Did blown call cost Gonzaga a championship?

North Carolina Makes Bid For NCAA Championship

Three games, three situations in which North Carolina clung to life. "But they've all been fantastic, and I've been very fortunate". They won. They were down eight to Oregon.

-North Carolina held Gonzaga to 33.9 percent shooting (20 of 59). That's an impressive stretch of victories, one befitting a team that was hell-bent on avenging last season's buzzer-beating defeat on the championship stage.

Thousands of fans poured into the arena and onto the court before the team's flight had even landed at nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and they cheered fanatically every time live footage of the team's motorcade was shown on the video scoreboards.

Moreover, the NCAA might have considered a second award for Berry: Most Gallant Player. Two days later, Perkins was the story of the first half, scoring 13 points including three treys. An Isaiah Hicks steal nine seconds in led to an easy Joel Berry layup.

The first came just before halftime and sparked a surge that saw UNC cut a seven-point deficit down to three at the break. He took two quick dribbles and threw a hard pass to Justin Jackson, who ran ahead of everyone toward the basket. From there on, it was back and forth for the remainder of the game. They stifled any bit of flow that existed in the game and turned it into a review-driven free-throw contest. Like the Tar Heels, there are roster questions such as whether guard Nigel Williams-Goss returns for his senior season or 7-footer Zach Collins decides to become a one-and-done player.

Now we get it. He should have been ruled out of bounds with the ball staying in the possession of Gonzaga.

Hicks finished the season averaging 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Asked what he would remember from the game, Karnowski said, "That I missed a lot of layups". Both teams were in the bonus. Many of them were ticky-tack fouls that shouldn't have been called.

Based on how things went for both Gonzaga and the officiating, it begs the question: Is it time for the NCAA to have a best-of-3 series to determine its national champion?

All of the following statistics are taken from the official box score on the official NCAA website.

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And one more, just to be on the safe side since, you know, the national championship and all. The offense was really not great.

Berry led all scorers with 22 points. Many have suggested he may be a one-and-done player. Jackson had 16 but went 0-for-9 from 3. Meeks didn't go off as much as he did against OR, but he still grabbed 10 rebounds.

For so long, Gonzaga was the team that couldn't get to a Final Four. Jackson struggled in the title game, but came up big all tournament. Only UCLA and Kentucky have won more than UNC; beyond those, only one - IN - has won as many as Duke. He missed his first three shots in Monday's national championship matchup with Gonzaga.

He saved his sweetest shot for last as he posted up Theo Pinson to hit a turnaround bank shot on the left wing and give his team a two-point lead. Karnowski went for 1-8 overall and failed to make shots that he would normally make.

University of North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams may not let his players attend a White House ceremony honoring the sports team, if they're invited.

"He can't coach, he only recruits". They sure did this March.

With the game on the line against the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Kentucky, Williams dialed up the defense.

Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams said he received a text from Jordan congratulating him because he "raised the ceiling to the roof".

The season began with an easy win over Utah Valley on November 11 and the Zags rolled to victories in their first 29 games. He returned to North Carolina in 2003, several years and several coaches removed from Smith's shadow.

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