As you may or may not have heard, Michael Jordan has become a big topic of conversation of late.
ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance” on Jordan and the Chicago Bulls is wrapping up this week. While his time at North Carolina and segments featuring Roy Williams have been certainly been part of it, his pro career has been the main focus. However, this weekend, we will get a chance to go back and look at his career in Chapel Hill.
This Saturday starting at noon eastern, the ACC Network will air five games from the 1982-83 and ‘83-84 UNC seasons. While he had of course already made a national championship-winning shot, those two seasons saw Jordan truly transform into the player that would win National Player of the Year, go #3 in the NBA Draft, and eventually become the legend that he is today.
Here is the full schedule according to ESPN’s press release:
Noon | North Carolina vs Wake Forest (Jan. 27, 1983)
Jordan led the Tar Heels with 17 points, while Matt Doherty made two free throws with three seconds left to lift North Carolina past Wake Forest, 80-78.
2 p.m. | North Carolina at Clemson (Feb. 2, 1983)
All-American Sam Perkins scored 30 points and Jordan added 24 to lead top-ranked North Carolina to an 84-81 victory at Clemson.
4 p.m. | Virginia at North Carolina (Feb. 10, 1983)
No. 1 North Carolina rallied back from a 16-point deficit with 8:43 to play to defeat No. 2 Virginia, 64-63. Jordan had 16 points and an iconic dunk in the comeback victory.
6 p.m. | Virginia at North Carolina (Jan. 18, 1984)
Jordan scored 23 points as the Tar Heels held off the Cavaliers, 69-66. North Carolina led by as many as 21 before Virginia mounted a comeback to cut the lead to one point with under five minutes left to play.
8 p.m. | Duke at North Carolina (March 3, 1984)
In his final home game at North Carolina, Jordan scored 25 points, and added four rebounds and three assists to lead the Tar Heels past rival Duke, 96-83, in double overtime.
If you’re someone that doesn’t like to look back at losses, those are five wins, over which Jordan averaged 21 points. The last three are probably the most iconic performances of the five, if you don’t want to sit around and watch almost 40-year old basketball games all day.
If don’t have access to ACC Network on your television, the games can be streamed on the Watch ESPN app on your smart TV, computer, etc. However, you will need some sort of cable or satellite log-in in order to access the games. Prior to the games, the ACC Network will air a special about his time at UNC, featuring interviews with the likes of Williams and Sam Perkins.
“The Last Dance” has been a bit of a nice distraction from everything going on. Here is another chance to get in on the Michael Jordan nostalgia session, and a chance to do it in a very Tar Heel-centric way.