March 29, 1982 - After six trips to the Final Four without a championship, Dean Smith, having heard the whispers he couldn't win the big game, had his team in position for the NCAA title. With North Carolina trailing Georgetown by a point and 32 seconds remaining, Smith signaled for his team to call timeout.
"I didn't sense or feel any tension from them, although Michael [Jordan] said later he was so nervous the roof of his mouth was dry," Smith said.
Smith told his players he expected Georgetown to be in a zone, but diagrammed two plays, just in case the Hoyas showed man-to-man. "I had a hunch we could wind up with Jordan as the shooter if the Hoyas were in a zone," Smith said.
Georgetown showed zone and Jordan buried a jumper from the left wing with 15 seconds remaining, giving North Carolina the 63-62 victory and Smith that elusive championship."We beat Georgetown that night by one point," Smith said. "That one point should not change perceptions of me. It certainly didn't determine how good or bad I was as a coach or person." Odds 'n' Ends