The 1982 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament was a very special year for March Madness. The championship game between the Georgetown Hoyas and the North Carolina Tar Heels featured a gold mine of players that went on to become NBA superstars. The game itself was played in spectacular fashion with the lead changing 15 times and no team ever having an advantage by more than a few points.
Eric “Sleepy” Floyd put the Hoyas on top 62-61 with just over a minute left. North Carolina called a timeout and probably discussed how to get the ball to their young freshman for a shot. Wait, you ask, why go to a freshman for such an important two points in the final minute of the game? When your freshman is Michael Jordan, you go to your freshman! That is precisely what the Tar Heels did and Jordan did not fail them, hitting a jumper with 17 seconds remaining to push Carolina back in front 63-62. Georgetown tried to rebound quickly but threw the ball right into the hands of Carolina’s James Worthy. Worthy was fouled with 2 seconds left and although he missed both free throws, Georgetown could not drop their last desperation attempt. The score stood and North Carolina reigned champion.
Besides Jordan, another freshman, this one from Georgetown had also given it everything he had that day. Hoyas’ Patrick Ewing finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and a ton of goaltending calls. Finally, Carolina’s Sam Perkins rounded out the talent that was displayed on the court that day.