I do remember that year, Illinois was #1 in the AP and unc was #1 in the coaches poll going into the tourney. Maybe Illinois was favored but they were by no means the overwhelming favorite to win. Hell the Big Ten was weak that year which is why they only lost 1 game until the tourney, they basically only played 2 ranked teams that whole year.
Dude you don't know what you are talking about, Felton was on the All american 3rd team with Williams. Paul was on the 1st team fwiw since you think "many people" considered Williams the best PG in the nation.
Any way you want to slice it, Carolina was the underdog going into that championship game. Doesn't matter if it was 1 point or 30 point underdogs...they were not the pick to win the championship. And honestly, I'm done with this conversation, you are worse than arguing with a woman.