Only 14 players saw action, seven from each team, in 45 hard-fought minutes. Eight of those 14 would go on to be NBA Draft picks.
There were 91 field goals made on 157 attempts between the two teams, in spite of top-level defense being played.
"We didn't score 100 points or they didn't because we were sorry defensive teams. (N.C. State) had a 7-foot-4 center (Tommy Burleson)," then-Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell said. "We had (Len) Elmore, who was one of the best shot-blockers ever to play in the league."
The result was a beautiful, up-and-down basketball game played at the highest-possible level by some of the best players in college basketball history, a game ending with No. 1 N.C. State edging No. 4 Maryland in overtime, 103-100. After the game, the crowd -- a Greensboro, N.C. crowd, traditionally unfriendly to non-North Carolina ACC teams -- stayed and gave both teams a standing ovation.
"I think the crowd started to realize the look of that game, how smoothly it was played....