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1- North Carolina's 1957 National Championship victory
North Carolina hadn't won the NCAA National Championship before, so the year 1957 was their best opportunity to end their title drought. They had assembled a brilliant team and in Frank Maguire, they had a shrewd and experienced coach. They entered the National Championship game with an unblemished record of 31-0. Their rivals in the final Kansas Jayhawks were no less formidable as well, who only lost 2 games in the season and were favored to win against the Tar Heels.
North Carolina dominated early in the first half and took a lead of 19-7. But the Jayhawks made a strong comeback and not only overcame the deficit but took a lead in the second half. The Tar Heels managed to tie the game and it went into overtime.
Both teams scored equal points in the first overtime while no points were scored in the second. North Carolina's Joe Quigg starred in the third overtime as he made two free throws in the closing seconds. This way, the Tar Heels registered their first NCAA National Championship.
2- 1992 East Regional Final
Many consider this game between Kentucky and Duke to be the greatest game in the history of college basketball. Both teams provided a great spectacle of sports and competed fiercely till the very end.
The first half belonged to Duke Blue Devils who led Kentucky 50–45. However, Kentucky came back strong in the second half to tie the game at 93 with 33.6 seconds remaining. The overtime period saw a lot of action from both teams as they traded the lead. And then came the most dramatic & memorable moment of the game. With only 2.1 seconds remaining and Duke trailing 103-102, Chrisitan Laettnerhit a jumper that provided them 104-103 victory.
3- 1983 NCAA Championship game
NC State pulled off an outstanding feat in the 1983 National Championship game. The odds were heavily stacked against them as Houston was riding a 26-game winning streak. The Cougars started strongly and had established a good lead by the half-time. But NC State made a spirited comeback in the second half and tied the game at 52-52. That's when Lorenzo Charles came up with a great slam dunk and got an amazing victory for NC State. Head coach Jim Valvano's celebration became hugely popular. He ran onto the court as if he was looking for someone to hug.