The game that brought Mount and Maravich together

January 5th brings one of those weird intersections in sports, uniting two of the all-time great college basketball players.

It’s the anniversary of Pete Maravich’s death in 1988. It’s also the anniversary of Rick Mount’s birth in 1947. They were stars of a distant era in college basketball, incredible scorers who lit up the game with a glow that still burns as a fond memory for those who witnessed it. They were given the freedom to do what they could do, and while we can debate whether it was the best way to play basketball it certainly was the most entertaining way for spectators.

Mount and Maravich only played in the same basketball game one time that I know of, in one of the most memorable games I’ve ever attended. They crossed paths in the East-West College All-Star Game at Hinkle Fieldhouse, on March 30, 1968. It was nationally televised and one of those classic games at Hinkle, a Saturday afternoon affair with the sunlight streaming through the windows to brighten the occasion for a sellout crowd.

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