As the men's basketball season was coming to a blessed end, I was bummed because my brackets were busted early on because I had picked for the finals DeVry University versus the College of Cardinals.
And then I stumbled on to something which made my day. I typed Pauley Pavilion into Google news because I was looking to see if the mainstream media had picked up on the student seating issue (they haven't).
At the bottom of the Google results was a reference to the News Archive Results for Pauley Pavilion. I clicked on the December 22, 1966 date and there are a slew of newspaper articles about the December 22, 1966 UCLA game against Colorado State. The lead on the St. Petersburg (Florida) Evening Independent article was the expected matchup between Lew Alcindor and the dreaded Bob Rule of Colorado State.
Two interesting lines in the article. Coach was asked about the fact Colorado State expected to use a slow-down game (a bright idea which generally led to blowouts but there was nothing else our opponents could do) and he responded:
A good control team shouldn't hurt us anymore than a good fast break team.
And then the Colorado State coach, who no doubt was trying to find the drone in the Ram athletic department who got his team scheduled into Pauley (where the students in olden times sat on the north sideline) and then insure the doofus got fired, was quoted:
Colorado State Coach Jim Williams has been offered a suggestion or two . . . about stopping Alcindor.
"My son saw UCLA play," said a woman "and he said you can beat them if you put four men on Alcindor and break up their press."
Williams asked: "And what does my fifth man do. Carry a gun."
What was the final score? You have to peek after the jump.
Egads, it was close. We only won 84-74 and the game was tied in the second half. The AP article claimed that Lewis (now Kareem) played his worst game of the season despite the fact he dumped in 34 points. Both Lewis and Coach said he played his poorest game of the year. Lewis complained that his defense was not up to par.
Far different time from when teams like Butler and UConn put up Soccer World Cup scores in the NCAA finals.