Honoring the '74 championship team

Members of the 1974 national championship team spoke with the media prior to NC State's Monday night match-up with Marquette. The team will be honored at halftime of the game.

David Thompson

"It's been quite a while since we've been back as a group and we've had a lot of fun the last couple of days. Guys reliving old stories – they get bigger and bigger as times go by. Most are true, a few lies in there – but you know just reminiscing about '74 and all the good times we had there."

"The two year run we had – going undefeated in the conference two years in a row regular season and tournament – no one has done that since or before so that's something to be really proud of."

"One of the greatest teams in the history of the ACC and in my opinion the greatest team in the history of the ACC and probably one of the greatest in the history of college basketball."

"Obviously we would win [against the '83 team]. One of us would make a play, maybe me with the alley-oop it or Tommy with the sky hook or Monte Towe with a jumper at the top of the key. We had so many weapons, I think we could find a way to beat everybody."

"We had a spectacular brand of basketball. We went up and down the court we averaged over 90 points a game. We could play all different styles – we could pick up full court we had the speed and quickness at the three perimeter positions... We had the big man Burleson so we could go inside and dominate. I think we had a good team, we played man-to-man mainly and got up and down the court and played an exciting style of basketball."

Tommy Burleson

"This is really special. There is a lot of emotion and we are just really excited about it."

"We had to beat a great team and top the greatest college dynasty ever. But what I want us to be remembered for is just the passion for one another, the team play. Everybody had a role and they did it well."

"David was the best player in basketball, ever... without David we are probably the fifth, sixth best team in the nation but nobody remembers the fifth or sixth team in the nation. But with David we were No. 1 and he's just – its neat to have your best ballplayer be your best team player."

"I'm sure '74 would win [over '83]. We got it on tape last night [Sidney Lowe] changed his mind and he said 'I forgot about the DT factor.' They had a great team and it was two different elements there – we were No. 1 expected to win they were a Cinderella story."

"The excitement was more on the '83 team but we were more of a 'come to our house and watch us beat you.'"


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