Mario Chalmers in the 2008 NCAA final.

Kansas' Mario Chalmers (right) drives against Memphis defender Willie Kemp during second half action in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, April 7, 2008. (Ron T. Ennis, MCT / April 7, 2008)

Mario Chalmers wouldn't mind if highlights shows replayed his shot until the end of time... which they probably will.

Luther Head hasn't watched his shot again, has no plans to do so and, for a while, recoiled when anyone even innocently raised the subject.

They share a locker room. They share a position for the Heat when both are healthy. And they will forever share a rare distinction. As starting guards for their respective collegiate teams, Chalmers and Head each found themselves in down-to-the-wire NCAA championship games, and each had a make-or-miss shot at basketball immortality.

Chalmers in 2008, for Kansas against Memphis.

Head in 2005, for Illinois against North Carolina.

Chalmers made his. Kansas won.

"People say it's one of the greatest shots in NCAA history, so I will probably always be remembered by that," Chalmers says of his game-tying 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in regulation. "At the same time, if I had missed it.... yeah, that would have been tough."

Head missed his. Illinois lost.

"A wide-open three," Head says, shaking his head.

Instead, he shot it long, off the back rim, with 16 seconds left. He could have made up for his critical turnover on the previous possession. Instead, Raymond Felton made two free throws for the final 75-70 margin.

"For the longest, I used to hate when people brought it up," Head says. "I still ain't watched the game. It stuck. It really stuck."

Five in NCAA Final

So what will stick with the participants in Monday's NCAA championship game?

Five members of the Heat - more than any other NBA team - are uniquely qualified to answer.

Yes, five.

Jamaal Magloire (won with Kentucky), Daequan Cook (lost with Ohio State) and Udonis Haslem (lost with Florida) also played in championship games.

"That's crazy," Head says.

It's even more remarkable when you consider that two of the Heat's other 10 players ( Jermaine O'Neal, Dorell Wright) skipped college and Jamario Moon attended community college. And it's not like all the other seven guys had plentiful opportunities: Michael Beasley left Kansas State after one season and Yakhouba Diawara spent two seasons at junior college before transferring to Pepperdine for his final two.

"Damn, five guys?" Chalmers says. "It makes it easier for us to come together because we have so many winners."