Cal's lead crested at 18 with 18:04 left in the name, but then Kidd began to show the impetuousness of his youth. He started to push a little too hard, imagining opportunities for passes that weren't there. And here came the defending champs, jealous of their legacy, taking huge chunks out of the deficit even as their center, Cherokee Parks, sat on the bench with a badly sprained ankle, which he had suffered at the end of the first half. Duke actually pushed into the lead, at 77-76, with 2:21 remaining.
Cal moved back in front, though, on another improbable play, one to trump even the shot that beat LSU. Kidd drove the left baseline and, finding his path blocked, spied Murray in the right corner. But Hurley sensed the pass was coming and deflected it back whence it had come, into the scrum of players in the lane. "I just followed my pass," Kidd would say later, accounting for how he wound up with the ball once again. And how did the ball wind up in the basket? "I just threw it up there, like Joe Montana," he would say. "I don't know."
Hurley, who hadn't caught a rest all game, tried to keep Duke in it with a trio of three-point chances. But by then he must have been dog-tired. A three-point shooter will show his fatigue sooner than a layup artist will. After Hurley's last collegiate shots shanked off the rim, Kidd had won another NCAA tournament game for the Bears, once again with a shot in traffic.
The differences between Point Guard Future and Point Guard Past popped out of the box score. Kidd had fewer points (11) and more turnovers (four) than his counterpart, but more rebounds (eight). After the game Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sniffled unabashedly as he recounted the joys of coaching Hurley and his backcourt mate, Thomas Hill, for four years. He also asked that the ill-feeling Bozeman has been suffering in some coaching circles, because of Campanelli's firing, now be forgotten. "As you progress through the tournament," Krzyzewski told the press, "I ask that you celebrate these kids who are playing the game. Because we all benefit from what it is these kids give us."
One wag had called Kidd's game-winner against LSU "a pretzel shot," and Kidd rather liked that. But Saturday's play—the one that sanctified his arrival as college basketball's new high priest of the point—begged for a christening, too.
Asked whether he had a name for the shot, Kidd had nothing to come back with for the first time all night. "I guess it was a turnaround, a hook shot—what would you guys call it?"
"How about," someone said, " 'a prayer?' "
The West subregional in Tucson ended with UCLA coach Jim Harrick saying he wouldn't be certain that Michigan guard Jimmy King's winning basket in the Wolverines' 86-84 OT win over the Bruins was legal until he saw a slow-motion replay. That was appropriate, because the two wild rounds in Tucson were so full of surprises that Harrick wasn't the only one to leave the McKale Center wondering if he really saw what he thought he saw.
The lower seed won three of the four first-round games, including 13th-seeded Southern's 93-78 upset of fourth-seeded Georgia Tech and 12th-seeded George Washington's 82-68 victory over fifth-seeded New Mexico. George Washington then knocked off Southern 90-80 to move' into the Sweet 16, which wasn't bad for a team that received one of the last at-large bids to the tournament.