The 1957 NCAA tournament final had it all -- two storied programs, one of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball, and three overtimes to boot. The Tar Heels tripled-teamed Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain for most of the game, jumping out to a 19-7 lead early in the first half. But Wilt and the Jayhawks roared back to send the game into overtime. With no shot clock in college basketball yet, the teams scored just two points each in the first extra period, and in the second, zero points each. UNC finally outlasted Kansas thanks to two clutch free throws from Joe Quigg with fewer than 10 seconds left in the third overtime.
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A freshman named Michael Jordan nailed a jumper to put the Tar Heels up with fewer than 20 seconds on the clock before Hoyas guard Fred Brown mistook UNC's James Worthy for a teammate and passed him the ball, sealing the game for Carolina. The win gave coach Dean Smith his first title, and sent home a vaunted Georgetown team featuring dominant freshman center Patrick Ewing, who scored 23 points and grabbed 10 boards in the championship game.
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The Wolfpack entered the '83 title game as overwhelming underdogs against Hakeem Olajuwon and Houston, also known as Phi Slama Jama. But Lorenzo Charles' tip-in at the buzzer gave North Carolina State an unlikely national championship and installed it as the original Cinderella team. The game is equally as memorable for State's postgame celebration, as coach Jim Valvano sprinted across the court searching for someone to embrace.
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Villanova's magic run to a national title is one of the most improbable upsets in sports history. The Wildcats shot a ridiculous 79 percent from the field (they madet 9-of-10 in the second half), and Nova's Ed Pinckney outscored Patrick Ewing 16 to 14 to beat the defending champion Hoyas. The win gave coach Rollie Massimino and the `Cats their first title. 'Nova remains the lowest seed (8) to ever go the distance in the NCAA tournament.
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Billed as Bob Knight vs. Jim Boeheim, the 1987 NCAA title game came down to the final moments. Keith Smart's fading jumper with fewer than five seconds to play sealed Indiana's fifth national title. Smart scored 17 points in the second half, while sharpshooter Steve Alford led all scorers, with 23, including seven treys.
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With three seconds left in overtime and Michigan trailing by one point, Wolverines guard Rumeal Robinson stepped to the free-throw line for a one-and-one. Just a 65.6 percent free-throw shooter, Robinson calmly converted both shots, completing the Wolverines' shocking title run. Just prior to the tourney, Michigan AD Bo Schembechler fired coach Bill Frieder, who had announced he would be leaving for Arizona State at season's end. Schembechler wanted a "Michigan man" to coach the Wolverines, and he handed the keys to top assistant Steve Fisher.
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The Fab Five is unquestionably one of the most influential units in college basketball history. Ironically, the talented Wolverines will always be remembered for an epic miscue. Chris Webber corralled a rebound with fewer than 20 seconds left and Michigan trailing North Carolina 73-71. After appearing to travel, Webber dribbled the ball the length of the court before getting trapped right in front of the Michigan bench. The All-America instinctively called a timeout. Unfortunately, Michigan had none remaining. The Wolverines were assessed a technical foul and the Tar Heels went on to win 77-71.
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Duke held a 10-point second-half lead over Arkansas, but the Hogs clawed back. With the score tied at 70 apiece and 40 seconds left, Arkansas' Scotty Thurman lofted a high-arching three-pointer over 6-foot-8 Blue Devil Antonio Lang with one second on the shot clock. The looping shot was good and the Hogs went on to win the game 76-72 for the school's first national title.
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Kentucky's Anthony Epps hit a game-tying three-pointer with 12 seconds to go to send the game to overtime. But the relentless attack by Arizona's backcourt tandem of Miles Simon and Mike Bibby, who combined to score 49 points, eventually was too much for UK. Simon hit four free throws in the final 41 seconds to seal the deal. "Simon Says Championship," declared CBS commentator Billy Packer.
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A much anticipated matchup of No. 1 seeds pitted two of the game's great coaches -- Jim Calhoun and Mike Krzyzewski -- against one another. UConn's Richard Hamilton scored 27 points to lead the Huskies to a three-point victory over Duke after Blue Devils senior guard Trajan Langdon turned the ball over on two straight possessions with the game on the line. Connecticut point guard Khalid El-Amin said after the game: "We shocked the world."
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Memphis held a nine-point lead with 2:12 to play in regulation, but couldn't close the door on Kansas, who crawled back within three after a series of misses from the free throw line by the Tigers. Mario Chalmers of Kansas sank a three-ball with two seconds to go to send the title game to overtime. And it was all Jayhawks in the extra frame, as Bill Self's team outscored John Calipari's 12-5 en route to Kansas' first national championship in 20 years.
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Hyped as a "David vs. Goliath" matchup, the 2010 title game featured the undersized, overachieving Butler Bulldogs, who gave perennial powerhouse Duke quite a scare. The Blue Devils held a five-point lead with just over three minutes to play, but Butler came roaring back to close within one thanks to consecutive layups from center Matt Howard. Unfortunately for the underdogs, leading scorer Gordon Hayward missed a fadeaway from the right corner with fewer than 10 ticks on the clock, and then a desperation heave at the buzzer, both of which would have given Butler the lead.
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