Patterson is probably experiencing similar fantasies. "I admit that it's been very tough sometimes, and I've had second thoughts if this was the right school and the right coach for me," said the Hoosier forward, who was considering a transfer as recently as this summer until his mother talked him out of it. "I had to stop taking all the coach's criticism like it's a personal vendetta. I had to realize he was trying to help me, always pushing me toward a game like this."
Moments after the victory, there was D. Wayne Lukas, the racehorse trainer and longtime Knight ally, standing behind the Hoosier bench fussing over Patterson as if he were a champion thoroughbred. Patterson's name was announced as the tournament's most valuable player, and he jogged off to collect his hardware. Knight actually smiled briefly from across the court. "Thirty-nine points against Duke," Lukas mused to nobody in particular. "Now there's a million-to-one long shot that paid off."