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The Participants: Kansas, Marquette, Syracuse, and Texas
The Biggest Question: Could Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, in a second trip to a New Orleans-based Final Four, finally win the big one and bring a national title back to his alma mater?
The Semi-Finals: Syracuse 95-84 over Texas; Kansas 94-61 over Marquette
The Final: Syracuse 81-78 over Kansas
The Most Outstanding Player: Carmelo Anthony. The Syracuse freshman followed an efficient 33-point, 14-rebound outing against Texas with a 20-point, 10-rebound title game performance.
The Enduring Image: With Syracuse clinging to a three-point lead in the closing seconds, Syracuse big man Hakim Warrick sprinted from the lane line to the left corner, soared into the air, and blocked a potential game-tying three by Michael Lee. Warrick’s effort remains among the most iconic defensive plays in NCAA Tournament history.
A Final Four Fun Fact: En route to its national title, Syracuse slayed one-third of the Big 12. The Orange recorded victories over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.
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