Carolina got one of its great basketball victories of all time, an historic 87-86 win over third-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill. One could argue that this was the game that jumpstarted the McGuire era into the run of great seasons that followed. In fact, USC had defeated two top-ten teams in four days, as they defeated Duke earlier in the week.
Beating UNC was particularly impressive, led by Dean Smith, they finished as the national runner-up on the season.
This game was a nail biter throughout that wasn’t decided until the final seconds when clutch foul shooting by Bobby Cremins finally put it away. Cremins was very impressive at the line throughout the game, making 13 of 16. He finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds as well. Skip Harlicka also knocked in 23 points, dished out nine assists and had four steals.
A crowd of over 5,000 welcomed the team back at the airport following the game.
In a strange twist, former UNC coach Frank McGuire now coached at USC, while future Gamecock coach Eddie Fogler was a member of the UNC team that year as well.