NCAA: Is this the greatest basketball finish ever?

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Villanova Wildcats win NCAA basketball final with last minute score

College basketball in the US is huge. The National Championship is one of the most famous annual sporting events in the country.

So throw in a Hollywood ending to Monday night's NCAA final between Villanova and North Carolina and you've got a full-on social media storm.

To re-cap. There were two three-pointers in the final five seconds, including a buzzer-beater from Kris Jenkins to give the Villanova Wildcats a jaw-dropping last-gasp 77-74 victory over North Carolina Tar Heels.

Here's how the 'greatest ever finish to a basketball game' played out.

UNC think they've done it...

Marcus Paige
With the score at 74-71 to Villanova, North Carolina's Marcus Paige launches himself into the air
Marcus Paige
With 6.5 seconds left on the clock, Paige aims a three-pointer. It goes in, levelling the scores at 74-74. Play re-starts with just 4.7 seconds to go

But Villanova have other ideas...

Kris Jenkins
With less than a second left on the clock, Kris Jenkins (2) shoots from outside of the D
Jenkins
"I think every shot's going in," Jenkins said after the game, "And this one was no different"
Jenkins
The ball arcs towards the net as the stadium holds its breath...
Kris Jenkins
"One, two step, shoot `em up, sleep in the streets," Jenkins later described the moment in his own words.
Jenkins
It's in! Jenkins' three-pointer lands right on the buzzer and the Wildcats have won 77-74
Kris Jenkins takes the acclaim
Kris Jenkins takes the acclaim
Wildcats players Jalen Brunson (1) and Mikal Bridges (25) celebrate
Wildcats players Jalen Brunson (1) and Mikal Bridges (25) celebrate
Jenkins is mobbed
Jenkins is mobbed. Officials double check the shot got off in time and then confirm the Wildcats are NCAA champions
Jenkins
Jenkins
Kris Jenkins
"They said we couldn't, they said we couldn't, they said we couldn't," shouted Jenkins into the crowd
Kris Jenkins
Villanova last won the title in 1985

Some people got hurt

Jordan's late jumper in 1982 helped North Carolina beat Georgetown
Former North Carolina player and basketball legend Michael Jordan was in the NRG Stadium in Houston. In 1982, his late shot helped North Carolina beat Georgetown for the NCAA title

Michael Jordan may not have been happy about the finish to the game, but the basketball legend managed a nod of respect.

Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson in tears after the game
Tar Heels players Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson in tears after the game
Roy Williams
"I'm not very good because I can't take away the hurt," said Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams, left
Brice Johnson contemplates defeat
Brice Johnson contemplates defeat

Others just could not believe what they had seen

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Amateur video has sprung up across social media of the final seconds, with this security guard - watching on the big screen as the game took place behind him - summing up the disbelief.

Another video, posted by Villanova's official Twitter page, the local commentator is heard simply screaming "Cats win it all, Cats win it all, Cats win it all!"

Then there's this footage from the press box (apologies for the swearing).

But this vine from NBC sports writer Rob Daubster has to be the best angle of all - watch the clock run down as Jenkins lands the three-pointer.

And here's how it all sounded in Russian.

Yet the Wildcats coach is the calmest man in the stadium

Jay Wright
"Bang," said Wright as he watched Jenkins's shot fall, then he calmly walked to shake Carolina coach Roy Williams' hand.

Wildcats head coach Jay Wright was filmed barely registering a flicker of emotion as chaos reigned all around him. Later, he cut the net and saluted the crowd.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the US

ESPN reporter Kaylee Hartung filmed the crowd's reaction back at Villanova's 6,500-seat arena The Pavillion
ESPN reporter Kaylee Hartung filmed the crowd's reaction back at Villanova's 6,500-seat arena The Pavillion
Villanova fans celebrate into the night
Villanova fans celebrate into the night in their home town
Fans in the streets of North Carolina have contrasting emotions
Fans in the streets of North Carolina have contrasting emotions
US Big Ten TV news host Taylor Rooks
US Big Ten TV news host Taylor Rooks
BuzzFeed News report Joel Anderson
BuzzFeed News report Joel Anderson
Mall Mitchell
Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky III
Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky III
Memphis Grizzlies' Mario Chalmers hit is own late three-pointer in the 2008 NCAA final for Kansas
Memphis Grizzlies' Mario Chalmers hit is own late three-pointer in the 2008 NCAA final for Kansas
Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat's shooting guard
Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat's shooting guard
Wade's Heat team-mate Chris Bosh
Wade's Miami team-mate Chris Bosh
Glen Macnow
Justin Forsett

There's even an incredible back story

Matchwinner Jenkins was playing against his brother, North Carolina guard Nate Britt. How they came to be siblings is another part of this all-American Hollywood storyline.

Jenkins played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball as a child with Britt on a team coached by Britt's father, Nate Sr.

Jenkins' parents split up and his mother Felicia, wanting to give her son the best chance possible, asked Britt Sr if Jenkins could live with them in Maryland.

The Britts became Jenkins legal guardians in 2007 and both families were at Monday night's game, wearing customised tops showing their split loyalties.

"Nobody really understood the hard work and dedication it took from my family, both of my families,'' Jenkins said after the game. "It was great to share this moment with them."

The special NCAA final shirt had Britt's 0 jersey and the North Carolina logo on the front and Jenkins' 2 jersey and a Villanova logo on the back
The special NCAA final shirt had Britt's 0 jersey and the North Carolina logo on the front and Jenkins' 2 jersey and a Villanova logo on the back
Kris Jenkins and his mum Francis
Richard Roeper

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