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HSN March Madness - Finals - Games 63 & 64


HSN March Madness - Finals - Games 63 & 64  

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  1. 1. Who wins 3rd place?

    • 1981 Indiana Hoosiers
      12
    • 1987 Indiana Hoosiers
      3
  2. 2. Who wins HSN 64 years of March Madness Championship?

    • 1976 Indiana Hoosiers
      5
    • 1975 Indiana Hoosiers
      10

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Championship 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 63

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Many of these teams played in the era of 3rd place games, so we’ll have one here. NCAA Champions 1981 and 1987 face off with Hoosier legends Isiah Thomas and Steve Alford squaring off.

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/1987.html

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

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Game 64

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In the HSN March Madness Championship game, undefeated 1976 squares off with one-loss (by 2 pts with injured Scott May) 1975 in a battle to be crowned the best IU team of the past 64 years.

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

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

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

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

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In the second game, it was near-perfection vs perfection.

Before the contest, the two coaches got together and jointly determined to play the game the 'right' way without some of the rules that bastardized the game over the years (the coach's opinion, not mine).  As a result, the 3 point line was painted over and the shot clock turned off.

The game itself was the classic you would expect.  The performance of both teams lived up to the 'perfection' billing.

No turnovers.

No rebounds (because there were no missed shots)

'76 won the opening tip and scored.  '75 followed by going down the floor and scoring as well.  Back and forth it went.  At the end of the half, both teams were 20-20 from the field and the score was tied 40-40.

The second half started the same.  This time, 1975 won the tip (no alternating possession) and took their first lead of the game by scoring to go up 42-40.  But, '76 immediately answered. As with the first half, the teams kept trading baskets.  '75 would go up by 2, and '76 would tie it.

A key moment occurred with 7 minutes left in the game when Junior star Scott May of the '75 team injured his arm and had to leave the game,  Even then, the '75 team played flawlessly..  

With 11 seconds left, '75 scored to go up 80-78.  Coach Knight elected not to call timeout and the '76 team came down and ran a play for Senior Scott May, who was not injured.  He drove down the lane, and with 1 second left made a tough shot........AND WAS FOULED! 

It was the first foul of the entire game.  The refs were not even sure who committed the foul, as all five players on '75 bumped May on his shot.  They elected to give the foul to the 'Team'.

With the score tied 80-80, May calmly stepped to the line and hit the free throw, giving the '76 team the 81-80 victory.

'76 remained perfect.  '75 fell just short of perfection.  Bob Knight rejoiced and Bob Knight cried.

It was (almost) the perfect game.

 

 

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1 hour ago, 5fouls said:

In the second game, it was near-perfection vs perfection.

Before the contest, the two coaches got together and jointly determined to play the game the 'right' way without some of the rules that bastardized the game over the years (the coach's opinion, not mine).  As a result, the 3 point line was painted over and the shot clock turned off.

The game itself was the classic you would expect.  The performance of both teams lived up to the 'perfection' billing.

No turnovers.

No rebounds (because there were no missed shots)

'76 won the opening tip and scored.  '75 followed by going down the floor and scoring as well.  Back and forth it went.  At the end of the half, both teams were 20-20 from the field and the score was tied 40-40.

The second half started the same.  This time, 1975 won the tip (no alternating possession) and took their first lead of the game by scoring to go up 42-40.  But, '76 immediately answered. As with the first half, the teams kept trading baskets.  '75 would go up by 2, and '76 would tie it.

A key moment occurred with 7 minutes left in the game when Junior star Scott May of the '75 team injured his arm and had to leave the game,  Even then, the '75 team played flawlessly..  

With 11 seconds left, '75 scored to go up 80-78.  Coach Knight elected not to call timeout and the '76 team came down and ran a play for Senior Scott May, who was not injured.  He drove down the lane, and with 1 second left made a tough shot........AND WAS FOULED! 

It was the first foul of the entire game.  The refs were not even sure who committed the foul, as all five players on '75 bumped May on his shot.  They elected to give the foul to the 'Team'.

With the score tied 80-80, May calmly stepped to the line and hit the free throw, giving the '76 team the 81-80 victory.

'76 remained perfect.  '75 fell just short of perfection.  Bob Knight rejoiced and Bob Knight cried.

It was (almost) the perfect game.

 

 

Fan-freaking-tastic.

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3 hours ago, IUFLA said:

Just wanted to thank @cybergates for running this, especially during a trying time. I know it took some time and effort, so thank you...

And to @5fouls for the commentary... Got a lot of good laughs from those... Thanks... 

It was a lot more time/work than I initially thought it would be but definitely worth it if HSN enjoyed it

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