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UNC overcomes ghosts, pain, Gonzaga to reach its national title ceiling the Carolina Way

Justin Jackson reached for the rim with "god’s" written on the heel of his left shoe and "will" written on the heel of his right, but the junior forward was here, about to clinch North Carolina’s sixth national championship, because of a guard’s will. Joel Berry II had two sprained ankles, but he was the best player on the floor at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Sports Illustrated)

North Carolina-Gonzaga was far from pretty, but Tar Heels a champion all the same

The story of the whistles and clanks and often unsightly basketball? Now it was just an artless means to a beautiful end—to Joel Berry knocking down a final free throw while fighting back tears, to Theo Pinson grabbing a final rebound and then flinging it into the air in celebration, to a cluster of Carolina blue-clad students triumphantly chanting “the ceiling is the roof!” (Sports Illustrated)

Roy Williams humbly passes Dean Smith, joins elite coaching company

Roy Williams was simply not having it. Williams will never see himself as measuring up to his former boss, longtime mentor and dear friend. "I don't think Roy Williams should ever be put in the same sentence with Dean Smith, I really don't," Williams said. Williams became the sixth coach to win at least three NCAA championships Monday (Associated Press)

What Jay Bilas said after Roy Williams' third national title

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas says Roy Williams has cemented his stance as one of the game's all-time greatest coaches following his third national championship on Monday night at North Carolina. The Tar Heels turned up the defensive heat down the stretch against Gonzaga to avenge last season's loss in the final game. (Carolina Blue)

National championship: North Carolina's Isaiah Hicks, Joel Berry resilient, clutch for Tar Heels

North Carolina’s two best players on Monday night? The duo that went 3-for-26 on Saturday. Naturally. It was a fitting way for the Tar Heels, who completed their redemption tour in a 71-65 nail-biter over Gonzaga, to claim their sixth national championship. UNC has had more talented teams during Roy Williams’ tenure. But the 2017 version is the most mentally tough. (NCAA.com)

How Joel Berry and his band of brothers pushed UNC past ‘almost’ to a national title

Joel Berry knew what confetti felt like on his shoulders. The problem was that the confetti a year ago was meant for someone else, as Villanova edged UNC in the final seconds in the national final. The Tar Heels had their heart broken then. But they pieced it back together, day by day, until one year later, they got the redemption – and the Carolina blue confetti – they wanted. (Charlotte Observer)

Redemption: North Carolina creates new ending to familiar championship path

Since last April, the screenshot on Theo Pinson’s phone is a photo of him sitting in the locker room of Houston’s Reliant Stadium with his head bowed. “Now I can change the screensaver,” he said after the game. Everyone on the roster had been reminded by players who won championships at UNC that there was a spot at the table waiting for them. Just pull up a chair, they said. (Sports Illustrated)

Lucas: Lucky Us

Kennedy Meeks will leave UNC as a national champion. We don’t have to leave. We get to do Carolina basketball tonight and tomorrow and forever, and we’ll get to tell stories about this year’s Tar Heels, who may have taken years off the end of our collective lives, but it was so, so worth it. We’ll get to remember where we were and who we were with and who we hugged. Lucky us. (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: This Shining Moment

Isaiah Hicks was reminded after the game. Championship hat on backwards, a piece of net looped around the snapback. You're going to be talking about this 10, 15, 20 years from now, Isaiah. What do you think? "Right now, we're just enjoying this," he said. "We're not really thinking about the future. We're just enjoying the present." He deserves to enjoy the present. They all do. We do. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Defense Locks Down Trophy

North Carolina’s 36 percent shooting in Monday’s national championship game is its lowest in an NCAA Tournament win in 60 years and the third lowest on record. “I don’t care what we shot,” Kennedy Meeks said after his team’s 71-65 win over Gonzaga. “We won the game.” My, how the defensive equation changed once the national championship trophy was in play. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Tony Bradley to test NBA draft waters after title win

UNC freshman big man Tony Bradley says he will declare for the NBA draft to test the waters and wouldn't rule out the possibility of hiring an agent. Bradley spoke after the Tar Heels beat Gonzaga 71-65 on Monday to win their sixth NCAA championship. Bradley says he's "100 percent" on taking advantage of rules making it easier for prospects to work out for teams while maintaining their eligibility. (Associated Press)

Video: UNC Players Post-Championship Locker Room Interviews

Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with reporters following the Tar Heels' 71-65 win over Gonzaga in the 2017 NCAA Championship game. Here are their video interviews: Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Theo Pinson, Luke Maye, Nate Britt, Stilman White

Video: Tar Heels Cut Down The Nets

The 2017 NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets following their 71-65 win over Gonzaga on Monday night in Glendale, Arizona. View Video...

Sweet redemption: Tar Heels win title with late push vs. Gonzaga

Destiny fulfilled for UNC. The Tar Heels completed their long-sought redeem dream by outslugging Gonzaga 71-65 on Monday to become NCAA champions. Joel Berry delivered 22 points, Justin Jackson supplied 16 points and Isaiah Hicks added 13 points as North Carolina weathered unsightly offense (35.6-percent shooting from the field) and mounting foul trouble. (Burlington Times News)

UNC grinds its way to redemptive national championship

North Carolina found enduring redemption in a basketball game many will want to forget. One year after losing a national-championship epic, the Tar Heels grinded their way to a sixth NCAA title Monday, surviving Gonzaga 71-65. The Tar Heels were the best team in the nation’s best conference this season, the ACC, and they reached deep when it mattered most. (Daily Press)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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