The fear two days later: That what we saw in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament on Monday night is an aberration, a tease, an exception to the rule that insists college basketball has lost its way at the offensive end.
Jerry Tarkanian’s long basketball journey is finally complete.
When he reached the stage, supported along the ballroom path to such an exclusive group by a walker, Jerry Tarkanian was helped up a few stairs to basketball immortality.
History is meant to be judged, and yet each classic that has been a national championship game of the NCAA Tournament has owned a unique significance.
Rick Pitino became the first coach in NCAA history to win men’s basketball championships with two teams, as his Louisville Cardinals defeated Michigan in the championship game in Atlanta 82-76.
vs. MICHIGAN (31-7)
ATLANTA — The idea was to not miss left. If he did, Tim Henderson would be forced to retrieve the basketball by running down the long ravine that bordered the driveway of his family home, the one sitting on 10 acres of rural Louisville land, the one with a backdrop of nothing but open space and woods, the one where a Final Four hero was born from thousands of jump shots launched into another bright orange sunset.
This is what one coach in tonight’s national championship of college basketball was asked about Sunday:
This is what becomes a common theme in such times: That when you consider what Wichita State did in college basketball this season that it should give hope to hundreds of teams around the country that such a journey is possible.
ATLANTA — He wanted the life of a small town, a place to play basketball and be educated and become a man. His was a goal to experience a calmer, quieter existence when it came time to select a college.