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UNC Crowned National Champion in St. Louis

UNC Coach Roy Williams, after helping cut part of the net down after his team won the national championship Monday in St. Louis. (UPI photo / Bill Greenblatt)


St. Louis, MO – St. Louis's Final Four ended Monday night with a North Carolina national championship.

North Carolina had a 15 point lead at one point, but Illinois fought back to tie it twice, before falling 75-70. The Tar Heels' Marvin Williams hit a shot with 1:26 left to break the tie.

It was the first try for a championship for the Illini and for second-year coach Bruce Weber. The loss was only Illinois' 2nd this season. The win was North Carolina's first national championship since 1993, and the first for long-time coach Roy Williams.

The Tar Heels' Sean was named MVP of the NCAA tournament. He had 26 points and ten rebounds in the championship game.

May also scored 134 points in the whole tournament, more than any other player.

This was the first time St. Louis hosted the Final Four since 1978.

NPR's Tom Goldman will have more on the game in about 10 minutes.


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