The 2002 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament began on March 14, 2002, and ended with the championship game on April 3. The Final Four was played in Indianapolis, Indiana at the RCA Dome. The University of Connecticut (UConn) was the champion, defeating the University of Arizona (UA) 71–65 in the final. The UConn Huskies, led by senior point guard Kemba Walker, made their first appearance in the Final Four and were heavy favorites to win their first national championship. Walker was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and was joined by UConn teammates Shabazz Napier and Gorgui Dieng. The Arizona Wildcats, led by first-year head coach Sean Miller, were a strong second-round opponent and had a number of talented players, including junior forward Grant Hill and sophomore guard Steve Nash. The first two games of the Final Four were close, but UConn pulled away in the final game, winning 71–65. The Huskies were the first team to win a national championship in men’s Division I basketball since the University of North Carolina did so in 1993.
NCAA March Madness 2002 for PS2
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels were in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and they were facing off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The game was close throughout, but in the end, the Tar Heels pulled out a victory, winning by one point, 73-72. This was a huge victory for the Tar Heels, as it gave them their first ever trip to the Final Four..