Subj: Two for the show
Who do you think is the greatest tandem in NCAA basketball history?
From the automatic scoring of Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble to the devastating defense of Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo, there’s no shortage of classic combinations to choose from. However, I’m going to side with Ohio State and select Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek. From the moment they first suited up for the red and white, “Luke” and “Hondo” transformed the Buckeyes from an NCAA also ran into a national powerhouse, guiding the team to its first – and only – national championship in 1960. Havilcek, who averaged 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, was the undisputable heart and soul of the team, while the 6’8” Lucas was the NCAA’s most dominant offensive weapon. During his three years with the Buckeyes, “Luke” averaged 24.3 points and 17.2 rebounds per game and was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year three years in a row. Both players have since been inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame and are synonymous not only with Ohio State but also with basketball excellence.