The Michigan Wolverines were down two points to the North Carolina Tar Heels with 19 seconds to play in regulation in the second half of the 1993 NCAA National Championship game.
After grabbing the rebound off the missed free throw attempt, Michigan star Chris Webber (23 points, 11 rebounds) established his pivot foot, re-angling his body towards the basket, locked in a one-possession game with the championship on the line.
Webber attempted to dish the ball off to a teammate, but after seeing a lurking Tar Heel, the future No. 1 pick continued his dribble towards halfcourt.
The travel call was missed by the officiating staff, but not by the broadcast crew.
"Oh, he walked," Bill Packer exclaimed on the broadcast. "He walked and the referee missed it!"
CBS announcer Jim Nance continued on with the gameplay, as only 12 seconds remained on the clock in regulation.
"Webber brings it into the frontcourt," Nantz said. "They have no timeouts remaining."
If only someone had told him.
27 years ago today, North Carolina won the National Championship after Chris Webber called a timeout Michigan didn't have. pic.twitter.com/obLng9rzF2— ESPN (@espn) April 5, 2020
Webber, trapped in the left corner by a UNC double-team, signaled for time, resulting in a technical foul shot for the Tar Heels as well as possession.
"He called a timeout," Nantz said. "Michigan doesn't have any!"
At the opposing foul line, UNC's Donald Williams (25 points) knocked down both free throws, increasing their lead to four points with 11 seconds remaining.
From there it was all over.
North Carolina 77, Michigan 71.
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