1984 College Basketball Recap
Led by Player of the Year Michael Jordan, North Carolina (27?2) entered the NCAA tournament as the Number One team in the country. But any thought of bringing the national championship back to Chapel Hill after loaning it to Raleigh for a year died in the semifinals of the East Regional. That's where unranked Indiana upset the Tar Heels, 72?68.
Indiana fell to unranked and Ralph Sampson-less (he was in the NBA now) Virginia in the East final. The Cavaliers joined No.2 Georgetown, No.3 Kentucky and No.6 Houston in Seattle for the Final Four.
Georgetown and Houston, the losing teams in the last two NCAA title games, met for the title and the Hoyas, led by tourney MVP Patrick Ewing, beat the Cougars and last year's MVP Akeem Olajuwon, 84?75.
Jordan, meanwhile, left Carolina and declared for the NBA Draft with a year of eligibliity remaining but no collegiate worlds left to conquer. He was the third player chosen in the first round, behind the 7-0 Olajuwon (by Houston) and 7-1 Kentucky center Sam Bowie (by Portland). Jordan was taken by the Chicago Bulls and was Rookie of the Year in 1985.
Finally, the NIT had a great football match-up for its 47th championship game, as Michigan beat Notre Dame, 83?63.