SFN highlighted the public voting on the topic of the best ACC National Basketball Champions in this entry earlier this morning.
But, we thought that it was important to blog the piece from today’s newspaper that prompted the poll. Anytime that a member of the Green family ranks NC State ahead of Carolina in anything you know that it is legitimate.
The reunion of North Carolina’s 1957 and 1982 national championship teams Saturday in Chapel Hill brought to mind the collection of championship teams produced by the Tar Heels, Duke and N.C. State during the past 33 years.
Among them, the three schools have produced eight national champions since 1974. Not bad for one neighborhood.
Which is the greatest of those eight teams?
Here’s one subjective list of how those national championship teams rank in relation to each other: Inside the ACC | Ron Green Jr.
1. 1974 N.C. STATE: David Thompson, the best player in ACC history, brought down Bill Walton and the UCLA giant, ending a dynasty.
2. 1982 NORTH CAROLINA: Dean Smith’s long-awaited first national championship team also gave the world Michael Jordan.
3. 1992 DUKE: Christian Laettner, the second-best player in ACC history, led a ferocious team oozing attitude and personality to a second straight title.
4. 1991 DUKE: Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill were just getting started and floored UNLV in a classic semifinal surprise.
5. 2005 NORTH CAROLINA: In his second season in Chapel Hill, Roy Williams re-establishes the North Carolina dynasty with help from Sean May, Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants.
6. 2001 DUKE: The Blue Devils’ third title in 11 years was fueled by Shane Battier, Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon and Mike Dunleavy.
7. 1993 NORTH CAROLINA: Donald Williams had a March to remember as the Tar Heels won No. 2 for Smith — with a little help from Chris Webber’s infamous timeout.
8. 1983 N.C. STATE: There was some question if this team belonged in the NCAA tournament but, with coach Jim Valvano, it gave us a story we’ll never forget.