Then history is made.
Mitch Kupchak sends a perfect baseball pass to freshman Walter Davis at halfcourt. Davis covers enough ground in three dribbles to launch a desperation 28-foot jump shot that banks in, sending Carmichael Auditorium into what Woody Durham called "Pan-dee-mon-i-umm!"
The Tar Heels go on to defeat the Blue Devils in overtime behind a 31-point effort by Davis. Davis' shot to cap the comeback - without the benefit of a three-point line - is one of the most famous shots in the storied history of Carolina Basketball.
It's time for Carolina fans everywhere to begin clearing more space on their walls - Tar Heel Moments is releasing a new print. "Eight Points, Seventeen Seconds" is the second release in the Tar Heel Moments series by Stephen F. Hanson. This stunning print captures Davis releasing the shot that ties the game, capturing the ball in mid air, with Bobby Jones and Ed Stahl fighting for rebound position, and the crowd on the verge of exploding when the ball ties the game. Hanson again captures the atmosphere that is unmistakably Carmichael Auditorium, and carries many consistent artistic elements over from the highly successful "Victory on Senior Day," the first in the series, which was of Phil Ford.
"We were looking at our print ideas - and there were many - but we just kept coming back to Walter," said Inside Carolina columnist and Tar Heel Moments founder Mike McCracken. "There are so many people who remember seeing that shot in person, on TV, or even hearing it on the radio. It's the kind of thing where people can come up and tell you where they were and what they were doing when it happened. It just seemed like the right shot to do after people reacted so well to Phil Ford's print."
Like the Ford print, this one will also be limited in its release. Only 1119 prints were produced with 302 (commemorating March 2, 1974, the date of the game) artist's proofs and 817 (commemorating the 8 points in 17 seconds) regular edition prints. The prices will also remain the same - $150 for the artist's proofs and $100 for the regular editions. Each print, which has been individually autographed by Davis, is accompanied by a foil medallion commemorating the score of the game and Davis' No. 24.
"We promised everyone last year that the Phil Ford print was the first in a series, and I feel like this is a great second edition because Stephen really outdid himself on this one," said McCracken. "We've almost sold out of the artist's proofs of Phil's print, and I expect that this one will strike a similar chord of nostalgia with Carolina fans. It's been amazing to meet so many other Carolina fans who appreciate these prints and love them as much as I do. I joke with my wife that I want all of our prints to go to good Carolina homes, and so far I am pretty sure they have."
Fans interested in obtaining one of the prints or getting more information about them may do so by calling 866-596-1978 or visiting www.tarheelmoments.com.