Australia and New Zealand will be represented in US college basketball's biggest game of the year.
Cairns guard Kody Stattmann, Auckland centre Jack Salt and their University of Virginia Cavaliers survived a thriller on Saturday to defeat the Auburn University Tigers 63-62 and book a place against Texas Tech in Monday's NCAA Final in Minneapolis.
It is the first time Virginia has made the final.
The number one seeds looked down and out when Auburn, seeded fifth, went on a late 9-0 run and led by four points with 17 seconds left.
Virginia's star guard Kyle Guy hit a three-pointer with nine seconds to go and with one second left was fouled attempting another three-pointer.
Guy cooly sank all three free throws to win the game.
Controversy marred the tight game in the final seconds with Virginia guard Ty Jerome appearing to double-dribble and questions over whether the game-deciding foul on Guy should have been called.
Jerome top-scored for Virginia with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Guy had 15 points and four assists.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett kept a tight rotation of just seven players, with the 208cm tall Salt coming off the bench for two rebounds in eight minutes.
The 200cm Stattman, a member of the Australian Under-17 team, did not leave the bench.
Third-seeded Texas Tech, on the back of guard Matt Mooney's 22 points, upset second-seeded Michigan State 61-51 on Saturday to earn their place in the title game.