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How Michael Jordan Helped His College Team Win A National Championship
By LORENZO TANOS
History - Science
Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time. In fact, his penchant for crunchtime heroics was already in full force during the 1982 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament championship game, where he led the University of North Carolina Tar Heels to a big win over the Georgetown Hoyas.
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As a college freshman, Michael Jordan joined the Tar Heels and their storied program led by legendary head coach Dean Smith. His numbers during these days weren’t quite Jordan-esque yet, with 13.5 points per game, adding 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, but it's not every day that you see a first-year player in the guard role for one of the nation's best teams.
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During the final game against the Georgetown Hoyas, Jordan converted on a 16-foot jump shot to give North Carolina the lead with just 15 seconds remaining — netting the team their first championship in 25 years. "I was thinking the game might come down to a last-second shot," he explained to reporters afterward; "I saw myself taking it and hitting it."
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