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If you ever needed evidence that DeMarcus Cousins has a much better relationship with Keith Smart than deposed coach Paul Westphal, then here you go.

Cousins had been yelling out instructions to the team, walking up the sideline from the bench, so Smart gave him the jacket and the job for a second. After the game the broadcast crew showed this video to Tyreke Evans, who laughed at the idea of Cousins as a coach, “you never know what you’d get.”

                                                            -Stay Addicted2TheGame 

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On this day in 1987, Indiana guard Keith Smart’s jumper with four seconds to play helped the Hoosiers defeat Syracuse 74-73 and give IU its fifth national championship.

We are moving in a positive direction, we are not where we want to be but eventually, if we continue to do the right things, myself as a coach, as players, as an organization, we are going to get there.
—  Keith Smart (Warriors)
Indiana & Syracuse in Sweet 16 Tonight

For the first time since March 30, 1987, Indiana and Syracuse will meet tonight in the NCAA Tournament. As the photo indicates, both fan bases remember the last meeting when Keith Smart made a baseline jumper for the Hoosiers in the final seconds to secure a 74-73 win for Indiana’s 5th national championship. 

It should be a very interesting game tonight (9:45 pm EDT, CBS) with a trip to the Elite 8 on the line. Can the Hoosiers handle the Syracuse 2-3 zone? Will the Hoosiers make open shots and get out in transition? Who will step up and make plays when the pressure is on? Only time will tell. 

Here at The HoosierCat Report, we like the Hoosiers over the Orange, 75-67

Photo courtesy of: indystar.com