9:21 PM ET, April 6, 2009
North Carolina coasts past Michigan St. to claim fifth national championship
More from ESPN.comBelieve it or not, there was some work involved for North Carolina in going from landslide favorite to landslide winner of a national title, Pat Forde writes. Story
Tyler Hansbrough's legacy at North Carolina is complete after the Tar Heels won another national title Monday, Dana O'Neil writes. Story
The lasting legacies from the Final Four will be the overwhelming support the Spartans received, their ability to rally the masses, and their ability to do it again next season and beyond, Andy Katz writes. Story
Big Ten defensive player of the year Travis Walton vowed to shut Wayne Ellington down in Monday night's title game. Didn't quite happen that way, Mark Schlabach writes. Story
Heel Of A Night
North Carolina won every game by double digits, something that hasn't happened since Duke did it in 2001.
• The Tar Heels jumped out to a 34-11 lead as they sailed to a 17-point win and their fifth National Championship and second in five years.
• UNC led 55-34 at halftime, which set the marks for the most points scored in a first half and the biggest halftime lead in tournament history.
• Ty Lawson equaled a Final Four record with 10 steals and became just the fifth player since 1997 to total 100 points, 30 rebounds and 20 assists in a single tournament.
• Wayne Ellington was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player as he led the Tar Heels with three 3-point field goals and 19 points.
• Michigan State turned the ball over on 21-of-89 possessions, which UNC turned into 25 points.
• The Spartans are now 0-5 vs. UNC in NCAA tournament games.
• Roy Williams won his second national title in seven Final Four appearances.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Michigan State wanted to play fast, but quickly learned that no one runs like North Carolina. Story
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-55 (.400)||28-61 (.459)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-23 (.304)||5-12 (.417)|
|FT Made-Attempted||21-29 (.724)||28-40 (.700)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||28 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|
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