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Since the NCAA started seeding tournaments, five national title games have ended with a No. 1 facing a No. 1. This year will be No. 6 given that all four No. 1s (Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA) advanced to the final weekend for the first time in tournament history. Here's a look at how the previous No. 1 vs. No. 1 matchups ended.
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It was the Gators' year, or second year. The same title-bearing starting five helped coach Billy Donovan become the youngest (41) to win two titles, despite 25 points and 12 rebounds by Buckeyes freshman phenon Greg Oden.
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In just his second year as Tar Heels coach, Roy Williams turned a losing team two years prior into a national champion. The Illini rallied back from a 10-point deficit with nine minutes remaining, but they couldn't withstand the Heels persistence, or Sean May. The UNC star scored 26 points and recorded 10 rebounds for Most Outstanding Player honors.
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Mike Krzyzewski considered his '99 squad one of the best ever. But they couldn't handle the theatrics of Richard "Rip" Hamilton, the Huskies' wiry forward who scored a game-high 27 points in the victory.
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Unfortunately for Chris Webber, this game would make him famous for all the wrong reasons. After an 8-0 run by the Tar Heels, Michigan climbed back within two with 20 seconds left. Webber snagged a rebound, but was forced to take the ball upcourt as his ball handlers were already on the go. With UNC traps awaiting him, the confused Webber made the mistake he'll never forget: he called a timeout with zero remaining for the Wolverines. Technical foul. UNC wins.
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With a cast chock full of future NBA legends, the Tar Heels won their second NCAA title (Dean Smith's first) and handed Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas a heart-wrenching loss. Michael Jordan hit the game-winning jumper with just 17 seconds remaining. Georgetown tried to get a shot off in the final second, but a botched play put James Worthy on the foul line with no timeouts remaining for the Hoyas. Worthy missed his shots, but the game was over.
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