He had spent the first 60 minutes of the Final Four playing abysmal basketball, shooting 2-for-17 from the floor while shooting with the kind of confidence that Karl Malone with have.
They were down by as many as seven against Gonzaga, while shooting 35.6% and under 15% from three. Every time North Carolina hit a run, Gonzaga came chasing them down. None of them ever did. That should have given the ball back to UNC.
"The game is so big that you get so hyped up".
It just never seemed there was a flow to the game that North Carolina won, 71-65, on Monday night for its sixth national title.
Midway through the first half Gonzaga was able to put together a decent 28-21 lead over UNC. The city of North Carolina is proud of what North Carolina accomplished. "He came previous year, and we lost". However, Gonzaga would make their way back into the game. When the game was almost over and he was standing at the free throw line, the first attempt clanged off the rim before the second found the net. They were solid against the nation's best offensive rebounding team, finishing with three fewer than the Tar Heels and a 49-46 advantage overall.
Meeks and a Gonzaga player were on the court and a jump ball was called with possession to the Tar Heels.
With 50 seconds left in regulation, Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks and Bulldogs guard Silas Melson each had an opportunity to grab an important rebound, but it ended up in a tie-up situation. Moments later, Williams-Goss twisted an ankle and could not elevate for a jumper that would've given the Bulldogs the lead. Berry picked up the loose ball and found Jackson for a transition dunk, putting Carolina up five.
Just as quickly as it went viral, the basketball team adopted it as its rallying cry for the postseason.
This game will by no means be remembered as pretty. The Bulldogs had plenty of opportunities to put distance between themselves and the Tar Heels in a hard-fought championship game that was devoid of any flow due in large part to the 44 fouls that were called in a 40-minute game. The referees were not great.
Although Monday night's game was often slow-paced and filled with fouls, it wasn't decided until the final minutes, with North Carolina prevailing 71-65. He then went on to become the greatest player to play the game, winning six National Basketball Association titles. The offense was really not great.
It's fitting that a team from UNC Chapel Hill, that incubator for wild causes such as equality and good public education, won the national championship. Gonzaga shot 33.9 percent.
Berry led all scorers with 22 points.
The cloud of an NCAA investigation into an academic/athletic scandal still hangs over Carolina, but that involves matters that took place long before the current players came on board. Hicks finished with 13 points while sharpshooter Justin Jackson finished with 16 points. He went 3-of-10 from the field and was 0-for-6 (!) from the three-point line.
Among other teams that made it deep in the tournament, Baylor appears to be losing the least. Before the title game tipped, Berry saw his father and mother and sisters in the crowd. Jackson struggled in the title game, but came up big all tournament. Aside from that things were the opposite from the first half. Theo Pinson was 0 for 4. Luke Maye made that shot. The Bears, who reached the Elite Eight, graduate just one senior and they will have the firepower to match any team in the country if big-man Johnathan Motley returns.
Like previous year, Roy Williams' squad wrapped up its season with a 33-7 mark.
"He can't coach, he only recruits".
"He doesn't call enough timeouts". Turner, now the Fox Sports Florida analyst for Magic telecasts, watched the NCAA final from Cleveland - where he worked Tuesday night's Magic game against the Cavaliers. Whatever you want to question Roy about, it's been answered this year. North Carolina are national champions and another banner is going up in the Smith Center.
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