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Tommy Amaker, Steve Alford meet again in tournament

Last tango in this was as players in 1987

SALT LAKE CITY — There weren’t many details Harvard coach Tommy Amaker or New Mexico coach Steve Alford could share about the 26th anniversary of their only meeting on the basketball court, in the 1987 NCAA Tournament.

So much time has passed since Amaker (Duke) and Alford (Indiana) played against each other as college All-Americans that the memories have become yellowed and frayed, like the press clippings of the top-seeded Hoosiers’ 88-82 victory over the Blue Devils on March 20, 1987, in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

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