The Alltime Alumni Weekend Imagine that the best players from all the top colleges magically came together to decide which program had the greatest team of all. We did, and we'll tell you who won

November 23, 1998

Turn down Vitale and Packer for a while and join us at our
basketball Brigadoon, an imaginary place where the players from
the college game's greatest teams square off in an alumni
tournament for the ages. We looked at every top programs before
seeding the 16 schools with the strongest lineups, then invited
10 players from each school to the four-day event, and they all
accepted...without even consulting their agents. We ask you--as
Samuel Coleridge once did--to suspend your disbelief and accept
the premise that the players are all in their primes, returning
to campus a few seasons after they left school. Our venue is
Madison Square Garden, the old Garden, where college hoops ruled
supreme. We had one rule: No coaches! No Dean Smith
four-cornering the Tar Heels into a 50-point game, no Bob Knight
tossing a chair when Isiah Thomas played matador defense, no
John Thompson waving a towel at Allen Iverson to quit shooting.
So dig out your old letter sweater, grab a tattered pom-pom,
close your eyes and let your imagination take over. Hmm...what
would it be like if Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton wore UCLA's
blue-and-gold at the same time?

ROUND ONE

1. UCLA

F Marques Johnson
F Bill Walton
C Lew Alcindor
G Walt Hazzard
G Reggie Miller
Bench
F Sidney Wicks
F Keith Wilkes
C Willie Naulls
G Lucius Allen
G Gail Goodrich

16. Notre Dame

F Adrian Dantley
F LaPhonso Ellis
C John Shumate
G Austin Carr
G John Paxson
Bench
F Moose Krause
F Orlando Woolridge
C Bill Laimbeer
G David Rivers
G Kelly Tripuka

UCLA
Paying little mind to a pregame woofing session between Miller
and Laimbeer, the power twosome of Walton and Alcindor (a
combined 78% from the field) overwhelmed the Irish inside.
Dantley (40 points) outscored Johnson in the battle of big-butt
post-up forwards, but his gunning only served to leave Carr
grumbling about a lack of shots. Final: UCLA 119, Notre Dame 98.

8. Michigan

F Rudy Tomjanovich
F Chris Webber
C Bill Buntin
G Rickey Green
G Glen Rice
Bench
F Phil Hubbard
F Campy Russell
F Cazzie Russell
C Roy Tarpley
G Gary Grant

9. Michigan State

F Terry Furlow
F Greg Kelser
C Kevin Willis
G Magic Johnson
G Shawn Respert
Bench
F Ralph Simpson
F Jay Vincent
C Johnny Green
G Scott Skiles
G Steve Smith

Michigan State
At a pregame shindig hosted by the governor of Michigan, Magic
had the crowd in stitches with stories about Skiles's
car-driving skills and then spoke just as eloquently on the
court with a triple double that included 22 assists. A
second-half comeback by Michigan was derailed when Webber drew a
technical for elbowing Willis. Final: Michigan State 107,
Michigan 103.

5. Duke

F Danny Ferry
F Grant Hill
C Christian Laettner
G Johnny Dawkins
G Jeff Mullins
Bench
F Art Heyman
F Jack Marin
C Mike Gminski
G Dick Groat
G Bobby Hurley

12. Houston
F Clyde Drexler
F Elvin Hayes
C Akeem Olajuwon
G Otis Birdsong
G Don Chaney
Bench
F Dwight Davis
F Michael Young
C John Block
G Reid Gettys
G Rob Williams

Duke
Stung by his backup status, a feistier-than-usual Hurley came
off the bench to put on a dazzling display of floor generalship
(15 assists). As for its backcourt, Houston got too little O
from Chaney and too little D from Birdsong. An angry Big E said
the result would've been different had the game been played in
the Astrodome. Final: Duke 106, Houston 101.

4. Kentucky

F Dan Issel
F Jamal Mashburn
C Bill Spivey
G Ralph Beard
G Frank Ramsey
Bench
F Jack Givens
F Cliff Hagen
C Alex Groza
G Kyle Macy
G Cotton Nash

13. LSU

F Rudy Macklin
F Bob Pettit
C Shaquille O'Neal
G Chris Jackson
G Pete Maravich
Bench
F Howard Carter
F John Williams
C Greg Cook
G Kenny Higgs
G Derrick Taylor

LSU
Although no-look passes from Pistol Pete twice hit him in the
nose, Shaq's quadruple double (36 points, 23 rebounds, 14
blocks, 10 roof raises) was way too much for the Wildcats in
this hot-blooded SEC battle. After Pettit slapped him on the
back and called him a second-generation Wilt, Shaq snapped, "I
ain't second to nobody." Final: LSU 126, Kentucky 118.

Round One

6. Indiana

F Calbert Cheaney
F George McGinnis
C Walt Bellamy
G Steve Alford
G Isiah Thomas
Bench
F Scott May
C Kent Benson
C Don Schlundt
G Dick Van Arsdale
G Mike Woodson

11. Syracuse

F Derrick Coleman
F Billy Owens
C Rony Seikaly
G Dave Bing
G Pearl Washington
Bench
F Louis Orr
F John Wallace
C Roosevelt Bouie
G Sherman Douglas
G Lawrence Moten

Indiana
Angered that Thomas didn't pay him proper respect, Bing tried to
take the game into his own hands and scored 37 points. But a
fired-up Thomas buried Washington, never a Pearl on defense,
with 42 points and 13 assists, and McGinnis intimidated Owens
inside. "Heck, we didn't even need Keith Smart to beat them this
time," said Alford. Final: Indiana 111, Syracuse 106.

3. Kansas

F Clyde Lovellette
F Danny Manning
C Wilt Chamberlain
G Darnell Valentine
G Jo Jo White
Bench
F Bill Bridges
F Raef LaFrentz
F Paul Pierce
G Paul Endacott
G Jacque Vaughn

14. Georgetown

F Alonzo Mourning
F Reggie Williams
C Patrick Ewing
G Sleepy Floyd
G Allen Iverson
Bench
F Jim Barry
F David Wingate
C Dikembe Mutombo
G Michael Jackson
G Charles Smith

Kansas
When Ewing got into foul trouble, Mutombo did a serviceable job
containing Wilt until he finger-wagged Chamberlain after
blocking one of his fallaway jumpers. Big mistake. Wilt reeled
off 16 straight points, 10 of them on power dunks. Mourning
looked befuddled at forward and wilted under the old-school
strength of Lovellette. Final: Kansas 103, Georgetown 89.

7. Cincinnati

F Danny Fortson
F Jack Twyman
C Paul Hogue
G Oscar Robertson
G Nick Van Exel
Bench
F Ron Bonham
F Pat Cummings
C Connie Dierking
G Lloyd Batts
G Tom Thacker

10. Maryland

F Len Bias
F Joe Smith
C Len Elmore
G John Lucas
G Walt Williams
Bench
F Albert King
F Buck Williams
C Tom McMillen
G Adrian Branch
G Gene Shue

Cincinnati
Before the game, the Big O pulled Van Exel aside and made one
thing clear: I run the show. Nicky V heard him loud and clear
and, matching Lucas shot for shot, scored 24 points from the two
guard position. The Terps' Bias-Smith combo couldn't keep up
with the more physical Hogue and Fortson on the offensive
boards. Final: Cincinnati 102, Maryland 98.

2. North Carolina

F Billy Cunningham
F James Worthy
C Bob McAdoo
G Phil Ford
G Michael Jordan
Bench
F Sam Perkins
F Lennie Rosenbluth
C Brad Daugherty
G Walter Davis
G Charlie Scott

15. Providence

F Bruce Campbell
F Otis Thorpe
C Marvin Barnes
G Ernie DiGregorio
G Lenny Wilkens
Bench
F Austin Croshere
F Michael Smith
G Johnny Egan
G Eric Murdoch
G Jimmy Walker

No. Carolina
With a typical--and aggravating--sense of democracy, the Tar
Heels substituted five at a time. Even their backup team, led by
the play of Davis and Perkins, outscored the Friars, but the
real damage was done by Jordan (51 points) and Ford (19
assists), who tortured Wilkens and the-step-too-slow Ernie D.
Final: North Carolina 126, Providence 103.

[UCLA] [Michigan State]

UCLA
Some UCLA old-timers were enraged when Miller, not Goodrich,
started, and the stumpy guard proved them right by coming off
the bench to outscore Respert (32-28) in a duel that resembled
an NBA three-point contest. The Bruins' second-team frontcourt
tandem of Wicks and Wilkes also spelled W for the Bruins by
exposing Kelser to be no Special K. Final: UCLA 112, Michigan
State 101.

[Duke] [LSU]

LSU
With 2.2 seconds left and Duke down by one, Laettner set up at
the foul line to receive a full-court pass from Groat, a
shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates who insisted on throwing
the pass. Distracted by the leaping of Hot Plate
Williams--remember when he could jump?--on the baseline, Groat
overthrew Laettner. "Grant should've thrown it," mumbled a
peeved Laettner. Final: LSU 103, Duke 102.

[Indiana] [Kansas]

Kansas
In a brilliant X's and O's move rarely seen in an alumni game,
Manning--using Cheaney like a dishrag--and Chamberlain played a
cute double-post offense, while Lovellette, one of the few great
athletes whose first name is really Clyde, pounded the glass.
The muscular Valentine and the brainy White kept switching off
on Thomas and gave him fits. Final: Kansas 109, Indiana 101.

[Cincinnati] [No. Carolina]

No. Carolina
Although the triple double battle between Jordan (29, 12, 10)
and Robertson (27, 11, 11) came off as anticipated, Worthy stole
the show. If Twyman was a prototype small forward, then Worthy
(43 points) was the next step in the evolution. Billy C's mad
hops left Fortson flat-footed, and big men Perkins and McAdoo
each stepped outside to hit three three-pointers. Final: North
Carolina 134, Cincinnati 125.

SEMIFNALS

[UCLA] [LSU]

UCLA
Alcindor and Walton, fatigued after an all-night rap session
about repression and the American political process, sat out
much of the game, so Shaq (43 points, 22 rebounds) had his way
inside. But Hazzard (19 points, 20 assists) picked the LSU
backcourt apart with street-smart savvy and afterward got a rise
out of Jackson by asking, "Hey, hayseed, you know where Philly
is?" Final: UCLA 123, LSU 119.

SEMIFINALS

[Kansas] [No. Carolina]

No. Carolina
The Jayhawks decided to let Jordan score and contain everyone
else. Bad strategy. MJ went for 65, and afterward even Wilt had
to admit, "The boy can play a little." Almost as important was
Daugherty's containment of Chamberlain after McAdoo got in foul
trouble. Big Brad either stood his ground or sent Wilt to the
line, where he was 11 of 28. Final: North Carolina 128, Kansas
118.

FINALS

[UCLA] [No. Carolina]

1. UCLA
With one minute left, Alcindor (above) flashed across the lane,
took a pass from Hazzard and skyhooked the Bruins into the lead.
Jordan twisted himself into a pretzel on a baseline drive to put
the Heels back on top. Alcindor, denied good position in the
post, set a pick for Walton, who caught a pass in the low post
from Miller, turned and banked in a jumper at the buzzer. Bruins
win 99-98. In the stands an owlish old gent smiled slyly and
raised a rolled-up program in triumph.

COLOR ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATIONS BY ROBERTO PARADA [Drawing of Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) making skyhook shot over Bill Walton, James Worthy, Bob McAdoo, Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Marques Johnson, Billy Cunningham, with Walt Hazzard and Phil Ford in back court]
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