North Carolina tops Gonzaga for sixth National Championship
Apr 07 2017 by Dustin Murphy
The Tar Heels won their sixth national championship by a score of 71-65. But not close enough.
North Carolina shot 35.6 percent.
Jordan attended the 2016 national championship when UNC lost on a buzzer beater to Villanova as he was seen reacting to the insane final seconds of the game.
Williams mentioned his 2005 championship team didn't go to the White House because they weren't invited until September. Still, he logged 72 of a possible 80 minutes, defended effectively and choreographed the offense as the Tar Heels eased the sting of last season's title-game loss to Villanova.
Losing in the NCAA Tournament is always an emotional time for the players, particularly when it comes in the national championship game. In the final 100 seconds of the game, the Bulldogs allowed the Tar Heels to go on an 8-0 run, which ultimately sealed the game and solidified Carolina as the winners.
Well, this year, it wasn't a worry.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said he "had no idea" that Meeks' hand was out-of-bounds on the play.
North Caroline still couldn't deliver a decisive run, and it was a one-possession game for much of the second half, when foul trouble dogged both teams.
"I told my team with three minutes left: 'If you had told me on the first day of practice that we would be in this position I would have taken it.' What we had to do was play the last three minutes". I can't even describe my feeling right now, but I'm just glad I was able to do something with this team just because of our personality and what we went through. In those years, North Carolina finished second in the country one year and first the next. But for the first time, these Tar Heels have light after years in the dark.
"I'm not going to talk about the refs", Karnowski said.
North Carolina shouldn't have even been in the Sweet 16; Roy Williams' team was on the ropes against Arkansas in the second round and the Razorbacks had opportunities to land the knockout punch.
"We broke the glass ceiling everybody said we couldn't get over", Mathews said. But first, here's a taste of a Twitter zeitgeist during the second half when the game's officiating crew seemed hell-bent on reminding everyone of their existence. One problem: Fans circulated this photo from the CBS broadcast, which shows Meeks' hand out of bounds during the battle for possession while the ball is clearly touching his legs. "Like I said last game, nothing was going to stop me from finishing out this game".
Williams, 66, grew up in North Carolina and was on the university's junior varsity team. He drove the lane and banked in a challenging, contested shot that gave the Heels a more commanding three-point advantage. "So everybody's going to try to come back and get better". In 36 seasons, Smith won 879 games, good for fourth-most all-time (it was the Division I record at the time of his retirement in 1997), but "just" two championships.
As for reinforcements, the multi-year academic scandal that has led to five NCAA charges has hindered recruiting, so UNC has a four-man recruiting class ranked No. 22 nationally by Scout.com and No. 30 by Rivals as of now. "Man, it crushes you".