Sunday was supposed to be a busy day for UNC athletics.
North Carolina’s baseball, men’s tennis, women’s lacrosse and women’s golf teams were all scheduled to compete. Due to COVID-19, of course, these games were canceled, and Tar Heel fans are left to find different ways to fill their time.
In 1993, however, April 5 was a momentous and busy day for UNC sports fans, as the North Carolina men’s basketball team won its third national championship in school history.
The Tar Heels were in the midst of a great season. Coached by Dean Smith, they finished with the best record in the ACC. The team went an impressive 28-4 going into the NCAA tournament, good enough for a No. 1 seed. UNC rode that momentum and laid waste to its competition on a run to the national championship game.
North Carolina faced fellow No. 1 seed Michigan in the title game, a team that beat the Tar Heels by one point earlier in the season. The Wolverines were led by their iconic Fab Five, including star players Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard. All three would be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.