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Villanova tops Carolina 77-74 on Jenkins' buzzer-beater

Kris Jenkins spotted up and swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer Monday night to lift Villanova to the national title with a 77-74 victory over North Carolina — one of the wildest finishes in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova worked the ball to Jenkins moments after Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch 3 with 4.3 seconds left to draw the Tar Heels even. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Villanova

Just a terrible, terrible time to go cold from the field for the Tar Heels. The Wildcats consistently got good looks during an important stretch midway through the second half, then contested every pass and forced the Tar Heels to take tough shots with a hand in their face. That allowed Villanova to build a ten-point lead with 5:29 left and then hold on for the heart-breaking win. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: Villanova 77, North Carolina 74

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 77-74 loss to Villanova in the NCAA championship game in Houston, Texas. (View Box Score)

Paige's last time wearing a Carolina jersey

Senior guard Marcus Paige has quite the career at Carolina. The veteran, four-year starter has been UNC basketball during his time in Chapel Hill. He has become beloved by the Tar Heel fans, and of course done pretty well on the court too. On Monday night, the All-American will don the Carolina blue and white jersey one last time. (Carolina Blue)

Williams sticks to his Heels

Roy Williams gave Kennedy Meeks chance after chance to prove that he could produce – even when Meeks wasn't. And Meeks isn’t the only one. “Coaching is trying things,” Williams said. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Kennedy went through a rough stretch. I kept trying to give him confidence because I wanted him to be a better player.” (Greensboro News & Record)

Roy Williams needs no validation, but third title will silence many critics

At this stage of his career, Williams is as comfortable in his own skin as ever, yet the level of criticism he receives by media and fans alike seems to exceed what would be expected for someone who has achieved so much. In the summer of 2014, ESPN ranked the top 50 coaches in college basketball. Williams was listed at No. 16. (Since then, he has a 10-10 record against the coaches who were ranked ahead of him.) (Today's U)

Rasheed Wallace and Harrison Barnes mentors for UNC players

North Carolina starting sophomores Justin Jackson and Joel Berry are different players. Jackson, a 6-8 wing, likes to score on the baseline and sneak inside for put-backs and floaters. Berry, a 6-0 point guard, can beat a defender off the dribble and score from the outside. No matter their differences both players will always share a connection to the Carolina Family. (Carolina Blue)

The case for Carolina

Fact is, it has become increasingly obvious in recent years that to reach the top tier of college basketball, some sort of bending of the rules isn't just normal, it's necessary. We spend most of the year hammering the NCAA for its arcane, oppressive rules, but when we have an opportunity to use them as a hammer with which to bludgeon a team or a coach we don't like, we suddenly embrace them. (Sports on Earth)

Why Villanova will beat North Carolina to become the NCAA national champion

The oddsmakers have installed North Carolina as a slight favorite, but Villanova is going to be the NCAA national champion. As we saw against Oklahoma, the Wildcats can get hot offensively. They have one of the nation’s top scoring units (122.0 points per 100 possessions) and can consistently hit shots on the perimeter or in the paint. (Washington Post)

Audio: Tyler Hansbrough discusses what fueled UNC’s 2009 title run

The last time North Carolina reached the Final Four, it plowed through its two opponents by an average of 15.5 points per game on the way to the program’s fifth NCAA tournament championship. The face of that Tar Heel team was four-time consensus All-American Tyler Hansbrough. (ACC Sports Journal)

Lucas: The Waiting Game

Everyone suffers differently. That’s the only way to explain the day of a national championship game, when most of us have to pretend to go about our normal day while secretly knowing there is absolutely no way the day is anything but normal. Now imagine you actually had to play in the game. That’s the dilemma facing the Tar Heels at their hotel in Houston. (GoHeels.com)

When Carolina’s Roy Williams and Villanova’s Jay Wright were assistants

UNC’s ascent to the 1982 NCAA Championship included a confrontation with Villanova in the East Region Final won by the Tar Heels, 70 to 60. In 1991 the two universities squared off again in the East Region bracket, an 84 to 69 UNC win in the second round. On the sidelines were assistant coaches who find themselves as helmsmen during tonight’s contest for the 2016 national championship. (UNC.edu)

Marcus Paige feels support, motivation from Carolina Family

Marcus Paige and Shammond Williams share a special relationship. "You look in the crowd (on Saturday) --- I saw Shammond, who has been a really big support for me because we have gone through similar things in our careers." Former and currents player exchange texts and phone calls. They meet in the summers during the legendary Carolina pick-up games. That is where the bond starts. (Carolina Blue)

SportsCenter on the Road: UNC gets the edge (barely)

The long, winding road of the college basketball season, which began in Chicago at the Champions Classic and ends in Houston at the Final Four, comes to a close Monday night. North Carolina, the preseason No. 1, and Villanova, which spent three weeks as the top team in the land, are the last two teams standing. Which one will cut down the nets? Our experts weigh in. (ESPN.com)

Facing finality, Carolina set for super 'Nova

The road really does end here. The only unknown is the outcome. How do we prepare and cope with the finality? North Carolina's Marcus Paige tried to process playing his final college game. "Each time you put on that jersey (in the NCAAs), you're wondering if it's your last game," he said. "There will be a lot of emotions, particularly if we win." (WRAL Sports Fan)

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