In this second-round matchup, it's No. 8-seed Indiana vs. No. 9-seed Duke. Check the rosters, the college stats and the Page 2 takes, then place your vote.
|Photos: Thomas (AP), Alford (Getty), Cheaney (Getty)|
|Eric Neel predicts ...|
All the pregame hype focuses on the Coaches K, and in the early going it is an X's and O's bout -- lots of passing, lots of high-post screens -- Bill Packer is positively giddy at the sight. The game finds its true form early in the second half, though. Bob Knight gets tossed for arguing a three-second call well, not so much arguing it as saying, "shoving it, along with the whistle you seem to wear only for decoration, so far up your [expletive] it'll finally comes blowing out your mouth."
And that's when an introduction takes place. Bobby Hurley, meet Isiah Thomas. Speaking of expletives, he's the one whose backside you keep staring at as he blows by you on the way to floater after floater and layup after layup. Forget the team game. Forget the chalkboard. This is "a little child shall lead them" time. Thomas scores 24 second-half points and the Hoosiers blow the Dukies away.
Final score: Indiana 88, Duke 70
|Photos: Hurley (Getty), Laettner (Getty), Hill (Getty)|
|Scoop Jackson predicts ...|
Someone told Johnny Dawkins that Isiah Thomas could be punked. That if he got all up in his face, he could be rattled. With both teams having won three championships, it becomes a battle of strategies, concepts and coaching philosophies. Bob Knight versus his former assistant, Mike Krzyzewski: Fire v. Ice.
On the court, it's Art Heyman's battle with George McGinnis that has the crowd amped. Heyman brought his 25 ppg game average and tried to reach it in the first half. Unfortunately for Duke, the great Christian Laettner has a bad game. Too much Walt Bellamy. In the end, Johnny Dawkins found out that whoever told him he could get at Isiah by trying to intimidate him -- lied.
Final score: Indiana 88, Duke 78