young then hit a wing jumper before committing his 5th foul on Gatlin.  Keith did miss the front end though and Bogues found Teachey for a layup with 27 seconds left.  It was down to 65-64.

Maryland moved the ball around as Wake couldn’t foul them (or in some cases Wake wasn’t called for a foul).  As Maryland was trying to kill it, Branch was not called for a pretty obvious travel as he went up-and-down trying to keep the ball away from a defender.  Finally with two seconds left, Bias was fouled.  Unfortunately for Wake, they were out of timeouts.  So when Bias missed the 2nd free throw and Wake only trailed 66-64, all they could do was throw up a prayer.  They didn’t even get that off in time.

Wake, with a 21-8 record, became a #4 seed in the Midwest Regional.  After beating Kansas, they upset #1 DePaul 73-71 in Ray Meyer’s last game.  They lost in the Regional Finals to Houston though.

Wake Forest starters (points scored)

John Toms (2) – Small Forward

Kenny Green (14) – Power Forward

Anthony Teachey (16) – Center

Delaney Rudd (20) – Point Guard

Danny Young (6) – Shooting Guard

Wake Forest bench (points scored)

Lee Garber (6)

Muggsy Bogues (0)

Chuck Kepley (0)

Craig Wessel (0)

Wake Forest Coach: Carl Tacy

Maryland starters (points scored)

Len Bias (15) – Small Forward

Herman Veal (6) – Power Forward

Ben Coleman (16) – Center

Jeff Adkins (6) – Point Guard

Adrian Branch (16) – Shooting Guard

Maryland bench (points scored)

Keith Gatlin (6)

Terry Long (1)

Mark Fothergill (0)

Maryland Coach: Lefty Driesell

March 10, 1984 – Big East Tournament Final: (#18)Syracuse Orangemen 71 vs(#2)Georgetown Hoyas 82 (OT)

After losing to St. John’s at home, Georgetown made mincemeat of their next 5 opponents, including Syracuse in the regular season finale and St. John’s in the Big East Semis.  Syracuse, the number 2 seed in the conference, survived the Semifinal by beating Villanova by one.  So for the first time ever, the top two seeds in the Big East squared off for the championship on the Madison Square Garden floor.

Patrick Ewing and Pearl Washington were basically squaring off for the MVP, and they played like it in the championship.  Pearl, who was from Brooklyn, hit the first shot on a pull-up from the elbow.  But then David Wingate found Ewing for a baseline jumper.  Pearl scored 10 of the first 20 points for Syracuse while a deeper Georgetown team had more balance.  A Reggie Williams steal and Wingate breakaway gave the Hoyas a 23-20 lead.  Then Ewing made two free throws for his 8th point.

But just as it looked like it may be getting away from Syracuse, freshman Greg Monroe hit a corner jumper.  Then he penetrated and found Andre Hawkins for a layup and a foul.  The three-point play tied the game at 25.  It stayed even as Pearl produced some highlights.  After gaining control of a loose ball, he went one-on-one versus Michael Jackson, going between the legs and behind the back before pulling up and hitting a banker from just inside the foul line as the crowd went nuts.  Washington later made another elbow jumper after a crossover.  Syracuse led 37-35 at the half.

The back-and-forth action continued in the 2nd half.  Pearl scored his 20th point on two free throws which gave Syracuse a 49-48 lead.  Ewing then committed his 3rd foul after his counterpart in the middle, Hawkins, committed his 4th.  Later, a jumper from Sean Kerins at the foul line gave Syracuse a 54-50 lead with just over 5:00 left.  Fred Brown then alley-ooped to Ewing but Rafael Addison responded with a wing jumper.  Ewing again came through at a critical time as he scored on a reverse after getting an offensive rebound.

Then with Syracuse up 57-54, Hoyas freshman enforcer Michael Graham and bulky Andre Hawkins got into a few elbow matches.  It escalated on a rebound scramble when Graham ended up throwing a fist at Hawkins.  At first, the officials called a flagrant foul on Graham, which would have kicked him out of the game, but they later changed it to an intentional foul after discussion.  Either way, Hawkins made two free throws with 3:52 left that gave Syracuse its biggest lead at 59-54 and John Thompson sat Graham for the rest of the game.

Later after Reggie Williams hit a runner in the lane, Hawkins uncharacteristically drove down the lane for an easy layup to put the Orangemen back up 61-56.  But then with 2:58 left, Addison fouled out.  Syracuse’s leading scorer on the season had struggled in the title game with only 4 points.  Bill Martin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 after the foul but Ewing got the offensive rebound and was fouled.  He made 1-of-2.

Then Hawkins committed a charge against Jackson for his 5th foul.  Michael made both free throws to cut the lead to 61-59.  Syracuse was now in full kill-the-clock mode with the shot clock off, but they committed a 5-second violation (not the inbounds violation but a player with the ball not making enough movement against the defender in 5 seconds).  With 1:53 left, a Jackson driving layup tied the game at 61.  Pearl came back 15 seconds later with a banker.  Then after a Jackson miss from the wing, Ewing committed his 4th foul going for the offensive rebound.  Fortunately for Georgetown, the man Ewing fouled was the only backup big guy Jim Boeheim, freshman George Papadakos.  Papadakos, getting his first action of the game, missed the front end of the 1-and-1.

Papadakos made another mistake after Williams missed from the wing and Syracuse got the rebound.  In transition, Monroe gave George the ball at the free throw line and he traveled to the basket.  Papadakos would leave Syracuse after the season and transferred to Michigan State.  Finally, Georgetown tied it with 37 seconds left when Jackson hit a jumper from the top of the key.  Syracuse got the last shot after calling two timeouts.  Senior Gene Waldron penetrated and found fellow senior Kerins in the corner.  Kerins, a dangerous shooter, had Ewing rush out to him.  He pump faked Patrick but couldn’t get off the cleanest of shots and it went short.  The game was going into overtime.

Georgetown hadn’t made mincemeat of Syracuse yet, but in overtime they would do so.  Horace Broadnax penetrated and found Ewing for a three-point play.  Then with 3:00 left, Jackson made two free throws for a 68-63 Hoyas lead.  Later, Jackson found Ewing with a wrap-around pass for a layup.  The Hoyas went on to finish the game at the foul line as Ewing got his tournament MVP.

Georgetown would go into the NCAA tournament as a #1 seed in the West Regional.  Meanwhile, Syracuse became a #3 seed in the East Regional.  They would lose to cinderella 7-seeded Virginia 63-55 in the Regional Semifinals.

Syracuse starters (points scored)

Rafael Addison (4) – Small Forward

Sean Kerins (14) – Power Forward

Andre Hawkins (14) – Center

Pearl Washington (27) – Point Guard

Gene Waldron (4) – Shooting Guard

Syracuse bench (points scored)

Wendell Alexis (6)

Greg Monroe (2)

George Papadakos (0)

Syracuse Coach: Jim Boeheim

Georgetown starters (points scored)

David Wingate (6) – Small Forward

Ralph Dalton (3) – Power Forward

Patrick Ewing (27) – Center

Fred Brown (4) – Point Guard

Michael Jackson (20) – Shooting Guard

Georgetown bench (points scored)

Gene Smith (3)

Horace Broadnax (2)

Reggie Williams (9)

Michael Graham (2)

Bill Martin (6)

Victor Morris (0)

Georgetown Coach: John Thompson


Patrick Ewing getting a rebound versus Syracuse.  Ralph Dalton (#52 Georgetown) and George Papadakos (#32 Syracuse) are in the background.  Photo courtesy of Casual Hoya

March 11, 1984 – ACC Tournament Final: (#16)Duke Blue Devils 62 vs(#14)Maryland Terrapins 74

Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell had been to the ACC Tournament Finals 5 times.  He was 0-5.  The first three of those losses (1972-1974) came when only the tournament winner made the NCAA tournament (although Maryland made it in 1973 because NC State was ineligible).  Despite being able to make the tournament a few times since its expansion, Driesell’s Terps still suffered two more losses in the title game in 1980 and 1981, each by one point.  Furthermore, Maryland had lost perhaps the greatest game in ACC history in the 1974 title game to NC State covered in UCLA dynasty 1968-1975.

That story was a backdrop as Maryland prepared to face a young Duke team in the title game in 1984.  The start of the game couldn’t have helped matters for Lefty.  Johnny Dawkins hit a pull-up from the wing after a cross-over.  Then Jay Bilas scored on a putback.  Then Bilas found Dawkins for a corner jumper and before you could say the Maryland fight song, Duke was leading 6-0.

Maryland settled the game down by bringing in freshman point guard Keith Gatlin.  He immediately found Ben Coleman for a banker from the post.  But Duke continued its momentum as Dan Meagher alley-ooped to the 6’2″ Dawkins for a slam.  Later, Dawkins scored his 10th point after getting he steal.  On the breakway, Dawkins went to a 360 spin and layup in the air to avoid Adrian Branch.  Then on another break, Tommy Amaker found Mark Alarie who found the trailing Meagher for a layup.  Duke was up 16-8 at that point.

Despite that assist though, Alarie was off to a tough 0-for-3 start as he had missed a breakaway layup and an easy banker among those shots.  He later, uncharacteristically, missed two free throws (although he did eventually score his first field goal on a two-handed reverse).  Maryland got back into the game led by Gatlin and Len Bias.  A Coleman outlet to Bias for a slam cut the lead to 22-19.  Then Branch hit a floater from the baseline and Gatlin found Adrian for a corner jumper to give Maryland its first lead at 23-22.

But Duke responded as Dawkins continued his assault.  He scored four points as Duke went on a 6-0 run.  It concluded with a Dawkins double-pump jumper in the lane over Bias.  Duke led 30-27 at the half.

The 2nd half started out with the scoring going back and forth but Duke kept its lead.  A Meagher spin and baseline jumper put the Devils up 36-33.  After a Branch free throw, Alarie hit a wing jumper.  Then Alarie got a steal and hit a streaking Amaker for a layup.  Then after a Terps miss, Dawkins led a 3-on-1 and found Meagher for a slam.  Just like that, Duke led 42-34.

Gatlin pushed the ball right back up and found Branch for a layup.  Then Branch penetrated and found Bias for a wing jumper.  After a David Henderson free throw, Bias hit two corner jumpers and the lead was down to 43-42.  Gatlin then found Coleman in the post for a banker.  After Bilas hit a tough shot in the post, Veal followed up a Branch miss to give the Terps a 46-45 lead.  This would be the last lead change of the day.

Duke was struggling against Maryland’s 2-3 zone.  This was especially true for Dawkins, who missed his first 7 shots of the 2nd half.  Meanwhile, Maryland rolled as Gatlin hit a runner in the lane.  Branch fed Veal for a double-pump.  Gatlin found Bias with a cross-court pass for a wing jumper.  Finally when Gatlin penetrated and found Coleman for a layup, Maryland led 58-45 and was on an incredible 24-3 run.

With that the ball game was all but over, but Maryland produced some highlights to end it.  The first of which was a Branch over-the-shoulder pass to Bias for a reverse slam.  Later, Bias and Coleman had big slams on the break and Jeff Adkins finished it off with a driving three-point play.  Lefty finally had his ACC title.  It would be the high point of his career, at least at Maryland.  Actually, this may be the high point for Maryland basketball until they won the 2002 NCAA title.

Maryland would be a #3 seed in the Mideast Regional.  They would lose to 2-seeded Illinois 72-70 in the Regional Semifinals.  Duke would end up being a #3 seed in the West, but Mike Krzyzewski lost his first NCAA tournament game to #6 Washington 80-78 in the 2nd round.

Duke starters (points scored)

Dan Meagher (12) – Small Forward

Mark Alarie (9) – Power Forward

Jay Bilas (6) – Center

Tommy Amaker (6) – Point Guard

Johnny Dawkins (22) – Shooting Guard

Duke bench (points scored)

David Henderson (7)

Doug McNeely (0)

Duke Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

Maryland starters (points scored)

Len Bias (26) – Small Forward

Herman Veal (5) – Power Forward

Ben Coleman (14) – Center

Jeff Adkins (7) – Point Guard

Adrian Branch (12) – Shooting Guard

Maryland bench (points scored)

Keith Gatlin (8)

Terry Long (2)

Jeff Baxter (0)

Chuck Driesell (0)

Pete Holbert (0)

Mark Fothergill (0)

Maryland Coach: Lefty Driesell

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Maryland being presented with the ACC Championship trophy.  In back, from left to right is head coach Lefty Driesell, Ben Coleman, Adrian Branch, and Len Bias *photo courtesy of Washington Post

March 15, 1984 – East Regional 1st round: (#12)Richmond Spiders 72 vs(#5)Auburn Tigers 71

For the first time in their program’s basketball history, Charles Barkley and Auburn was making an NCAA tournament appearance.  Barkley was the SEC player of the year and had led Auburn to the SEC tournament championship game.  They lost to Kentucky 51-49 on Kenny Walker’s buzzer-beater but they had climbed to as high as #16 in the polls.

The Tigers had another future NBA star in sophomore Chuck Person.  Going with Barkley and Person were senior forward Greg Turner, a freshman starting backcourt of Gerald White and Frank Ford and subs Vern Strickland and senior guard Paul Daniels.

Richmond was also making its first NCAA tournament appearance led by the only player in their program’s history who amounted to much of anything in the NBA, Johnny Newman.  Newman was only a sophomore but still averaging over 20 points per game.  Newman was joined at forward by fellow sophomore John Davis.  In the middle was senior Bill Flye and at guards were playmaker Greg Beckwith and shooter Kelvin Johnson.

The game started with Newman and Johnson bombing away.  Field goals by Person and Barkley helped tie the game at 6 but then Beckwith hit a jumper from the foul line.  Then Beckwith got assists on Newman and Johnson wing jumpers.  Then after Johnson hit another, Auburn called timeout down 14-6.  But it continued as Newman hit a wing jumper and then after an Auburn field goal, Davis tipped in a Flye miss and Johnson finished a 3-on-1 after a Beckwith steal.

Greg Turner kept Auburn within striking distance for a bit and then a Barkley layup after a Paul Daniels steal cut the lead back to 24-16.  But then Davis again tipped in a Flye miss and Newman and Johnson hit jumpers.  Richmond later increased their lead when Flye got a three-point play.  Then Newman got his 14th point when Johnson found him for a layup.  This gave the Spiders a 17-point lead and they held on to it at the half at 39-22.

The 2nd half didn’t start out much better for Auburn although Person hit a few field goals after only getting a deuce in the first half.  Barkley got his 4th foul and two Newman free throws put Richmond up 48-28, it’s biggest lead.  Then, incredibly, with Barkley on the bench, Auburn made a mini-run.  Vern Strickland gave the Tigers a spark and they cut the lead to 15 several times.  They couldn’t get it under that margin until Barkley came back in and took a Daniels lob pass for a three-point play.  The score was down to 54-42.

Although Flye answered with a three-point play, Gerald White scored five consecutive points.  The last three came when Barkley pushed the ball in transition and found the freshman for a layup and a foul.  Auburn’s next charge was held off by Newman, who scored 6 consecutive points to bring his total to 26.  But then Daniels again lobbed to Barkley for a layup.  Then Sir Charles got a steal and a big slam to cut the lead to 63-53.

Field goals from White and Person cut the lead further.  Then with 2:35 left, a Strickland banker from the wing cut the lead to 63-59.  The Tigers had a chance to cut further into the lead but Beckwith got a steal from Daniels.  And although Daniels hustled back to block the breakaway layup, he blocked it out of bounds.  Flye then took an inbounds pass, scored, and charged into Barkley.  Although it was an offensive foul on Flye, his basket counted.  But Barkley made both ends of a 1-and-1 as well.

After Newman found Flye for a layup to put Richmond up 67-61, Bill fouled out trying to keep Barkley off the boards.  Charles made 2 of his next 4 free throws but was helped in between by a missed front end by Davis.  With 57 seconds left, Barkley made two more free throws to cut the lead to 68-65.  But Beckwith responded after a foul 1 second later by making two free throws.  Strickland missed and Person fouled out.  Richmond missed a front end though and Daniels hit from the top of the key with 37 seconds left.  Auburn called their last timeout after the field goal, down 70-67.

With 29 seconds left, Strickland committed an intentional foul and Johnson made two free throws.  Daniels came back with a floater and White fouled Johnson, who this time missed the front end of a 1-and-1.  However, the Tigers didn’t have enough time as Barkley put back his own miss to cut the lead to one with 5 seconds left.  But with Auburn out of timeouts, the clock ran out and Richmond advanced.

The Spiders lost to Indiana in the 2nd round, 75-67.  The Hoosiers will be featured a little later in this post.  For Auburn, although they’d lose Barkley to the NBA, this NCAA appearance was the first of 5 consecutive.  This included an elite 8 appearance in 1986 with senior Chuck Person leading the way.

Richmond starters (points scored)

Johnny Newman (26) – Small Forward

John Davis (6) – Power Forward

Bill Flye (19) – Center

Greg Beckwith (5) – Point Guard

Kelvin Johnson (16) – Shooting Guard

Richmond bench (points scored)

Tim Hardin (0)

Lee Goss (0)

Richmond Coach: Dick Tarrant

Auburn starters (points scored)

Chuck Person (10) – Small Forward

Greg Turner (12) – Power Forward

Charles Barkley (23) – Center

Gerald White (9) – Point Guard

Frank Ford (0) – Shooting Guard

Auburn bench (points scored)

Paul Daniels (4)

Vern Strickland (11)

Carey Holland (2)

Auburn Coach: Sonny Smith


Charles Barkley couldn’t lead Auburn past Richmond *photo courtesy of Bleacher Report

March 22, 1984 – Mideast Regional Semifinal: (#5)Louisville Cardinals 67 @(#1)Kentucky Wildcats 72

After meeting in an epic matchup in the 1983 Regional Finals, the in-state bitter rivals met for the 2nd time in 1984.  This was after not meeting for 24 years before their 1983 game.  Kentucky had killed Louisville in their season opener 65-44 and had an advantage for this NCAA tournament matchup.  The game was at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Louisville had lost both McCrays at forward and sophomore Billy Thompson wasn’t quite what he’d become.  So the Cardinals were carried by their back court of junior Milt Wagner and senior Lancaster Gordon.  For Kentucky, Sam Bowie was back after missing two full seasons.  Bowie started along with three other seniors, center Melvin Turpin and guards Dicky Beal and Jim Master.  The only non-senior starter was lengthy talented sophomore forward Kenny Walker.  The Wildcats also had freshmen Winston Bennett and James Blackmon off the bench.

Master got two early jumpers that sandwiched a Gordon field goal.  Then Kenny Walker got two putbacks and Kentucky led 8-2.  Wagner and Gordon got going but Kentucky’s back court of Beal and Master kept them ahead at 16-11.  Then Gordon hit a pull-up jumper and Wagner hit senior center Charles Jones for a layup.  Gordon then hit two free throws and got a driving layup and a foul against Bennett.  Gordon had 14 points at that stage and Louisville had a lead that they kept until halftime.

The Cardinals had a chance to go up by 8, but Thompson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and it was Beal who led Kentucky back.  Dicky’s steal from Wagner, as Louisville was holding for the last shot, and subsequent runner with 7 seconds left cut the Cardinal lead to 36-32 at the half.

To start the 2nd half, Turpin kicked out to Master for a jumper and then Bowie got a block and Beal fed him for a slam.  Beal eventually gave Kentucky the lead at 41-40 with a fast break three-point play.  Billy Thompson, after making two baskets, committed his 3rd foul on the play.  But it was Gordon who tied the game at 3 with his own three-point play.  Wagner and Bennett exchanged field goals before a Master wing jumper finally put Kentucky back up 51-49.

The momentum swung as Beal got a steal from Wagner and a breakaway.  Then Turpin got two field goals, Bowie tipped in a Walker miss, and Beal alley-ooped to Turpin.  Kentucky led 61-53.  But Louisville hit 4 consecutive free throws and then a Gordon steal and Wagner return pass to Lancaster on the break cut the lead to 61-59.

Turpin and Wagner exchanged field goals before Louisville junior Manuel Forrest missed the front end of a 1-and-1 that could have tied the game.  Master hit two free throws and the Wildcats led 65-61 with 2:18 left.  Wagner missed from the wing and with 1:26 left, Walker made two free throws and Kentucky was up 6.  Wagner then made a jumper and Louisville got the ball back after Bennett missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

But with 30 seconds left, Thompson screwed Louisville’s chances by missing two free throws.  Kentucky eventually put the game away when Bennett tipped in a missed free throw and was fouled.  The three-point play put Kentucky up 72-65 and Gordon closed his career with one more basket.

Louisville would have a ‘down’ year in 1985 as Wagner sat out with an injury and was red-shirted.  Kentucky meanwhile beat Illinois in the Regional Finals and would face Georgetown in the Final Four.  After leading 29-22 at the half, the Wildcats amazingly shot 3-for-33 in the 2nd half and lost 53-40.

Louisville starters (points scored)

Manuel Forrest (6) – Small Forward

Billy Thompson (4) – Power Forward

Charles Jones (8) – Center

Milt Wagner (22) – Point Guard

Lancaster Gordon (25) – Shooting Guard

Louisville bench (points scored)

Mark McSwain (0)

Jeff Hall (2)

Barry Sumpter (0)

James Jeter (0)

Louisville Coach: Denny Crum

Kentucky starters (points scored)

Kenny Walker (8) – Small Forward

Sam Bowie (8) – Power Forward

Melvin Turpin (14) – Center

Dicky Beal (15) – Point Guard

Jim Master (15) – Shooting Guard

Kentucky bench (points scored)

Winston Bennett (10)

James Blackmon (2)

Roger Harden (0)

Kentucky Coach: Joe B. Hall

March 22, 1984 – East Regional Semifinal: (#4)Indiana Hoosiers 72 vs(#1)North Carolina Tarheels 68

It was quite simple.  It would be a shocker if anybody beat Carolina.  But for a young Indiana team who had lost Randy Wittman, Ted Kitchel and Jim Thomas from the year before, it may just be a little over their heads.  The talk was that the Hoosiers were a year away.

Indiana had brought in several freshman.  The biggest impact of which came from Steve Alford.  Alford’s father had coached him at New Castle High School and Steve, as a result, was well schooled at the game and was a great shooter, to say the least.  The other key factors for the Hoosiers were junior big man from Germany (called West Germany at the time.. tear down that wall!) Uwe Blab, as well as junior guard Dan Dakich and sophomore guard Stew Robinson.  At forward for the Hoosiers were sophomore Mike Giomi and freshman Marty Simmons.  Each would become a factor in this game in opposite ways.

While Indiana had a nice young team, they didn’t seem to have any way of containing Jordan and Perkins.  It started out that way as Jordan got two early field goals while Indiana looked nervous and turned the ball over several times.  But there were signs early that this was a North Carolina team that was off-kilter a little bit.  Despite grabbing 4-0 and 8-4 leads, the Tarheels was off on its shooting and wasn’t taking advantage of Indiana’s slow start.

As a result, Alford found Giomi for a baseline jumper and then Alford hit a pull-up in transition and the game was tied at 8.  On an alley-oop play, Jordan got called for a cheap 2nd foul and he sat down.  About halfway through the first half, Dakich hit a baseline jumper to put the Hoosiers up 12-9.  Then Indiana got it rolling.  Robinson, who was playing with a supposed severe sprained ankle, hit a jumper from the foul line and Alford found Blab for a layup.  Carolina stayed in it though as Perkins got it going but they could not overtake Indiana as the Hoosiers kept hitting shots.

Jordan came back in after sitting for about 7 minutes, but he never found his rhythm and his only two baskets of the first half were the first two of the game.  The Hoosiers took their biggest lead at 26-20 on a Blab hook in the post over Perkins.  Perkins brought Carolina within two but Indiana got a big shot of adrenaline before the half.  After a Joe Wolf putback cut Indiana’s lead to 30-28, Alford raced down the court, pulled up and nailed a wing jumper with his foot on the NBA three-point line at the buzzer.  Indiana had a surprising 32-28 lead at the half.

It continued in the 2nd half as Carolina just didn’t look like themselves.  Alford got a steal from Jordan and Robinson got a breakaway.  Jordan later offensive goaltended a Brad Daugherty shot as the Player of the Year continued to look off-rhythm.  Credit to this goes to an unsung Dakich, who kept Jordan at the perimeter and off the boards (in fact, the offensive goaltending was one of the few times MJ was able to get to the boards, and even after the violation Bobby Knight uncharacteristically yelled at Dakich).

Dakich did eventually commit his 4th foul and two Perkins free throws cut the lead to 36-34.  Carolina had a few chances to tie it but couldn’t do it, on one of which Jordan’s wing jumper went in-and-out.  Jordan eventually committed his 3rd foul and Indiana got momentum back when Robinson stole a Perkins pass to Kenny Smith and went all the way.  Then Dakich swung it to Alford at the wing for a jumper and Indiana led 40-34.

Alford’s driving layup and a foul eventually gave Indiana a 45-38 lead.  A Perkins banker from the post cut it back to 47-43 but then the run came.  Blab rebounded an Alford miss and hit a jumper in the lane.  Then Robinson hit a baseline jumper.  After a Steve Hale field goal for Carolina, Alford pulled up on the baseline, faked his man to draw a foul and made the jumper.  Although Alford missed a rare free throw, the Hoosiers did take a 55-45 lead when Simmons got out of a trap and found Dakich for a layup.  Carolina called timeout with 7:10 left.

After Perkins made two free throws, Indiana ran about two minutes off the clock before Simmons was fouled and made both ends of a 1-and-1.  Then with about 5 minutes left, Alford got a steal from Matt Doherty and finished against Jordan.  Indiana led 59-47 and Billy Packer declared this game was history.  One could kind of see Packer’s view as Indiana was running a great delay game and had good foul shooters on the floor.  But the game took a full 180 degree turn (and evidently Packer, who admitted his mistake in this game, didn’t learn from it 24 years later when he declared another Carolina game to be over).

After a Perkins free throw, Jordan finally got a steal and Smith found him for a slam.  Then Carolina went to the NC State strategy and foul the weakest shooter, Marty Simmons.  Simmons went to the line for three consecutive 1-and-1’s.  He missed the front end each time.  Meanwhile, at Carolina’s end, Doherty and Jordan hit field goals and then Dakich fouled out and Jordan made 1-of-2 free throws and the lead was down to 59-55.  The pro-Carolina crowd was now going crazy and Indiana looked rattled.  Then Indiana’s only senior, Chuck Franz, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Hale found Perkins in the post for a hook.  It was suddenly 59-57.

It was at this time that Alford showed his maturity and basket ball savvy.  The 90% free throw shooter went and got the ball, finally.  Alford made both ends of a 1-and-1 for a four-point lead.  Jordan kicked to the freshman Smith, who badly missed a wide open wing jumper.  But Carolina got the ball back as MJ forced a jump ball situation at the other end.  After Perkins and Giomi traded a free throw, Jordan made a 1-on-1 move against three guys to score and cut it to 62-60.  But then Alford got the ball again and made two free throws with 2:00 left.  He then made two more after a Jordan miss.

After a Perkins putback, Carolina called a timeout with 1:31 left down 66-62.  After the timeout, Jordan committed his 5th foul against Robinson.  Robinson made 2 of his next 4 free throws but Carolina couldn’t answer until Smith hit a driving layup with 37 seconds left.  Carolina used its last timeout down 68-64.  Then Robinson missed a front end and Perkins tipped in a Smith miss.  But with 19 seconds left, Wolf made a freshman mistake and committed an intentional foul on Blab.  Uwe got two shots instead of a 1-and-1.  He made both.

After Wolf got a follow slam to cut the lead to 70-68, Doherty fouled Giomi with 5 seconds left.  This was Doherty’s 5th foul and the senior had tears in his eyes as he went to the bench.  But the young Giomi was facing a pressure 1-and-1.  Even without a timeout, Carolina would still have a chance to tie if he missed.  But Giomi came through and made both.  Then the game was sealed by a Robinson steal.

Indiana was taken down in the Regional Finals by an even bigger underdog.  7th seeded Virginia, a year after losing Ralph Sampson, beat the Hoosiers 50-48 and advanced to the Final Four.  For Indiana, instead of being a year away they were three years away.  For Carolina, despite losing Jordan and Perkins, they would obviously be fine.

Indiana starters (points scored)

Mike Giomi (7) – Small Forward

Marty Simmons (4) – Power Forward

Uwe Blab (16) – Center

Steve Alford (27) – Point Guard

Dan Dakich (4) – Shooting Guard

Indiana bench (points scored)

Stew Robinson (14)

Todd Meier (0)

Charles Franz (0)

Courtney Witte (0)

Indiana Coach: Bobby Knight

North Carolina starters (points scored)

Matt Doherty (7) – Small Forward

Sam Perkins (26) – Power Forward

Brad Daugherty (3) – Center

Kenny Smith (8) – Point Guard

Michael Jordan (13) – Shooting Guard

North Carolina bench (points scored)

Steve Hale (4)

Joe Wolf (5)

Buzz Peterson (2)

Dave Popson (0)

Cecil Exum (0)

North Carolina Coach: Dean Smith

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Stew Robinson dribbling against Kenny Smith (#30) and Jordan *photo courtesy of Getty Images

March 23, 1984 – Midwest Regional Semifinal: (#6)Memphis State Tigers 71 vs(#2)Houston Cougars 78

These two teams had met in the 1983 Midwest Regional Semifinal and Houston had won 70-63.  Things had changed for both teams.  Memphis State had lost Bobby Parks but had upgraded in landing freshman big man William Bedford.  Keith Lee was a 2nd team All-American and he was joined in the front court by Bedford and sophomore Baskerville Holmes.  Sophomore Andre Turner and senior Phillip ‘Doom’ Haynes manned the back court.

For Houston, they had lost Clyde Drexler and Larry Micheaux from their 1983 team.  Michael Young moved to forward and was joined by freshman Rickie Winslow and first-team All-American center Akeem Olajuwon.  Alvin Franklin was joined by Reid Gettys in the back court.  The bench wasn’t as deep as only Benny Anders and freshman Greg ‘Cadillac’ Anderson played off the bench for Guy Lewis.

Franklin got off to a good start as he scored 6 early points and Houston led 10-4.  For most of the game, the Cougars were attacking a sagging 2-3 zone from Memphis State that was designed to drop back into Olajuwon’s lap.  With that, Franklin, Gettys and Young had open shots.  Gettys didn’t take many from the top of the key but Franklin and Young took advantage at critical times.  Young had the highlight of the early portion of the game as he slammed one over Bedford on a baseline drive.

But the Tigers stayed within striking distance as both teams were taking their shots freely.  Consecutive wing jumpers by Lee, after he committed his 2nd foul, finally put Memphis State ahead 20-19.  But Franklin hit three wing jumpers against the zone and a bullet feed from Gettys to Olajuwon for a slam put Houston up 29-20.  But Memphis State worked their way back and tied the game at 36 on a banker from Phillip Hayes.

Franklin hit a free throw to give Houston the lead back but he missed the second.  Olajuwon rebounded the miss and put it back in.  Lee hit a turnaround in the lane over Akeem for his 11th point.  Then Gettys and Haynes exchanged field goals to end the half.  Houston led 41-40.

Bedford got an early slam after Lee penetration to give the Tigers the lead again.  Then Bedford responded to a Franklin field goal by getting a jumper in the lane to bounce in.  Olajuwon hit a hook shot in the lane and then Young a wing jumper after ball movement.  Then Franklin got a steal and fed to Young, who slammed over Bedford again while William committed his 4th foul.  The three-point play gave Houston a 50-44 lead.

Young then hit two free throws for an 8-point lead after Lee missed two.  But then Lee hit a turnaround in the post over Olajuwon.  Akeem came back with a slam but Memphis took the scoring from there with a 6-0 run.  Baskerville Holmes hit a wing jumper, Lee fed to reserve center Derrick Phillips for a layup and then Turner hit a pull-up from the foul line on a 3-on-1.  The perhaps more partisan toward Memphis State crowd went crazy in St. Louis but Houston had an answer.

Akeem found a cutting Rickie Winslow for a layup.  Then Olajuwon hit a turnaround while he was fouled.  The three-point play put the Cougars back up 59-52.  Holmes then committed his 4th foul and Franklin hit two free throws for 19 points and a nine-point lead.  But then Lee hit a banker from the post and Bedford tipped in a Haynes miss.  Akeem tipped in a Young miss but Bedford responded with a jumper and then a turnaround over Olajuwon in the post.  Memphis State was using every ounce of its energy to cut the lead to 63-60 in the late going.

But Houston started throwing daggers, although they left the door slightly ajar for awhile.  Olajuwon got an offensive rebound and fed to Winslow for a slam.  Then Akeem hit two free throws for his 25th point and a 67-60 Cougars lead with 2:48 left.  It looked to be over when Winslow rebound-slammed an Anders miss and was fouled by Bedford, his 5th, and Houston led 69-61.  But the Cougars missed 6 of their next 7 free throws.

Memphis State couldn’t take advantage as they still trailed 70-61 with a minute left and Holmes and Lee had fouled out.  But Akeem missed two more free throws and Haynes got two quick baskets (the 2nd after a Houston turnover) and it was 70-65 with 45 seconds left.  But the Tigers used their last timeout at that point.  The freshman Winslow finished it off from there as he hit both ends of a 1-and-1 (the first shot rolled around the rim and went in) and then got a breakaway flying slam after a steal.

Houston rolled onto their 3rd consecutive Final Four when they defeated 4th-seeded Wake Forest in the Regional Finals.  They would roll onto their 2nd consecutive National Championship Game after defeating Virginia in overtime in the National Semifinal.  In that Championship Game, Olajuwon would face a formidable opponent in Mr. Ewing.

Memphis State starters (points scored)

Baskerville Holmes (8) – Small Forward

Keith Lee (15) – Power Forward

William Bedford (21) – Center

Andre Turner (10) – Point Guard

Phillip Haynes (15) – Shooting Guard

Memphis State bench (points scored)

Derrick Phillips (2)

Willie Becton (0)

Ricky McCoy (0)

Jon Albright (0)

Larry Bush (0)

Memphis State Coach: Dana Kirk

Houston starters (points scored)

Michael Young (13) – Small Forward

Rickie Winslow (12) – Power Forward

Akeem Olajuwon (25) – Center

Alvin Franklin (24) – Point Guard

Reid Gettys (4) – Shooting Guard

Houston bench (points scored)

Greg Anderson (0)

Benny Anders (0)

Houston Coach: Guy Lewis


Hakeem Olajuwon shooting over William Bedford in the post *photo courtesy of Spokeo

April 2, 1984 – National Championship Game: (#2)Houston Cougars 75 vs(#1)Georgetown Hoyas 84

In the lowest National Semifinal Games in recent memory, Houston beat Virginia 49-47 in overtime and Georgetown took care of Kentucky in dominating fashion 53-40.  Kentucky had a 27-15 lead on the Hoyas late in the first half, but then they suddenly couldn’t score.  They held to a 29-22 halftime lead (scoring their last two points of the first half on free throws).  Then in the 2nd half, they were 3-for-33 from the field.  None of those three field goals came from starters.

With that dominating performance, Georgetown was a heavy favorite in the title game as one was probably wondering, if Kentucky who was ranked in the top 5 all season couldn’t score against Georgetown, how will Houston do anything?  Even with All-American Akeem Olajuwon.

But Houston got off to a hot 7-for-7 start.  Reid Gettys hit two corner jumpers, Michael Young hit three straight from the wing, Rickie Winslow found Akeem with an overhead pass on the press break and then Franklin hit a wing jumper for a 14-6 Cougars lead.  But just like the Kentucky game, Georgetown turned it around quickly.  Fred Brown scored on an offensive rebound and then got a steal and David Wingate a breakaway.  Then Ewing hit two free throws and then the big guy blocked a Winslow jumper and Reggie Williams got a breakaway.  Suddenly it was tied at 14.

Houston stayed with the Hoyas for awhile but Georgetown slowly built its lead.  Ewing scored on two putbacks and Wingate hit a pull-up from the baseline on one 6-0 run.  Then on another, Williams hit a tough baseline shot over Akeem.  Michael Graham put back his own miss and then Bill Martin hit a jumper from the foul line.  This gave Georgetown a 32-22 lead as their depth was starting to become a factor.  Williams, Graham and Martin made contributions off the bench.

Houston cut it to 34-30 on a Young wing jumper after Graham committed his 3rd foul.  But then Brown penetrated and found Michael Jackson for a corner jumper.  Williams then found Wingate for a layup and David drew Akeem’s 3rd foul.  He missed the free throw but Brown got the offensive rebound and eventually fed to Wingate for another layup.  Georgetown led 40-30 and Houston’s half was summed up when Alvin Franklin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 5 seconds left.  This concluded an 0-for-4 first half from Houston at the foul line.

On the first play of the 2nd half, Olajuwon committed his 4th foul.  Georgetown took advantage and attacked Akeem for a 44-32 lead.  Olajuwon got a layup before going out of the game and being replaced by freshman Greg Anderson.  When it seemed like Houston would have no shot, Franklin put back a Young miss and was fouled.  On the follow-up, Anderson contacted the rim slightly and was called for a terrible technical for grabbing the rim.  But Cadillac made up for his apparent mistake by tipping in a Young miss and the lead was down to 45-39.

Alvin Franklin then started attacking the basket from the top of the key as Houston found out that nobody from Georgetown could handle him, especially with defensive whiz Gene Smith out with an arch injury.  But each basket was answered by a Georgetown field goal.  Franklin did hit a baseline jumper to cut the lead to 51-47.  It was his 9th point of the 2nd half.  But on the landing after the shot, Franklin landed on a Georgetown foot and had to sit out for a few minutes with a sprained ankle.

Georgetown took advantage as Wingate found Martin on the baseline for a runner and then Wingate hit a banker from the wing.  Georgetown was up 55-47 with about 13:00 left.  Guy Lewis decided to bring back Olajuwon along with Franklin.  It wasn’t the same though.  After Winslow hit two free throws for the Cougars, Georgetown’s diminutive reserve guard Horace Braodnax drove it right at Akeem for a layup.

Franklin apparently was fine for the moment though as he single-handidly tried to bring Houston back.  He hit a double-pump shot in the lane while Jackson fouled him.  Franklin later hit two free throws to cut the score to 57-54.  It was Houston’s most golden opportunity but the next bounce went Georgetown’s way.  Reggie Williams took a jumper from the foul line.  Winslow blocked it and then he and Akeem chased the ball.  Reggie recovered it though and suddenly had a wide open layup.  Then after a Reid Gettys offensive foul, Williams found Graham with a bounce pass for a slam.

Although the Cougars stayed within striking distance, that was as close as Houston got.  Any shot or run they made was answered by the Hoyas.  The starting daggers were thrown by Williams and Ewing and the finishing touches thrown by Graham.  Ewing found him on two consecutive possessions for a layup and a slam to put Georgetown up 74-67 and basically put the game away.

Graham was a big factor in this game and ended up being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but it turned out to be his last college game.  John Thompson left him off the 1985 team for academic performance (or lack of).  Another Georgetown tragic figure was Fred Brown.  With 1:56 left, Brown, who wasn’t a good foul shooter, made both ends of a 1-and-1 to give Georgetown a 78-71 lead.  It was said that it was sweet redemption for the senior who had made the bonehead play in the 1982 National Championship Game by throwing the ball away to James Worthy.

Georgetown finished off the Cougars and Ewing had won round one versus Olajuwon.  For Georgetown, only Brown and Gene Smith (and Michael Graham as it turned out) would not be back for the 1985 season.  A dynasty was expected to come.  For Houston, Olajuwon would leave for the NBA draft and with that, the Houston Cougars basketball program hasn’t been really relevant since.  They have yet to make it out of the first round of the NCAA tournament since 1984.

Houston starters (points scored)

Michael Young (18) – Small Forward

Rickie Winslow (2) – Power Forward

Akeem Olajuwon (15) – Center

Alvin Franklin (21) – Point Guard

Reid Gettys (6) – Shooting Guard

Houston bench (points scored)

Derek Giles (0)

Benny Anders (4)

Greg Anderson (2)

Eric Dickens (5)

Braxton Clark (0)

Renaldo Thomas (0)

Gary Orsak (2)

Houston Coach: Guy Lewis

Georgetown starters (points scored)

David Wingate (16) – Small Forward

Ralph Dalton (0) – Power Forward

Patrick Ewing (10) – Center

Fred Brown (4) – Point Guard

Michael Jackson (11) – Shooting Guard

Georgetown bench (points scored)

Reggie Williams (19)

Michael Graham (14)

Bill Martin (6)

Horace Broadnax (4)

Victor Morris (0)

Georgetown Coach: John Thompson

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At top, Michael Graham slamming over Greg Anderson (#55) and Rickie Winslow.  At bottom, Patrick Ewing boxing out Benny Anders *photos courtesy of The Examiner and Spokeo

In the famous 1984 NBA draft, you can probably memorize the first three picks.  The Houston Rockets took Houston’s Akeem Olajuwon with the #1 pick.  The Portland Blazers took Kentucky’s Sam Bowie with the 2nd pick.  Then the Chicago Bulls took Mr. Michael Jordan from North Carolina.

The Tarheels’ Sam Perkins went #4 to the Dallas Mavericks.  The Philadelphia 76ers got Auburn’s Charles Barkley with the #5 pick.  Kentucky’s Melvin Turpin went #6 to the Washington Bullets.  The Los Angeles Clippers drafted Louisville’s Lancaster Gordon at #8.  Michael Young was the last pick of the first round as Boston picked him up, he did not make Boston’s roster and ended up only playing 4 games in 2 years in the NBA before getting a 45-game run with the Clippers in 1990.

Boston College’s Jay Murphy went to Golden State in the 2nd round.  He was immediately traded to San Diego for Jerome Whitehead.  Virginia’s Othell Wilson, Louisville’s Charles Jones, and Maryland’s Ben Coleman were taken in back-to-back-to-back picks by Golden State, Phoenix and Chicago.  Coleman never ended up playing for Chicago or Portland (who the Bulls traded him to after the 1985 season).  Wake Forest’s Danny Young was taken by Seattle in the 2nd round as well as Anthony Teachey who was taken by Dallas from the Deacs.  Teachey never ended up playing in the NBA.

In later rounds, Virginia’s Rick Carlisle and Kenton Edelin were taken by Boston and Indiana, respectively.  College players referenced in previous college basketball posts taken in the 1984 draft were Georgia’s Vern Fleming taken at #18 by the Indiana Pacers, UCLA’s Kenny Fields taken at #21 by the Milwaukee Bucks, Stuart Gray of the Bruins taken in the 2nd round by Indiana, and Notre Dame’s Tom Sluby taken in the 2nd round by Dallas.  Also taken in later rounds were UCLA’s Ralph Jackson and Kansas’ Brian Martin.

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