1982 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
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1982 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
1982 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
1982 Final Four logo.png
Finals siteLouisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
ChampionsNorth Carolina Tar Heels (2nd title, 6th title game,
9th Final Four)
Runner-upGeorgetown Hoyas (2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coachDean Smith (1st title)
MOPJames Worthy (North Carolina)
Top scorerRob Williams Houston
(88 points)

The 1982 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 48 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 11, 1982, and ended with the championship game on March 29 in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. A total of 47 games were played.

North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith, won the national title with a 63-62 victory in the final game over Georgetown, coached by John Thompson. James Worthy of North Carolina was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This Tournament was the first to eliminate the national third place game, which had been held every year since the 1946 tournament. It was also the first tournament to be televised by CBS after it acquired the broadcasting rights from NBC. Gary Bender and Billy Packer (also from NBC Sports) called the Final Four and National Championship games. In addition, it was the first tournament to include the word "Men's" in its official title, as the NCAA began sponsoring national championships in women's sports (including basketball) in the 1981-82 school year.

This was the last NCAA Tournament to grant automatic bids to the winners of ECAC regional tournaments for Northeastern Division I independents organized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference, a loose sports federation of Northeastern colleges and universities. The practice had begun with the 1975 Tournament to ensure that Northeastern independents would not be excluded, but was discontinued when all remaining Northeastern independents formed new conferences or joined existing ones after this season.[1]

For the first time since 1961, the tournament field did not include UCLA.

Championship game

The 1982 NCAA Division I Men's Championship Game was between the Georgetown Hoyas and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Both teams had Hall of Fame coaches, Dean Smith for the Tar Heels and John Thompson for the Hoyas. As for players, five future NBA All-Stars were included between the two sides--the Hoyas featured center Patrick Ewing and Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, while the Tar Heels answered with forward James Worthy, forward and center Sam Perkins, and young guard Michael Jordan. This also marked the only NCAA championship game to feature three of the NBA 50 Greatest Players (Jordan, Ewing and Worthy) chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the NBA's 50th anniversary.

The championship matchup was tightly contested throughout, with no team ever leading by more than a few points, and 15 lead changes in the game overall. With slightly over a minute to go, Floyd scored to put Georgetown on top, 62-61. During the ensuing timeout, Smith predicted that Georgetown would heavily guard Worthy and Perkins and drew up a play that would work the ball around to Jordan and then met Jordan's eyes and told him to not be afraid to shoot if he was open. When the ball was worked around, Jimmy Black found Jordan on the left wing, and he rose and hit a jumper with 17 seconds to go to put Carolina back on top, 63-62. Georgetown did not call timeout but immediately pushed the ball up the court. However, guard Fred Brown mistook Carolina's James Worthy for a teammate and passed the ball right to his opponent. Worthy was fouled by Eric Smith with two seconds to go. He missed both free throws, but with no timeouts left (Georgetown coach John Thompson, in a questionable move, used his last one before Worthy's free throws rather than save it to set up a final play) the Hoyas' last desperation shot fell short. On the other hand, Dean Smith's decision to draw up a play for Jordan, rather than Worthy or Perkins, is often regarded as a brilliant coaching move.

His Airness. MJ. Air Jordan. Before Michael Jordan was any of these things, before he was the most recognizable athlete in the world, he was Mike Jordan, the freshman for North Carolina. Then he hit a game-winning shot in the 1982 national championship game, and Mike became Michael Jordan, who became all of the above.

Powell Latimer in the Daily Tar Heel before Jordan's 2009 Hall of Fame induction[2]

Aside from the dramatic finish in the final minute, the 1982 NCAA championship game is today primarily remembered as being the stage on which several eventual basketball legends were introduced to a national audience, particularly North Carolina's Jordan and Georgetown's Ewing, both 19-year-old freshmen at the time of this game. Both had outstanding games - Jordan with 16 points including the game-winner, and Ewing with 23 points and 10 rebounds (but also a few goaltends on blocks that John Thompson supported for intimidation purposes). Jordan and Ewing would go on to have more memorable clashes in the National Basketball Association with the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks respectively, and both would be inducted into the Hall of Fame. For Jordan's part, his game-winner is often seen as the launching point of his career - the moment that gave him the confidence to become what many believe to be the greatest basketball player of all time, in no small part due to his clutch performance. Jordan has said multiple times that before he would take game-winning shots with the Bulls, he would sometimes think back to his shot in the 1982 game that propelled North Carolina past Georgetown.

The real star of the 1982 title game, and a third player in this game who would eventually be inducted to the pro basketball Hall of Fame, was Carolina's James Worthy. Worthy scored a game-high 28 points, showing the blazing speed and some of the same authoritative drives to the basket that later became familiar sights during his career with the powerful Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s. Beyond these three legendary players, two other outstanding pro players of the 1980s and early 90s appeared in this 1982 game: Georgetown's Sleepy Floyd, who went on to an All-Star career in the NBA (including a still-standing record for most points in a quarter and in a half for a playoff game) and Carolina's Sam Perkins, who distinguished himself over a durable NBA career lasting 17 seasons.


1982 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
1982 sites for first and second round games
1982 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
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St. Louis
New Orleans
New Orleans
1983 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

First & Second Rounds

Regional Sites and Final Four

The 1982 Tournament marked the first of five to end at the Superdome, the second domed stadium after the Astrodome and twentieth venue overall to host a Final Four. The tournament was the first to feature Birmingham and Uniondale, as well as the first for Reunion Arena after four previous appearances for SMU's Moody Coliseum in Dallas. The games played at Uniondale were the first in the New York Metropolitan Area since 1974.


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East 1 North Carolina Dean Smith Champion 1 Georgetown W 63-62
East 2 Memphis State (Vacated) Dana Kirk Sweet Sixteen 3 Villanova L 70-66
East 3 Villanova Rollie Massimino Regional Runner-up 1 North Carolina L 70-60
East 4 Alabama Wimp Sanderson Sweet Sixteen 1 North Carolina L 74-69
East 5 St. John's Lou Carnesecca Round of 32 4 Alabama L 69-68
East 6 Saint Joseph's Jim Boyle Round of 48 11 Northeastern L 63-62
East 7 Wake Forest Carl Tacy Round of 32 2 Memphis State L 56-55
East 8 Ohio State Eldon Miller Round of 48 9 James Madison L 55-48
East 9 James Madison Lou Campanelli Round of 32 1 North Carolina L 52-50
East 10 Old Dominion Paul Webb Round of 48 7 Wake Forest L 74-57
East 11 Northeastern Jim Calhoun Round of 32 3 Villanova L 76-72
East 12 Penn Bob Weinhauer Round of 48 5 St. John's L 66-56
Mideast 1 Virginia Terry Holland Sweet Sixteen 4 UAB L 68-66
Mideast 2 Minnesota Jim Dutcher Sweet Sixteen 3 Louisville L 67-61
Mideast 3 Louisville Denny Crum National Semifinals 1 Georgetown L 50-46
Mideast 4 UAB Gene Bartow Regional Runner-up 3 Louisville L 75-68
Mideast 5 Indiana Bob Knight Round of 32 4 UAB L 80-70
Mideast 6 Kentucky Joe B. Hall Round of 48 11 Middle Tennessee State L 50-44
Mideast 7 NC State Jim Valvano Round of 48 10 Chattanooga L 58-51
Mideast 8 Southwestern Louisiana Bobby Paschal Round of 48 9 Tennessee L 61-57
Mideast 9 Tennessee Don DeVoe Round of 32 1 Virginia L 54-51
Mideast 10 Chattanooga Murray Arnold Round of 32 2 Minnesota L 62-61
Mideast 11 Middle Tennessee State Stan Simpson Round of 32 3 Louisville L 81-56
Mideast 12 Robert Morris Matt Furjanic Round of 48 5 Indiana L 94-62
Midwest 1 DePaul Ray Meyer Round of 32 8 Boston College L 82-75
Midwest 2 Missouri Norm Stewart Sweet Sixteen 6 Houston L 79-78
Midwest 3 Tulsa Nolan Richardson Round of 32 6 Houston L 78-74
Midwest 4 Arkansas Eddie Sutton Round of 32 5 Kansas State L 65-64
Midwest 5 Kansas State Jack Hartman Sweet Sixteen 8 Boston College L 69-65
Midwest 6 Houston Guy Lewis National Semifinals 1 North Carolina L 68-63
Midwest 7 Marquette Hank Raymonds Round of 32 2 Missouri L 73-69
Midwest 8 Boston College Tom Davis Regional Runner-up 6 Houston L 99-92
Midwest 9 San Francisco Peter Barry Round of 48 8 Boston College L 70-66
Midwest 10 Evansville Dick Walters Round of 48 7 Marquette L 67-62
Midwest 11 Alcorn State Davey Whitney Round of 48 6 Houston L 94-84
Midwest 12 Northern Illinois John McDougal Round of 48 5 Kansas State L 77-68
West 1 Georgetown John Thompson Runner Up 1 North Carolina L 63-62
West 2 Oregon State Ralph Miller Regional Runner-up 1 Georgetown L 69-45
West 3 Idaho Don Monson Sweet Sixteen 2 Oregon State L 60-42
West 4 Fresno State Boyd Grant Sweet Sixteen 1 Georgetown L 58-40
West 5 West Virginia Gale Catlett Round of 32 4 Fresno State L 50-46
West 6 Iowa Lute Olson Round of 32 3 Idaho L 69-67
West 7 Pepperdine Jim Harrick Round of 32 2 Oregon State L 70-51
West 8 Wyoming Jim Brandenburg Round of 32 1 Georgetown L 51-43
West 9 USC Stan Morrison Round of 48 8 Wyoming L 61-58
West 10 Pittsburgh Roy Chipman Round of 48 7 Pepperdine L 99-88
West 11 Northeast Louisiana Mike Vining Round of 48 6 Iowa L 70-63
West 12 North Carolina A&T Don Corbett Round of 48 5 West Virginia L 102-72


* - Denotes overtime period

East region

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
8 Ohio State 48  
9 James Madison 55  
  9 James Madison 50  
    1 North Carolina 52  
  1 North Carolina 74  
  4 Alabama 69  
  4 Alabama 69
    5 St. John's 68  
5 St. John's 66
12 Penn 56  
  1 North Carolina 70
  3 Villanova 60
6 Saint Joseph's 62  
11 Northeastern 63  
  11 Northeastern 72***
    3 Villanova 76  
  3 Villanova 70
  2 Memphis State 66  
  2 Memphis State 56
    7 Wake Forest 55  
7 Wake Forest 74
10 Old Dominion 57  

Midwest region

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
8 Boston College 70  
9 San Francisco 66  
  8 Boston College 82  
    1 DePaul 75  
  8 Boston College 69  
  5 Kansas State 65  
  4 Arkansas 64
    5 Kansas State 65  
5 Kansas State 77
12 Northern Illinois 68  
  8 Boston College 92
  6 Houston 99
6 Houston 94  
11 Alcorn State 84  
  6 Houston 78
    3 Tulsa 74  
  6 Houston 79
  2 Missouri 78  
  2 Missouri 73
    7 Marquette 69  
7 Marquette 67
10 Evansville 62  

Mideast region

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
8 Southwest Louisiana 57  
9 Tennessee 61  
  9 Tennessee 51  
    1 Virginia 54  
  1 Virginia 66  
  4 UAB 68  
  4 UAB 80
    5 Indiana 70  
5 Indiana 94
12 Robert Morris 62  
  4 UAB 68
  3 Louisville 75
6 Kentucky 44  
11 Middle Tennessee State 50  
  11 Middle Tennessee State 56
    3 Louisville 81  
  3 Louisville 67
  2 Minnesota 61  
  2 Minnesota 62
    10 Chattanooga 61  
7 NC State 51
10 Chattanooga 58  

West region

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
8 Wyoming 61  
9 USC 58  
  8 Wyoming 43  
    1 Georgetown 51  
  1 Georgetown 58  
  4 Fresno State 40  
  4 Fresno State 50
    5 West Virginia 46  
5 West Virginia 102
12 North Carolina A&T 72  
  1 Georgetown 69
  2 Oregon State 45
6 Iowa 70  
11 Northeast Louisiana 63  
  6 Iowa 67*
    3 Idaho 69  
  3 Idaho 42
  2 Oregon State 60  
  2 Oregon State 70
    7 Pepperdine 51  
7 Pepperdine 99
10 Pittsburgh 88  

Final Four

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E1 North Carolina 68
MW6 Houston 63
E1 North Carolina 63
W1 Georgetown 62
ME3 Louisville 46
W1 Georgetown 50


  • Gary Bender and Billy Packer - First Round at Logan, Utah (Wyoming-USC); Second Round at Logan, Utah (Georgetown-Wyoming, Fresno State-West Virginia); Second Round at Indianapolis, Indiana (Virginia-Tennessee, Minnesota-Chattanooga); East Regional Semifinal (North Carolina-Alabama) at Raleigh, North Carolina; East Regional Final at Raleigh, North Carolina; Mideast Regional Final at Birmingham, Alabama; Final Four at New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Frank Glieber and Steve Grote - Second Round at Nashville, Tennessee (Louisville-Middle Tennessee State, UAB-Indiana); Second Round at Dallas, Texas (DePaul-Boston College, Arkansas-Kansas State); West Regional Semifinal (Georgetown-Fresno State) at Provo, Utah; Midwest Regional Final at St. Louis, Missouri; West Regional Final at Provo, Utah
  • Jim Thacker and Bill Raftery - East Regional Semifinal (Villanova-Memphis State) at Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tom Hammond and Larry Conley - Mideast Regional Semifinals at Birmingham, Alabama
  • Fred White and Gary Thompson - Midwest Regional Semifinals at St. Louis, Missouri
  • Larry Zimmer and Irv Brown - West Regional Semifinal (Oregon State-Idaho) at Provo, Utah
  • Jim Thacker and Bill Foster - First Round at Charlotte, North Carolina (Ohio State-James Madison, Wake Forest-Old Dominion); Second Round at Charlotte, North Carolina (North Carolina-James Madison, Memphis State-Wake Forest); Second Round at Uniondale, New York (Villanova-Northeastern, Alabama-St. John's)
  • Verne Lundquist and Dale Brown - Second Round at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tulsa-Houston, Missouri-Marquette)
  • Irv Brown and George Raveling - Second Round at Pullman, Washington (Idaho-Iowa, Oregon State-Pepperdine)
  • Tim Ryan and Irv Brown - First Round at Pullman, Washington (Iowa-Northeast Louisiana)

See also


  1. ^ Varsity Pride: ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments
  2. ^ Latimer, Powell (September 11, 2009). "Michael Jordan earns Hall of Fame honors". Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved 2014.

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