The Wolfpack finished the season 30-1, with their lone loss coming against UCLA in the regular season. NC State avenged the loss by defeating the Bruins of UCLA80-77 in the Final Four, effectively ending UCLA’s run of 7 consecutive championships. The Wolfpack was led by David Thompson, who was the Player of Year, Tom Burleson and his 18 points a game and guards Moe Rivers and Monte Towe who tossed in 12 points per game. These players beat Marquette in the Championship game to cap off a great year.
The team was absolutely loaded with talent. The Tar Heels had Sam Perkins, James Worthy and a freshman by the name of Michael Jordan. Worthy averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds per game, while newcomer Jordan added 13 points per game, however, the cornerstone of the team was Sam Perkins who used his skills to average 14 points and 7 rebounds a contest. This Carolina team finished 32-2 and won the National Championship over Georgetown, on a jumper by Michael Jordan. This team would be higher on the list had they dominated teams more handily during the tournament. They beat James Madison by one, Alabama by five, Villanova by 10, Houston by five and Georgetown by one.