1982 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1982 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: North Carolina

Most Outstanding Player: James Worthy, North Carolina

Final Four: North Carolina, Houston, Louisville, Georgetown

Shining Moments

  • Michael Jordan jumpstarted his legacy with his baseline jumper to give North Carolina the championship over Georgetown. On the ensuing possession, Hoyas’ guard Fred Brown passed the ball directly to Worthy.
  • On his seventh trip to the Final Four, North Carolina coach Dean Smith finally won his first championship. He had gone to three straight Final Fours from 1967-69, but had never broken through to get a title.
  • Top-seeded Virginia was upset in the regional semifinals by UAB, which held Ralph Sampson to 8-for-18 shooting (although he did finish with 19 points and 21 rebounds).
  • Two facts: The 1982 NCAA tournament was the first to be televised by CBS. It had been televised by NBC in previous years. Also, the title game crowd of more than 61,000 was the largest to watch a basketball game in the Western Hemisphere.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: New Orleans

North Carolina (63)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
Matt Doherty 39 1-3 2-3 3 1 0 4
James Worthy 38 13-17 2-7 4 0 3 28
Sam Perkins 38 3-7 4-6 7 1 2 10
Jimmy Black 38 1-4 2-2 3 7 2 4
Michael Jordan 34 7-13 2-2 9 2 2 16
Buzz Peterson 7 0-3 0-0 1 1 0 0
Jim Braddock 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0
Chris Brust 4 0-0 1-2 1 1 1 1
Totals 200 25-47 13-22 30 14 11 63
 
Georgetown (62)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
Eric Smith 35 6-8 2-2 3 5 5 14
Mike Hancock 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 1 0
Patrick Ewing 37 10-15 3-3 11 1 4 23
Fred Brown 29 1-2 2-2 2 5 4 4
Sleepy Floyd 39 9-17 0-0 3 5 2 18
Ed Spriggs 30 0-2 1-2 1 0 2 1
Anthony Jones 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2
Bill Martin 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 1 0
Gene Smith 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
Totals 200 27-51 8-9 22 16 20 62

National semifinals

North Carolina 68, Houston 63
NORTH CAROLINA (68): Doherty 2-7 1-2 5, Worthy 7-10 0-0 14, Perkins 9-11 7-7 25, Black 1-2 4-6 6, Jordan 7-14 4-4 18, Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Brust 0-0 0-0 0, W. Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Braddock 0-0 0-0 0. Team 26-44 (.591) 16-19 (.842) 68.

HOUSTON (63): Drexler 6-12 5-6 17, Young 1-7 0-1 2, Micheaux 8-14 2-3 18, Rose 10-15 0-2 20, R. Williams 0-8 2-2 2, B. Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Olajuwon 1-3 0-0 2, Davis 1-2 0-0 2, Anders 0-2 0-0 0. Team 27-64 (.422) 9-14 (.643) 63.

Halftime: North Carolina 31-29.

Georgetown 50, Louisville 46
GEORGETOWN (50): E. Smith 6-10 2-4 14, Hancock 1-3 0-0 2, Ewing 3-8 2-2 8, F. Brown 1-3 2-3 4, Floyd 3-11 7-8 13, Spriggs 2-2 1-3 5, G. Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 2-4 0-0 4, B. Martin 0-0 0-0 0. Team 18-41 (.439) 14-20 (.700) 50.

LOUISVILLE (46): W. Brown 2-5 0-0 4, D. Smith 4-8 2-4 10, R. McCray 2-5 4-4 8, Gordon 1-6 0-0 2, Eaves 4-9, 0-0 8, Wagner 1-4 0-0 2, Jones 4-7 0-2 8, S. McCray 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 1-3 2-2 4. Team 19-48 (.396) 8-12 (.667) 46.

Halftime: Georgetown 24-22.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Patrick Ewing C Fr. Georgetown (31 pts, 21 rebs)
Sleepy Floyd G Sr. Georgetown (31 pts, 8 rebs, 8 assists)
Michael Jordan G Fr. North Carolina (34 pts, 14 rebs)
Sam Perkins C Soph. North Carolina (35 pts, 17 rebs)
James Worthy F Jr. North Carolina* (42 pts, 8 rebs, 5 steals)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Rob Williams, Houston (88 points, 17.6 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Perry Moss, Northeastern (55 points, 27.5 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Clyde Drexler, Houston (41 rebounds, 8.2 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Ralph Sampson, Virginia (30 rebounds, 15 rpg).
  • 1982 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    No. 9 James Madison 55, No. 8 Ohio State 48
    No. 5 St. John's 66, No. 12 Penn 56
    No. 11 Northeastern 63, No. 6 St. Joseph's 62
    No. 7 Wake Forest 74, No. 10 Old Dominion 57

    Midwest
    No. 8 Boston College 70, No. 9 San Francisco 66
    No. 5 Kansas State 77, No. 12 Northern Illinois 68
    No. 6 Houston 94, No. 11 Alcorn State 84
    No. 7 Marquette 67, No. 10 Evansville 62

    Mideast
    No. 9 Tennessee 61, No. 8 Southwestern Louisiana 57
    No. 5 Indiana 94, No. 12 Robert Morris (Pa.) 62
    No. 11 Middle Tennessee State 50, No. 6 Kentucky 44
    No. 10 Tenn.-Chattanooga 58, No. 7 North Carolina State 51

    West
    No. 8 Wyoming 61, No. 9 Southern Cal 58
    No. 5 West Virginia 102, No. 12 North Carolina A&T 72
    No. 6 Iowa 70, No. 11 Northeast Louisiana 63
    No. 7 Pepperdine 99, No. 10 Pittsburgh 88


    SECOND ROUND
    East
    No. 1 North Carolina 52, No. 9 James Madison 50
    No. 4 Alabama 69, No. 5 St. John's 68
    No. 3 Villanova 76, No. 11 Northeastern 72 (3OT)
    No. 2 Memphis State 56, No. 7 Wake Forest 55

    Midwest
    No. 8 Boston College 82, No. 1 DePaul 75
    No. 5 Kansas State 65, No. 4 Arkansas 64
    No. 6 Houston 78, No. 3 Tulsa 74
    No. 2 Missouri 73, No. 7 Marquette 69

    Mideast
    No. 1 Virginia 54, No. 9 Tennessee 51
    No. 4 UAB 80, No. 5 Indiana 70
    No. 3 Louisville 81, No. 11 Middle Tennessee State 56
    No. 2 Minnesota 62, No. 10 Tennessee-Chattanooga 61

    West
    No. 1 Georgetown 51, No. 8 Wyoming 43
    No. 4 Fresno State 50, No. 5 West Virginia 46
    No. 3 Idaho 69, No. 6 Iowa 67 (OT)
    No. 2 Oregon State 70, No. 7 Pepperdine 51


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    North Carolina 74, Alabama 69
    Villanova 70, Memphis State 66

    Midwest
    Boston College 69, Kansas State 65
    Houston 79, Missouri 78

    Mideast
    UAB 68, Virginia 66
    Louisville 67, Minnesota 61

    West
    Georgetown 58, Fresno State 40
    Oregon State 60, Idaho 42


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    North Carolina 70, Villanova 60

    Midwest
    Houston 99, Boston College 92

    Mideast
    Louisville 75, UAB 68

    West
    Georgetown 69, Oregon State 45


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    North Carolina 68, Houston 63
    Georgetown 50, Louisville 46

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62

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