Roy Williams: Unsure whether UNC will visit Trump, White House
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:49
North Carolina won their sixth title in school history, while SC claimed its first. Despite Nigel Williams-Goss's 15 points, he was 29% in field goals. The Bulldogs have been a mainstay in the NCAA tournament since.
"I think that was just a youngster willing the ball in the hole", Williams said. "He had them over to his house and issued a prescient declaration: "'In this room right here is a group that has a chance to win the national championship.
During their remarkable run, the Zags were ranked No. 1 in the nation for four weeks and earned a No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Officiating had nothing to do with the final score of the NCAA men's championship game.
North Carolina's Roy Williams is in his ninth Final Four and fourth championship game, two of which were titles in 2005 and '09.
This year, North Carolina chose to win the championship after a disappointing loss in the final last year against the Villanova Wildcats 74-77 after Kris Jenkins scored his three-pointer in the final second. "But I'm hoping and knowing that perspective will come with time". The game became a war of attrition for bigs.
Each started 36 of 37 games, with Gray averaging 13.2 points and Davis 12.7 points. Had last night not gone our way, that would still be true.but moral victories don't feel as good as real ones. The Zags didn't do much better, shooting 33.9 percent overall but did connect on 8-of-19 three-pointers (42.1 percent) and shot 65 percent from the charity stripe.
"It just shows how hard we worked and how tremendously blessed we are", said North Carolina senior Kennedy Meeks.
A big question is whether Collins will return for his sophomore year. And I said 'he hasn't called but guys, knowing him, he's going to say I went past year and you lost.' And so that's what I was thinking. The officials not only missed the call but also assessed a technical foul call to Northwestern coach Chris Collins for stepping out onto the court to argue the missed call.
Yes, the referees - with Mike Eades standing on top of the play - missed Kennedy Meeks' hand touching out of bounds on a tie up that gave North Carolina the ball with under a minute left in a one-point game, but that was just one of too many missed calls.
Williams got his third championship, putting him one ahead of his mentor, Dean Smith, and now behind only John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski and Adolph Rupp.
Williams, 66, always seemed the flawless coach to replace Smith when Smith retired after the 1997 season.
So, win or lose, there were going to be no Crying Jordan memes this year. For the first time, they went undefeated through their tough nonconference slate. North Carolina had lost all three games in which they were out-rebounded this season.