5:30 p.m. -- I can't really get into any of the games right now, so decided to throw out a question, since I've seen the preview about 50 times today for the movie "Hot Tub Time Machine." If there was a hot tub capable of time travel -- and who are we to say such a thing isn't possible? -- what NCAA moments would you want to go back in time to see in person? You can't go back and change the outcome, because if that were possible, there would just be a traffic jam of people trying to go back and wipe that smirk of J.J. Redick's face. But you get a chance to witness history. What would you choose?
I think I'd have to go with as my top 3...
1. Michigan State vs. Indiana State, 1979 NCAA Championship: First off, Larry Bird meets my mustache requirements that I stated previously. Second, Magic Johnson is my favorite basketball player of all time. It's almost impossible to fathom how different basketball was back then. Not only did Indiana State make the final that year (and really when you think about it, we'll see another Michael Jordan before we ever see another Larry Bird in all likelihood) but Penn (!!!) made the Final Four that year. Penn. Think about that for a second.
2. UCLA vs. Memphis State, 1973 Championship: A lot of people make fun of Bill Walton because of his goofy post-playing career as an announcer, but I love the guy. I love that he managed to be an elite athlete and also an anti-establishment, counter-culture guy. And I'd give just about anything to see him go 21-for-22 in the championship game to win the Bruins' second consecutive title and wrap up their second straight undefeated season. A series of hook shots, spin moves, pirouettes and drop steps, that 44-point performance was a work of art.
3. Valparaiso vs. Old Miss, 1998 First Round: This is just one of those amazing moments that almost everyone remembers because it featured one of the most clutch shots (Bryce Drew) in tournament history, and one of the most clutch plays drawn up (Homer Drew, Bryce's dad) at the end of a game ever. Can you imagine seeing this one unfold? The final play is almost like a one-timed skip pass, or a hook and lateral. But Drew nails the 3-pointer on the run, and then does a sweet head first slide down the court. Perfect.