The 1981 Virginia Basketball team will be featured on ESPN's 30 for 30 Shorts, the network recently announced.
As part of five newly-announced documentaries, "No Kin of Mine" will examine the 1981 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Consolation game between the LSU Tigers and Virginia Cavaliers, which tipped off less than three hours following the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. The film is set to debut online at 10:00 a.m. on March 8, and will be broadcast during the 6:00 p.m. hour of SportsCenter on ESPN on March 11.
Here's the full description of the short, directed by Marc Kinderman:
Rudy Macklin's jersey is hanging from the rafters at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly, and for good reason: He is the school's all-time leading rebounder. He carried the Tigers to the 1981 Final Four in Philadelphia. Back then, the tournament included a third-place game, and that's where the trouble started for Macklin. Just before the consolation game against Virginia, President Ronald Reagan was shot, and after the loss, Macklin was asked if the news might have affected the team. His response -- "He's no kin of mine" -- was so blown out of proportion that he feared for his life. In this documentary, directed by Marc Kinderman for ESPN Films, Macklin looks back at the anxious times when he thought he might get hung for a different reason.
The 1981 Final Four was Virginia's first-ever appearance in a Final Four. The Cavaliers lost, 78-65, to North Carolina, a team they had twice-beaten during the regular season behind the likes of Ralph Sampson, Jeff Lamp, Ricky Stokes, and Othell Wilson. Virginia defeated LSU in the consolation game, 78-74.
Here's the release, including the other 30 for 30 Shorts announced today.