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24 stunning photos from Villanova's epic NCAA men's basketball championship

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Villanova fans celebrate thrilling NCAA win

The Villanova Wildcats are the national champions of men's college basketball, beating North Carolina in one of the best NCAA Tournament games ever.

It was a back-and-forth game that saw the Tar Heels rally from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes only to see Villanova run a perfectly executed play in the final seconds, leading to Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer at the buzzer for the win.

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Along the way, the game produced some stunning and memorable images. Here are the best photos from Getty Images, the Associated Press, and Reuters.

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(BI) 24 stunning photos from Villanova's epic NCAA men's basketball championship
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24 stunning photos from Villanova's epic NCAA men's basketball championship

The calm before the storm.

The North Carolina Tar Heels stand on the court prior to the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game against the Villanova Wildcats at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Much was made of playing inside a football stadium and its impact on shooting. It didn't bother Villanova who shot 58.3% during the game.

Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats shoots the ball against Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second half of the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jay Wright was much more animated during the game than he was at the end.

Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts in the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A sea of Tar Heel arms.

North Carolina Tar Heels fans cheer in the first half during the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan was on hand to support North Carolina.

NBA hall of famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan reacts during the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Marcus Paige hit this ridiculous off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game in the closing seconds.

North Carolina Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige (5) shoots and scores a three point basket against the Villanova Wildcats in the second half in the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four at NRG Stadium. (Photo by Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

After trailing by 10 points with less than 5 minutes to go, North Carolina fans suddenly had hope.

A North Carolina Tar Heels fan reacts prior to the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

But that was quickly dashed by what may go down as the greatest shot in college basketball history. Here, Kris Jenkins watches as his shot travels through the air, 0.1 seconds remains on the clock at its apex.

Villanova Wildcats forward Kris Jenkins (2) shoots the game-winning shot over North Carolina Tar Heels forward Isaiah Hicks (4) in the second half in the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four at NRG Stadium. (Photo by Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

After the ball went in, Jenkins just raised his arms and seemed to soak it in until his teammates mobbed him.

Kris Jenkins #2 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates after making the game-winning three pointer to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 in the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The clock reads 0.0, the backboard's red light is on. The Wildcats are the champs.

Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

All Roy Williams could do was bend over as if he had been punched in the gut.

Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after being defeated by the Villanova Wildcats 77-74 in the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

And then he stood there as streamers came falling down on top of him.

Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after being defeated by the Villanova Wildcats 77-74 in the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It was a bitter end for Brice Johnson.

Brice Johnson #11 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after being defeated by the Villanova Wildcats 77-74 in the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

But the celebration was on for the Wildcats.

Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jenkins celebrated his game-winner with the fans.

Villanova Wildcats forward Kris Jenkins (2) celebrates with the student section after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four at NRG Stadium. (Photo by Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

Yummy.

Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats (L) celebrates with the trophy after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A view from above.

A general view as the Villanova Wildcats celebrate defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

National Champions.

Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A see-through championship trophy will haunt Carolina's dreams.

Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates with the trophy after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Things were quiet in the Tar Heels locker room.

North Carolina Tar Heels guard Spenser Dalton (43) sits in the locker room after the game against the Villanova Wildcats in the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four at NRG Stadium. Villanova won 77-74. (Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

Jay Wright barely celebrated, but did walk off the court with a big smile.

Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Villanova Wildcats are the champs.

The Villanova Wildcats hoist the trophy after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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