On March 21 in IU history: Moye, Hoosiers stuff Duke

March 21, 2002

In just the second season after Bob Knight’s departure, Indiana and coach Mike Davis took the NCAA Tournament by storm with a surprising run to the national championship game, highlighted by a seminal 74-73 upset of top-seeded Duke in the South Regional semifinals at Rupp Arena.

What ended well did not start so well, as the Blue Devils raced out to a 29-12 lead in the first half, forcing multiple turnovers (23 in all). IU’s deficit was 42-29 at halftime and still 14 with 12 minutes to play before a 17-5 run over a span of 6½ minutes. That helped cut the margin to 63-62 with 5:42 remaining on a Jared Jeffries putback. The ensuing Duke possession saw A.J. Moye (14 points) come up with his legendary block of Carlos Boozer (19 points). The unlikely Jarrad Odle sparked the burst with 11 of his 15 points. That was the complement needed to Jeffries, who finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

The Blue Devils appeared to have weathered the storm, regaining a 70-64 advantage with 2:50 left on a 3-pointer by Mike Dunleavy (17 points). But back came Indiana with an 8-0 run capped by Coverdale’s baseline gave the Hoosiers a 72-70 lead with 59 seconds to go. Two Moye free throws with 11 seconds left put IU up four, which would be huge when Jason Williams (15 points) hit a 3 and was fouled with 4.2 seconds to play. Williams missed the free throw, Boozer grabbed the rebound and missed a putback and Jeff Newton finally cradled his 10th rebound as time expired to send Indiana back to the Elite Eight.

4 comments

  1. I see nowhere else to slide this in. IU finished the yr ranked #204 nationally in 3-point shooting. Now the weird part, if they had hit 12 more 3 pointers over the season, they would have been ranked in the top 100 nationally. (Indy Star)

  2. The evening of the IU/Duke game I was traveling from Indy to SW Florida. By bus. In 2001 the airline industry received $15B bailout, which upset me to the point of saying “I will never spend another dollar to the airlines”. I did buy a Walkman (?) to at least listen to the game. Reception was good than we hit the mountains. Many hours before I heard the results of the game. Finally in 2018 I bought a plane ticket. Stubborn can = stupid at times.

    Went 6 years w/out 4 wheels in Florida, just the m/cycle. Cold & snow in Indiana’s Feb & March mandated bus transportation.

  3. Per the Indy Star. Nick Zeisloft playing for a Spanish team in the Canary Islands. Blackmon, Italy shooting over 40% from the 3-point line. “Longest he’s ever gone without touching a basketball”. Spent an evening playing on-line video games with O.G.. Hulls in Germany was “playing probably the best year of my career” Games are suspended but the season not cancelled so he can’t head back to Indiana & and concerned the league may not have the money for his contract next year. His two kids spending the time learning German.

  4. Thanks for those updates, Ron. Those are the sorts of stories we need right now on Scoop. Would love to hear more on what’s happening with our ex-Hoosiers overseas (their basketball dreams and struggles during these unprecedented times). Nice to here they were playing some strong basketball. Zeisloft, Hulls and Blackmon….Wow. … How we miss great shooters and guys who actually release the ball with the confidence that it’s finding the bottom of the nets?

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