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Cats' NCAA Games Turn Into 'Instant Classics'
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 05, 2005
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Two University of Arizona games played in the recent NCAA Men's Basketball Championships have been picked as part of nine consecutive 2005 NCAA Tournament Instant Classics on ESPN Classic cable network this weekend.

Unfortunately for Arizona fans, one of those features the great comeback by the Fighting Illini of Illinois to overcome a 15-point deficit and oust the Cats from the tournament in the Chicago Regional final March 26. UA's last-second victory over Oklahoma State in the regional semifinal is the other game.

The games will air back to back this Saturday, April 9,  beginning at 6 a.m. (MST), with UA's games against Oklahoma State (11 a.m.) and Illinois (9 p.m.) airing later.  The 17-hour block includes the Monday Championship game and highlights the best games from an NCAA Tournament season that many consider to be one of the greatest of all time. 

“These were timeless games that highlighted the drama, intensity and emotion that sports hold - and that makes them perfect Instant Classics,” said Jodi Markley, senior vice president, international production, ESPN Classic and ESPNEWS.

The 2005 NCAA Tournament Instant Classics lineup on ESPN Classic this Saturday includes:


9 a.m.          Vermont vs. Syracuse

                #13 Vermont def. #4 Syracuse 60-57 in OT
10:30 a.m.      Bucknell vs. Kansas
                #14 Bucknell def. #3 Kansas 64-63 
12 p.m.    West Virginia vs. Wake Forest
                #7 WVU def. #2 Wake Forest 111-105 in double-OT
2 p.m.          Arizona vs. Oklahoma State    (11 a.m. Tucson time)
                #3 Arizona def. #2 Oklahoma St. 79-78 on Salim Stoudamire three
4 p.m.          (Women’s) Michigan State vs. Tennessee
                #1 Michigan State rallies from 16 down to defeat #1Tennessee
6 p.m.          Louisville vs. West Virginia
                Down 20, #4 Louisville rallies to defeat #7 WVU 93-85 in OT
8 p.m.          North Carolina vs. Illinois (championship game)
                #1 UNC withstands furious second-half rally by #1 Illinois to win title
10 p.m.    Michigan State vs. Kentucky
                #5 Michigan St. defeats #2 Kentucky 94-88 in double-OT
12 a.m.   Illinois vs. Arizona  (9 p.m. Tucson time) 
                #1 Illinois erases 15-point deficit in final 4:00 to defeat #3 Arizona

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