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Flashback: IU's Dakich Says Jordan "Got His [Butt] Kicked"

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.”

Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.
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