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THE BRACKETS
TIM LAYDEN
March 23, 2009
Hide the children. In the third slugfest of the season between the Big East rivals, the Panthers again grind UConn into submission, winning their first national championship
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March 23, 2009

The Brackets

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KANSAS
During the regular season Eagles beat North Carolina, lost to Harvard. Latter BC team shows up in regional semis as KU gets its first real whiff of a return trip to Final Four

CONNECTICUT
In the same building where the Giants upset the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Purdue fails to duplicate the Tyree Miracle against more athletic UConn

MISSOURI
Tigers' three-headed backcourt of Tiller, Taylor and English prove to be the rare combination that can match Memphis's frenzied offense

WAKE FOREST
Young Jayhawks are likely to be the preseason No. 1 in 2009--10, but inspired Wake is Final Four--bound two years after the death of former coach Prosser

CONNECTICUT
After surviving a brain hemorrhage and a blown-out ACL, UConn guard Price handles Mizzou easily, feeding the Huskies' attack all the way to Detroit

CONNECTICUT
Demon Deacons' unlikely run is stymied by UConn's relentless man-to-man and eight blocks by Thabeet. Streaky forward Robinson has a breakout night

PITTSBURGH
Heavyweights Blair and Hansbrough battle to a standoff, and Fields checks Lawson. But Carolina is unable to contain the versatile and exquisite Young inside or out

PITTSBURGH
Duke has no answers for Blair down low, Fields up high or Young everywhere else. Panthers fan Big Ben shows up, and Boston fans boo

NORTH CAROLINA
Toughened by the Big East tournament, 'Cuse won't go down easily, but Hansbrough gets 25 and 12 plus a bloody noseā€”and versatile wing Green is the X factor

PITTSBURGH
Xavier's big Brown and his frontcourt mates are game, but Panthers prevail when savvy point guard Fields launches too many late daggers

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