04/06/2009 (Championship Monday)

North Carolina wins their 5th National Championship.  They are now 5-4 in National Championship Games.

Roy Williams wins his 2nd National Championship.  He is now 2-2 in National Championship Games.  Both of his losses were when he was the coach of Kansas.

Roy Williams becomes the 13th coach to win multiple National Championships.

North Carolina is 5-0 all-time vs. Michigan State in tournament history. 
Year Winner Score Loser Score Round
1957 North Carolina 74 Michigan State 70 National Semifinals
1998 North Carolina 73 Michigan State 58 Sweet Sixteen
2005 North Carolina 87 Michigan State 71 National Semifinals
2007 North Carolina 81 Michigan State 67 Second Round
2009 North Carolina 89 Michigan State 72 National Championship

North Carolina is the 7th team to win at least 5 games against another school in the tournament.  Here are the records of the others:
  • Kentucky - 6-0 vs. Utah
  • Marquette - 6-4 vs. Kentucky
  • Indiana - 5-0 vs. Louisiana State
  • Ohio State - 5-0 vs. Kentucky
  • UCLA - 5-0 vs. Kansas
  • UCLA - 5-2 vs. Marquette

North Carolina ties Kansas for the most wins this decade with 26.

North Carolina ties Florida for the most National Championships this decade with 2.

North Carolina defeated both Villanova and Michigan State in 3 of its National Championship runs which ties a tournament record. UCLA defeated Long Beach State, New Mexico State and San Francisco during 3 of its championship runs and Indiana defeated Louisiana State during 3 of its championship runs.

North Carolina is the all-time winningest team in tournament history with 102 wins.  This is the first time that neither UCLA nor Kentucky will be the all-time leader in wins at the end of a tournament since 1948 when Dartmouth, Ohio State and Oklahoma State (then Oklahoma A&M) were tied with 6 wins.

With North Carolina's double digit victory, they join Michigan State in 2000 and Duke in 2001 as the only teams since the tournament expanded to 64 teams to win every game by double digits.

North Carolina's win is their 100th as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

North Carolina is now 14-6 vs. teams from the Big Ten Conference.

Michigan State is now 2-1 in National Championship Games.

Michigan State's loss is their first playing in the state of Michigan where they are now 3-1.

Michigan State's loss is their first as a #2 seed.  They are now 10-1 as a #2 seed.

Michigan State is now 2-9 vs. teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.