UCLA vs. Notre Dame: A rivalry the way they used to be – Great piece

Notre Dame plays UCLA in basketball at Pauley Pavilion this morning, and by morning we’re talking 10 a.m., followed by a car wash and pancake brunch.

“I didn’t know it was back on the schedule, to tell you the truth,” Austin Carr, the former Irish star/villain who scorched UCLA for 46 points in 1971, said of the game.
Explaining to people what UCLA-Notre Dame was isn’t easy. Maybe you had to have come of age between 1970 and 1980.
“There was a mystery about it back then,” former UCLA great Marques Johnson said Friday. “There weren’t all these summer camps and AAU teams. Adrian Dantley, I had only read about him. We were similar in size, so your mind would conjure up an image of what kind of player he is.”

Johnson was a young teenager in 1971 when Carr scored 46 in Notre Dame’s upset of UCLA on Jan. 23 of that year in South Bend, Ind.

latimes.com
2/7/09