His latest team was a kind of botany experiment run amok, college basketball's Little Shop of Horrors. With each of its nine three-pointers in the title game, Duke increased by another its NCAA record for most in a season, which will go into the books as 407. Skeptics believed their reliance on the trey would do in the Devils. In fact, it set them free. "When Carlos went down, the tendency would've been to bottle them up and overcoach them," Krzyzewski said last week. "Instead we let them grow wild."
In college basketball, unfettered freedom doesn't always correlate with ultimate success. Michigan's Fab Five never won the game's great prize. Neither did Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma. All hail Poppy and his Bionic Pansies, who did.