Thirty years later, the images are still etched into my mind and those of most Pack fans old enough to remember.
The team in red, the huge underdogs, hugging each other with tears streaming.Â Fists and/or index fingers raised to the sky to indicate that the Pack truly was number one in the land once again.
And of course Jim Valvano running around looking for Dereck Whittenburg.Â Whitt dissed him on that early spring night in Albuquerque so V jumped on the first pile he could find to get in on the love.
But what about the team in white?
The heavily favored Houston Cougars cried that night too.Â Boy did they.
Those images are etched into my mind too.Â They had just as many tears as our Wolfpack to go along with the expressions ranging from full blown anguish to detached disbelief.Â Even in my unbridled joy of the moment, the pain felt by the Houston players and fans was truly moving.
And thirty years later they’re still crying.Â But really, who can blame ’em?
Looking back at UHâ€™s upset loss to N.C. State 30 years later (Blog.Chron.com)
The most famous airball in college basketball history.
Itâ€™s hard to believe itâ€™s been 30 years since the University of Houstonâ€™s stunning last-second 54-52 loss to sixth-seeded North Carolina State in the national championship game.
In the final seconds, Dereck Whittenburg took a heave from more than 30 feet. The shot came up short, but Lorenzo Charles was there to slam the ball home with two seconds left to shatter the dreams of Phi Slama Jama.
It’s interesting to me to hear about “The Game” from their perspective.Â I won’t quote any of the comments section, but be sure to scroll down and read them.Â And frankly, if I was on their end of it I’d probably be way more bitter about it than they are, even 30 years later.
But I will respond to one of those comments without quoting it….
Sorry to burst your bubble, but the better TEAM most definitely did win that night.