Tyler "Psycho T" Hansbrough enters today's game against Oral Roberts 35 points shy of Phil Ford's career scoring record at North Carolina of 2,290 points.
Ford, a sharp-shooting point guard for the Tar Heels in the 1970s, averaged 18.6 points in 123 career games. In his four years, he led Carolina to the NCAA Tournament four times and the Championship game his junior year (UNC lost to Marquette 67-59 in the 1977 final. A junior-year title loss ... sound familiar?)
Of the many greats Dean Smith coached at North Carolina, Ford was the first freshman to earn a starting role from day one. That year, in 1975, he made league history as the first froshy to win the Everett Case Award, handed to the MVP of the ACC Tournament.
But that was just the start.
Ford racked up up three All-ACC and three All-America awards before snagging the coveted John Wooden Award. He also set single-game, season and career assist records (Jeff Lebo, Ed Cota and Kenny Smith broke those records later on), and, AND, he went out with a bang. In his final home game at Carmichael Stadium, he scored a career-high 34 points in UNC's 87-83 win over crosstown rival Duke - a game that clinched the regular-season championship.
Ford managed to hold onto to his all-time scoring record even as Michael Jordan, Jerry Stackhouse and Antawn Jamison passed through the program (though Jordan and Jamison were the only other UNC players to win the Wooden Award, they only stayed around three years; Stackhouse stayed two). But now, a lanky Mid-Westerner, who's as famous for fumbling with his contact lens as he is for spending hours a day working on his game, is inches away from taking over "Ford Corners'" reign.
And so, to honor the soon-to-be scoring king in Chapel Thrill, we give you the Psycho T highlight reel:
Oh, wait. Not that one. Here we go: