Michael Jordan vs. Christian Laettner
When it is framed like this—simply Jordan vs. Laettner—the winner would have to be the Tar Heels, right?
Only we are not talking about who is the better legend or was the better player. This is simply the greatest moment in the history of each program.
North Carolina's most famous moment was His Airness rising from the left wing in 1982, the first of many famous shots he would hit in his career.
Michael Jordan beat Georgetown and gave Dean Smith his first title. The shot also introduced Jordan to the basketball world.
Christian Laettner's shot did not come in a national championship game—it was a regional final—but it allowed his team to survive and ultimately win its second straight title.
The shot is forever ingrained in most hoop fans minds, and if it's not, you've probably seen it in a commercial. Grant Hill throws the long baseball pass to Laettner at the free-throw line, Laettner catches, leans right, takes one dribble and turns over his left shoulder to swish the shot of a lifetime.
Jordan would have more shots. Laettner would too. But Laettner's is the one we remember best.