I was a senior at LSU when Dale Brown’s over achieving #11 seed Tiger basketball team made their run to the Final 4. This is a fun article from the USA Today last week that will bring back some fun memories from my Tiger fan friends: Quick fixes, ‘freak defense’ helped LSU make Final Four history. Several of us found ourselves at Dr. Udell Smith’s house for summer missions interviews (Louis Landry, H. Kay Rothkamm, JEd Campbell, Jeff Wilson maybe???…some others but I can’t remember who) during one of the early round games (Louis told me yesterday it was the Memphis State game). Dr. Smith said we could stick around and watch the game. I remember throwing paper at the television, screaming at the refs, rolling around on the floor…Dr. Smith retreated to his patio to get away from the commotion. At one point he came back inside to make sure we were not completely trashing the place. That was probably the most fun I’ve ever had watching a basketball game on TV. Great times! (Enjoy the article)
2 thoughts on “Remembering the “freak defense””
I believe that’s the first time I’ve ever seen “Dale Brown’s” and “overachieving” in the same sentence. 🙂 Of course, I can only remember the team with Shaq, Stanley Roberts, and Chris Jackson, which I don’t think won the SEC West.
Frankly, Dale’s best coaching was done with his teams that were overachievers. The really talented teams he had were disappointing with their early exits from the NCAAs. The Shaq era teams were talented but, you’re right…they were disappointing. His best team was probably the 1980-81 team with Rudy Macklin and Ethan Martin. They got killed in the Final Four by Indiana (who won the championship that year).
How’s this for a all time team though:
Chris Jackson – G
Pete Maravich – G
Bob Petit – F
Rudy Macklin – F
Shaquille O’Neal – C
I’d put that group up against just about anyone