24. Illinois storms back
Top seed Illinois trailed Arizona 75-60 with four minutes left in its 2005 regional final at Allstate Arena when the Illini mounted a comeback that was already being called "the greatest in tournament history" by the next morning. Luther Head and Dee Brown fueled a furious rally, one capped off by a Jack Ingram steal and a Deron Williams 3 that tied the score at 80-80 with 39 seconds left. The Illini won 90-89 in overtime, but the iconic moment remains the comeback, and particularly Williams' 3. To this day there are Illinois fans who can tell you (and will) where they were when Jay Bilas saluted the Illini for displaying "the heart of a champion."
-- John Gasaway