What a difference a year makes, eh?

This probably won't happen again next year. Getty Images

Suppose we were told two or three months ago that the 2010 championship game would match two of the most successful programs of the modern era -- programs that in the past decade had accounted for seven Final Fours and four national titles. That both were Final Four teams just last season.

We'd take that deal, right? Sign on the dotted line today. Yes, indeed, the Connecticut Huskies against North Carolina Tar Heels would be quite the championship game.

Of the NIT.