EDITOR'S NOTE — A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The following game story, from 1993, was voted No. 10 and was sent April 5, 1993.
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Same building. Same result. Different blunder.
Dean Smith won his second national championship Monday night when North Carolina beat Michigan 77-71. And like the first title he won at the Superdome, this one wasn’t sealed until somebody made a costly, almost unbelieveable, error.
The Tar Heels won in 1982 on a closing jumper by Michael Jordan and a botched pass by Georgetown’s Fred Brown. Monday night’s game wasn’t settled until Michigan’s Chris Webber called a timeout the Wolverines didn’t have with 11 seconds to go.
″You can call it lucky, you can call it fortunate, but it still says NCAA championship,″ Smith said.