On Friday night, we did our first rewatch of a classic IU NCAA Tournament game — the 1998 first round battle against Oklahoma.
The Hoosiers led by 19 at one point in the second before collapsing, but they were able to pull out the win in overtime. Without Andrae Patterson’s strong play down the stretch, Indiana likely would have lost in the first round for the fourth straight season.
On the mics: Jerod, Andy, and Galen Clavio from Crimson Cast
Among the topics discussed:
— Why it was so heartening seeing Andrae Patterson play such a well-rounded game in such a big spot as a senior.
— The scintillating offensive strengths and frustrating defensive limitations of A.J. Guyton and Luke Recker.
— Why William Gladness was so valuable as a role player.
— The depth issues of the 1998 team, and why it was a microcosm of the biggest issue that plagued the final years of the Knight era.
— What the hell happened to Michael Lewis in the second half?
— Who is the better play comp for Devonte Green: Recker or Patterson?
We also point out a few meaningful moments you may have missed, go inside the numbers, and hand out our game balls. All of that, and more, on this edition of The Assembly Call.
(Music provided by Bob Thompson — die-hard Hoosier fan and longtime Assembly Call listener.)
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