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A Response To Jim Sumner's Michigan Column

Duke and Michigan's first meeting in Durham took place in December 1964. With Russell, Buntin, and Darden all returning, the Wolverines were the pre-season favorite to win it all and they showed why. Michigan jumped to a huge second-half lead before Duke came storming back. Although the rally fell short, Michigan winning 86-79, many old-timers think that Cameron (then just the Indoor Stadium) has never been louder than it was when Duke was on a roll late in the game.

I was a first year medical student in the fall of 1964 and the first Duke basketball game I ever attended was Duke Michigan. Several of us (medical students), having suffered through a Duke football season of little note and diminishing attendance, naively arrived at the Indoor stadium at 7:59 PM for an 8:00 PM tipoff. We got seats, on the floor, under the basket with the band facing us. Somewhere in the middle of the 2nd half Duke tied the score 69-69. It was so loud that I was screaming at the top of my lungs and couldn't hear myself. Unbelievable!!!!. Duke lost that game but precious others until they unfortunately lost to NC State in the ACC tourney that spring. I was condemned to being a die-hard fan. The following year we were lucky to see Duke beat UCLA twice (Alcindor was a freshman).

Interesting that you should mention Buzzy Harrison. He was a classmate of mine in medical school but disappeared sometime after graduation. Rumor is/was that he went into the clergy and never practiced medicine. Really a wonderful guy, who taught us a lot about basketball in the 4 years we were classmates.

Some day I'll tell you about Randy Denton, Hubie Brown, John Roche, Tom Owens and the acoustics in the Greensboro Coliseum.