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2015-ncaa-logoThe Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal

….SRN assistant sports director and basketball guru Phil Meyers joins us for a look at the brackets and discusses who, if anyone can step up and challenge undefeated Kentucky for the NCAA title as 2015 March Madness gets underway.

John Poulter also chimes in on spring training baseball, as well as a brief chat on hockey and English soccer this weekend.  Steve and Dave take a quick look at the most recent free agent deals in the NFL, including audio comments from Dallas’ Tony Romo on his attempts to persuade his team to keep DeMarco Murray.

Don’t miss cameos from Chris Berman and Dick Vitale.

 

Jon Lester

new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester

on The Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal

…Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune gives us a Cubs Spring Training update, and more from around the Cactus League.  John Poulter also chimes in on the AL East, hockey and soccer.  Plus, Steve and Dave talk about the latest NFL free agent moves.  Catch the worst 40 minutes in sports radio right here.

Don’t miss cameos from Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker and Dick Vitale.

Gasol

Like most brothers, Pau and Marc Gasol like to compete against one another. After all they have been competing against each other since they can remember and even became the first brothers to start opposite each other in an All Star Game last month.

“ We’re always competitive, we always compete” Pau would add after the game. The Bulls forward would score 13 points on 6-14 shooting from the field while grabbing 11 rebounds to record his 43rd double-double of the season. Pau has been fantastic for Chicago this season while leading the NBA in double-double’s and already trying his career high as well.

Marc would get the best of his brother on Monday night however, when the Grizzlies topped the Bulls 101-91. Marc scored 23 points and added 4 rebounds and 4 assists to guide Memphis to their 21st road victory of the year.

”My teammates found me at the elbows and in the post, and I was able to make some shots,” the Grizzlies big man told the media. ”That makes their bigs come out and pick up their coverage a bit more. You get confidence. You get in a rhythm.”

And as for his thoughts on competing against his younger brother? “It is an honor honestly,” Marc said. The two brothers had lunch early Monday before competing for the second time this season.

With the loss, the Bulls tied their season-long losing streak (three games) and continued to rely on their young core to find scoring in the fourth quarter.

Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points of the bench and added 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Mirotic has quickly become a fan favorite in Chicago and is becoming a reliable option in only his first season. Mirotic scored in double figures for the sixth straight game and is averaging 20.8 points and 8.0 rebounds during that stretch.

Tony Snell would do his best to bring the Bulls back in the fourth quarter with the Bulls trailing by 13 points. Snell scored 11 of his 21 points in the final period and shot 4-7 from the field in his highest scoring effort since February 12th against Cleveland.

While the Bulls (39-26) would get a boost from their young players,they struggled to find scoring late in the paint. Gasol would admit to being frustrated after being hit with two early fouls and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau would touch on that in his post game presser as well.

“I thought he got a tough whistle, I really did” Thibodeau said. “It was his second foul and Marc is a physical player. I just didn’t like the consistency, so sometimes it goes your way sometimes it doesn’t.”

Memphis (45-18) would receive a big third quarter from Zach Randolph who finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Jeff Green who finished with 19 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor, including 3-4 from the three point line. With Mondays victory the Grizzlies tied their season series with the Bulls. The road team in the series has now won each of the last five games.

“We have a good group of guys. We all feel like we have a chance to do something special this year,” Grizzlies coach David Joerger said. “You try to take care of your body, whether that be nutrition or sleep or staying in at night.”

The Bulls will not practice Tuesday morning and will take a much-needed day of rest before traveling to Philadelphia on Wednesday to take on the 76ers. (14-49)

Click below for Post-Game Audio

D Rose

For the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery back on February 27th, Bulls guard Derrick Rose spoke to the media on Monday night before the team hosted the Memphis Grizzlies at the United Center.

While the former MVP would not give a definite return date, he did keep hopes of returning before the playoffs alive.

“I know something positive is going to come out of this.” Rose told reporters. “Whenever I come back, I come back. The way I feel right now, there’s a good chance I come back this season.”

Rose, was averaging 18.4 points and 5.0 assists in 46 games this season before an MRI revealed he had once again tore his medial meniscus in the right knee. Rose missed all but 10 games last season after having the meniscus reattached rather than having it removed. This time around team physician Brian Cole removed the damaged part of the meniscus rather than repairing it again, meaning the rehab was originally supposed to only be 4-6 weeks.

Rose said he didn’t know when the injury occurred, but cited the Golden State game on January 27th as a possibility for when he tore the meniscus.

Rose remained positive even when answering tough questions regarding his future, including his thoughts on the possibility of the team being finished building around him as their star.

“Its to each his own.”- Rose said. “If they feel like they need to do that, this is a business too. I know the business side.” “I know they would be making a totally wrong mistake but I am not the owner, I’m not the GM or the president.”

Spring Training

Spring Training

on the Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal

….plus our guest John Poulter discusses whether the NHL trade deadline resulted in any good moves for the teams in contention. He also offers his baseball preview as spring training gets underway in Florida and Arizona.  Dave and Steve discuss NFL moves as free agency approaches.

Don’t miss a cameo from Dan Patrick.

Derrick Rose will miss 4-6 weeks while recovering from knee surgery

Derrick Rose will miss 4-6 weeks while recovering from knee surgery

“Next man up”
has become the slogan for the Chicago Bulls for about three years now. Ever since Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the 2012 playoffs, head coach Tom Thibodeau has been forced to change his lineup more than any other coach in recent memory.

Not only have the Bulls had to deal with injuries to Rose the past few seasons, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and Kirk Hinrich are among a few others who have missed time due to injury, forcing the Bulls to juggle their lineup and do their best to win with what they have had.

The 2014-15 campaign has been no different. After entering the season as heavy favorites to represent the East in the NBA Finals, the Bulls have once again struggled to stay healthy. Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott and Joakim Noah have all had stints on the injury list this season and as a result, the Bulls have struggled at times to close out games.

After the loss of Rose for 4-6 weeks, the Bulls would once again be bitten by the injury bug.

Jimmy Butler will miss 3-6 weeks with a left elbow ailment, and Taj Gibson also sat out with an ankle injury. Without three of the team’s top scorers many figured the Bulls would struggle to find scoring especially late in the fourth quarter. However, the Bulls played up-tempo basketball on their home floor against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season and had the last words after a week beginning with some trash talk.

“I don’t want to talk about Chicago. You know I hate them. You can put that,” Wizard’s forward Nene told the Washington Post on Monday. Needless to say there is no love lost between the two teams, and it would show on Tuesday.

The Bulls would defeat the Wizards 97-92 on Tuesday behind a clutch performance from Noah, and the balanced attack of their young core. Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 23 points with 8 rebounds, and Aaron Brooks added 22 points and 8 assists filling in for the injured Rose.

“It’s going to be the collective effort. You can’t replace a Derrick or a Jimmy or Taj individually. We have to do it as a team,” Thibodeau said after the win. “They’re going to keep coming, they’re all tough. We’re going to need a lot of resiliency and a lot of fight.”

Noah once again put the Bulls on his back, much like last season, when he became an unlikely MVP candidate. Noah scored 12 points and pulled down 12 boards while battling with his personal rival, Nene. Washington’s forward, and the Bulls’ new arch nemesis, would foul out after going scoreless and grabbing only 6 rebounds. He would also pick up a flagrant foul while taking a shot at Noah, who calmly walked away.

“I’m just happy we won, and I’m happy I kept my composure,” Noah said about the play. “Just trying to put out a video a couple hours before the game about non-violence. And trying to teach these kids about the big picture. You know what I mean? So it wouldn’t have been a good look, not today. But I’m really, really proud of this team and the way we stepped up tonight.”

The Bulls (38-23) would also get another solid game from Pau Gasol. Gasol scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds to add to his league leading 39th double-double this season. The veteran Gasol knows how important these next few weeks will be while the Bulls are without their starting backcourt and leading scorers.

“I think every game is going to be emotional from now on,” Gasol said. “Every game is meaningful, and this team, they’re a tough team. They try to play extra physical to try to take away stuff.”

The Wizards (34-27) were led by John Wall’s 21 points and 11 assists, and Paul Pierce who chipped in with 16 points including 4 of 6 from the three point line. They are now 3-7 in their last ten games and 13-16 on the road this season.

Chicago did a great job defensively on Washington guard Bradley Beal, who came up huge against them in last year’s playoff series loss.

“The game was lost in a variety of ways,” said Beal, who scored only 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting. “Just bad possessions. And I feel like I had a lot of open shots that I should have made which could have put us in a better position to win the game.”

The Bulls will again play at home on Thursday, when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have been hampered by injuries all season long as well.

NU 82, MICH 78 Final

NU 82, MICH 78 Final

“It’s a program building win” – Coach Collins

It was ‘senior night’ in Evanston as the Cats started the game with Dave Sobolewski and JerShon Cobb, who played their last collegiate game at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday night. The standing ovation was not the only memory the seniors would have of the night as Northwestern beat the Michigan Wolverines in double overtime.

Northwestern had their 4-game winning streak broken by in-state rival Illinois last Saturday, 86 – 60 and the game wasn’t even that close. After playing great team defense during the winning streak, the Cats seemed rushed against the Illinois and it was reflected on the scoreboard. NU was able to regroup after the loss and regain their defensive aggressiveness their fans were accustom to seeing during their victories.

NU Guard Tre Demps

NU Guard Tre Demps

The man of the night was Tre Demps who played ‘savior’ not once, but twice, as the Cats stole a victory from the Wolverines. Demps hit a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to send the game to the first overtime and then did it again to send the game to a second overtime. “I am never not confident when taking those shots,” Tre Demps said after the Michigan win. Demps finished with 20 points and was 4 – 5 from three’s and was the emotional leader on the court during crunch time. If Michigan was not on the bubble before the game, they definitely are now.

NU could not contain Michigan’s 6’ 6” freshman Aubrey Dawkins, who went 7 – 11 for 2i points and hit 4 three pointers. Dawkins was effective scoring in the paint or from the outside and had no problem getting to wherever he needed to on the floor. Another year under Coach John Beilein and Dawkins could receive national attention if he keeps progressing on both ends of the court.

On the other side, Michigan had no answer for Alex Olah as he abused Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal in the post all night. Olah ended up with 25 points on 12 – 18 shooting and pulled down a team high 12 rebounds while hitting a huge 3 pointer in the 2nd overtime.

NU’s fans should never have been under the impression that this team was going to make the dance but they should have hopes for an NIT bid after the Big Ten tournament. Coach Chris Collins and his staff have made it clear that they are in the middle of a rebuilding process and need to build off of the momentum they have created with some recent wins. This win over Michigan will hopefully be the beginning of something special in Evanston.

Coach Collins talks about the Michigan Northwestern game and NU moving up in the Big Ten

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cubs-logoOn The Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal

…Cubs play by play broadcaster Pat Hughes joins us to talk about Baseball Voices, his series of tribute CD’s devoted to Hall of Fame baseball broadcasters. Pat also gives us a Chicago Cubs preview of the 2015 season.

We also bring in our hockey expert, John Poulter, to discuss the shoulder injury suffered by Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, and how that will affect the rest of their season. He also talks about the surprising Nashville Predators and the rest of the NHL as we head into the final quarter of the hockey season.  Plus, we finally have some soccer talk.

Don’t miss cameos from Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker and Chris Berman.

 


Cats

When you think tradition in college basketball, you have to think Indiana University.

The Hoosiers are five-time National Champions; they have made eight Final Four appearances, won 21 Big Ten Championships, and produced 44 All-Americans and 74 NBA Draft picks. Not too shabby at all.

The Northwestern Wildcats (14-14,5-10) on the other hand have produced a few solid seasons throughout the years, but have still never been invited to the “Big Dance.” In fact, the Wildcats last winning season came in the 2010-2011 campaign, when they finished 20-14 yet, still failed to reach the NCAA Tournament.

However, expectations have changed on campus in Evanston. After 13 seasons, Northwestern fired former head coach Bill Carmody in 2013, and replaced him with former Duke player and assistant coach Chris Collins. By bringing in Collins, Northwestern made it clear that it was time to put basketball in Evanston on the map and make a serious run in the Big Ten.

To no surprise, when Northwestern hosted Indiana on Wednesday night the team was greeted by one of their biggest and most intense crowds of the season. It is pretty clear the Wildcats and their fans want to be in the same class as Indiana, and Northwestern could be on the right track if they continue to play well in their zone defense.

Both teams came out firing in the first half Wednesday evening. Indiana, who entered the game 3rd in the country in 3 point field goal percentage (41.2) went 9-14 from downtown in the first 20 minutes, while Northwestern shot 5-13 behind the arc and 51% from the floor to enter the half tied at 40 even.

“I didn’t feel there was any way we could win a shootout. So 40-40 at halftime … I didn’t feel good about it,” Collins said. “The pace was too fast, it was too high-scoring. We weren’t going to win a game in the 80s. I thought we did a better job in the second half of getting stops and kind of getting it more to our liking.”

The second half would be a nice glimpse of what the future may hold for the Wildcats and proved that coach Collins young squad is ready to compete and is not intimidated by any team, no matter how many championships they have won.

After a Dave Sobolewski foul, Wildcats freshman Vic Law would have words with Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrel- which ignited the crowd and would swing the momentum in favor of Northwestern.

After the heated exchange, fellow Wildcat freshman Scottie Lindsey would block an Indiana layup attempt-leading to a Tre Demps three pointer to give the Wildcats a six point lead and force Indiana to take a timeout with the crowd growing louder and the momentum clearly in Northwestern’s favor.

Indiana (19-10,9-7) would have no answer the rest of the way going cold in the second half, shooting only 28% on 9-32 shooting from the field. Leading scorer Yogi Ferrell would score only 11 points and Indiana struggled to find scoring in the paint as the Wildcats would take control for good

Tre Demps would continue to torch the Hoosiers. The junior guard would score a game high 23 points on 8-12 shooting and the Wildcats would cool of the Hoosiers in the second half, to win their fourth straight game in the Big Ten, 72-65.

“I have great respect for the history of the program, but for me it’s all about what we’re doing going forward,” Collins said. “All I know is that the kids worked incredibly hard since I’ve been here.”

Alex Olah would contribute 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Freshman Vic Law would score 14 to give Northwestern their fourth straight conference win after losing ten straight.

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Vic Law is finally starting to figure it all out and the results have been great for the Northwestern Wildcats.

After a 10-game conference losing streak, Northwestern had finally started to show signs of life by winning two straight Big Ten games— including a road win against Minnesota on Wednesday night.

On Saturday afternoon the Wildcats looked to stay hot when they welcomed Penn State to Welsh Ryan Arena for the lone regular season meeting between the two teams— in a matchup of two squads looking for just their fourth conference win of the season.

Northwestern (13-14, 4-10) continued their strong play in the first half, taking a 28-20 lead into the break. Law would lead the Wildcats in the first half with nine points and six rebounds and Northwestern forced nine turnovers to take control early and frustrate the Nittany Lions with their new look zone defense.

Law would stay dialed in for the second half, scoring eight more points to finish the game with 19 and a game high 11 rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 60-39 win, after outscoring the Nittany Lions 32-19 in the second half.

“Vic is going to be a good player in this league” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said after the win on Saturday. “He knows no one believes in him like I do. He believes in me, he believes in our program. He believes in what we are trying to do.”

Law entered Saturday’s game averaging just 6.3 points per game on .365 shooting. Saturday was another story however, as Law would play his best basketball of the year. “ Welcome to the Big Ten” Collins would tell his young star after the game.

“ I am starting to get used to college basketball now” Law said. “Everything is getting a little easier. My mindset has changed greatly since the beginning of the season to now. I am starting to mature more.”

Northwestern would also get 16 points from guard Tre Demp’s on 5-10 shooting from the field, and Alex Olah would chip in with 10 points and five rebounds to help Northwestern win their third straight conference game.

Penn State dropped to 15-13 this season and 3-12 in the Big Ten. Leading scorer D.J. Newbill came into the game averaging 21.1 points per game, but was held to just three points on 1-6 shooting. The Nittany Lions were led by Geno Thorpe who would score 13 points on 5-17 shooting in a losing effort.

Northwestern will look for their fourth straight win on Wednesday when they host Indiana. (18-9)

Penn State will look to get back on track on next Saturday when they host Iowa (16-10)

Click below for Audio from Saturdays game.

UNC's Nate Britt during a timeout.  Courtesy: GoHeels.com

UNC’s Nate Britt during a timeout. Courtesy: GoHeels.com

The Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal

SRN’s own Phil Meyers joins us to talk about another amazing contest in the Carolina – Duke rivalry, Wednesday night the 92-90 OT thriller at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Plus, Ryan Horvat, also from SRN analyzes the NBA trade deadline deals, while Dave and Steve discuss news from around the NFL.

Hear interviews from Mike McCarthy, new Bears GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox, as well as Lions GM Martin Mayhew.

Don’t miss cameos from Dick Vitale, Bob Uecker, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Iowa-Northwestern Final, 66 - 61

Iowa-Northwestern Final, 66 – 61

Living in Chicago most of my life, driving slow and steady during the winter months is more of a way of life than an inconvenience. As I was driving to Welsh-Ryan arena this afternoon, it was abundantly clear that my 30 minute drive was going to double thanks to Mother Nature and it was time to enjoy the 15 mph drive.

Even with the traffic, I was able to make the tip off as my alma-matter (Iowa) was in town for a 2 pm showdown with the 1 – 10 Wildcats. These two teams have been evenly matched the past couple years as they have spilt the last 14 meetings. NU beat Iowa in the 2013-14 BIG Ten tournament, 67 – 62, thanks to a 20 point performance from Tre Demps.

The slow and steady pace of my day was even more evident as the Hawkeyes and Wildcats were having a hard time finding their offensive mojos. The first half seemed to drag along as neither team could sustain any offensive rhythm as the Cats took a 27 – 24 lead going into the half.

Tre Demps had 8 points in the first half and finished with 16, while adding 4 rebounds and 3 assist. Demps hit a pair of 3 pointers late in the second half to regain the lead, which they would hold for most of the second half.

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Iowa Hawkeye visiting Northwestern Wildcats

Bryant McIntosh is only 1 of 3 true freshman in the country who is averaging 11.5 points and 4.0 assist per game this season. McIntosh did not play like a freshman, as he gave Iowa all they could handle by pouring in 18 points and dishing out 4 assist.

It was McIntosh’s 2 late free throws that should have sealed the game for NU in regulation and would have given the Cats their 2nd win in conference play… but it is never that easy for Chris Collin and his squad.

Jarrod Uthoff had a game to remember as he momentarily broke the hearts of the Evanston faithful as his 3 pointer with under 3 seconds left, sent the game into overtime. Uthoff finished with a game high 25 points on 8 for 16 shooting from the field.

“I really feel that the shot by Uthoff went in to test us in a sick kind of way. We have had so many of these kind of games and we played that exactly how we wanted,” Coach Collins said in his post-game press conference. “The looks I saw in the huddle at the end of regulation were different then the looks I saw at MSU, or down the stretch against OSU or at Maryland. It was a determined look.”

NU Center Alex Olah

NU Center Alex Olah

Overtime was the Alex Olah show, as his defensive performance and clutch free throw shooting broke the Cats 8-game losing streak. In the 5 minute OT period, Olah had 3 points, 4 rebounds and added 2 key blocks to seal the victory. Olah finished with another double-double, 11 points and 13 rebounds, which puts him in the top 10 for the conference.

NU’s matchup with Iowa started off at a snail’s pace but ended up being an exciting game with a furious finish. Both teams had opportunities to win today’s game but it was the youngsters that were able to hold on in OT.

Coach Chris Collins breaks down the Iowa Northwestern game

The Cats have a couple days off until their next game in Minnesota on February 18th, where they will look to make it 2 wins in a row.

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Phil Ford and Dean Smith

I’ll countdown my top ten Dean Smith wins at UNC, leaving out only two types of games, national championship wins, (as obviously those are my favorites) and any game against Duke, which almost demand their own category.

#10:  UNC-Maryland, 1976, at Maryland, UNC won 81-69.    UNC and Maryland were two of the very best teams in the nation that year, in the January game in Chapel Hill, UNC own in overtime, by two points, after trailing most of the game.  UNC was VERY fortunate to win that one, so much, most people figured Maryland would easily win the rematch in College Park.   Well, the game in College Park was never really close, UNC kept a working lead pretty much  the entire game, ended up winning by 12.  A dominating performance, against a very good team.   Those were fairly common  back then.

#9:  1990 NCAA tourney, Oklahoma.  After 8 straight trips to the Final 16 (or further!), UNC was an 8 seed, playing the #1 team in the nation, Oklahoma.    Close game all the way, UNC tied the game on a King Rice foul shot with 8 seconds left, Rice missed the second shot, ball went out-of-bounds off Oklahoma.   Dean called a timeout, and he did many times, drew up a perfect play.   I still remember yelling “it’s over,” with about 2 seconds left, as Rick Fox was driving to the basket for the game winning shot. The final score:  79-77.

#8:  1997 NCAA tourney, 2nd round, UNC beat Colorado 73-56 to advance to another Final 16.   It was a rather “ordinary” game. However that one gave Dean Smith the all-time wins record, at the time, at  877 victories.

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Walter Davis

#7:  UNC-UNLV, national Semifinal, 1977.  In the middle of the season, UNC lost Center Tommy LaGarde with a season-ending injury.   In the ACC tournament, Walter Davis injured his hand, was playing with 2 of his fingers taped together in the NCAA tourney.   Phil Ford got injured in their Regional game against Notre Dame, was nowhere close to 100%.  So lead by Mike O’Koren and John Kuester, UNC beat the Running Rebels, 84-83, to advance to the national final.    Another tremendous coaching job by Dean Smith.

#6:   We’ll go with a ‘group’ of games, the 4 Regional games of the 1991 NCAA tournament.  The scores were, in order, 101-66 over Northeastern, 85-69 over Villanova, 93-67 over Eastern Michigan, and 75-72 over Temple.  As you can see, all of the games were routs, except for the last one, which set off a wild celebration.    It had been 9 years since we’d made a Final Four, (we’re currently on a 5 year run of not making a Final Four, the longest since that 9 year gap), and I even seem to also remember I was interviewed on Franklin Street after the game, I said something like it had been a long time since we’d made a Final Four!

#5:   Another “group,” the 1975 ACC Tournament.  By far, the Best ACC tourney ever.    Maryland had won the regular season title, so with only 2 teams per league going to the NCAA tournament, obviously whoever won the Tourney, (if not Maryland), would also go.    The 6 games in the Tournament had a combined margin of 20 points!   UNC won their first game, in a miracle comeback win over Wake Forest, 101-100, in OT.   They won the semifinal 76-71, also in OT, over Clemson.  I can still remember a last shot by Clemson in regulation rolling around the rim, before falling out.    UNC won the final over NC State, 70-66, lead by freshman Phil Ford.  NC State, as you remember, had David Thompson.

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1981 NCAA Semi Final UNC vs Virginia

#4:  A single game, I attended this one in person; the 1981 Final Four win over Virginia 78-65.    UNC had lost twice to UVa in the regular season, both very close games, both after being way up.   In the semi, it was relatively close at halftime, then Al Wood took off, putting on an exhibition that ranks as one of the best in Final Four history!  His 39 points in that game still is the record for individual points in a national semifinal game.

#3:  Two games in this one, both involved comebacks, but only one by UNC.    In 1993, I went to the UNC-FSU game with one my friends, good thing we were sitting on opposite sides of the building, and we did not have cell phones, as we may have missed UNC’s astounding comeback from a 23-point deficit, including down by 21 in the last 10 minutes.   UNC won 82-77, outscoring FSU 28-4 down the stretch.    The Dean Dome when George Lynch stole the ball and hit the go-ahead dunk is about the loudest I have ever heard the Smith Center.    And back in 1979, UNC was playing at NC State, and it was NC State who came back from a 21 point hole at halftime, to go ahead by 1 late in the game.   UNC missed a shot, NC State had the ball, Clyde Austin was dribbling out the clock, and Dudley Bradley stole the ball, and dunked with 5 seconds left to win the game, 70-69.

#2:  Not sure how many of you are old enough to remember this one, UNC-Davidson, playing in the East Regional Final in 1969.  UNC was behind a good part of the game, caught up to tie with about a minute left, then got the ball on a Davidson turnover.  Charlie Scott hit a jumper at the buzzer to put Carolina in the Final Four.    I was 8 years old, and can remember it like it was yesterday!

#1:  My favorite UNC win, (other than a national title win), by a landslide, UNC over Kentucky, 74-61, in the 1995 Regional Final  In front of a very partial Kentucky crowd, in Birmingham, #1 ranked Kentucky was so sure of a win they’d rented a banquet hall for their post-game victory celebration.  Probably not a good idea when you’re going against Rasheed Wallace & Jerry Stackhouse, coached by Dean Smith.   UNC was in control pretty much the entire second half, Stackhouse driving, drawing the D, then passing to Wallace for the game-clinching slam may be my all-time favorite play in UNC history!

No doubt I’ve left out a lot of amazing UNC games over the years!

Dean-Smithwith Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal…..

on the Weekend Sports Report our guests Fred Pearlman and Bob Heymann share their recollections of North Carolina coach Dean Smith and some great games in Tar Heel lore, as we recount the legacy of coach Smith, who was much more than just coach. Dean was a teacher, a mentor of young men, and a socially conscientious leader during some very turbulent times in college sports.

Smith wasn’t the only basketball icon to pass away. Dave talks about his days in Las Vegas during the tenure of Jerry Tarkanian.  Lastly we cover the controversy over the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago, the Blackhawks loss to Vancouver in overtime, and coaching moves made by the Green Bay Packers

Hear interviews from a member of the Jackie Robinson West, and Hawks coach Joel Quenneville. Also Dick Vitale makes a cameo appearance.

Tiger Woods

photo courtesy PGATour.com

with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal….

Tiger Woods Quits and Withdraws from the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Rory Spears from Golfers On Golf.com joins us to talk about the impact on Tiger’s season, career, golf. Also Paul Banks from The SportsBank.net chimes in on Big Ten college basketball.

Lastly, on what is hopefully the last football segment for a while, Dave still whines about the end of the Super Bowl. Hear audio comments from Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick.  Cameo appearances by Bob Costas and Dick Vitale.