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NC State 50th Anniversary of…

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March 10, 2023 6:34 pm

NC State 50th Anniversary of…

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March 10, 2023 6:34 pm

Who will be at this celebration, who many will remember? What are the chances we get a 3 on 3 with these guys? How did that game have THAT many points? When can people come out and see these guys? What does he believe the most memorable moment was from this game? What kind of aftermath did this game cause? What kind of growth came from this?


I know last night did not go according to Hoyle for Wolfpack fans, but there is still reason to celebrate and be excited first. They're going to be in the NCAA tournament, and this is still a team that can do a lot of damage.

They'll have to play a lot better, maybe not give up the last 10 minutes, but they can still play really well and go deep in this tournament. The other thing is that we have history to look back on, and Tim Peeler, NC State Historian, who knows more about the history of Wolfpack athletics and any human being I know, is with us on the Adam Gold Show. So we are celebrating the, maybe the greatest college basketball game that has ever been played, the 1974 ACC tournament final in overtime where a state beat Maryland. Is that true?

No, it's not true at all, Adam. It's not maybe the greatest basketball game ever played. It is definitely the greatest basketball game ever played. And that game was played 49 years ago yesterday. So as of today, we are officially can celebrate a full year of the 50th anniversary of that game coming up next year. But the game was played in Greensboro. This will be the last time the tournament is in Greensboro for a few years.

So they wanted to celebrate that game and get those, some of those players together for the first time since that game on March 9th, 1974. So this is like an ACC Big 10 challenge? It's not at all like that because it'll be completely and totally interesting.

Oh, you're going to make me choke. All right, so who's going to, other than you, and people will turn out to see you, I know that. Who is going to be there? So we have three players from each team who participated in that game. These names are probably familiar to most people who are fans of the ACC, but from NC State will be David Thompson, Monty Tao, and Tom Burleson. And from Maryland will be Lynn Elmore, Tom McMillan, and Mo Howard. You should get them to play three on three.

Well, that's, that's a possibility. We will have access to a basketball court, but all three, all six of those guys played in the NBA after they finished their college careers. They all have great, great resumes for not only basketball, for their, where they came from, but for life that, that they've lived the last 50 years. And they're going to share some of those experiences about that game in particular, but about all the things that they've been through, you know, two of those guys played in the 1972 Olympics together, Tom McMillan and Tom Burleson. So they might have a little bit of insight on that as well. Oh, wow.

That's, that's cool. I wonder if Tom McMillan feels like he was screwed out of this game or not. Let me ask you just about that particular game, 103-100 in overtime, just one overtime, no three-point shot and no shot clock. How did we get that many points? Those teams, you know, at that time ran up and down the court like crazy. NC state won the 1973 ACC championship, um, against Maryland.

Same, same group of guys. For the most part, they scored over a hundred points, nine times that season. They did it again in the following season. They like to run.

They like to get it up. And when you had, uh, when you had David Thompson on your team for NC state, you could get up and down the court. When you had John Lucas running your offense at, uh, Maryland. Now, one of the reasons that they were so high scoring, there was not a lot of contact at that time. So you could go up and down the court. You weren't biting the way folks do now to get positioned to get rebounds to, um, you know, there just, there wasn't nearly as much contact at that point.

Tim Peeler is with us here. It really still does not explain. Well, here's what I think to me, what it signifies is that the coaching back then was, I think probably primarily done during the week during practice. And then when the game started, the guys just went out and played. And now we have everybody pulling strings and doing this because we have all the mechanisms in place to score more points and we score about half that.

Right. Well, um, NC state certainly, uh, was not over coached in terms of how you, uh, put your office together. Norm said he was a defensive coach. So he put a whole lot of effort into how he was going to, I guess, nominally stop other teams, but he did put effort into how he stopped other teams. Uh, but his offense was take it down the court money, throw it into Burleson a couple of times. It has to touch Burleson's hands twice, and then you could do whatever you want. That's a, that's probably a good rule.

Uh, so David Thompson had no part in that rule. Uh, I think that's pretty cool. Tim Peeler is joining us here, NC state historian. Uh, and so when, when are these, uh, sessions that people can come out and, uh, and see these guys, and I'm not saying touch them, uh, but just to, like, just to bask in the, in the glow of really what was a tremendous basketball game and what was really a great ACC rivalry at the time.

Absolutely. You know, those two teams played six times in two years. NC state won all of those games. Um, which is one of those things that's just completely and totally understandably devastating to Maryland. One of the top five teams in the country, both years. And they went to the tournament one time, uh, in 1973, because NC state, which had beaten them three times, could not go to the tournament because of NCAA rules.

Um, so there's still a lot of strong emotions about that. So they're going to talk about that tonight prior to the two semi-final games at five o'clock at the east wing, um, of the, uh, Greensboro sports complex. It's right. As you enter into, uh, the Coliseum complex, it's right across from ACC span says, um, it'll be indoors.

All of those guys will be up there. We will moderate, we will show some, um, some highlights of that game. I do have that full game on, um, uh, digitized and available for viewing. We're not going to show the whole thing because of rights issues, but everyone loves TV dad on the next TV dad presented by progressive TV dad explains becoming a man. Some it's time. We had the talk. Okay. TV dad, you know, drivers who switch and save with progressive could save hundreds. Oh, is that my voice is changing.

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It's completely free to the public. You don't have to have a ticket to the ACC tournament to come and do it. You just gotta be able to park and get to the, um, um, Coliseum complex and, uh, come into the East wing. What do you think the most important or the, uh, memorable for you element of this particular game, these particular people is so this, this game was great and remembered for how well it was played, how talented the players were, but you have to realize that in the aftermath of this game, freshman eligibility had been restored, but in the aftermath of this game, because NC state athletic director Willis Casey was the chair of the basketball committee, um, the tournament was expanded. Uh, the dunk was reinstated. Um, national television contract, um, came about out of all this, the, the growth and the explosiveness of March madness came because everybody saw that it was not fair that a UCLA kept winning things. NC state broke that dynasty, but it was also not fair to Maryland that they were one of the top five teams in the country and they had no place to go.

Right. They could have gone to the NIT, but they didn't want, they didn't want to compete for something that wasn't the national championship. And it was a team that very well could have won the national championship. Had it not been restricted to only one team per conference, this game changed the entire landscape of what college basketball became and what it is now. That is an important takeaway from this.

This is why we talked to Tim Peeler, uh, at pack Tim Peeler on Twitter. I appreciate your time. Have fun five o'clock tonight. And then, uh, two hours before the championship game. So my math tells me six o'clock tomorrow night. Correct.

That's the way it works. You're the best Tim. I appreciate your time, man.

Have fun. Tell all the guys tell, uh, like I've spoken to what five of the six people on the, on that panel. The only one I have never spoken to is Mo Howard. I rode the elevator down from my hotel tonight with Mo Howard, and it turned into a 45 minute conversation. Mo is the best and he couldn't, the Maryland guys could not be more excited about being here and talking about this, this game and the rivalry they had during those two years with the NC state. It's going to be, um, a lot of fun. Tim Peeler, the, uh, the preeminent NC state historian, uh, it should be a lot of fun, man.

That was, uh, that was a tremendous, I still don't understand how they scored all those points with no shot clock and no three point line. Yeah. Uh, everyone loves TV Dad. On the next TV Dad presented by Progressive TV Dad explains becoming a man.

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