Knight re­turns to In­di­ana for 1st time in 20 years

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SCOREBOARD -

Bob Knight’s short stroll from the prac­tice gym to Assem­bly Hall ended a 20-year jour­ney home.

It seemed as if he never left.

When the former In­di­ana Hoosiers coach walked through the tun­nel Satur­day and onto his old court for the first time since his fir­ing in Septem­ber 2000, the crowd went wild — chant­ing his name, roar­ing with ap­proval, thank­ing him for all the suc­cess and ban­ners he brought to Bloomingto­n.

The sell­out crowd and dozens of former play­ers lauded Knight af­ter watch­ing a video de­tail­ing Knight’s con­tri­bu­tions.

Knight, 79, didn’t speak to the crowd over the pub­lic ad­dress sys­tem.

The com­bustible coach had an im­pres­sive 29-sea­son re­sume: A school record 662 vic­to­ries, 11 Big Ten ti­tles, five Fi­nal Fours and three na­tional ti­tles.

Uni­ver­sity of­fi­cials put Knight on a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy in 2000 fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether he had choked a former player, the late Neil Reed, dur­ing a prac­tice.

Then, in Septem­ber, a stu­dent accused Knight of grab­bing him.

Knight re­sponded by call­ing his own news con­fer­ence, bring­ing witnesses to help ex­plain his ver­sion. Two days later, the late Myles Brand fired Knight.

That was his last pub­lic ap­pear­ance in the build­ing — un­til Satur­day.

KU, Self reach mile­stones: Udoka Azubuike had 20 points and 15 re­bounds as No. 3 Kansas matched an NCAA record with its 31st con­sec­u­tive 20-win sea­son, beat­ing TCU 60-46 for coach Bill Self’s 700th ca­reer vic­tory.

Kansas (20-3, 9-1 Big 12) joined UNC (1971-2001) as the only teams to win 20 games in 31 con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

Six weeks af­ter his 57th birthday, Self

Bobby Knight, left, ac­knowl­edges the In­di­ana crowd along­side Isiah Thomas.

be­came the sec­ond-youngest coach in NCAA his­tory to reach 700 wins. Knight was 56 when he got his 700th win.

Duke wins wild one in OT: Fresh­man Wen­dell Moore scored on a put­back as time ex­pired to help No. 7 Duke rally past host UNC 98-96 in OT.

Moore’s fol­low of Tre Jones’ missed off-bal­ance jumper fi­nally ended this one, a game that saw Duke rally from 13 down in the fi­nal 41⁄2 min­utes of reg­u­la­tion. Jones forced OT, hit­ting a con­tested jumper at the reg­u­la­tion horn af­ter cor­ralling his own in­ten­tion­ally missed free throw.

Jones fin­ished with 28 points to lead the Blue Devils (20-3, 10-2 ACC), who led for only 1:47 of game ac­tion.

Bay­lor best: Top-ranked Bay­lor was the No. 1 over­all seed in rank­ings re­leased by the NCAA D-1 men’s basketball com­mit­tee.

Kansas was the No. 2 over­all seed, Gon­zaga was No. 3 and un­de­feated San Diego State was No. 4.

DOUG MCSCHOOLER/AP

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