Art Chansky

Dean Smith Era Began With Famous Three-Peat

(This story first appeared in the 1997 issue of Carolina Court magazine. It has been updated and edited for this weekend’s 50-year reunion of UNC’s title  teams of 1967, ’68 and ’69.) On January 4, 1967, in Winston-Salem, Carolina opened its milestone ACC season against Wake Forest. The score was tied at 74 and the Deacons had the ball with less than a minute remaining. Bobby Lewis was dogging Wake guard Paul Long, trying to disrupt Long’s dribble with his spindly arms and legs. Finally, with the clock winding down and the Deacon fans on their feet and howling,...

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