The 50th Anniversary of the N. Carolina and Kansas 1957 Championship Game Maybe Repeated in Atlanta 2007

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Kansas, N. Carolina, and UCLA make the Sweet 16. Duke and Kentucky eliminated from the "Big Dance." Kansas vs. UNC National Championship game would be the perfect ending to "The Phat 5" at 500 historical season. "The Phat 5" will be looking to make it 20-consecutive Final Four appearances.

The 50th Anniversary of the N. Carolina and Kansas 1957 Championship Game will be repeated in Atlanta 2007.

On March 23, 1957 the NCAA National Championship game was played by N. Carolina and Kansas. It would be the first-time that 2 of "The Phat 5" programs would play one another for the National title. The 1957 NCAA Tournament began March 11 with 23 teams. It would become the only National title game that would see 3OT periods. N. Carolina beat Kansas 54-53 as sophomore sensation Wilt Chamberlain was named Tournament MVP playing on the losing team.

"The Phat 5" nickname comes from the P-H-A-T acronym that means "Producing History At the Tournament" (Final Four) for the 5 winningest programs in NCAA history.

50 years later Kansas and N. Carolina are 3 wins away from meeting one another for the first time in a National Championship game since the historical match-up in 1957. They are 2 of the 5 winningest programs All-Time along with Duke, Kentucky, and UCLA.

The 5 programs are celebrating 500 years of combined play during 2006-07 season. A "Phat 5" vs. "Phat 5" National title game would be the perfect end to this historical season of college basketball. "The Phat 5" started at different times between 1899 and 1920.

Kentucky-104 years, 1903-2006-07

N. Carolina-97 years, 1911-2006-07

UCLA-88 years, 1920-2006-07

Kansas-109 years, 1899-2006-07

Duke-102 years, 1906-2006-07

"The Phat 5" Road to The Sweet 16

Kansas Jayhawks the #1 seed in the West Region defeated Niagra 107-67 in the 1st round, and then defeated "Phat 5" program Kentucky 88-76 in the 2nd round. KU will meet #4 Southern Illinois Thursday March 22 in San Jose. The Jayhawks have a possible "Phat 5" vs. "Phat 5" match-up against UCLA in the Elite 8 round. The winner goes to the Final Four.

N. Carolina Tar Heels the #1 seed in the East Region defeated E. Kentucky 86-65 in the first round, and Big 10 heavyweight Michigan St. 81-67 in the 2nd round. UNC will face #5 USC of the PAC 10 Friday March 23 in East Rutherford, NJ. Carolina could possibly face the winner of Kansas or UCLA in the National Championship game.

UCLA the #2 seed in the West Region defeated Weber St. 70-42 in the 1st round, and Indiana (6th ranked program All-Time) 54-49 in the 2nd round. The Bruins are looking to get back to the Final Four but they will possibly have to meet "Phat 5" program member Kansas in the Elite 8 round.

The Duke Blue Devils lost to Virginia Commonwealth 79-77 in the 1st round. Duke had a 9-year Sweet 16 streak that was snapped. The Devils will back as a powerhouse program next season with 3 of the top 50 ranked prep players of the 2007 class coming to Cameron.

The Kentucky Wildcats had an opening round impressive win over Villanova of the Big East 67-58. UK had a 2nd round match-up with "Phat 5" member Kansas, but lost to the more talented Jayhawks 88-76. UK head-coach Tubby Smith has been on the hot seat all-season long. The Wildcats haven't been to the Final Four since winning the Championship in 1998. Smith will return for his 11th season in Lexington.

"The Phat 5" will be looking to make it 20-consecutive Final Four appearances in Atlanta. There have been one or more "Phat 5" programs at the Final Four every year since 1988-Present.

2007- Which one of "The Phat 5" team(s)

2006- UCLA, Florida, LSU, George Mason (UCLA Runner-up)

2005- UNC, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan St. (UNC National Champion)

2004- Duke, U-Conn, Oklahoma St., Georgia Tech

2003- Kansas, Marquette, Syracuse, Texas (Kansas Runner-up)

2002- Kansas, Maryland, Indiana, Oklahoma

2001- Duke, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan St. (Duke National Champion)

2000- UNC, Michigan St., Florida, Wisconsin

1999- Duke, U-Conn, Michigan St., Ohio St. (Duke Runner-up)

1998- UNC, Kentucky, Stanford, Utah (Kentucky National Champion)

1997- UNC, Kentucky, Arizona, Minnesota (Kentucky Runner-up)

1996- Kentucky, U-Mass, Syracuse, Mississippi St. (Kentucky National Champion)

1995- UCLA, UNC, Arkansas, Oklahoma St. (UCLA National Champion)

1994- Duke, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida (Duke Runner-up)

1993-UNC, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan (UNC National Champion)

1992- Duke, Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan (Duke National Champion)

1991- Duke, UNC, Kansas, UNLV (Duke National Champion)

1990- Duke, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, UNLV (Duke Runner-up)

1989- Duke, Illinois, Michigan, Seton Hall

1988- Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma St. (Kansas National Champion)

"The Phat 5" has played in 15 of 19 National Championship games (9 National Championships, 6 Runner-ups).

For more information or interview request on "The Phat 5" at 500 or their 19-year consecutive Final Four appearances contact Derrick E. Vaughan of Dunkadelic Inc. 443-851-5244.

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