The North Carolina Tar Heels are champions for the sixth time!
An exciting finish with Justin Jackson delivering the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left in last night's game. North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win giving the Tar Heels their sixth NCAA title.
North Carolina called it a "redemption tour." Last year's devastating loss in the title game on Kris Jenkins' 3-point dagger at the buzzer for Villanova is still very fresh to the team and their fans. They put in the hard work including extra time on the practice court and the weight room.
The Tar Heels (33-7) followed a terrible-shooting night in the semifinal with an equally ice-cold performance in the final—going 4 for 27 from 3-point land and 26 for 73 overall.
Gonzaga, helped by 8 straight points from Nigel Williams-Goss, took a 2-point lead with 1:52 left, but the next possession was the game-changer.
Jackson took a zinger of a pass under the basket from Theo Pinson and converted the shot, then the ensuing free throw to take the lead for good. Moments later, Williams-Goss twisted an ankle and could not elevate for a jumper that would've given the Bulldogs the lead.
Isaiah Hicks made a basket to push the lead to 3, then Kennedy Meeks, in foul trouble all night blocked Williams-Goss' shot and Jackson got a slam on the other end to put some icing on the title.