Bilas: Some Games Mean More than Others

“You are judged as a player by how you play in this rivalry”

Jay Bilas on ESPN College Basketball Gameday discussing Duke-Carolina
March 4, 2006

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4 Responses to Bilas: Some Games Mean More than Others

  1. VaWolf82 03/04/2006 at 12:32 PM #

    Well it should come as no surprise that Bilas is wrong again. Can anyone think of a player that dramatically changed anyone’s opinion of them based on the two UNC-Duke games?

  2. Jeff 03/04/2006 at 1:14 PM #

    I can think of a lot of players whose defining moments in their career are from the Duke-Carolina game.

    Walter Davis in the comeback

    Gene Banks on senior day

    Jeff Capel from mid-court

    Jerry Stackhouse’s under the rim dunk

    JJ Redick’s performance in the Dean Dome this year

    etc, etc

    In today’s world, the video highlights that survive and create legacies are from games like this

  3. Sammy Kent 03/04/2006 at 1:37 PM #

    Some players have had their career-defining moment in the State-Carolina game or the State-Dook game, although not so many lately. Sidney Lowe and Thurl Bailey come to mind immediately. Clyde Austin, in a most unfortunate way. Spud Webb had his greatest day against Carolina in 1985, and is probably best remembered for his 360 dunk at Cameron. CC Harrison is best remembered for practically single-handedly whupping the Holes in the Dean Dome. Glenn Sudhop had exactly one great game in his career, but if it hadn’t happened against the Dookies (or the Holes) we’d never mention his name. Any discussion of Nate McMillan starts with a couple of tremendous blocks from behind on back-to-back fast break layups against Carolina in 1986. And Vinny Del Negro leading us to the 1987 ACC Championship against Dook, Wake, and Carolina was surely his career-defining moment.

    Oh, sorry. Forget all that. None of that stuff is really very special at all. I guess I lost my head for a minute. They’re all the same. Just regular ol’ games. In my heart I know that what’s REALLY special is owning Leonard Hamilton or winning a 2OT game against Miami. WOOOOOOOO!!!

  4. VaWolf82 03/04/2006 at 3:47 PM #

    You’ve both made a list of great players playing great games….but for the most part, they didn’t change my opinion of them. WD made the last shot…but in my mind, his shot is just the last part of the 8 pts/17 seconds comeback…not the defining moment of his career. I guess it doesn’t help WD’s memory that he played three (?) years with Phil Ford.

    I will grant you the Clyde Austin/Dudley Bradley game in Reynolds. Clyde’s career would mostly be forgotten by everyone…if not for that one horrible play.

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