Attention Getter: Thousands of screaming fans are on their feet fingers crossed. Forty four second left on the basketball game N.C. State fifty two, Houston fifty two. A dangerous pass is almost stolen by Houston. Twenty two seconds left. Sidney passes to Bailey in the corner. Bailey throws it too Whittenburg, FIVE second left. Whittenburg shoots a prayer from thirty feet. THREE seconds …TWO seconds, the ball looks to be short and all hope is lost. Then Lorenzo Charles leaps into the air from under the basket, ONE second left. Charles catches the ball and dunks it in.
Reveal the Topic: The N.C. State Wolf pack, are the 1983 NCAAM Basketball champions.
Thesis Statement: I would like to inform you all about a historic, Cinderella sports story. How the North Carolina State won the NCAAM Basketball Championship in 1983. I will inform you about their regular season highs and lows, what they did in the tough ACC tournament, and how they defied the odds and won it all.
Transition: To begin, let’s talk about N.C. States regular season.
I. N.C. State at the beginning of the season was thought have had a decent shot at a deep run in the NCAA Championship tourney, many of us call March Madness.
A. (First) I need to give you a bit of back story about the team. 1. N.C. State’s head coach Jim Valvano or (Jimmy V) had only been there for a couple years. He was a young, exuberant Italian guy from Queens, New York. He was the type of coach that was loved by his players but hated by the leagues other coaches because he would celebrate on the court after big wins. He was also a big dreamer. 2. N.C. State that year had a very mature team, with very good players. Some of them were Thurl Bailey, Sidney Lowe, Dereck Whittenburg, and Lorenzo Charles. 3. N.C. State was a part of the Atlantic Conference better known as the ACC. During that time the ACC was dominated by great teams such as, North Carolina led by someone we all know, Michael Jordan and a Virginia team with a 7-foot 4-inch monster by the name of Ralph Sampson. B. (Second) Let me tell you about the regular season highs and lows of the Wolf Pack. 1. N.C State starts the season of strong winning a lot of games thanks to the great shooting of Dereck Whittenburg. 2. According to GoPack.com the official website of the N.C. State Wolf pack, accessed on 27 March 2013 “The season turned when Whittenburg, who was having an amazing game against and inferior Charlottesville team, broke right foot when he landed wrong on the foot of an opponent player early in the second half. Whittenburg would be out for almost the rest of the season and N.C. would not fair too well finishing of the season with a 17-10 record”. 3. Just before the start of the ACC tourney the Wolf Pack would get Whittenburg back.
Transition: I told you a bit of back story and informed you about the Wolf Packs regular season. Now let’s talk about what happened in the ACC tourney.
II. There are two ways to get into the National Championship Tournament, or what I like to call the Dance. You either get an at large bid. Meaning a committee picks you to go because your team has performed well. Or you have to win your Conference tourney.
A. (First) N.C. State with a ten loss season would not get an at large bid so had to win the ACC tourney to get to the Dance. 1. Coach Jimmy tells his team just “Survive and Advance” 2. In the first game the tourney N.C. State is tied with Wake Forest and the game is almost over. 3. At that time there was no shot clock so Wake with a tie tried to hold the ball and pass it around in order to get the last shot. 4. With only about 30 seconds left Coach V would tell his team to switch to a trap defense meaning two guys would try to...