Kentucky’s performance last night left no doubt that the Wildcats are great NCAA champions, but the title game itself fell short of that lofty plateau. It took a furious comeback in the second half just to bring Kansas within six points, and the game will likely be remembered (as Jim Nantz had it) as a “coronation” for Kentucky.
Of course, not every NCAA championship game has been so one-sided. Just two Marches ago, Gordon Hayward’s half-court heave narrowly missed giving the Butler Bulldogs one of the greatest upsets in tournament final history, only to glance off the rim and give Duke the national title.
Read on for a closer look at that Duke-Butler clash, along with the rest of the 25 most riveting title games March Madness has ever seen.