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You Tube Gold: Maryland vs. UNC 1984

Which means Len Bias vs. Michael Jordan

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UNDATED: University of Maryland’s Len Bias #34 dribbles the ball downcourt during his college days with Maryland.
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Coach K has often said that the ACC in the 1980s was the peak of college basketball and it’s hard to argue: Virginia had Ralph Sampson, Georgia Tech had Mark Price and John Salley, NC State was still powerful under Jim Valvano, Duke had Johnny Dawkins, Mark Alarie and Danny Ferry, UNC had Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins and Brad Daugherty and Maryland had Len Bias.

It was a special time to say the least.

And while Maryland and UNC had some spectacular games in the ‘80s, with most them going to UNC, the games with Michael Jordan and Len Bias were at times surreal.

UNC won this game fairly comfortably but you can see the rising greatness of Jordan and the tragic, unfulfilled greatness of Bias two years before he died of a cocaine overdose the night he was drafted by the Boston Celtics.

Bonus: look for the play where Keith Gatlin (we think) fakes Jordan out of his shorts and leaves him on the floor.