Sweet redemption: Tar Heels win title with late push vs. GonzagaDestiny 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 championshipNorth 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)
This Group of Tar Heels Carves Out Their Spot Among UNC’s All-Time GreatsAs the clock hit triple zeroes Monday night in Phoenix—a moment that officially completed UNC’s quest for national championship redemption—this group of Tar Heels officially sealed their place in the program’s history books. Head coach Roy Williams surpassed the late, great Dean Smith with his third national championship in Chapel Hill. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: UNC NCAA Champions Postgame Locker Room CelebrationNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and the 2017 NCAA Champion Tar Heels celebrate in the locker room after winning the UNC's 6th national championship over Gonzaga on Monday night.
Video: UNC Students, Fans Rush Franklin Street to Celebrate ChampionshipIncredible overhead drone footage of North Carolina students and fans rushing Franklin Street in Chapel Hill following the Tar Heels' 71-65 national championship victory over Gonzaga on Monday night.
Video: UNC, Gonzaga Post NCAA-Championship Press ConferencesComplete video of the NCAA Championship postgame press conference. North Carolina coach Roy Williams and his players discuss the Tar Heels 71-65 championship victory while Gonzaga coach Mark Few accompanies his players to talk about their team's loss.
Roy Williams, UNC Players Post-Championship Press Conference TranscriptModerator: North Carolina has arrived. Unexpected guest from North Carolina, Theo Pinson, the king of all news conferences, is here. Roy Williams: These guys made big-time plays. Theo was all over the board getting loose balls. Joel made a couple of big baskets. Isaiah, my boy has been struggling like a dog, but tonight he looked like a greyhound. (ASAP Sports)
Justin Jackson Enjoys ‘Storybook Ending’ In What Could Be His Final College Game“This year we’re the team with the confetti falling on us and we’re up there on that stage, and it’s an absolutely amazing feeling,” Justin Jackson said. He added: “It’s a storybook ending.” Jackson spoke to a crowd of reporters with a part of the net attached to his backwards-turned baseball cap. “That’s probably the best net that I’ve ever felt in my life,” he said. (Zag's Blog)
Video: Joel Berry's Emotional Post-Championship InterviewDana Jacobson catches up with North Carolina point guard and Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Joel Berry, for an emotional interview after leading the Tar Heels to an NCAA Championship win over Gonzaga.
Odell Beckham on witnessing a UNC national title: 'I had chills the whole time'New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was on hand Monday to watch the Tar Heels defeat Gonzaga, 71-65, in the NCAA title game. On Sunday, Beckham let UNC coach Roy Williams know that he missed out on Beckham’s basketball services. “I told coach Roy yesterday when I met him, ‘You know you didn’t offer me a scholarship?’ But I’ll still always be a UNC fan.” (USA Today)
Mark Few, Gonzaga Players Post-Championship Press Conference TranscriptGonzaga Coach Mark Few: "Wow. It was a great ballgame. It was a slugfest. It's two teams that desperately wanted to be crowned national champion. And I think to be so close for us is a temporarily crushing blow right now. But I'm hoping and knowing that perspective will come with time. And these guys will realize just what an amazing accomplishment they had." (ASAP Sports)
UNC defeats Gonzaga, wins its 6th NCAA championshipRedemption. Exhilaration. Relief. They all ran through the bloodstreams of UNC’s players and their fans Monday night, as the Tar Heels performed one final great escape to beat Gonzaga 71-65 for the national championship. Led by 22 points from Joel Berry and a defense that forced 14 turnovers, UNC did just enough to edge Gonzaga and win its sixth NCAA title. (Charlotte Observer)
Despite two bad ankles, Joel Berry named outstanding playerNorth Carolina's Joel Berry II, hobbled by two bad ankles, played a strong championship game after a clunker in the semifinals and was named the outstanding player of the Final Four. The junior guard and floor leader scored 22 points and handed out six assists in the Tar Heels' 71-65 victory over Gonzaga on Monday night. (Associated Press)
REDEMPTION: Tar Heels Win NCAA TitleIt's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes. An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting a year to celebrate. Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and UNC pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache. (Associated Press)
Video: Final Four M.O.P. Joel Berry scores game-high 22 pointsNorth Carolina point guard Joel Berry led his Tar Heels to the National Championship with a great performance, scoring 22 points in a 71-65 win over Gonzaga and being named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
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|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
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