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IU is set to play North Carolina tonight (9:30 p.m. at Assembly Hall/ESPN), and you know what that means: Fond memories of the time former Hoosier Dan Dakich shut down Michael Jordan in the Tar Heel’s last collegiate game in 1984.
Earlier today, the website of The News & Observer in Raleigh ran an interview with Dakich, in which he boasts that Jordan, who scored just 13 points under his withering defense, “got his [butt] kicked,” and that the six-time NBA champion still owes him $6,000 from a round of golf the two played in Bloomington.
Of all Dakich’s exploits—Division I head basketball coach, sports-talk radio host on 1070 the Fan, ESPN color analyst—the Jordan performance remains perhaps the favorite of Hoosier Nation (though the only YouTube clip I could find shows Jordan burying a sweet turnaround jumper on him).
Evidently the poor showing still irks Jordan, who once told USA Today's Mike Lopresti, "Being the competitor that I am, and hearing the only one who could ever stop you was Dan Dakich … when I look back at the shots I had, I lick my chops. I just missed them."
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