Below is a poster of the teams that made the NCAA 2009 Men's
basketball Final Four. This Final Four poster features
Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State and eventual winner, North
Carolina. The tournament was held in Detroit, Michigan at Ford
The 2009 Final Four pitted Illinois vs.
Louisville and Michigan State vs. North Carolina (UNC) on April 2nd. In the end, the favorites prevailed, and Illinois and North Carolina went on to meet in the final.
Illinois had been a #1 seed coming out of the Midwest region
and UNC was a #1 seed that came out of the East bracket. North Carolina controlled most of the game, but Illinois tied it up at 70 before UNC went on a mini-run and pulled out the victory and the championship.
The UNC squad was so unbelievably good, that they had five
players drafted in the first round of the NBA draft just
months after the victory.