UNC's national championship aided by late, but unreviewable, questionable call

You want to give that to your team and your program.

Gonzaga finishes their season with a record of 37-2. But after a 71-65 loss to North Carolina, it's more likely that they're steaming.

Un-clutch could have been the best way to describe Justin Jackson's performance for much of the night. Williams-Goss paced the Bulldogs with 15 points despite missing 12 of his 17 attempts.

Josh Perkins had 13 points along with 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Tar Heels are the 2017 NCAA champions in men's basketball. It was as aesthetically pleasing as it was entertaining.

This is what should have happened after the game for those three men and their alternate: When they entered their locker room, black-and-white confetti should have fallen on them, but instead of hearing "One Shining Moment" they should have heard "Anticipation".

Now, that one call wasn't what won North Carolina its latest championship.

The refs weren't necessarily biased - Gonzaga and UNC each finished with 22 fouls. He has been mum about his future, but it seems unlikely that he would have sat out an entire season to play only one season with the Zags. Zach Collins scored in the lane and was fouled.

That's the second-worst accuracy by a winning team in the last 50 NCAA finals -Connecticut shot 34.5 percent against Butler in 2011. "But, you know, that's just the way it goes". "That was the last couple of craziest seconds of my life because I had flash backs to previous year", UNC Student Anna Morrison said. "I can't even describe my feeling right now, but I'm just glad that I was able to do something with this team because I felt like, just the personality and what we went through, and I think we just deserved it".

Still, you couldn't help but notice the officials getting more airtime than the players in the second half. The possession arrow gave the ball to the Tar Heels, but UNC's Kennedy Meeks had his hand out-of-bounds while holding the ball, so Gonzaga should have been given possession.

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A mountain - 44 in total - of fouls were called. He wasn't going to let a little foul trouble cut short the best game he's had in weeks. They stopped the outside shot, holding North Carolina to 4-for-27 behind the arc.

Karnowski had a nightmarish game, finishing 1 of 8 for 9 points. Pinson grabbed the rebound - his ninth of the game - and threw the ball toward the stadium rafters.

North Carolina has three reserves averaging at least 5.0 points per game in the tournament.

Monday, he was 1 for 8.

"Przemek, in your last game as a college athlete, what will be the one thing you remember forever about it?"

"It started in '99 when they went to the Elite Eight and we just kept - the Zags keep breaking that ceiling".

But in the last four minutes of the half, North Carolina evened out both the rebound margin and the score, cutting Gonzaga's game-high seven-point lead to three at the half.

Gonzaga coughed up two turnovers and missed their first five shots before coach Mark Few called a timeout with his team trailing 40-35. If this doesn't prompt the NCAA to consider adding a sixth foul, I don't know what will.

He's probably right. But it's going to take a while.

The season began with an easy win over Utah Valley on November 11 and the Zags rolled to victories in their first 29 games.


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