Tar Heels get it right this time, bring home the title
The Tar Heels won their sixth national title, beating Gonzaga 71-65 in the NCAA Tournament final at University of Phoenix Stadium, with the key play being a late-game block by center Kennedy Meeks.
On Monday night, a new college basketball champion was crowned, as the No. 1-seed North Carolina Tar Heels defeated fellow No. 1-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs, 71-65.
Justin Jackson converted a three-point play with 1:40 remaining to put the Tar Heels ahead to stay.
For North Carolina, it was point guard Joel Berry - two bum ankles and all - leading the charge with 22 points, six assists and three rebounds. Jackson managed to score 16 points despite going 0-for-9 from three-point range. Williams-Goss paced the Bulldogs with 15 points despite missing 12 of his 17 attempts.
Gonzaga sophomore Josh Perkins was held scoreless in the semi-final game against SC, but erupted for 13 first-half points in the championship.
Coming off back-to-back appearances in the NCAA championship game and a title victory Monday night over Gonzaga, here's a quick look at what North Carolina's roster could look like this fall.
He then added with much more certainty: "I know one thing".
Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss (5) reacts as he walks off the court after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against North Carolina, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Rolling into the second half, fans of both teams were certainly on the edge of their seats.
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Zags coach Mark Few handled it with class, calling the refs "three of the best officials in the entire country", and insisting they did a fine job. And I said 'he hasn't called but guys, knowing him, he's going to say I went previous year and you lost.' And so that's what I was thinking.
Williams said the decision was easy. You know whether it's to lose in this game again or win tonight. But then, it wasn't so much the man in power, as it was the team itself - by the time an opportunity rolled around for the team to visit Washington, most of the players had moved on to the National Basketball Association.
With 44 total fouls - 27 in the second half - the referees were a key storyline. I'm doing what I've always wanted to do is to coach kids and trying to get them to have a common goal and make sacrifices. "I should have told you let me think about it afterwards, because I wasn't going to jinx myself".
The Tar Heels did previously say on Friday that he didn't know if the team would even get invited, reports Sports Illustrated.
Hicks stood closer than any of his teammates to Villanova's confetti-drenched celebration immediately after Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer splashed through the net to end last year's national championship game.
The problem was Berry had seemed to be trending in the wrong direction in this year's tournament.
"I don't think Roy Williams should ever be put in the same sentence with Dean Smith, I really don't", Williams said on Monday night.
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