UNC Coach Roy Williams played to win Monday, not worrying about possible postgame second-guessing by keeping Raymond Felton in the game despite early foul trouble.
Tar Heels Hold On for
After racing out to a 13-point halftime lead, North Carolina does just enough down the stretch to thwart an Illinois rally and hold on for a 75-70 victory Monday night.
Plenty to Celebrate
Sean May celebrates his 21st birthday Monday by leading his Tar Heels to a national championship 29 years after his father, Scott, did the same with Indiana.
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Final Impression: Team Against Talent (Post, April 4, 2005)
UNC Trio Finally the Big Men On Campus (Post, April 4, 2005)
The One We've Been Waiting For (Post, April 4, 2005)
For This Event, Bigger Is Better: No Matter a Venue's Size, Tickets Remain in Demand (Post, April 4, 2005)
Odom Close to Taking Virginia Job (Post, April 4, 2005)
J. Williams Propels High-Powered Tar Heels: North Carolina 87, Michigan State 71 (Post, April 3, 2005)
Illini, UNC Will Dance Last: Seniors Have Big Showing As Illinois Tops Louisville: Illinois 72, Louisville 57 (Post, April 3, 2005)
After Sitting, Powell Rises to the Occasion (Post, April 3, 2005)
Spartans' Neitzel Anxious to Face Tar Heels' Felton (Post, April 2, 2005)
Weber Grieves, But Illinois Helps Ease the Pain (Post, April 2, 2005)
It's a Laugh a Minute as Massimino and Friends Turn Back the Clock (Post, April 2, 2005)
Talent Loss To the NBA Makes for Good Drama: Coaches Say Parity Has Thrilling Effect (Post, April 2, 2005)
Five Spartans Form New 'Flintstones': Hit by Hard Times, a Michigan City Takes Pride in Another Group of Players in Final Four (Post, April 1, 2005)
Illini Are Biting At the Underdog Role (Post, April 4, 2005)
Strong Roots Help May Flower: Son of Indiana Legend Comes Into His Own at North Carolina (Post, March 31, 2005)
For Pitino, Life, Death, Basketball (Post, March 30, 2005)
For Louisville's Garcia, a Stellar Career Ends on a Low (Post, April 3, 2005)
North Carolina's Sean May makes the most of his trip to the big stage, exploiting a flaw in Illinois' defense.
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