Meet the Opponent: Lifelong Indiana roots for Miami of Ohio coach Travis Steele

Before Travis Steele and his older brother, John Groce, became college basketball head coaches, they grew up in Danville, Indiana and admired the Bob Knight-led Indiana Hoosiers.

When Indiana reached the national championship game against Syracuse in 1987, they were trapped. Steele, who was 5 at the time, recalls his brother breaking down Syracuse’s scouting report, which focused primarily on 7-foot center Rony Seikaly, who averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in the NCAA Competition.

“I was scared to death of Rony Seikaly,” Steele said. “And that’s one of the first memories of my life.”