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November 20, 1997: The Tubby Smith era begins

Tubby Smith - Dave Martin / AP Photo

- Dave Martin / AP Photo

and Tubby Smith made their debuts in front of enough cameras to match a Hollywood movie premiere.  Smith, though, inherited a far more talented squad of players, a group that raced to a 39 point blowout of .  The eagles managed only 16 baskets made out of 58 shots taken, while their counterparts were white hot.  (6 for 6, 15 points), Jamal Magliore (4 for 4, 8 points), (6 for 8, 12 points) and Heshimu Evans (5 for 7, 10 points) made this one look easy.  and , the heroes of the March to come, were a combined 2 for 10, the only downside to an otherwise easy romp.

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