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22. Isiah Thomas, Indiana

Indiana and North Carolina didn't even know if they'd play the 1981 national championship game after U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt only a few hours before the scheduled tipoff. After the NCAA announced the game would go on, Thomas had a forgettable performance in the first half. IU never led in the half until Randy Wittman's jumper at the buzzer gave them a 27-26 lead. But then Thomas, a sophomore from Chicago, took over in the second half, scoring 19 points after halftime to lead Indiana to a 63-50 over the Tar Heels in Philadelphia. Thomas finished with 23 points and five assists, helping IU coach Bob Knight win his second title in six years. -- Mark Schlabach