Rashad McCants swished a clutch 3-pointer and had two huge blocks on the other end, leading the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 88-82 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday in the final of the Syracuse Regional.
The Wisconsin Badgers almost waited too long to get their offense swinging.
Mike Wilkinson helped dash Bucknell's hopes for a second dramatic upset victory in three days.
Kammron Taylor scored 16 points in a reserve role, including a jumper and four free throws in the final minute, to help the Badgers hold off Northern Iowa for a 57-52 win Friday night.
(1) ILLINOIS 54, (22) WISCONSIN 43
Alando Tucker banked in the biggest shot of Wisconsin's season Saturday, hitting a running 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Badgers stunned Iowa 59-56 in the Big Ten semifinals.
Zach Morley scored a career-high 23 points, giving Wisconsin (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) the offensive punch it needed Friday night to finally beat Ohio State 60-49 in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
Illinois guard Dee Brown was named Big Ten player of the year Tuesday by the league's coaches and media, and the media selected Illini coach Bruce Weber as the conference's coach of the year.
Mike Wilkinson led Wisconsin to a 64-52 win over Purdue on Saturday that ensured the Boilermakers of the first 20-loss season in the program's 107-year history.
Wisconsin 62, Indiana 60
Alando Tucker scored 19 points and No. 20 Wisconsin relied on defense and 3-point shooting to beat Ohio State 64-56 on Sunday.
(9) MICHIGAN ST 77, (20) WISCONSIN 64
Michigan has some of the Big Ten's better big men and they always bring out the best in Mike Wilkinson.
Luther Head scored 26 points and Dee Brown hit two 3-pointers down the stretch to seal top-ranked and unbeaten Illinois' 70-59 victory over Wisconsin (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) on Saturday.
Wisconsin 72, Iowa 69
Vince Grier scored 26 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to lead Minnesota to a 60-50 victory over No. 19 Wisconsin on Saturday.