East Regional Final: Heels, Hoyas And History

Saturday, March 24th 2007, 8:55 pm
By: News On 6

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ When North Carolina and Georgetown play in the East Regional final Sunday, for many fans it will represent a harmonic convergence of history.

It will harken back 25 years to a true thriller in college basketball. It was a game that started the legend of Michael Jordan. And Roy Williams and John Thompson III were there that night too.

On March 29th, 1982, Jordan's jumper from the left side with 17 seconds remaining lifted North Carolina over Georgetown 63-62.

Thompson's dad was coaching a Georgetown team that included Patrick Ewing. Williams was an assistant coach for North Carolina's Dean Smith.

In Sunday's game, Patrick Ewing Junior and the Hoyas are focused squarely on a trip to the Final Four. Ewing Junior says they aren't looking to avenge the loss from 1982. They just want to move on to the next round.