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The Road to a Tar Heel Championship
April 13, 2005
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April 13, 2005

The Road To A Tar Heel Championship

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  FIRST ROUND SECOND ROUND REGIONAL SEMIFINALS REGIONAL FINALS      
CHICAGO 1 Illinois (32-1)
16 Fairleigh Dickinson (20-12)
1 Illinois, 67-55 1 Illinois, 71-59 1 Illinois, 77-63 1 Illinois, 90-89 OT 1 Illinois 70 CHICAGO RECAP
Top-seeded Illinois cruised through the early rounds until meeting No. 3 Arizona in the regional final. The overtime thriller was an instant classic, sending the Illini to the Final Four for the first time in 16 years.
8 Texas (20-10)
9 Nevada (24-6)
9 Nevada, 61-57
5 Alabama (24-7)
12 Wis.- Milwaukee (24-5)
12 Wis.- Milwaukee, 83-73 12 Wis.- Milwaukee, 83-75
4 Boston College (24-4)
13 Pennsylvania (20-8)
4 Boston College, 85-65
6 LSU (20-9)
11 UAB (21-10)
11 UAB, 82-68 3 Arizona, 85-63 3 Arizona, 79-78
3 Arizona (27-6)
14 Utah St. (24-7)
3 Arizona, 66-53
7 Southern Ill. (26-7)
10 St. Mary's (Cal.) (25-8)
7 Southern Ill., 65-56 2 Oklahoma St., 85-77
2 Oklahoma St. (24-6)
15 Southeastern La. (24-8)
2 Oklahoma St., 63-50
ALBUQUERQUE 1 Washington (27-5)
16 Montana (18-12)
1 Washington, 88-77 1 Washington, 97-79 4 Louisville, 93-79 ALBUQUERQUE RECAP
West Virginia, the No. 7 seed, made a Cinderella run, taking down Wake Forest and Texas Tech, but the ball ended in the regional final when Rick Pitino's Louisville squad defeated the Mountaineers in OT.
8 Pacific (26-3)
9 Pittsburgh (20-8)
8 Pacific, 79-71
5 Georgia Tech (19-11)
12 George Washington (22-7)
5 Georgia Tech, 80-68 4 Louisville, 76-54 1 Illinois, 72-57
4 Louisville (29-4)
13 La.-Lafayette (20-10)
4 Louisville, 68-62 4 Louisville, 93-85 OT
6 Texas Tech (20-10)
11 UCLA (18-10)
6 Texas Tech, 78-66 6 Texas Tech, 71-69 7 West Virginia, 65-60 1 North Carolina, 88-82
3 Gonzaga (25-4)
14 Winthrop (27-5)
3 Gonzaga, 74-64
7 West Virginia (21-10)
10 Creighton (23-10)
7 West Virginia, 63-61 7 West Virginia, 111-105 2OT
2 Wake Forest (26-5)
15 Chattanooga (20-10)
2 Wake Forest, 70-54
SYRACUSE 1 North Carolina (27-4)
16 Oakland (13-18)
1 North Carolina, 96-68 1 North Carolina, 92-65 1 North Carolina, 67-66 SYRACUSE RECAP
Bracket-busting Bucknell stunned Kansas in the first round, leaving no chance that Roy Williams would face his former school. Villanova and Wisconsin, however, gave the Tar Heels tough tests in the regional games.
8 Minnesota (21-10)
9 Iowa St. (18-11)
9 Iowa St., 64-53
5 Villanova (22-7)
12 New Mexico (26-6)
5 Villanova, 55-47 5 Villanova, 76-65
4 Florida (23-7)
13 Ohio (21-10)
4 Florida, 67-62
6 Wisconsin (22-8)
11 Northern Iowa (21-10)
6 Wisconsin, 57-52 6 Wisconsin, 71-62 6 Wisconsin, 65-56
3 Kansas (23-6)
14 Bucknell (22-9)
14 Bucknell, 64-63
7 Charlotte (21-7)
10 North Carolina St. (19-13)
10 North Carolina St., 75-63 10 North Carolina St., 65-62
2 Connecticut (22-7)
15 Central Florida (24-8)
2 Connecticut, 77-71
AUSTIN 1 Duke (25-5)
16 Delaware St. (19-13)
1 Duke, 57-46 1 Duke, 63-55 5 Michigan St., 78-68 AUSTIN RECAP
Other than Vermont's toppling Syracuse in the first round, the favored teams prevailed. That is, until No. 5 seed Michigan State earned a ticket to St. Louis by taking out Duke and Kentucky, the region's top-ranked teams.
8 Stanford (18-12)
9 Mississippi St. (22-10)
9 Mississippi St., 93-70
5 Michigan St. (22-6)
12 Old Dominion (28-5)
5 Michigan St., 89-81 5 Michigan St., 72-61
4 Syracuse (27-6)
13 Vermont (24-6)
13 Vermont, 60-57 OT
6 Utah (27-5)
11 UTEP (27-7)
6 Utah, 60-54 6 Utah, 67-58 2 Kentucky, 62-52
3 Oklahoma (24-7)
14 Niagara (20-9)
3 Oklahoma, 84-67
7 Cincinnati (24-7)
10 Iowa (21-11)
7 Cincinnati, 76-54 2 Kentucky, 69-60 1 North Carolina, 87-71
2 Kentucky (25-5)
15 Eastern Ky. ( 22-8)
2 Kentucky, 72-64 5 Michigan St., 94-88 2OT 1 North Carolina 75

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