On March 22 in IU history: Dakich’s Jordan game

March 22, 1984

Indiana’s 72-68 Sweet 16 upset of No. 1 North Carolina at The Omni in Atlanta is oft-remembered most for the legend of Dan Dakich shutting down Michael Jordan. In reality it was a vintage case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

The Tar Heels boasted future NBA standouts Brad Daugherty, Sam Perkins and Kenny Smith in addition to Jordan, while the Hoosiers were a motley crew led by 7-foot-1 Uwe Blab and freshman Steve Alford surrounded by role players like Dakich, Marty Simmons, Mike Giomi and Stew Robinson.

Jordan picked up two early fouls, and UNC coach Dean Smith benched him the rest of the first half, allowing IU to overcome a slow start and take a 32-28 halftime lead. The Hoosiers stretched the advantage to 12 points with five minutes to go, while Jordan went scoreless for a 13-minute stretch before scoring nine of his 13 points as the Heels tried to rally. Perkins finished with 26 points to spearhead the North Carolina offense, and the defense repeatedly put Indiana at the free-throw line. The strategy worked as missed front ends helped the favorites cut the deficit to two with 2:07 remaining.

But Alford, who finished with a game-high 27 points, made six straight free throws down the stretch as IU managed to keep UNC at bay, aided by two Mike Giomi free throws. Blab added 16 points and Robinson 14 off the bench for the Hoosiers, who went on to drop a 50-48 decision to a Virginia team featuring future Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle in the East Region final.

8 comments

  1. Alford “made 6 straight free throws down the stretch”….When was that dude not money? Love him or hate him (as seems to be the case with most Hoosier fans), he remains the greatest shooter in our history. Nerves of steel and born to shoot a basketball.
    I’m not sure if anyone on our team made six straight free throws all season (yet to do it on the biggest stages).

  2. Alford, pure sharp shooter including free throws while under pressure throughout whole games until the end of games. Focus, separates him from some of the other great shooters because Alford was focused in a very focused well oiled machine.

  3. Dakich has high ratings and management support. He would have to trip and fall hard to lose that gig.

  4. I listen on radio today for about half hour. Dakich was same old self. He sounds like Knight when buttons are pushed.

    It’s amazing to me congress/Pres cannot get a stimulus package done for people they supposedly serve and professional sports teams can sign athletes for 20, 30 million dollar or more contracts over a cup of coffee and another day at the office .

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