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How Kennedy Meeks grabbed the biggest rebound of his life to save UNC in Final Four

UNC had missed three straight free throws. Oregon had scored five straight points. The score was 77-76, UNC, and four seconds remained in a Final Four game the Tar Heels seemed determined to blow. A fourth straight missed free throw seemed inevitable, and it was. Joel Berry missed again. And then Kennedy Meeks yanked the game away from the Ducks. (Charlotte Observer)

Turner's Take: You've Just Got To Play

"You've just got to play," Theo Pinson said following UNC's nail-biting 77-76 win over Oregon in the national semifinal. He was referring to his team's response to Oregon's furious rally, the one that saw the Ducks trim a six-point UNC lead to just a single point in the last minute. They were pretty and they were ugly. But it's the Final Four. You've just got to play. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina back in title game after dispatching Oregon in Final Four

Only 40 minutes now separate the Tar Heels from what eluded them a year ago: A national championship. All season, these Tar Heels — most of whom were part of last year’s team, the one that lost the title on an unbelievable buzzer-beater — have talked about getting back here, back to the title game, back to the spot they fell just short of. (USA Today)

Three reasons why North Carolina beat Oregon to reach title game

The Tar Heels were quietly great on defense. The Ducks (33-6) never gave up while making this game nerve-racking for North Carolina fans towards the end of the game, but the Tar Heels, usually maligned for their defense, was spectacular Saturday at stopping Oregon. North Carolina forced 16 Oregon turnovers, which was the most the Ducks committed all tournament. (Sporting News)

Oregon Ducks season ends with a Final Four thud

"Too many bad decisions. Too many stupid plays." North Carolina beat Oregon 77-76 in a game that was lost as much as it was won. The Ducks season ended a point shy, and with the Tar Heels missing four straight free throws in the final five seconds. As a reward for the effort, UNC gets a shot at Gonzaga for the national title. Simple thing: block out. (Oregon Live)

Tar Heels grab return trip to title game

North Carolina survived Oregon 77-76 on Saturday in the Final Four and advanced to the national championship game. Kennedy Meeks delivered 25 points and 13 rebounds and Justin Jackson supplied 22 points. The Tar Heels meet Gonzaga in the NCAA final Monday with the opportunity to claim their sixth national title and third under Roy Williams in 13 years. (Burlington Times News)

Video: UNC Players Post-Oregon Interviews

North Carolina escaped with a 77-76 victory over Oregon in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium and have advanced to the national championship game Monday night to face Gonzaga. Here, seven Tar Heels discuss their victory. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Clutch Rebounding Helps UNC Fend Off Oregon, Earn Shot at NCAA Championship Redemption

All season, UNC made its living as the best rebounding team in America. As it turns out, the Tar Heels needed every last rebound they could get during Saturday’s NCAA Semifinal in Phoenix. Theo Pinson and Kennedy Meeks came up with two critical offensive boards in the final seconds, which helped UNC close out a 77-76 victory over No. 3 seed Oregon. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Williams, Jackson, Meeks Post-Oregon Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, forwards Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson speak with the media following the Tar Heels' dramatic 77-76 win over Oregon in the Final Four to advance to Monday night's national championship game against Gonzaga. View Video...

Oregon Coach, Players Post-UNC Press Conference Transcript

Oregon Coach Dana Altman: "I thought both teams played really hard, which scrambled the game a little bit. Neither of us shot it very well. But I didn't think there were a lot of wide-open shots to be had. Obviously the turnovers really hurt us. We didn't get enough opportunities. We had 10 less shots than they did, and the turnovers were a big part of that." (ASAP Sports)

Video: UNC Survives Oregon, 77-76, to Advance to Championship Game - Highlights

Highlights from North Carolina's tense 77-76 win over Oregon in the Final Four on Saturday to advance to Monday night's National Championship Game in Phoenix, Arizona. Read More...

Kennedy Meeks gives UNC something South Carolina didn't have against Gonzaga

Kennedy Meeks had the best game of his college career on Saturday. The North Carolina Tar Heels senior center totaled 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting. He had 14 rebounds, eight of them on offense. His on-court plus-minus was plus-8, the best for any player on either of the two teams on the court in Glendale, Ariz. (SB Nation)

Tar Heels Return to Monday Night

North Carolina has spent the last 362 days working to get back to the final Monday night of the college basketball season, pairing late nights in the gym paired with long hours in the weight room. All of that work came to fruition on Saturday as the Tar Heels topped Oregon, 77-76, in the Final Four. (Inside Carolina)

Williams, Meeks, Jackson Post-Oregon Press Conference Transcript

Justin Jackson: "There's nothing bad about schools that have a lot of one-and-dones. But coming to a place like this, with a coach like Coach, and brothers that you can call family for the rest of your life, there's nothing better than that. And coming to a place like this where you have family, education, the best of the best when it comes to basketball, I don't think it can get much better." (ASAP Sports)

North Carolina squeaks into second straight title game after offense wakes up

The Tar Heels' 77-76 win, the one that sent them to their second-straight national championship game, came thanks to an offensive awakening late in an otherwise dreadful first half. One of the nation's most efficient offenses began the game 5-of-20 from the field. It struggled to find the soft areas in Oregon's tricky zone and found itself settling for jumpers. (ESPN.com)

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

UNC vs. TBD
Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(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
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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