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Redemption: Tar Heels take NCAA title, 71-65, over Gonzaga

Redemption: Tar Heels take NCAA title, 71-65, over Gonzaga

Maybe North Carolina still wins, but it was a missed call.

Despite UNC shooting only 35.6 percent from the field and making just 15-of-26 free throws, it was Hicks who had the shot of the night. After the possession arrow favored North Carolina on a tie-up, Isaiah Hicks made a basket to push the lead to 68-65 with 27 seconds left. The phrase "Redemption Tour" became synonymous this season with the Tar Heels as they were looking to redeem themselves after losing the national championship a year ago.

"My teammates believed in me", he said. "I'm never going to hate on our school".

The players were selected after no one played particularly well in what Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said was an "ugly" 71-65 win for North Carolina over Gonzaga.

"We were going to play Collins and Karnowski together to match up size-wise and help us on the glass", Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd said.

Seldom in life do we get what we actually desperately want. I'm so blessed that my family got to witness this.

Berry said the injuries were affecting the lift on his shot, and it showed against the Ducks. Regardless of what happens all you can do is try.

"I just wanted to win this". However, these were supposed to be some of the best refs college basketball has to offer, and they woefully underperformed. "He's my close friend".

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"It's so surreal. I had to pinch myself one time". You saw the layup he had. The ball slipped from his grasp, though, and he fell to the hardwood. They haven't missed a tournament, and they've made it to the Elite Eight three more times, including in both 2016 and 2017.

"Coach Smith, I don't think I should be mentioned in the same sentence as him", Williams told CBS' Jim Nantz during the trophy presentation. In those years, North Carolina finished second in the country one year and first the next. And he had like 34 points, 30 rebounds.

"I listened to him", Williams said.

That's just how it is when teams lose a very winnable title game, which this was for Gonzaga. "We won the game, man". There couldn't be a better showing of this struggle than the Bulldogs 7-foot-1 Przemek Karnowski.

And Meeks wasn't done on defense.

Gonzaga opened the second half with two turnovers and five missed shots as North Carolina opened with an 8-0 run. Gonzaga fouled Berry, who made one of two free throws with seven seconds left for the Tar Heels last points of the night. Shooters hate the big football stadium venues, but I fear the situation won't improve as long as the NCAA prefers the solution that makes the most money. Berry battled through issues with his ankles and came up big when it counted.

UNC had the numbers stacked against them at halftime. Unfortunately, this was not good enough to defeat the crowd favorite Tar Heels. I thought they did a fabulous job. The crowd, the Tar Heel bench and fans in living rooms across North Carolina went insane. "We've had good team, we've had really good teams, now we've got the best". "We broke that glass ceiling everybody said we couldn't get over. It came down to the last second, but we're national champs now". Then he bent down, put his arm around Williams-Goss and whispered in his ear to begin a process of grief that will probably take awhile to recover from. Happy that we won.

With Monday's victory, UNC pulled ahead of Duke in national championships - six to five.


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