By halftime Seton Hall had cut Duke's lead to 38-33. Then the Blue Devils came apart. Even Ferry became frustrated, chewing out the referees and once barreling into a courtside table, causing the NCAA coordinator of officials. Hank Nichols, to tip over in his chair. "Ferry's a great player who was still trying while the other players didn't seem like they wanted to play anymore," said Greene.
Can you blame them? Before the Hall was through, it seemed as if all nine of Carlesimo's brothers and sisters had joined the defensive chorus too. He has a nickname for each of them: Tutu, Cool Guy, Big Ed, Little Ed, Binky, Mumford, Big Boog, Pebbles and Cougar. Don't ask which ones are the guys.
As it turned out, the Pirates could have used a few Big Boogs and maybe even a Binky or two against Michigan, whose journey to Seattle was even more unlikely than their own. Frieder-free Michigan? Or Mission-igan? "We re-dedicated ourselves going into this [tournament]," said Higgins. "We thought we could win it. That's what the mission was all about. Mission accomplished."
Just wait till this team gets a permanent coach.