Remembering UNC Freshman Michael Jordan's Clutch Dagger in the National Title Game Against Georgetown

Michael Jordan nailed a game-winning jumper against Georgetown
Michael Jordan nailed a game-winning jumper against Georgetown /

Before Michael Jordan became arguably the greatest player to ever pick up a basketball, he was a promising freshman at North Carolina who made his name with one clutch jumper that ruined the Georgetown Hoyas' season and gave Dean Smith and the Tar Heels a national title. With the Hoyas focusing on Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy, Jordan was left wide open, and he sunk a trademark MJ midrange jumper that helped North Carolina win the 1981-82 NCAA Tournament by a 63-62 scoreline.

Jordan and the Tar Heels survived 23 points and 11 rebounds from Hoyas legend and Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing in this game.

Jordan managed just 16 points in this contest, deferring to Worthy and his 28-spot. However, as evidenced in "The Last Dance", Jordan cited this shot as the main catalyst for his transformation from a promising, stringy guard into the Michael Jordan who would regularly take over games.

Jordan sunk the Hoyas and morphed into the greatest clutch performer in basketball history on the back of one of the most legendary individual shots in college basketball folklore.