Never will forget their '85 upset of Georgetown. That game really helped popularize the tourney.
The Hoyas were huge favorites with Ewing et. al.
It was the first 64-team field. As late as 1974, the tournament had only 25 teams.
was that the tournament started while 6 conferences still were concluding their regular seasons and the ACC was having its conference tournament (the only one in existence at the time). Those 7 conference champions each were seeded straight to the Sweet 16 on a regional basis: the ACC champ to the East Regional, the Big Ten and SEC to the Mideast, the Big Eight and Missouri Valley to the Midwest, and the Pac-8 and the West Coast Athletic Conference (now the WCC) to the West. Conferences like the SWC and WAC had to play on the tournament's opening Saturday, just like the MAC, Ohio Valley, etc. The East region had 7 teams (6 playing in 3 games on the opening Saturday) and the other 3 regions had 6 each (4 playing in 2 games on the opening Saturday; no Sunday games until 1977 or 1978).
On the first day of the 1974 NCAAs, ND destroyed Austin Peay, 108-66, while Indiana and Michigan won their regular season finales to end in a tie for the Big Ten championship. In those days, each conference got only one bid, so the Big Ten was decided in a one-game playoff the following Monday night at a neutral site -- Champaign, Illinois. IU was favored, but the Skunkweasels pulled the upset, and three nights later they stunned a 25-2 ND team in the Mideast Regional semifinal.
Haute. Austin Peay led by playground legend Fly Williams (who I believe led the NCAA in scoring that year), making the standard Ausin Peay cheer "Let's Go Peay" even funnier when preceded by "The Fly is Open, Let's Go Peay!"
It was a double header with Marquette and Maurice Lucas, et al beating the Ohio Bobcats on their way to the Final Four and the National Championship game. We, on the other hand, had beaten 3 of the 4 Final four teams, yet lost to Michigan, of all people, as you so cruelly reminded everyone!
And in 30 years what people will say about the BCS.
if he hears you calling him "Knight." (For those who don't know, Knight was fired from IU on a "last chance" agreement when he reacted angrily to some kid who called him "Knight.")
But then again, there's the Boeheim Exemption.
Eddie Sutton, Norm Stewart, Lefty Driesell, and Lou Henson likely leading the pack.
FWIW just came across that Brey and Alford currently have the same amount of wins (481).