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North Carolina’s 71-65 win against Gonzaga on Monday night didn’t come pretty. The Tar Heels claimed their sixth national title by beating a 37-1 opponent, and they did it on a night when they couldn’t shoot, got almost nothing from their bench, didn’t rebound all that well, and made fewer than 60 percent of their free throws.
This was unexpected, and I mean that in the most complimentary fashion. It’s a mark of a champion to be great even when you’re not, and UNC managed a six-point win despite myriad things going awry. This post is a collection of some of those things.
That montage is set to the song “One Shining Moment,” and it’s how every college basketball season has closed since 1987.
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The NCAA tournament is one of the most unique events on the American sports calendar. It features three weeks of high drama, passion, and twists and turns. In just over three minutes, CBS producers pack in a synopsis of March Madness, and cap it off with a tribute to that season’s national champion.
The song was created by a composer named David Barrett, who said he knew he had college basketball’s anthem as soon as he wrote it in the fall of 1986. But it was almost a different sport’s soundtrack. Barrett said CBS had designs on debuting “One Shining Moment” after Super Bowl 21, but it didn’t make air that night.
Instead it was used after Indiana won the national title a few months later.
30 years ago today, “One Shining Moment” made its debut on CBS. Here’s the original version that started an incredible Tournament tradition. pic.twitter.com/NTUgfVZarW