Re: Question for Older College B-Ball Fans
Think I'd have to say NC State.
Both were crazy runs. Nova was a lower seed and a real bubble team: 18-9, losers of 6 of their last 11. Had to beat a pretty good Dayton team on their own floor in the first round (tourney still permitted home teams back then)But they had played Georgetown very close in both regular season matchups ( losses by 3 and 7, if I remember correctly). And they were a solidly built "tournament style" team: had an inside presence in Pinkney who didn't back down from Ewing; pure shooter in Jensen; solid wings; multiple ball handlers; comfortable playing a slow-down game (last tourney without a shot clock).
Plus, my Dad called Nova winning the whole thing before the tourney started. We all laughed. It was the first year of our bracket contest (first year of the field of 64). He was the only one laughing when it ended. I miss my Dad.
NC State hadn't shown anything to indicate they were capable of the run they got on. Very much like UConn last year, though not as highly regarded coming in as the Huskies were. And that Houston team was loaded. The title game was shocking in that Guy Lewis, the Houston coach, was content to play at a slow pace, which played right into the hands of the Wolfpack. It was stunning; they'd run on teams, capitalizing on their athleticism, all year, and in the biggest game walked the ball up and down. Even down to the last couple possessions it was hard to imagine that NC State could win. It was just such an incredible mismatch.