Villanova, the small Catholic college with about 10,000 students from
took on the mighty North
Carolina Tar Heels with about 30,000 and gave us one of the greatest national
championship games in history. Philadelphia
Playing before 70,000 fans in
millions watching on television, both teams put on an exceptional display of
why college sports are so popular. March
Madness is the NCAA national championship tourney with 68 teams battling it out
to see who is number one. Houston
This season was full of upsets with numerous teams reaching number one during the season only to be beaten and it was one of few college seasons where none of the top teams finished the season unbeaten.
There were no Michael Jordans in this game. The star for the Tar Heels was a guard from
but even with no marquee players, heroes were plentiful. The Iowa guard sank a three point shot with
just 4.7 seconds left in the game to tie it after Villanova had surge to a ten
point led with about seven minutes to play. Iowa
In the first half
ahead by seven point, but by the middle of the second half Villanova had
reversed the game and were ten points ahead. A furious run by North Carolina the last five minutes resulted in
the three point shot with 4.7 left to tie the game. Carolina
The Wildcats threw the ball in, their star dribbled across the half court line, then handed it back to a teammate who let fly a long three point bomb just as time ran out and the buzzer rang ending the game. What seemed like an eternity but in fact was just fractions of a minute went by before the ball swooshed through the hoop.
As the 70,000 exploded when they realized the shot was good and the players and coaches stood momentarily in shock, confetti rained from the ceiling and the Wildcats realized they had pulled off one of the great upsets in an amazing game.
The top scorer for Villanova came off the bench to score 20 points, he only scored 25 total in the previous four games. The hero scoring the winning bucket had a brother playing for
. Another Villanova star was home schooled in
high school by his Christian family and taught basketball by his mother. North Carolina
I mention no names because this game had so many of the most unlikely heroes they all deserve credit.
Both teams should be proud and thanks Villanova for showing us giant killers still have a chance in