This Day in ACC History: 20 Years Ago
In a new feature, the Confidential will attempt to bridge the gap between yesterday and today by providing some publicity for ACC events from the past. Today, the Confidential takes a look at a regular season game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Maryland Terrapins.
On January 13,1992, exactly 20 years ago, the Maryland traveled to Chapel Hill for a game against North Carolina. For those who do not recall 1992, neither North Carolina nor Maryland were the best team in the ACC. That year, the Duke Blue Devils would go 14-2 to win the conference. North Carolina would “struggle” to a 22-10 overall record.
But the game was a special game for North Carolina because the win over Maryland gave Dean Smith his 300th regular season conference win, extending his own record. North Carolina won the game 96 to 76.
The Tar Heels were led by senior guard Hubert Davis, who most people probably know from his work on television. Davis led the team that year by scoring 21.4 points per game, good enough for fourth best in the conference. Against Maryland, Davis did his part, scoring 26 points. Junior George Lynch led the Tar Heels with 8 rebounds, while sophomore Derrick Phelps contributed 7 assists.
The Terrapins were led by Senior Walt Williams and his 32 points. Williams was not shy, attempting 18 field goals, including 6 three pointers (made four). He also converted 8 of his 11 free throw attempts. The Terrapins were led in rebounding by senior Garfield Smith with 10, while senior Vincent Broadnax added 7 assists. Maryland fans can take note that they defeated the visiting Tar Heels 82-80 on March 1, 1982.
But on January 13, 2012, the night belonged to the North Carolina Tarheels and legendary coach Dean Smith.
Do you remember this game?
This Day in History is a feature that relies heavily on information obtained from Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Games, Michael O’ Hara, McFarland & Company, Inc. (2008). Special thanks to that fine publication.