In the early 1980’s, Duke was bad, Maryland and Virginia were really good and NC State and UNC both had active players with championship rings.
Michael Jordan was a junior at Chapel Hill and Brad Daugherty, we think, was a freshman. This was probably about the time that he told Jay Bilas that “I’m gonna beat you like a rented mule” during one game.
NC State had pieces left from its 1983 championship run and had added 5-6 Spud Webb.
Jim Valvano’s assistant, Tom Abatemarco, had been tipped off about Webb who was a superb athlete with a stunning vertical. But when he came to Raleigh for the first time and Valvano saw how small he was, he turned to Abatemarco and said “you’re fired.”
Webb quickly ended doubts. He combined quickness, intelligence and a 42” vertical to do things most players could only dream of. In the NBA, he would eventually win the dunk contest.
In this video Webb and State take on UNC and Jordan with the sort of fireworks you might expect. It’s a lot of fun.