Remembering the Time Michael Jordan's North Carolina Tar Heels Bounced Ohio State from the 1983 Sweet 16

By 11W Staff on April 19, 2020 at 3:15 pm
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On Sunday night at 9 p.m., the starved sports world will turn its attention to ESPN as it airs the heavily anticipated documentary that captured Michael Jordan's final championship run in Chicago.

Titled The Last Dance, the 10-part series will take viewers inside the title run that capped Jordan and the Bulls' second three-peat of the decade.

In a similar light, Eleven Warriors wanted to look back at the time Jordan and North Carolina ended Ohio State's dance in the 1983 NCAA Tournament.

The three-seeded Buckeyes advanced to the Sweet 16 after defeating No. 6 Syracuse 79-74. The two-seeded Tar Heels had no problem with No. 10 James Madison, dispatching the Dukes 68-49.

That set the showdown between Ohio State and North Carolina in the East Regional Semifinal, which can be viewed in it's near entirety here.

Jordan poured in a game-high 17 points, although a lot of his damage came at the free-throw line, where he went seven-of-nine. He was only marginally effective from the field, going five-of-15, but he added five rebounds and a block in the 64-51 North Carolina victory.

A fun side note from the game: Keith Wesson, father of Andre and Kaleb Wesson, came off the bench against the Tar Heels and scored two points for the Buckeyes.

It was a slightly under par performance for Jordan, who averaged 19.8 points per game during a junior season in which he was named the Sporting News Player of the Year.

Jordan's Tar Heels would go on to lose to Georgia in the following round. A week later, Jim Valvano and North Carolina State would put a stamp on one of the most historic runs in tournament history when the Wolfpack defeated Houston 54-52 in the national title game.

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