North Carolina, Gonzaga set to settle NCAA title game

North Carolina, Gonzaga set to settle NCAA title game

North Carolina, Gonzaga set to settle NCAA title game

They only lost one game all year.

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There were a number of upsets in the tournament with last seasons champ Villanova losing early as well as top seeded Kansas and three top contenders Kentucky, Duke and Ariizona bowing out.

Expectations outside of the program were high, but not this high.

With 21.9 seconds to play and UNC up one, with the nation's No. 1 defense locked in, Tar Heels forward Isaiah Hicks - who went 1-of-12 against OR on Saturday and spent most of the NCAA tournament in a dreary shooting slump - drove right, absorbed contact and finished with a floating, hanging one-handed layup.

GOLDMAN: Well, I think it's because, you know, the small odds are because they haven't really played up to their great potential. Jenkins' sat in the stands Monday, wearing a North Carolina shirt and cheering for his brother, Tar Heels' guard Nate Britt. And here we are. A similar close call happened in the final four, as the Tar Heels somehow pulled out a win over Oregon. And his toughness, I think everybody on the club picked up on that. Overall, the Tar Heels actually shot a percentage point worse than they did in Saturday night's win over Oregon. Of course not. But after a year of obsessing about the return to this stage, I'm not sure it matters. "So we were at fault just as much as anybody else", Williams said.

JC: He has to be up there.

"I'll have great feelings about this team". Each of the previous three one-loss teams - Derrick Rose's 2008 Memphis Tigers, Deron Williams' 2005 Fighting Illini and Elton Brand's 1999 Blue Devils - also failed to take home the championship. What more can you ask?

Both teams like to get the ball inside but when it did go in there was usually a whistle. Are you OK? Do you need to come out of the game?

"This is what we worked for", junior guard Joel Berry II said. Eight of those rebounds were on the offensive end and he shot a very efficient 11-of-13. Nigel is shooting 50.8 percent from the field and his 16.9 points per the game will definitely give the Tar Heels a run for their money. I'm doing what I've always wanted to do is to coach kids and trying to get them to have a common goal and make sacrifices.

Big man Przemek Karnowski's passing skills in the low post create opportunities for the perimeter players.

JC: UNC will probably play Gonzaga's big men as they play anyone - straight up.

Since the inside didn't provide answers to a takeover run, both teams were forced to go outside and the Tar Heels were amazingly able to win shooting just 4 for 27 (14.8 percent) from 3-point range. "They're mostly a man-to-man team", Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. Sports move fast, they have complicated rules, and referees are human.

The two teams dispensed of their Final Four opponents over the weekend.

And Isaiah Hicks, who struggled to find an offensive rhythm in previous tournament games, came up with a huge bucket with 22 second remaining.

Cooper has offered to send barbecue pork from Sam Jones Barbecue in Winterville, Cheerwine from Salisbury and North Carolina sweet potato products.

JC: Justin Jackson gets going. In the Bulldogs' defense, they scored nine points on 13 free throws in that stretch.

JC: I've been torn all weekend. Moments later, Williams-Goss twisted an ankle and could not elevate for a jumper that would've given the Bulldogs the lead.

Gonzaga's Johnathan Williams (3) reacts during the first half in the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against North Carolina, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

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