Did you see the Notre Dame-Mississippi State women's college basketball national championship final Sunday night? If you did, and especially if you saw the exciting finish...a long jumper by Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale that won the game, we have a question for you. Did that scenario look familiar to you? Think 20 years ago when an Indiana school won a men's tournament game. Unlike the Notre Dame win, the winning bucket was nailed by a region born hoopster (Bryce Drew from Valpo High school). Other than that, there are a few simiarities.
Similarity number one: Check out the front of both players' jersey's. Notice anything? Yep, both wore number 24. Hmmm. Wasn't there a cold blooded game-on-the-line NBA guy who began his NBA career with the same number? What was his name? Ah, the name escpaes me but I believe he won an Oscar this year. But, we digress. Number two: Both hit their game winning shots from almost the same position on the floor (three pointers from the right side of the floor. Don't believe me? You Tube it, partner). Similairty number three: Both shots allowed Indiana schools to give a heart breaking defeat to a school from Mississippi. Drew's shot beat Mississippi while Ogunbowale's defeated Mississippi State. Similarity four: play by play announcers with Valparaiso ties called the game. Todd Ickow was the play by play guy for Valpo during the Drew shot while Valpo University grad Adam Amin worked the Notre Dame game for ESPN.