UCLA 68, VILLANOVA 62
"I'M SITTING ON THE BASELINE, AWARE THAT THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS IN THE GAME ARE ALCINDOR AND HAYES."
THE PICTURE with UCLA's Lew Alcindor (33) battling Houston's Elvin Hayes for a rebound in the Final Four tells the larger story of the game. There's backlighting so it highlights everyone in the picture. You can see the score. The graphics and the location of the players come together to form a nice overall composition. I shot all 10 of John Wooden's championships, and he always said the picture with Sidney Wicks (right) was his favorite. Wicks was a star who never really bought into Wooden's team concept, and the two had an awkward relationship. When it was obvious the Bruins were going to win, Wooden began taking his starters out. The last player he took out was Sidney. He and Wooden talked for about 30 seconds. I had a motorized camera and got off about 10 pictures. Years later, Wooden told me Sidney had said, "Coach, you're something else." A print of this photo hung in Wooden's home office; Wicks asked for a copy as well.
MARCH 23, 1972
FLORIDA STATE 79, NORTH CAROLINA 75
"PUTTING A CAMERA ON THE FLOOR WAS A DIFFERENT WAY TO CAPTURE THE SIGNIFICANT PLAY—OR PLAYERS—IN A GAME."
TO GET this photo of Tar Heels guard Steve Previs (13) chasing Seminoles guard Otto Petty at the Final Four in Los Angeles, I had set up a camera on the floor against the basketball stanchion. Before the game I told the baseline referee to watch out for it because I didn't want him to trip. I then sat about 10 feet away with a remote. I had experimented with this approach during the regular season, and I liked this camera angle.
MARCH 30, 1981
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME