Great NCAA Title Games

1957
Text: Abe Schwadron, SI.com
Photo: Rich Clarkson/NCAA Photos

1957

North Carolina 54, Kansas 53 (3 OT)

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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