HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 30 years after what one sportswriter calls the biggest upset in the history of collegiate athletics, former University of Virginia head basketball coach Terry Holland has returned to a college basketball tournament in Hawaii.
"This is my first time," Holland said, when asked how frequently he has returned as a spectator for college basketball games in Hawaii since losing to Chaminade in 1982.
On December 23 of that year, Coach Holland's top-ranked Cavaliers, featuring a two-time collegiate player-of-the-year in Ralph Sampson, lost to the Silverswords 77-72 in a game played at the Blaisdell Center on Oahu. The game, along with victories over Louisville in the two years that followed, help lead to the creation of the Maui Invitational.
"Like I say, they played extremely well," said Holland, of the 1982 Chaminade team. "We didn't shoot very well, but that was because of their defense."
Despite his team being on the end of a long road trip, Holland says his team was simply outplayed by Chaminade on the court that day.
"You know, a lot of people thing that because you were in Hawaii, just coming from Japan... Our guys played as hard as they could," said Holland. "[Chaminade] always wanted to play us, and they gave us all we wanted to see of them that night, and they deserved to win."