The List of NCAA all-time leading scorers is a Who’s Who of legends. Guys who threw teams on their backs and hacked a track to a title with a machete. Glen Rice still tops the list with his transcendent performance in 1989, leading Michigan to an unlikely title over Seton Hall. His 184 points over six games only two Hall of Famers from Nick, who had only five games to do the job: Princeton Bill Bradley (177) and Houston Elvin Hayes (167).
You’ve probably heard about the rest of the Top 10: Danny Manning, Jerry West, Hal Lear, Joe Barry Carroll, Juan Dixon, and Jay Williams… another guy. Why is his performance more remarkable than others? Instead of taking five or six games to create this List, and in front of the thousands of other players who could have done it, this guy lit up the bulletin boards in just three appearances. Name that player who made a 10-year NBA career.
Austin Carr of Notre Dame was thrown into the bucket by the shovel during the 1970 tournament. Carr dropped 61 (still the record for most points in a game), 52 and 45 points as the Irish won third place in the Mideast region (and yes, it was “one thing”).
The following year, Carr and ND beat UCLA, which was already remarkable at the time, but this time, seriously remarkable, because UCLA would not lose again for 88 games in a row … until they walk to Notre Dame. Carr won the AP and Naismith Player of the Year Awards that 1971 Season and was the number one overall pick in the draft, on the way to Cleveland. After his NBA career, he was named to the All-Rookie team in 1972 and formed an All-Star team in 1974.