Ky. (AP)- Because defense reared its ugly head, Kansas can look forward
to a date with Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Jayhawks held New Orleans to two field goals in the last 17 minutes for
a 55-49 victory in the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regional.
sends Kansas to the second round against Pittsburgh, which outlasted
Georgia 76-68 in overtime in an earlier game. Saturday’s game begins at
It got ugly for both
teams as the Privateers recorded 11 second-half turnovers.
“Throughout the year
we could be great or ugly," Kansas Coach Roy Williams said. "We had that
ugly spell in there. But, I knew the team with the more poise at the end
couldn't have been happier,” New Orleans Coach Tim Floyd said. “But,
Kansas also is tough on defense and there wasn’t much we could do in the
Maddox scored 12
points to lead the third-seeded Jayhawks (23-7) and Mark Randall added
tournament, so any win is satisfying," Jayhawks forward Mike Maddox
said. "All wins are pretty."
Johnson and forward Tank Collins each had 13 for the 14th seeded
Privateers, who ended their season at 23-8.
Steve Woodberry came up with the important plays down the stretch. His
8-foot baseline jump shot gave Kansas a 52-46 lead with 2:16 left and
halted an 11-1 run of free throws by the Privateers.
Woodberry also had
two key rebounds in the final minute. The first was an offensive
rebound, and the other came after New Orleans' Leonard Bennett missed a
3-pointer that would have sliced the Jayhawks lead to one point with 25
"I challenged this
team at the beginning of the season to let’s have people talking about
our defense,” Williams said. “At halftime, we wanted to challenge our
kids to play another 20 minute game. Basically, what we tried to do was
just turn (the defense) up a couple of notches.”
pushed us out farther than we wanted to be,” New Orleans’ Tank Collins
said. “Trying to dribble and penetrate that far out from the basket made
it hard for us.”
By Harold Bechard
Salina (KS) Journal
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kansas Jayhawks needed a game
After struggling to just four wins in their last seven games, the 12th
ranked Jayhawks blitzed the Pittsburgh Panthers with a dazzling
second-half display Saturday night in the Southeast Regional.
The Jayhawks outshot and outrebounded the Panthers and pulled away from
one of the Beasts
of the Big East for a 77-66 victory at Freedom Hall.
The victory boosted coach Roy Williams' club to 24-7 overall and into
the NCAA Tournament's regional semifinals in Charlotte, N.C., next
Thursday against third-ranked Indiana.
After a tough six-point victory (55-49) in the first round against New
Orleans, Kansas put all the parts together against a Pitt team which had
been underachieving for much of the season.
• The Jayhawks hit over 50 percent of their shots (27 of 51, .529) for
just the fifth time in their last 10 games.
• Led by Alonzo Jamison and Mark Randall, the Jayhawks held a 34-26
rebounding edge over the rugged Panthers, including a 21-11 advantage in
the final 20 minutes.
• Free throws, a bugaboo this year for KU, were kind to the Jayhawks as
they hit 14 of 20.
• On the defensive end, Kansas held Pittsburgh to 38 percent shooting
and never let the Panthers get closer than seven points in the final 10
"I wrote three things on the blackboard before today's game," Williams
said. "The first thing was we need to be the most aggressive defensive
team ever. The second was let's be prepared to dominate the backboards.
And third, do all the little things we need to help us win."
Jamison, Adonis Jordan and Terry Brown were the catalysts who pushed KU
into the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 for the first time since 1988.
After being held scoreless in the first half, Jamison exploded for 13
points, five rebounds and two steals in the decisive second half.
Jordan was rock-solid on both ends of the court with 16 points, five
rebounds and five assists.
Brown, after a poor shooting first half (1 of 7) broke things open with
back-to-back 3-pointers in a 47 second span and scored 18 of his 22
points in the second half as well as shutting down Pitt guard Sean
"They were quicker than we thought," said Pitt head coach Paul Evans,
whose team finished 21-12. "And when we don't control the backboards,
we're in trouble."
The trouble began shortly after the second half started. The Panthers
had battled back from an early 12-point deficit to grab a 37-36 lead
with 18:08 remaining in the game on two free throws by Darren
It was the second, and last, time Pittsburgh led in the game.
Twenty seconds later, Brown went up for a 3-pointer from the right
Kansas 39, Pitt 37.
Forty-seven seconds after that, the 6-foot-2 senior launched another 3-
pointer from the left corner.
Kansas 42, Pitt 37.
The Jayhawks never trailed again.
"Those got us going," said Williams, who will be heading back to his
home state of North Carolina next week.
It also got Jamison going as well. The 6-foot-6 junior broke open inside
for six iayups in the second half as Pitt tried to shadow KU's guards
"Kansas can hurt you in so many ways," Evans said. "They got all the
loose balls which led to a lot of easy baskets."
Brown's back-to-back treys started a 19-8 run by Kansas over the next
nine minutes which led to a 55-45 Jayhawk advantage with 8:54 remaining
in the game.
Pittsburgh got within seven points twice, the last time coming at the
4:00 mark on a layup by Antoine Jones to make it a 64-57 game.
But any thoughts of a Kansas collapse were quickly squashed on a layup
by Jamison and two free throws by Brown to make it a 68-57 game with
The Jayhawks put the game away by hitting 7 of 10 free throws in the
final three minutes.
Brown (22 points), Jordan (16) and Jamison (13) were the only three
Jayhawks in double figures but Randall and Mark Maddox combined for 14
points and nine rebounds while neutralizing Pitt's frontline.
Pitt's three starters inside- Brian Shorter, Bobby Martin and Jones-
combined for just 17 points and 10 rebounds, had just one assist and
"Their defense caused us to shoot very poorly," Evans said.
The Panthers were led by 17 points from Jason Matthews and 11 from Sean
Miller, but all of Miller's points came in the first 16 minutes. After
that he was shut down by Brown.
N.C. (AP)- Kansas' near-perfect start ended Indiana's hopes of a local
third-seeded and 12th-ranked Jayhawks opened a 20-point lead within the
first 7 1/2 minutes and went on to an 83-65 victory over Indiana in the
Southeast regional semifinals on Thursday night, the second-seeded and
third-ranked Hoosiers' worst loss of the season and worst ever in the
a real comfortable feeling to have a lead like that but you can't get
too comfortable," Kansas' Mark Randall said. "You continue to attack and
go at them and do what got you to that point."
(25-7) did just that and the Jayhawks will meet top-seeded and
second-ranked Arkansas (34-3), which beat fourth-seeded Alabama 93-70 on
Thursday night, in the regional championship game on Saturday with the
winner of that game advancing to the Final Four.
Final Four will be held in Indianapolis, just an hour from Indiana's
Bloomington campus and Hoosier fans had hoped for a quick drive to see
Bob Knight go after his fourth national championship.
coach couldn't ask for his team to get off to a better start," Knight
said. "They were very aggressive, very active. They came out to play.
Conversely, I'm disappointed at the way we started. We were tentative.
It wasn't two teams going at each other, rather it was one team going at
was little hope for Indiana (20-5) from the start against Kansas as the
Jayhawks had six 3-point field goals when the Hoosiers had that many
points as their first 20-point lead came at 26-6 with 12:34 to play in
the first half.
3-pointers opened up a lot of things for us," Randall said.
Indiana, which trailed by 11 in the first half to Florida State before
rallying for the second round victory, never got closer than 11 points
the rest of the game as Kansas, which was knocked for its lack of
rebounding, dominated the boards.
had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half, two less than Indiana's
total for the opening 20 minutes.
Jayhawks, who had 28 rebounds in the first half and finished with a
42-33 advantage, led 49-27 at halftime and the closest Indiana got in
the second half was 74-61 with 2:18 to play.
"That's the first time I believe we've had a rebounding advantage on
anybody," Randall said. "Coach even wrote on the chalkboard that the two
things we had to do was play tough defense and rebound. The offensive
boards played a major part."
got hit on the boards pretty hard," Indiana's Eric Anderson said.
Brown led Kansas with 23 points, while Sean Tunstall had 15 and Alonzo
Jamison 14. Calbert Cheaney led Indiana with 23 points and freshman
Damon Bailey added 20.
Indiana's four previous losses were by a total of 14 points and one was
an 8-point loss to Ohio State. The Hoosiers' worst loss in NCAA
competition was a 70-59 loss to UCLA in the 1973 semifinals.
had never beaten Indiana in NCAA Tournament play, losing the 1940 and
1953 championship games to the Hoosiers.
N.C.(AP)- Kansas took the comeback trail to Indianapolis. The Jayhawks
overcame two double-digit deficits and took command midway through the
second half on Saturday to beat Arkansas 93-81 in the Southeast Regional
final. It earned them their ninth trip to the Final Four and first since
they won the national championship in 1988
time, Danny Manning was the hero for Kansas. This time, junior Alonzo
Jamison was the top scorer with a career-high 26. But as usual it was a
team effort for the Jayhawks (26-7), who will play the North
Carolina-Temple winner at the Final Four in Indianapolis. Kansas coach
Roy Williams was an assistant under North Carolina coach Dean Smith for
loss ended Arkansas' bid for consecutive trips to the Final Four. Last
year, the Razorbacks lost to Duke in the national semifinals.
was the worst free-throw shooting team in the 64-team tournament, but
the Jayhawks were deadly from the line Saturday, making 26 of 33.
Another key for Kansas was shutting down Arkansas star Todd Day in the
second half. After scoring 21 points in the first half, Day was limited
to five after intermission.
may look ugly at times, but today we were pretty," Williams said.
Arkansas dominated at the start taking a 17-6 lead in the opening six
minutes only to see Kansas rally for a quick 29-27 lead. The top-seeded
Razorbacks (34-4) broke away again, leading by as many as 14 on the way
to a 47-35 halftime lead.
Third-seeded Kansas, which had gotten off to good starts in its previous
three tournament games, started the second half with an 8-0 run and
managed to tie the game three times, the last at 56-56 with 14:55 to
Razorbacks led 62-57 with 12:10 to play on a rebound basket by Day, his
first points of the second half. Arkansas then went almost four minutes
without scoring and Kansas took the lead for good on a scoop shot by
Adonis Jordan with 9:10 1eft.
Arkansas’ outside game disappeared, Kansas continued to go inside with
success. Jamison, who was averaging 10.2 points per game, started an 8-0
run that gave the Jayhawks a 77-68 lead with 4:13 left and they
stretched it to 93-77 in the final 30 seconds.
finished with 14 for Kansas, while Brown and Sean Tunstall each had 11
and Mark Randall 10.
will be Kansas' first trip to the Final Four from any region other than
the Midwest. The Jayhawks, who have won five straight regional
championship games, have won the national title twice, in 1952 and 1988.
Maddox, who had eight points, is the only player from the 1988 team
still active for Kansas. Randall was a medical redshirt.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)- Dean Smith was out of the game and North Carolina was
out of the Final Four. Roy Williams, the pupil, taught Smith, the
teacher, a lesson Saturday: It's frustrating to play Kansas when the
underdog Jayhawks are rolling toward a national championship.
Jayhawks outshot, outrebounded and outplayed the Tar Heels for a 79-73
victory that moved them within one victory of their second national
title in four seasons.
got so upset near the end that he was tossed from the game after getting
his second technical foul, the first time that's happened in 14 years
and only the third time in his career. Al McGuire was the last coach to
be ejected in the Final Four, in 1974, when he was thrown out of
Marquette's championship game loss to North Carolina State.
don't like the way it ended because of the way I feel for the man and
because I think it takes away from what the kids do," said Williams, who
was an assistant under Smith for 10 years at North Carolina before going
to Kansas in 1988.
last two weeks, Kansas has beaten the No. 2 (Arkansas), No. 3 (Indiana)
and No. 4 teams (North Carolina) in the country. The Jayhawks will not
get a chance to play No. 1 UNLV, however; Duke upset the Runnin' Rebels
in Saturday's second semifinal, and Kansas will play the Blue Devils in
hopes of winning their third national championship.
coach dreams about this," Williams said. "I haven't thought about Monday
night at all."
1988, Danny Manning led Kansas on an improbable run to the national
championship. This time, it was a collection of undersized, overlooked
no names like Jordan and Scott, who sprained an ankle in Friday's
practice and could barely run afterward.
knew we weren't going to be playing next week, so I just got out there
and did what the coach told me to do," Scott said,
Randall and Adonis Jordan each scored 16 points for Kansas, while
freshman substitute Richard Scott had 14 for the Jayhawks (27-7). Hubert
Davis led North Carolina (29-6) with 25 points.
North Carolina star Rick Fox fouled out with 35 seconds left and the Tar
Heels trailing 76-71, Smith walked toward center court and asked referee
Pete Pavia, "How much time do I have" to substitute for Fox. Pavia, who
had slapped Smith with a technical in the first half, then hit the coach
with another technical that resulted in Smith's automatic ejection.
Smith left the court, he stopped briefly to chat with Williams, shook
his hand and congratulated Kansas' players. The big screen television at
the Hoosier Dome then showed Smith smiling as he strolled toward the
who had last been ejected in 1977, denied that he cursed or abused
Pavia, who has a history of ejecting coaches.
have every bad habit in the world, but I don't swear," Smith said.
However, Smith didn't use his ejection as an excuse for his team's loss.
"The last one was ridiculous, but still Kansas wins the game," he said.
way to the locker room, North Carolina assistant coach Bill Guthridge
had to be restrained from going after Pavia.
"That's bush, that's bush," Guthridge shouted. "Where did you learn how
a Big East referee, is known for a quick whistle with coaches. He threw
Oklahoma's Billy Tubbs out of the NIT final on Wednesday, ejected
Connecticut's Jim Calhoun from a game in this year's Big East tournament
and tossed Georgetown's John Thompson two seasons ago.
Jayhawks out rebounded the taller Tar Heels 51-42 and outshot them 41-38
percent. Randall and Alonzo Jamison each had 11 rebounds for Kansas,
while Scott had six off the bench.
"Richard came in and got us some really big rebounds," Randall said. "He
was not afraid to take it in there strong. That's something we were not
Carolina was trying to reach its first final since winning the national
NCAA championship in 1982.
were very anxious," said King Rice, one of three seniors starters for
the Tar Heels. We didn't play Carolina basketball. We went solo too
Lynch and Fox each scored 13 points for North Carolina, which didn't
play any team seeded higher than ninth en route to winning the East
the first Final Four meeting between Kansas and North Carolina since
their famous 1957 title game, which the Tar Heels won in triple overtime
54-53. Another unusual twist to this year's game was that Smith went to
Kansas and Williams to North Carolina.
used a 17-1 run to take a 43-34 halftime lead and led the rest of the
way. North Carolina closed to 58-57 on a layup by Fox with 8:18 left,
but Kansas then scored nine straight points, including two straight by
Jordan, to take a 67-57 lead with 3:53 remaining. The Tar Heels never
got closer than five points after that
scored three quick baskets early in the second half as North Carolina
cut Kansas' lead to 45-41. But Jamison then made two layups and blocked
a shot by Davis to set up a layup by Randall that put Kansas in front
However, North Carolina came back again as Davis scored eight points to
help the Tar Heels pull to 55-53 with 10:34 left. Fox hit a layup to cut
Kansas' lead to 58-57 with 8:18 remaining, but missed three shots and
two tips that would have put the Tar Heels ahead in the late stages.
North Carolina raced to a 29-22 lead, Kansas went on a 17-1 run to move
ahead 39-30 on a tip-in by Randall with 1:48 left in the first half.
Smith lost his temper and picked up his first technical after North
Carolina center Pete Chilcutt picked up his third foul with 2:58
remaining. During the next timeout, Smith was overheard on television
apologizing to his team for losing his composure.
Smith got the technical, North Carolina was trailing by only four
points. But Kansas outscored the Tar Heels 9-4 the rest of the half,
with Jordan getting five points and Randall four for the Jayhawks.
Tar Heels faltered after Fox, their leading scorer, went to the bench
with two fouls, 4:42 left in the half and the score tied at 29. By the
time he returned with 14 seconds remaining, Kansas had taken command
with a 43-34 lead.
Carolina missed nine of its last 11 shots in the half and scored only
three baskets in the last 10 minutes. The Tar Heels shot 37 percent from
the field in the half, while Kansas wasn't much better at 42 percent.
Randall scored 11 points in the first half and Scott had 10, almost
double his 5.6 average. Davis had eight points for North Carolina and
Fox had seven.
April 08, 1991
Krzyzewski calls it "seeing the beach," that time in every basketball
season when the games have run together, and the practices have, too,
and it stays light outside the gym a little longer each evening. It is
risky, this business of seeing the beach. Allow your eyes to wander
prematurely toward some placid horizon, and you don't win six NCAA
tournament games in a row. You don't do what Duke did Monday night in
Indianapolis- beat Kansas 72-65 to win a national championship, its first
ever in nine trips to the Final Four.
danger of seeing the beach is all the more acute at a school like Duke,
where Krzyzewski conscripts valedictorians and amateur musicians into
his cause. "Everything in their lives doesn't hinge on a basket or a
rebound," he says. "So they can rationalize when there's a roadblock,
when maybe they should stay on the same avenue a little bit longer. For
instance, [freshmen] Grant Hill and Tony Lang don't want to get in the
way. Sometimes it takes a little prodding, we have to tell Grant, 'When
you dunk, you're not in the way.' And Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley
and Brian Davis- we have to tell them, 'Go ahead! You can be good. We
rationalization had thrown itself up as a roadblock year after year. It
wasn't on the road to the Final Four, for the Blue Devils had reached
four of the previous five Final Fours. The problem cropped up once they
got to Dallas or Kansas City or Seattle or Denver. They simply couldn't
this season Krzyzewski could see the road clearing. He discovered that
although this Duke team was young, a young team can be more teachable.
And if it was a skinnier and smaller team than others he had coached, he
found that a runtier one didn't drag as much when fatigue set in- it
didn't get "cumbersome," which is how Krzyzewski described the team that
reached last season's title game only to lose to UNLV by 30 points.
you want to 'see the beach,' you want to see something besides
basketball," Krzyzewski said on the eve of the championship game. "I
don't feel that way about this team. I want to keep coaching it. I don't
want it to end."
Krzyzewski's task- to ensure that the end didn't come too soon- became
easier. For an instant after its 79-77 semifinal defeat of previously
unbeaten UNLV on Saturday, Duke lost all composure. Hurley confessed
that he "acted like a fool," leaping on the back of a teammate. Moments
later the Devils received their coach's counsel. "An ordinary team would
be satisfied beating UNLV," Krzyzewski told them in the locker room,
"but an ordinary team won't win on Monday."
Suddenly Hurley had an explanation for his gymnastics: "I was tired. I'd
played 40 minutes. I needed a piggyback ride."
was that an extraordinary team won on Monday. From a visibly tired
Laettner the Blue Devils got 18 points, 12 on free throws. He was 21 of
23 from the line for the weekend (and 112 for 132 in his tournament
career), which helped him win the most valuable player award. From Hill
they got eight defensive rebounds and an astonishing one-handed,
alley-oop dunk two minutes into the game that set the tone for the
evening. From Hurley and Billy McCaffrey they got nine assists and six
field goals, respectively. Meanwhile Kansas, so magnificent in beating
two No. 1 seeds and a No. 2 to reach the final- mock chalk, Jayhawk!- missed shot after close-in shot. With 8:30 to play and Duke
leading by 12, Kansas coach Roy Williams, the former North Carolina
assistant, sent five substitutes into the game. "Oh, no!" yelled Duke
fans, still sassy about the Tar Heels' elimination by the Jayhawks two
days before, feigning horror. "Not the Blue Team!"
notoriously cocky Duke partisans had suspended such comments for
Saturday's semifinal with UNLV. All winter long the fanciful topic in
basketball press rooms and coaching salons remained the same. If any
team were to beat Las Vegas- and there was considerable doubt that this
was even possible- how might it happen? Well, Runnin' Rebel point guard
Greg Anthony would have to get into foul trouble. Vegas's opponent would
have to use the entire offensive end, to "swing" the ball to stretch the
UNLV defense at its edges. A parade of fresh defenders would have to
keep Rebel star Larry Johnson sealed in the post. And an opponent would
have to hang in until it could take UNLV into the alien environs of the
final minute of a close game. Only then would there be a chance.
case of Duke, several additional elements were required. Hurley, the
point guard, had the flu against Vegas a year ago, and his quickest move
came on a sprint to the John. He had to come up big. Hill, a forward,
erratic of late, had to get off quickly. And Duke had to banish all
recollection of the biggest rout in the history of the NCAA championship
in the week, Krzyzewski and his players watched a tape of last year's
final- but only the first six minutes- to illustrate to themselves the
difference between playing with emotion (UNLV) and without it (Duke). Krzyzewski also asked his team to visualize the final minutes of a close
game. "Game pressure," Krzyzewski called the circumstances his Blue
Devils, who had played a far tougher schedule than the Rebels, could
expect if they stayed close on Semis Saturday.
Against Vegas, Duke would only slightly alter its pressure man-to-man
defense: Center Laettner would slough off his UNLV counterpart, George
Ackles, to help out whoever was checking Johnson inside. Ackles might
wind up beating Duke with medium-range jumpers, but the Blue Devils
would take that chance.
Krzyzewski also appealed to his players to summon forth some of the
substance that sustained his own playing career under Bob Knight at West
Point- testosterone. Midway through the second half, Hurley got a bead on
Anderson Hunt, the man who had been MVP of the 1990 Final Four at
Hurley's expense, and hammered him on a breakaway. "Last year, Hunt
dunks that," Duke assistant Mike Brey said. "Then he swings on the rim a
little bit, and they come back downcourt smiling. But we fought them the
whole way. We matched their aggressiveness."
this machofest there would also be charges for the Blue Devils to
take- as many as 20 at the defensive end alone, the Duke staff figured.
Forward Brian Davis took the riskiest charge of all, with 3:51 to play
and UNLV leading 74-71, when a driving Anthony muscled in a layup as
bodies scattered. "If Greg gets the basket instead of the foul,
experience makes no difference," Rebel coach Jerry Tarkanian would say.
"How many tight games we played makes no difference."
happened, the basket was waved off as Anthony was called for charging
and banished with his fifth personal. Hunt suddenly had to bring the
ball upcourt instead of spotting up to let it fly. "When your leader
goes out down the stretch, it's like your head is gone," said Hunt.
Meanwhile Laettner's mobility and ball handling skills had enabled Duke
to pull Johnson away from the basket and open up the middle of the Vegas
defense. Duke made so-called flashing moves, sallies and cuts into the
newfound fissures in the Rebels' D. With a couple of minutes to play,
Brey turned to Tommy Amaker, another Duke assistant. "It would be a
shame if we lost this game," he said, "because everything is falling
last things to fall came with slightly more than 12 seconds remaining:
two free throws from Laettner, his 27th and 28th points. They gave the
Blue Devils their final 79-77 lead. Moments later Hunt was jacking up a
hurried 23-footer as Laettner and Hurley hurtled toward him. "A stupid
shot," Hunt called his effort, which glanced benignly off the glass.
Tarkanian thought that Johnson should have shot from the right wing
moments earlier, before passing to Hunt. "I'll never know why Larry
didn't take that shot," he said. Faced with their only desperate moment
in 35 games, the Rebels did what Krzyzewski had told his players they
would do. They let game pressure get to them.
is normally one of the most open of programs, but even the casino host
in Tarkanian hibernated on the eve of the Final Four. Perhaps he sensed
something in the wind. On Wednesday night, 63-mph headwinds slowed
Vegas's charter to Indianapolis, forcing it into a refueling stop- in
Kansas City, right next door to the Rebels' good friends at the NCAA. Tarkanian, who had dozed off, awoke with a start. Had NCAA executive
director Dick Schultz's private jet flown an intercept mission? "I
thought, Oh, god, what did we do now?" he said.
Rebels slipped in and out of side entrances of their hotel, forswore all
autograph requests and had security guards stationed on their floor.
normally loosey-goosey UNLV withdrew into a tight knot, Duke spent the
first five minutes of its Friday practice, which was open to the public,
staging a slam-dunk contest. Krzyzewski lamented that his team had been
quartered out by the airport, rather than downtown where the Blue Devils
could be among their fans. And he played possum, talking up UNLV at
every turn: "The more tape you watch of 'em, the more scared you get of
'em." And: "The last time we played Vegas, they beat us by 30. The last
time we played North Carolina, they beat us by 22. And I just found out
that Roy [Williams] runs the same system as [Tar Heels coach] Dean
[Smith]. So what the hell are we doing here?"
earned its place in the final in a game disfigured by more than 150
substitutions and the ugliness that prevails when the defenses know
exactly what the offenses are trying to do. This was because Williams
had apprenticed under Smith for 10 years. To counteract the Tar Heels'
familiarity with the Kansas attack, late in the first half Williams's
players decided to go out and improvise, and the Jayhawks came up with
more, and better, shots than did North Carolina, the team from which
they supposedly had been cloned. "It came down to the free-lance game,
and we did it better," said Kansas forward Alonzo Jamison.
with having to watch a full minute and a half of guys in the wrong shade
of blue using his venerable four-corners delay offense to ice a 79-73
victory, Smith was put out of his misery with 35 seconds to play and the
Jayhawks ahead by five. Referee Pete Pavia slapped Smith with his second
technical foul of the game, which is grounds for automatic ejection.
Pavia is in the midst of a heroic fight with cancer, and he can be
presumed to know what in life is and is not worth getting steamed up
about. But his thumb has also proved to be a quick one. He ran
Georgetown's John Thompson from a game in Syracuse last season,
Connecticut's Jim Calhoun from a Big East tournament game in March and
Oklahoma's Billy Tubbs from last week's NIT final. Injudicious
bellyaching earned Smith his first T, late in the first half, as Kansas
built the lead it would protect the rest of the way; the second was for
leaving the coaches' box while deciding whom to send in for Rick Fox,
who had fouled out. "I was asking how much time was left for me to make
my substitution," said Smith. "He answered my question with a
Smith took his leave, he stopped to congratulate Williams. Then he made
his way along the length of the Kansas bench, greeting each opposing
player as he went, like some uncle at a family reunion. In the tunnel
the minicams caught up with him, and here Smith must have realized he
was infringing on Williams's moment. He grinned, did his best paparazzi
ward-off gesture and strode away. Security guards had to restrain Bill
Guthridge, Smith's longtime adjutant and Williams's jogging partner all
week, from going after Pavia when the buzzer sounded. But woeful
shooting had more to do with the Tar Heels' fate than anything any
referee did. "It was like losing to a friend," said Fox, the Tar Heel
forward whose 5-for-22 performance was an advertisement for the quality
of the Kansas defense.
Outsiders have subjected Krzyzewski to the same easy presumptions as
they have Williams. Call it the protégé's curse. "My only pet peeve is
when people ask, 'Did you call [Knight] to find out what you're going to
do?' " Krzyzewski says. "C'mon, man."
Krzyzewski would say "C'mon, man" should be enough of an indication that
Knight he's not. Certainly Knight would never share with the public so
much vulnerability. The Krzyzewski who began this season was, by his own
admission, a mess- scarred by last spring's title game and frazzled by a
summer of coaching a U.S. national team to a silver medal at the
Goodwill Games and a bronze at the world championships. He knew his
off-season duties would exhaust him and feared they would adversely
affect his Duke team. Thus he left more recruiting and public-speaking
responsibilities to his assistants and trusted his players to meet him
Blue Devils' first big test came in early January, after they had lost
their ACC opener at Virginia by 17 points. "We played like it was our
birthright to win," said Krzyzewski. "I hate that. So it was great that
they killed us. It gave me a clear course of action."
Krzyzewski discovered that this group took to coaching. "They gave me
more than I gave them," he said. "I could make adjustments, and they'd
reacted better than Hurley. Last season the Duke staff found his
gestures and facial expressions so petulant that they produced a
videotape to shock him into reforming himself. With the help of
Laettner, who constantly reminded Hurley of how important a point
guard's composure is to the stability of the entire team, it worked.
Superb throughout the tournament, Hurley was never more poised than for
an instant midway through the second half Monday when Kansas suddenly
threw its 1-3-1 trap at him. Within seconds he had lofted the most
precise of lob passes, just off the rim, where Davis made emphatic work
of it. "Last year at this time I wasn't crying," Hurley would say after
Duke's triumph Monday. "I was just empty inside. I couldn't even cry
because I had no emotion. To tell you the truth, I feel more like crying
did what college kids are supposed to do," Krzyzewski said. "He learned
Krzyzewski's wife, Mickie, calls the family beach house in Pine Knoll
Shores, N.C., the Season's End. "It's the light we see in March," she
says. "We've always gone there the day after losing in the tournament.
I'm afraid I don't know what we do after we win."
Monday night turned into Tuesday morning, and Krzyzewski walked arm in
arm with his family down a Hoosier Dome hallway, the answer was not yet
clear. Eldest daughters Debbie and Lindy were on his right; on his left
strode Mickie and their youngest, nine-year-old Jamie- whom the players
call Mo Minutes, because they think they get more playing time if they
let her sit on their laps on the team bus. Together, Family K cut a wide
and happy swath, as if plying some yellow brick road from Kansas to...to
tough call. Do you choose one more game in this season you wish would go
on forever and spend it with your boys? Or do you repair to the Season's
End, with your girls?
you see their faces?" Krzyzewski asked. He was talking about his boys.
"They were so happy. Gee, I'd like to do this again. When will we do it