The 1982 NCAA tournament finished with North Carolina defeating Georgetown for the title, 63-62, for the Tar Heels’ second championship — and coach Dean Smith’s first.

James Worthy picked up Most Outstanding Player honors. Houston and Louisville also made the Final Four that year in New Orleans. UNC’s Michael Jordan, a freshman, hit what ended up being the game-winning shot with 17 seconds to play.

1982 NCAA tournament: Bracket

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1982 NCAA tournament: Scores

  • First Round
    • East Region
      • No. 9 James Madison 55, No. 8 Ohio State 48
      • No. 5 St. John’s 66, No. 12 Penn 56
      • No. 11 Northeastern 63, No. 6 Saint Joseph’s 62
      • No. 7 Wake Forest 74, No. 10 Old Dominion 57
    • Midwest Region
      • No. 8 Boston College 70, No. 9 San Francisco 66
      • No. 5 Kansas State 77, No. 12 Northern Illinois 68
      • No. 6 Houston 94, No. 11 Alcorn State 84
      • No. 7 Marquette 67, No. 10 Evansville 62
    • Mideast Region
      • No. 9 Tennessee 61, No. 8 Southwest Louisiana 57
      • No. 5 Indiana 94, No. 12 Robert Morris 62
      • No. 11 Middle Tennessee State 50, No. 6 Kentucky 44
      • No. 10 Chattanooga 58, No. 7 NC State 51
    • West Region
      • No. 8 Wyoming 61, No. 9 USC 58
      • No. 5 West Virginia 102, No. 12 North Carolina A&T 72
      • No. 6 Iowa 70, No. 11 Northeast Louisiana 63
      • No. 7 Pepperdine 99, No. 10 Pitt 88
  • Second Round
    • East Region
      • No. 1 North Carolina 52, No. 9 James Madison 50
      • No. 4 Alabama 69, No. 5 St. John’s 68
      • No. 3 Villanova 76, No. 11 Northeastern 72 (3OT)
      • No. 2 Memphis State 56, No. 7 Wake Forest 55
    • Midwest Region
      • No. 8 Boston College 82, No. 1 DePaul 75
      • No. 5 Kansas State 65, No. 4 Arkansas 64
      • No. 6 Houston 78, No. 3 Tulsa 74
      • No. 2 Missouri 75, No. 7 Marquette 69
    • Mideast Region
      • No. 1 Virginia 54, No. 9 Tennessee 51
      • No. 4 UAB 80, No. 5 Indiana 70
      • No. 2 Minnesota 62, No. 10 Chattanooga 61
    • West Region
      • No. 1 Georgetown 51, No. 8 Wyoming 43
      • No. 4 Fresno State 50, No. 5 West Virginia 46
      • No. 3 Idaho 69, No. 6 Iowa 67 (OT)
      • No. 2 Oregon State 70, No. 7 Pepperdine 51
  • Regional Semifinals
    • East Region
      • No. 1 North Carolina 74, No. 4 Alabama 69
      • No. 3 Villanova 70, No. 2 Memphis State 66
    • Midwest Region
      • No. 8 Boston College 69, No. 5 Kansas State 65
      • No. 6 Houston 79, No. 2 Missouri 78
    • Mideast Region
      • No. 4 UAB 68, No. 1 Virginia 66
      • No. 3 Louisville 67, No. 2 Minnesota 61
    • West Region
      • No. 1 Georgetown 58, No. 4 Fresno State 40
      • No. 2 Oregon State 60, No. 3 Idaho 42
  • Regional Finals
    • East Region
      • No. 1 North Carolina 70, No. 3 Villanova 60
    • Midwest Region
      • No. 6 Houston 99, No. 8 Boston College 92
    • Mideast Region
      • No. 3 Louisville 75, No. 4 UAB 68
    • West Region
      • No. 1 Georgetown 69, No. 2 Oregon State 45
  • Final Four (New Orleans, Louisiana)
    • National semifinals
      • No. 1 North Carolina 68, No. 6 Houston 63
      • No. 1 Georgetown 50, No. 3 Louisville 46
    • National championship

1982 NCAA tournament: Upsets

The following double-digit seeds won games:

Team Score Opponent
FIRST ROUND
No. 11 Northeastern 63-62 No. 6 Saint Joseph’s
No. 11 Middle Tennessee State 50-44 No. 6 Kentucky
No. 10 Chattanooga 58-51 No. 7 NC State

1982 NCAA tournament: Stats, records

Here are the tournament leaders, with games in parentheses (minimum three games):

Individual scoring

  • Oliver Robinson, UAB (3) — 22.0 points per game

Individual rebounding

  • Ed Pinckney, Villanova (3) — 10.0 rebounds per game

Tournament facts, records

  • The selection show was shown on live national television for the first time.
  • North Carolina became the first No. 1 seed to win the national championship.

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