March Madness 2022 – What was life like last time Coach K did not practice college basketball

Coach K’s career is officially over. The Duke Blue Devils’ season ended with a loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Thus ends the legendary career of Mike Krzyzewski, who in June announced he would retire after the season.

Krzyzewski was a fixture in college basketball, winning over 1,000 games, including five national championships with the Blue Devils and reaching 12 Final Fours. He produced legendary teams and coached players including Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Jay Williams and JJ Redick. As the assistant and head coach of Team USA basketball, he was part of five gold medal winning teams (1984, 1992, 2008, 2012, 2016).

As a West Point cadet, Krzyzewski played point guard with the Army Black Knights under Bobby Knight from 1966 to 1969. After serving as an Army officer, Krzyzewski was discharged in 1974. He then joined the Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers staff as an assistant for the 1974 Season. -75.

It’s 49 years since Coach K was not on the sidelines as a coach.

Even without Krzyzewski, the 1973-74 season had some similarities with the current sport:

– An ACC team ruled the NCAA tournament: NC State won it all and defeated Marquette in the national title fight.

– Kansas won its conference.

– UCLA, which earlier in the campaign saw its record-breaking winning streak of 88 games end, still reached the Final Four in Bill Walton’s final season with the Bruins.

That, of course, was a long time ago. Here’s a look at what happened and what life was like in 1973, last year, when college basketball did not have coach K.

Bill Walton was soooo good

The 1972-73 college hoops season ended in a familiar spot – with UCLA winning it all. It was the Bruins’ seventh national title in a row with legendary coach John Wooden. Walton, a junior in the 72-73 season, was almost perfect in the title fight against Memphis State. He scored 44 points on 21-of-22 shots.

“Coach Wooden looked at me and said, ‘Walton, I used to think you were a good player … until you missed one shot,'” Walton said after the game.

In Walton’s senior season of 1973-74, which ended in a Final Four loss, he averaged 19.3 points and 14.7 rebounds despite handling a major back injury.

The king remains king

On January 14, 1973, Elvis Presley took the stage at the Honolulu International Center for “Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite.” It was the first time a single artist would perform live in a satellite broadcast.

Elvis, wearing a lei and a white, bejeweled jumpsuit, sang 22 songs, which were broadcast live in parts of Asia and Oceania. It was sent the next day in Europe.

That night, however, the Miami Dolphins were nearing the completion of their perfect season, and NBC did not broadcast the concert in America not to compete with the Super Bowl. Mercury Morris should blow up extra bottles of champagne to keep the king from his subjects.

The cell was about to explode in the air

In one of the first successful tests of the phone, Alexander Graham Bell called his assistant, Thomas Watson, and said, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” In the first cell phone call, an engineer called his rival to thump him.

Motorola was in fierce competition with Bell Labs to make a portable, handheld cell phone. Martin Cooper, a researcher and leader at Motorola, whom the BBC called “the father of the mobile phone”, made the first call.

“Who do you think I called? I called my colleague at Bell Labs, Joel Engel, and told him, ‘Joel, I’ll call you from a’ real ‘cell phone,” Cooper told the BBC in 2003. “A laptop , handheld phone. “

The ‘exorcist’ scared people all over the globe

The most lucrative film of the year was “The Exorcist”. The horror classic was scary in so many ways:

  • According to composer Lalo Schifrin, the sample of his score in the trailer was so frightening that he was asked to change the music.

  • The viewers fainted. Cinema goers went back crying or left friends in the theater.

  • A study in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease showed that it could cause “cinematic neurosis” in patients with mental health problems.

  • Pea soup has never been the same.

Happy Birthday Fab Five

Coach K and Duke dominated the early 1990s. The Blue Devils appeared in the Final Four for six out of seven years from 1988 to 1994. At the center of that race was a rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines, most notably the Fab Five Wolverines of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson , who came to Ann Arbor in 1991.

All five players were born in 1973, the year before Krzyzewski began training. The Duke-Michigan rivalry culminated in the 1992 national title fight. In the 1991-92 season, the Blue Devils had won a regular season meet in Ann Arbor, and then crushed the Wolverines in the national championship.

It was a one-sided rivalry: Duke never lost to the Fab Five-era Wolverines.


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