1986 Spartans, Skiles Sizzled in March

1986 Spartans, Skiles Sizzled in March

Crowley Sullivan

1986 Spartans, Skiles Sizzled in March

Scott Skiles and his pals had a great run in ’86, highlighted by the win over the fearsome Georgetown Hoyas.

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There simply isn’t enough said about the following:

Over the course of the entire 1985-86 college basketball season, Scott Skiles averaged 27.4 points per game.

Stop and read that again.

Stop and think about how this was still a year before the three point line was implemented across college basketball.

If the three point line was instituted in 1985-86 instead of the following year, would Skiles have averaged 55 points per game?

Maybe not.

How about the man’s other averages per game?

Assists per game?  6.5

Rebounds per game?  4.4 for the point guard.

Just when the film from the Magical 1979 championship was starting to get a little dusty, Jud whips up a gem of a season.

23-8 overall and 12-6 in the Big Ten with a run in March that included taking down Hoya Paranoia in the Second Round.

And it wasn’t just a one-man band led by Skiles.

Darryl Johnson (16.6 PPG), Vernon Carr (13.8 PPG) , and, of course, the recipient of the greatest pass in the history of college basketball delivered from Skiles during State’s takedown of Georgetown, Larry Polec (10.7 PPG)

This was a motley crew that was only thwarted by the knuckleheads working the clock at Kemper Arena when State had Kansas knocked out and another Final Four for Jud in sight.

Take a look at the memorable and fantastic Scott Skiles as he and the Spartans toyed with John Thompson’s Hoyas in a March Madness classic.

A few things to keep your eyes and ears peeled for:

  • Gary Bender and Doug Collins on the call.  Tremendous duo from a truly golden era of broadcasting.
  • Tom Izzo sporting a fabulous moustache.
  • Skiles finding Jud on the court right after the buzzer and giving his coach a man hug.

Enjoy…

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