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Smart said his current players and family are proving his college coach correct.
"They replay it all the time, every year," Smart said of his players. "They all went to college and when Indiana gets beat somewhere, they’re always like, ‘Oh, Indiana lost or this or that.’ But I’ll always have the last laugh. I played at Indiana and I won.
"That’s what Coach Knight said to us after the game, ‘You guys have no idea what you’ve done. Sure, you’ve won a championship. But it won’t really sink in until it’s 25 or 30 years from now, when your kids see it. That came to fruition about 15 years ago, my son was probably around 10. We were waiting for the tournament to come on, and they showed ‘The Shot.’ My son goes, ‘Dad, look at you!’ I was like, ‘Wow, cool.’ Just like Coach said after the game that night. It came true."
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