North Carolina tops Gonzaga in messy NCAA championship

Apr 10, 2017, 00:25
North Carolina tops Gonzaga in messy NCAA championship

The Bulldogs' Zach Collins - the hero of a Final Four win over SC - fouled out with 5:03 to go after playing only 14 minutes.

"I wanted to see this confetti fall on us and we're the winners", said the Tar Heels' Joel Berry II, named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Last season, his final at Douglas County High, Robinson averaged 23 points, 5.3 rebounds and almost four assists per game. But he made just 1 of 8 from the field against North Carolina. Nearly one year North Carolina waited for redemption. Second, is its misses. He controlled the glass when it mattered most late in the tournament, totaling 41 rebounds over the Tar Heels last three tournament games.

Robinson played a total of eight minutes in six tournament games and scored two points and had a pair of assists. Settling into their game, Gonzaga appeared to shock UNC with their size and strength inside.

Gonzaga allows 61.2 points per game and they have stayed at the number for the NCAA Tournament. They shot better from 3-point land (8 of 19 for 42.1 percent).

"They change their defenses a little but not much". It was a sixth for the Tar Heels.

But the Zags rolled through the West Coast Conference tournament and then beat South Dakota State, Northwestern, West Virginia, Xavier and SC in the NCAA Tournament.

"I told them don't worry about what the referee is doing, he missed a call [earlier], but my God, we missed four free throws in a row, missed layups".

A hungry Tar Heels squad was forced to carry that bad taste in their mouth all offseason long, but with 10 returning players to the roster, there was promise of getting back and finishing the job this time around.

The sports talk host on Tuesday blasted the refs in North Carolina's 71-65 win over Gonzaga for turning the contest into a "whistle fest and a foul fest with really just unbelievable calls".

All the pundits were talking about redemption, after a last-second loss in last year's title game left Tar Heelia in distress.

The "underdog", Gonzaga, may have surprised some people making it to the final.

Before the NCAA tournament began, he declined to fill out a bracket the way his predecessor Barack Obama did.

Williams said after the game, according to NBC, that he needed to "think on" a visit to the White House, in a break with tradition. Back in March, in another post-game press conference, he waxed poetic about the President's use of social media.

"That's the bottom line". I don't know which country.

And in only the way that Williams can, the now three-time national championship-winning coach ended the night with a bang. "It came down to the last second, but we're national champs now". Monday night Hicks totaled 13 points on 5-9 shooting, he also grabbed nine rebounds and had two blocks.

At Gonzaga - a program on fantastic footing thanks to two decades' worth of building led by Few - they'll regroup and reload and try to finish the deal next year.

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