UNC-Indiana Flashback: Reliving Michael Jordan's final college game
North Carolina and Indiana will face off in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 32 years on Friday night.
That 1984 Regional Semifinal game is memorable for a few reasons, but most notably it was Michael Jordan's final college game.
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The story of the contest proved to be a bold coaching decision by Indiana coach Bob Knight.
Knight started Dan Dakich for just the sixth time of the season and stuck him on Jordan. Knight reportedly told Dakich before the contest, “Just don’t let him dunk on you. That will embarrass me and you both.” Dakich has confirmed that was Knight's message.
Dakich not only avoided embarrassment for he and Knight, but proved to be one of the stars of the game. He held Jordan to just 13 points, and the UNC star ultimately fouled out.
Behind Dakich’s defense and 27 points from Steve Alford, the Hoosiers took down the Tar Heels, 72-68, and punched their ticket to the Regional Final. The Hoosiers' run would end there, as seven-seeded Virginia took them down in a tight 50-48 game.
While the Hoosiers were a very respectable No. 4 seed and entered the tournament with a 21-8 record, this was still a fairly sizable upset. UNC was the tournament's top overall seed with a 27-2 record and had a star-studded roster that included MJ, Sam Perkins and Kenny Smith.
Current UNC head coach and then-Tar Heels assistant coach Roy Williams told reporters on Tuesday he will never get over the loss.
"That was a really tough, emotional day,” he said. “That was a fantastic, fantastic basketball game and a fantastic game played by Indiana, coached by Bob Knight, and played by Steve Alford, Dan Dakich and all those guys. It was one of the most negative moments ever in my basketball life."