Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 3/27/12
Some of you may or may not be aware, but this is not the University of Louisville basketball program’s first trip to New Orleans for the NCAA Final Four.  In fact, they were there exactly 30 years ago in 1982.  Louisville faced Georgetown in a defensive battle in the Final Four while North Carolina faced off against Houston.  Georgetown and North Carolina prevailed and faced off in the finals as the Tar Heels were the 63-62 victor.  The title game featured two freshman that went on to have Hall Of Fame careers.  Michael Jordan finished with 16 points including the game winner while Patrick Ewing recorded a double/double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Some things were a little different back then.  At the time there was no three point line.  Variations of the line started being introduced in 1980 but it wasn’t until 1986 that the NCAA adopted the 19’-9” three point line nationally.  Effective starting in the 2008-09 season the three point line was moved back to the 20’-9”
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