Tar Heels get it right this time, bring home the title

Redemption Tar Heels take NCAA title 71-65 over Gonzaga

The Tar Heels are the 2017 NCAA champions in men's basketball.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams came to the referees defense following the contest.

Collins, who starred at Bishop Gorman and was on his way to a big night before foul trouble limited him to only 14 minutes, fouled out with 5:03 to play and had nine points and seven rebounds.

But UNC pulled ahead and kept their lead to win the national championship, and after the game, several Tar Heels players gave glory to God. And won. The Tar Heels missed 23 of 27 3-point shots.

The refs. There is always a chance the same officiating crew might work all the games, in which that would be a bad thing after how things went on Monday.

The Gamecocks topped Mississippi State 67-55 on Sunday night to win their first national championship. But the Tar Heels (33-7) didn't let that scenario shape up on Monday against Gonzaga (37-2), who was in the national championship game for the first time.

Williams-Goss led the Bulldogs with 15 points, but twisted his ankle on the ensuing trip and could not elevate for a jumper that would have given the Bulldogs the lead.

Coach Roy Williams waves as North Carolina basketball players and coaches greet fans in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, April 4, 2017 following Monday's win over Gonzaga in the NCAA college basketball championship. "The kid is a flat out victor. And tonight I just really wanted to get after it".

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By rule, that should have given Gonzaga the ball down a point with 49 seconds to play.

Then, after a defensive stop and a rebound by Pinson, the much-maligned Isaiah Hicks made the most important shot of his career before Kennedy Meeks provided the coup de grȃce with a block of Williams-Goss that led to a Jackson runout dunk.

The Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 scoring run of their own that included Karnowski's first points of the game, setting the stage for the tense battle to the finish. "I wish. and that's probably on me". "But those last three minutes I think we made plays that ended up calling the game".

As a team, the Tar Heels posted their second-worst shooting first half of the season at 30.6 percent; the loser was their blowout loss at Miami in February.

The student-athletes. The added games takes the student out of student-athlete as they are away from school and not in class for even more days.

This is what should have happened after the game for those three men and their alternate: When they entered their locker room, black-and-white confetti should have fallen on them, but instead of hearing "One Shining Moment" they should have heard "Anticipation".

The second half featured two teams teetering back and forth as if on a seesaw, a tight, nerve-wracking game befitting the grandest of the sport's stages.



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