The Primary Break: UNC-NC State Quick Takes
Joel Berry became the 75th Tar Heel to score 1,000 career points. He had 18 in the game, moving past Tommy LaGarde and Bob Paxton into 73rd place in UNC history with 1,013. Isaiah Hicks, who has 979 career points, will soon become the 76th member of UNC’s 1,000-point club, giving the current team four of them (Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks).
1976 USA Basketball Team Included Four UNC Players, Was Coached by Dean Smith
Deab Smith’s assistants for the 1976 USA Basketball Team were Bill Guthridge, who later went on to replace Smith at UNC and John Thompson. Smith and Thompson faced each other in the 1982 NCAA National Championship....Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Tommy LaGarde and Mitch Kupchak played for Smith at UNC.
A look back at 1976 UNC basketball
Dean Smith was the U.S. Olympic basketball coach and four of his players - Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Tommy LaGarde, and Mitch Kupchak - made the squad. Bill Guthridge was one of Smith's assistants. Kupchak and Ford both scored in double figures in delivering the gold back to the U.S., and Davis and LaGarde handled important roles. They legitimately made the squad, which is why the late struggles of the '76 Tar Heels remains so frustrating 39 years later.
Ford Corners: A Silver Lining
We won two ACC championships in the Greensboro Coliseum when I played, and the first one was really special because we had to beat N.C. State (the defending national champion) to make the NCAA Tournament. We were a fairly young team, with Brad Hoffman as our only senior starter. I was a freshman, Walter Davis, John Kuester and Tommy LaGarde were sophomores and Mitch Kupchak a junior.
DeCock: Ex-UNC star Tommy LaGarde builds career around unexpected
A big man on some of the best UNC teams of the ’70s, his No.?45 is one of the honored numbers hanging from the roof of the Smith Center. Tommy LaGarde joined teammates Phil Ford, Walter Davis, Mitch Kupchak, John Kuester and Mike O’Koren in the NBA, and like many professional athletes, his life and career moved on to a second act. Except LaGarde’s second acts have second acts.
Video: Tommy LaGarde, the original "Maverick"
Former North Carolina Tar Heel and Dallas Maverick Tommy LaGarde disputes the claim that John McCain and Sarah Palin are the original mavericks in this political satire.
Phil Ford: We've Overcome Injuries Before
I hold out hope because of what happened to us in 1977. When Tommy LaGarde injured his knee late in the season, we were playing our best basketball and Coach Smith had already told us he had a plan on how we were going to win the national championship.
Tommy LaGarde blocks out Marquette memories
Tommy LaGarde holds a place in UNC basketball lore because of a game in which he didn’t play. That came in 1977 against Marquette in the national championship game. Now a Saxapahaw resident and with only casual interest in the Tar Heels program, LaGarde’s role during a previous era has been recalled this week. On Friday night, UNC and Marquette face off in the East Regional semifinals.
Catching up with Tommy LaGarde
These days, 53-year-old Tommy LaGarde prefers the quieter lifestyle. LaGarde, who made second-team All-America at North Carolina in 1977 and played six years in the NBA, lives with his wife, Heather, their 3-year-old son and a 7-year old daughter on a one-time dairy farm in Alamance County. "I'm looking out at about 40 cows; it's quite a change," said LaGarde, who moved in 2004 from New York City.