Page 10- The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 9, 1987
BY JEFF RUSH
A man on the brink...
... illuminating the Knight
At 12:52 yesterday, Indiana
coach Bob Knight walked through
the sea of red.
Clad in his crimson sweater,
Knight strode into Assembly Hall,
/where thousands of his followers
wore the same colors. Standing or
sitting, they all were present to see
Knight do what he does like nobody
He masterfully orchestrated the
crowd, bringing a laugh from them
when he jokingly hit CBS analyst
Billy Packer with a program before
A man in the past did interesting
tricks with red seas and other
objects, but none now are as nifty
as Knight. Simply put, Knight
knows how to win. His
accomplishments have achieved for
him an almost mythical status.
Only Knight has played on an
NCAA champion team, coached an
NCAA champion (twice), coached
an NIT champion, and won
Olympic and Pan-Am golds. Denny
Crum hasn't done that, Dean Smith
hasn't done that, Adolph Rupp
hasn't done that, and John Wooden
hasn't done that.
Knight similarly has set the
coaching standard in the Big Ten. In
15 years at Indiana, Knight has
averaged 22 wins per season. He
has won the conference seven times
(including four times in a row
from 1973 to 1976), and has the
best winning percentage among
current Big Ten coaches. At one
time he won 37 straight games in
the conference, going undefeated
during both the 1974 and 1975
conference seasons. The legend
continues to grow.
That isn't enough, though.
Every time Knight steps on to the
court, he has to prove to himself
that he can win.
And that is where the mythical
becomes confused with the
"Your opponent is yourself,
your potential," says Knight. "I
coach against the game. It's the
game that beats you. If you fool
with it, it'll kill you."
That is why he is known as a
man on the brink. The strain he
puts on himself shows itself again
and again. Fisticuffs in Puerto Rico
during the Pan-Am games, flagrant
words with Michigan coach Bill
Frieder three years ago, a thrown
chair during a game against Purdue
two years ago, and a recent divorce
are just part of the price Knight has
paid for his obsession with the
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Off the court, Knight has
recently faced the same kind of
pressure he is accustomed to
placing on himself. Some consider
him a monster. A resolution
recently passed by the Bloomington
Faculty Council aimed to curtail
Knight's sometimes rash treatment
of his players. A recent editorial
cartoon in the Indiana Daily Student
compared Knight with Adolf Hitler.
Before yesterday's contest
between the Hoosiers and the
Wolverines, Knight, looking like
the mythical minotaur, stalked the
tunnels beneath the seats of
Assembly Hall. Alone in the
tunnel, I approached this man-
myth-monster, and as we walked
toward one another, our eyes met. I
looked at him, unsure what to
expect, and unable to turn my eyes
away from him. He looked back
with the patented disgusted look
that Knight does like no one else.
My mind raced.
'Knight hates reporters -should
I say something? - does he know
I'm a reporter? - what should I
say? - this is the best coach in
America - myth? - is that hate
in his eyes? - monster?
"How ya' doin'?" asked Knight.
"Good," I stammered. I froze for
a moment. Is that all you can say
to Bob Knight? my mind screamed.
For God's sake, I might never again
get the chance to speak to Bob
Knight. Say something, anything.
"Good luck today," I said as we
walked past each other.
"Thanks," said the man.
... myth or monster?
Michigan's Mark Hughes (55) looks on as Ricky Calloway (20) of Indiana
gets fouled by Glen Rice during the Hoosiers' 83-67 rout of the
Wolverines yesterday in Bloomington.
Indiana deals Blue
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plays, and anytime we ma
run they just negated it.
"We've got the same de
we've had all year. We'r
big inside, and we're
experienced inside and it t
INDIANA took advi
those deficiencies at the st
second half. Knight rep
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)> leaving Alford as the only guard in
ide a little the Hoosier lineup. On the first
possession following the break, Eyl
ficiencies grabbed an offensive rebound over
e not very Thompson and put in an easy
not very layup.
ells." Indiana's lead got as high as 17
antage of before an Antoine Joubert jumper
tart of the cut it tol0 at 56-46. But the
laced 6-1 Hoosiers ran off 13 of the next 15
teve Eyl, points to put the game out of reach.
Alford scored five points during the
run and Garrett added four.
It took awhile for Alford to get
going, however, as Grant played
vicious defense on the 6-2 All-
American. Alford'srfirst point didn't
come until 10:39 remained in the
BUT EVEN though Alford
struggled, Indiana didn't. Forward
Daryl Thomas scored all nine of his
first half points before Alford had
taken a shot. Smart also tallied all
of his six points in the first 20
minutes. Alford would finish the
half with 16 points on five-of-eight
shooting, a perfect two-of-two from
"Gary (Grant) really came out
aggressively and I just wanted to be
patient," Alford said. "I didn't want
to force anything. I knew my shots
Indiana also did a good job
defensively on Michigan's big
scorers. In the first half, Joubert
was unable to hit a shot from the
floor and Rice was one-of-seven.
And while Grant scored nine, he
also picked up three personal fouls,
forcing Frieder to take him out of
"We tried to get him out of the
game as quick as possible," said
Smart, who made Grant work for
all his points. "Coming into this
game, we've never focused on
another guard as much as we did
with him. He's got to be the best
guard in the country."
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Min G/A FT/A R A
Joubert 31 3/11 213 1 1
Rice 35 5117 314 10 0
iiughes 24 31S 1/2 10 2
Graunt 23 5/11 3/4 3 3
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Gri~fln 14 113 010 2 1
Vaught 24 316 0/0 7 1
Krotner 8 2/2 0/0 1 2
o'baan 4 0/1 0/0 0 2
Stoyko 2 0/ 0/0 1 0
Team Rebounds 2
Totals 240 28146 9113 37 13 23 67
Mtn FGA FT/A R A PP TTP
Callow, 26 419 2/2 3 2 3 1.0
Thomas 34 5111 112 3 1 3 11
Garrett 30 4/13 3/5 14 2 3 1s
Alford 38 MIS15417 2 1 0 30
Smiart 16 214 2/2 2 2 3 6
Evi 31 213 0/2 6 4 1 4
M1'eier 8 111 212 3 1 0 4
Hlli. 5 0180100 0 0 0 0
Sloan 5 111 0/3 1 4 0 2
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