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2000s: Top 10 College Hoops Games


North Carolina 75, Illinois 70 | 2005 NCAA title game

North Carolina 75, Illinois 70 | 2005 NCAA title game
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Of the four No. 1 vs. No. 2 games in the decade, only one was played in the NCAA tournament. Appropriately enough, it came in the title game, where No. 1 Illinois met No. 2 North Carolina, the first time the top two teams faced off for the championship since 1975. The game didn't disappoint, as the Illini rallied from 15 points down in the second half to force two late ties. The Tar Heels went ahead 72-70 with 1:20 remaining and survived three missed three-pointers that could have tied the game or put Illinois in front. Sean May had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who got Roy Williams his first national title.
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