UNC takes NCAA title, 71-65, over Gonzaga

It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.

None of which diminishes North Carolina's third national championship in Roy Williams' 14 years as head coach.

Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead three-point play with 1:40 left in the final on Tuesday (AEST) and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache. Berry said, "It came down to the last seconds but we're champions now". He added a game-clinching slam with 12 seconds left to give North Carolina a five-point cushion. "I don't think either team played very well".

"When we first started coaching, our boss, Dan Fitzgerald, would always say, 'Don't waste the school's money on (recruiting) a Pac-10 player". After Williams's Tar Heels held off Gonzaga for a 71-65 victory in the national title game Monday night, the coach gave a non-committal answer about going to meet Trump.

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 16 for the Bulldogs in their first Final Four. He put his team on top 65-63 with a jumper but tweaked his ankle in the closing 90 seconds, leading to some missed shots down the stretch. The foul calls stirred up boos from the crowd and backlash on social media, including a tweet from LeBron James, who said: "Man I can't watch this anymore man!" "So I think it was the magnitude of the game had a lot to do with it and the defenses on both ends, on both teams, I think had something to do with it". "But we got three because I've got these guys with me and that's all I care about right now - my guys". Kennedy Meeks picked up his fourth foul with 9:42 to play and Isaiah Hicks joined him with 3:08 remaining.

But, much like their national semifinal win over OR, weathering the opponent's storm proved to be more important than just about anything else.

Thank goodness for free throws.

North Carolina was on a quest for redemption all season, and they found it Monday night in the national championship game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

That resulted in four straight free throws, a 52-all tie and booing from every corner of the massive Phoenix University Stadium. His backup, Zach Collins, played just 14 minutes and fouled out with 5:03 to play.

Both teams like to get the ball inside but when it did go in there was usually a whistle. But as Karnowski was flailing after the ball, he inadvertently grabbed Berry around the neck.

"That was probably on me", Few said. "It was just a hard, physical game", Karnowski said after the game.

"You know, our president tweets out more bull-- than anybody I've ever seen", Williams said. "From my angle, it didn't look like an out of bounds situation or I would have called a review". "So that's tough. It's tough to hear".

Let the record show that the Zags actually led inside the final two minutes, so in that regard ... yeah, they'd have won if Carolina hadn't scored again. "So we were at fault just as much as anybody else", Williams said.

For North Carolina, it was a title to make up for a near-miss against Villanova in 2016, in which the Wildcats answered a last-second prayer with one of their own to win. The feeling of inadequacy past year in the locker room is one of the worst feelings I've ever had.

"I put it all out there tonight".

  • Carolyn Briggs