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  Tuesday, April 5, 2005

North Carolina Wins 2004-05 National Championship
By Drew Barnette

Sean href=/profile//> May href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> difference href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Championship. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> greatest href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> ashamed href=/profile//> of. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> shouldn't href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> disappointed href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> proud href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> themselves href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> disappointing href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> passes href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fans href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> proud href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> themselves href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

Illinois href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> percentage href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> trailed href=/profile//> 40-27 href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> break. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> mostly href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> began href=/profile//> knocking href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> jumpers. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> stretch href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> 65-55 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> jumpers href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> possessions href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> tie href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> clutch href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> shot. href=/profile//> From href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> create href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> threes, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> knock href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> down. href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> convert href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> throws href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> minute href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 75-70 href=/profile//> win.

Both href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fantastic href=/profile//> tournament, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> fantastic href=/profile//> seasons. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> beaten href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> except href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> weren't href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> match href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> underneath href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> job href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//>

To href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina's href=/profile//> credit, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> everything href=/profile//> right. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> tonight href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//>



ONE href=/profile//> SHINING href=/profile//> MOMENT:

-This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> CBS's href=/profile//> annual href=/profile//> tribute href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> tournament. href=/profile//> Every href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> begin href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> realize href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> miss href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> credits href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> movie. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> way. href=/profile//> From href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> exempt href=/profile//> tournaments href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> match href=/profile//> ups href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> excitement href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> themselves href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> standings, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> drama href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournaments href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> Tournament. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> call href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> March href=/profile//> Madness, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> madness href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> starts href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> November href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> counts. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> someone href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> bracket href=/profile//> projections href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> accuracy, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> everything. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> championship href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> culmination href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> EVERYTHING href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> happened href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> November. href=/profile//>



OTHER href=/profile//> RANDOM href=/profile//> COMMENTS:

-It's href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> believe href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina href=/profile//> opened href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Santa href=/profile//> Clara. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> mistake href=/profile//> yesterday href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> #1 href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> turns href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Kansas href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> #1 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> coaches' href=/profile//> poll. href=/profile//> UNC href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> ranked href=/profile//> #1 href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season.until href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> matters.

Illinois href=/profile//> broke href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> #1 href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rankings href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> December href=/profile//> 6th href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> relinquished href=/profile//> ituntil href=/profile//> now. href=/profile//>


-Before href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> media href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> touting href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> oriented href=/profile//> basketball. href=/profile//> My href=/profile//> thought href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> is) href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tremendous href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> tremendous href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> talent. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> labels. href=/profile//>


-Students href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> shown href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> ESPN href=/profile//> celebrating href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> North href=/profile//> Carolina's href=/profile//> campus. href=/profile//> Some href=/profile//> bonfires href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> set href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> kids href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> jumping href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> Hopefully href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> hurt href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> one's href=/profile//> property href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> destroyed. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> someone href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> unfortunate href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> hospitalized href=/profile//> and/or href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> car href=/profile//> turned href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> set href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> fire href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> diminish href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> elation href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> experiences href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> championship. href=/profile//>


-Roy href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> all. href=/profile//> Afterwards href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> believe href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> hours href=/profile//> ago. href=/profile//> That's href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//>


-I href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> 46-18 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> predicting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> Tournament. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> bad, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> mean href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot. href=/profile//> Many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> either href=/profile//> way, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> uncommon href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> someone href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> office href=/profile//> pool href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> familiar href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball.


-My href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> article href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> posted href=/profile//> tomorrow. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> recap href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> pays href=/profile//> special href=/profile//> attention href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> outstanding href=/profile//> coaching href=/profile//> performances, href=/profile//> greatest href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> surprises, href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> busts, href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> upsets, href=/profile//> etc.

 
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