It was a basketball game for the history books. Number 1 Illinois, who lost only one game all year, facing Number 2 North Carolina for the National Championship. It was going to be a classic. Neither team disappointed.
The North Carolina Tar Heels triumphed 75-70 over the Illinois Fighting Illini with superior teamwork. There were moments throughout the game when one might have thought North Carolina was going to run away with it building a 13 point lead at halftime that would stretch to 15 early in the second half before Illinois stormed back the same way they had overcome the same deficit against Arizona nine days earlier to earn a berth in the Final Four.
Carolina's junior center Sean May, who was celebrating his 21st birthday yesterday, willed his team to winning this game.
Perhaps sweetest was the fact that this was Coach Roy Williams first National Championship. Of course, any Carolina fan would tell you that all Coach Williams had to do was come back to Carolina to be able to win it all.
Congratulations to the Tar Heels for a fantastic win. It truly was one for the ages.