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HSN March Madness - Final Four - Games 61 & 62


HSN March Madness - Final Four - Games 61 & 62  

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  1. 1. Who wins?

    • 1981 Indiana Hoosiers
      1
    • 1976 Indiana Hoosiers
      12
  2. 2. Who wins?

    • 1975 Indiana Hoosiers
      12
    • 1987 Indiana Hoosiers
      1

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Final Four of the 64 years/teams of IU Basketball Tournament

Vote for the team you think would win

Down to the Elite Eight, now each day will have 2 games (today (Wed), tomorrow (Thu), Final Four (Mon), Championship and 3rd place (next Wed) and the polls will be open for 48 hours. I will try to post the new day’s games at noon EST.

HSN members are encouraged to debate, discuss memories of the teams involved in today’s matchup, post links to videos/games, etc. before voting on that day’s matchups.

Today’s Bracket:

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Game 61

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The Final Four is here and none of the teams are a surprise. In the first matchup, 1981 and 1976 NCAA Champs go head to head for a spot in the finals. Isiah Thomas and 81 will have to play a perfect game if they want to upset the undefeated 76 Hoosiers.

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/indiana/1981.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980–81_Indiana_Hoosiers_men's_basketball_team

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/indiana/1976.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975–76_Indiana_Hoosiers_men's_basketball_team

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Game 62

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In the 2nd matchup, 1987 NCAA Champs take on one-loss powerhouse #1 SRS ranked 1975. 87 will need to use what they learned vs. Syracuse bigs Rony Seikaly and Derrick Coleman to try and slow down Kent Benson and Scott May.

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/indiana/1975.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1974–75_Indiana_Hoosiers_men's_basketball_team

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/indiana/1987.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986–87_Indiana_Hoosiers_men's_basketball_team

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First game.  Interesting fact about the '81 team.  Tolbert was the only player to start every game.  Wittman was the only other player to even play in all 35 games.

The '81 team was much better than their record indicated.  So, yes, they could compete with the undefeated champs.  And they did.  Back and forth the game went.  In the end, Scott May was the matchup that '81 had no answer for, and Coach Knight took full advantage of it.  May scored 33 points in route to a 5 point win for the '76 squad.

 

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Second game.  Interesting fact about the -87 team.  All 5 starters averaged in double figures.  Magnus Pelkowski, at a mere 3.8 ppg was 6th on the team in scoring.  It's safe to say that if Coach Knight had not broken tradition and recruited Garrett and Smart from the Juco ranks, IU would have been nowhere close to a championship quality team.

What does all of that have to do with their matchup against the '75 team?  Not a darn thing.  

 What did matter was that Steve Green was loving the 3 point line and matched Alford 3 pointer for 3 pointer.  Meanwhile, Buckner, Benson, May, Wilkerson, and Abernathy, knowing they had already won the first game had extra incentive to play against themselves in the Championship to ensure they would get the ring.  '75 wins.

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43 minutes ago, 5fouls said:

Second game.  Interesting fact about the -87 team.  All 5 starters averaged in double figures.  Magnus Pelkowski, at a mere 3.8 ppg was 6th on the team in scoring.  It's safe to say that if Coach Knight had not broken tradition and recruited Garrett and Smart from the Juco ranks, IU would have been nowhere close to a championship quality team.

What does all of that have to do with their matchup against the '75 team?  Not a darn thing.  

 What did matter was that Steve Green was loving the 3 point line and matched Alford 3 pointer for 3 pointer.  Meanwhile, Buckner, Benson, May, Wilkerson, and Abernathy, knowing they had already won the first game had extra incentive to play against themselves in the Championship to ensure they would get the ring.  '75 wins.

People forget how good Steve Green was...averaged close to 17 ppg as both as a junior and a senior while shooting over 55% (58% as a senior). And they weren't layups. He was lethal from the deep corners...

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4 minutes ago, IUFLA said:

People forget how good Steve Green was...averaged close to 17 ppg as both as a junior and a senior while shooting over 55% (58% as a senior). And they weren't layups. He was lethal from the deep corners...

He's the main reason why Knight insisted the '75 team was better.  Yes, they lost Laskowski from the '75 team as well, but all the other players were a year older. and normally experience wins out.  But, Knight thought that much of Green

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5 minutes ago, 5fouls said:

He's the main reason why Knight insisted the '75 team was better.  Yes, they lost Laskowski from the '75 team as well, but all the other players were a year older. and normally experience wins out.  But, Knight thought that much of Green

I just looked it up...in the 75 NCAA tournament, in 3 games Green shot 29-43 from the field (67%) including 10-17 in the loss to Kentucky, and 11-13 from the line (85%)...

He was a player...

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3 hours ago, IU Scott said:

my final  is 75 vs 76

'76 has their championship. And a very special banner hanging in Assembly Hall. You know the one honoring their accomplishment, across the hall from the five banners. TIme for Hoosier Sports Nation to give the trophy to the '75 team.  Just my humble opinion.

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6 minutes ago, milehiiu said:

'76 has their championship. And a very special banner hanging in Assembly Hall. You know the one honoring their accomplishment, across the hall from the five banners. TIme for Hoosier Sports Nation to give the trophy to the '75 team.  Just my humble opinion.

I disagree.  By giving the trophy to '75,  then '76 is no longer undefeated.  

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5 hours ago, 5fouls said:

First game.  Interesting fact about the '81 team.  Tolbert was the only player to start every game.  Wittman was the only other player to even play in all 35 games.

The '81 team was much better than their record indicated.  So, yes, they could compete with the undefeated champs.  And they did.  Back and forth the game went.  In the end, Scott May was the matchup that '81 had no answer for, and Coach Knight took full advantage of it.  May scored 33 points in route to a 5 point win for the '76 squad.

 

I look at the match-ups in that game and I say '81 wins it.

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