Sport: The 1,000th Day

Along with other members of the U.C.L.A. basketball team, All-America Center Bill Walton (6 ft. 11 in.) had never lost a basketball game in college. With 88 consecutive victories behind them, stretching over more than 1,000 days, the Bruins could hardly be blamed for bringing a sense of foreboding to the toughest contest of their 13-0 season, the game against No. 2-rated Notre Dame. There were 11,343 exuberant Irish fans to be dealt with in South Bend, and a young, physically powerful Notre Dame team with nine victories and no defeats so far this winter. More important, there was a throat-constricting...

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