This marks the
Tonight’s is the first since 1999 —
Conversely, we once had three such final in six years: Michigan State’s
Compiling the list is fairly easy, thanks to Page 19 of the Final Four record book, which lists all the consensus All-Americans to play in the event.
Here's a chronological litany of the 11 previous matchups, including some stats:
* 1939: Ohio State’s Jimmy Hull outscores
* 1957: Kansas’
* 1963: Loyola of Chicago's Jerry Harkness outscores Cincinnati's Tom Thacker 14-13 to lead his team to a 60-58 overtime upset of the two-time defending champions.
* 1965: Arguably the greatest show staged by two All-Americans in the final.
* 1968: North Carolina and Larry Miller (14 points) are no match for UCLA and Lew Alcindor, whose 34 points and 16 rebounds key the Bruins' 78-55 rout.
* 1969: Purdue and sharpshooter Rick Mount (28 points) suffer the same fate, falling to Alcindor (37 points, 20 boards) and UCLA, 92-72.
* 1979: Magic (24 points, seven rebounds) wins the first of many duels with Bird (19 and 13) as Michigan State bests Indiana State 75-64.
* 1982: Worthy's 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting give Dean Smith his first national championship as North Carolina edges Floyd (18 points) and Georgetown 63-62 on a late, left-wing jumper by some kid named Jordan.
* 1984: Ewing has modest numbers (10 points, nine rebounds), but the Hoyas defeat Olajuwon (15 and nine) and Houston, 84-75.
* 1999: Hamilton's 27 points carry UConn to its first championship as the Huskies best Brand (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Duke, 77-74.
Don't know about you, but it's fun to revisit history. There's no truth to the rumor that I was courtside for the 1939 final, but sources tell me the wireless Internet connection on press row that day in Evanston, Ill., was spotty.
Enjoy tonight's game y'all.
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