Tar Heels return home with 6th NCAA title to celebrating fans
Apr 07 2017 by Kelly Saunders
"In the end, when you are watching your kids jump around on the court, there is no better feeling for a head coach", Williams said. Williams-Goss would then follow up with a made free throw and a floater over Justin Jackson to give Gonzaga a narrow 63-62 lead.
Overall, both teams were equally (in) efficient shooting the ball; the winning Tar Heels actually put up an inferior effective field goal (eFG) percentage (38.4 percent) compared to the Bulldogs' (40.7). Meeks finished with seven points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
"I think experience takes care of some of this stuff", Williams said at Sunday's media event.
The Apopka, Fla. native had told reporters after Saturday's Final Four win over OR that he was about 75 percent and sore after battling his pair of ankle sprains.
"It started in '99 when they went to the Elite Eight and we just kept - the Zags keep breaking that ceiling". For as great as Gonzaga was all tournament, its stars missed a half-dozen easy shots from inside three feet, its vaunted defense let Carolina back in the game late in the first half and the Bulldogs couldn't make a shot when it mattered, getting outscored 9-2 over the final 2:30 minutes of the game.
"I had no idea", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after the game.
That spot, he insisted following the most recent championship in a 71-65 win over Gonzaga at University of Phoenix Stadium, is reserved for only one coach.
"I'm so happy for you and the team", Williams said.
What ensued was a year of working harder, doing more, making sure That didn't happen again.
Yes, the referees - with Mike Eades standing on top of the play - missed Kennedy Meeks' hand touching out of bounds on a tie up that gave North Carolina the ball with under a minute left in a one-point game, but that was just one of too many missed calls.
The foul on Zach Collins.
-Each team fielded many postgame questions about the game officials and the 44 total fouls - 22 on each squad - but Williams wasn't taking any bait.
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? "It was just a physical game".
Much was made of the size matchup between the twin gargantuan frontcourts of the Tar Heels and Bulldogs, and neither team shied away from banging away on the interior despite the game grinding to an ugly, defensive stalemate for long stretches of the clock. "I think it was important to everybody". "But we got three because I've got these guys with me and that's all I care about right now-my guys". "The fouls were part of it".
"They wanted redemption", said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who became the sixth coach to win three or more NCAA championships. "I mean Domantas (Sabonis) and Kelly Olynyk showed up today". "Getting back, and they're so fast and so good at it". My college roommate from Eugene, Kory Tarpenning, flew over from Monte Carlo Friday night.
It also marked his 100 NCAA tournament victory, an accomplishment a fellow Tar Heel congratulated him for.
Hicks' hanging runner won't ever be remembered like the shot Jenkins hit over him in Houston last year, and it probably won't get much air time after the initial game recaps and highlight reels this year.