The Washington Times - April 6, 2009, 09:07PM

 

DETROIT — A chart ran in today’s dead-tree edition about title game rematches that seems worth sharing (and maybe expanding a little) heading into tonight’s game.

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North Carolina, of course, pummeled Michigan State 98-63 back in early December. But rematches don’t always go the same way.

Here’s the rundown of previous NCAA final rematches with some tidbits on a few of these games:

1945

Regular season: DePaul 48, Oklahoma A&M 46

Title game: Oklahoma A&M 52, DePaul 44

* First of back-to-back titles for Henry Iba’s A&M (now Oklahoma State) program

 

1950

First meeting: CCNY 69, Bradley 61

Title game: CCNY 71, Bradley 68

* First meeting was a couple weeks earlier in NIT title game

 

1969

Regular season: UCLA 94, Purdue 82

Title game: UCLA 92, Purdue 72

* Impressive symmetry; Bruins started and ended season with defeats of John Wooden’s alma mater

 

1976

Regular season: Indiana 80, Michigan 74; Indiana 72, Michigan 67

Title game: Indiana 86, Michigan 68

* Hoosiers ended last perfect season with first intraconference title game

 

1981

Regular season: North Carolina 65, Indiana 56

Title game: Indiana 63, North Carolina 50

* Dean Smith’s first title waits another year

 

1985

Regular season: Georgetown 52, Villanova 50; Georgetown 57, Villanova 50

Title game: Villanova 66, Georgetown 64

* A near perfect-game knocks down the Hoyas at Rupp Arena

 

1988

Regular season: Oklahoma 73, Kansas 65; Oklahoma 95, Kansas 87

Title game: Kansas 83, Oklahoma 79

* Most comparable to 2009; game played 40 miles from Lawrence in Kansas City, Mo.

 

1992

Regular season: Duke 88, Michigan 85

Title game: Duke 71, Michigan 51

* Wire-to-wire Blue Devils received early-season scare from the Fab Five

 

1993

Regular season: Michigan 79, North Carolina 78

Title game: North Carolina 77, Michigan 71

* Both games played on a neutral floor

 

2004

Regular season: Georgia Tech 77, Connecticut 61

Title game: Connecticut 82, Georgia Tech 74

* Huskies only team to reverse double-digit loss in title game rematch

 

2007

Regular season: Florida 86, Ohio State 60

Title game: Florida 84, Ohio State 75

* Buckeyes’ Greg Oden didn’t play in the first game; his presence didn’t much matter in the second