On March 25 in IU history: Cheaney explodes vs. Louisville

March 25, 1993

On one side was Denny Crum with 518 career wins and two national championships. On the other side was Bob Knight with his 618 career wins and three national championships.

But at the 1993 Midwest Regional semifinal in St. Louis, Knight had one thing Crum didn’t — Calbert Cheaney.

Cheaney scored 32 points on 10-fo-12 shooting to go with eight rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal to lead the Hoosiers to an 82-69 win over the Cardinals.

The IU All-American wasn’t entirely a solo act, as the Hoosiers collectively shot 73.9 percent in the first half and 62.2 percent for the game. Greg Graham added 22 points and Matt Nover, filling the shoes of an ailing Alan Henderson (scoreless in 11 minutes), finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

But it was Cheaney who did the most damage and was engaged from the get-go, attempting a block on Louisville’s Dwayne Morton at the rim with both players earning a technical foul for the jawing that ensued.

IU took a 50-43 halftime lead, but the Cards rallied to get within three points midway through the second half. That was close enough for Cheaney, who hit a 3, a baseline jumper, a layup and another jumper as the lead grew back to 11. Cheaney wound up scoring 18 of his 32 in the second half to propel the Hoosiers (31-3) into the regional final against Kansas and send Louisville home.