Carolina tops Zags, securing sixth title.
Mass Appeal Wire Reports
PHOENIX — Roy Williams spent 15 years at Kansas and couldn’t win one national title. Since taking over at North Carolina in 2003, Williams has collected three trophies (and counting). Conversely, Bill Self joined KU the same year and he has just one national championship that required a miraculous 3-point shot by Mario Chalmers to force overtime. Nevertheless… after experiencing heartbreak in last year’s national final, the Tar Heels (33-7) achieved a piece of redemption Monday night with a shambolic 71-65 victory over Gonzaga (37-2) — securing their 6th title while becoming just the fourth team to come back from losing the national championship the year before to go on and win it the following year.
Came up just short a year ago, but this year, the North Carolina Tar Heels are NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! pic.twitter.com/BvssEWYOWW
— DRK Sports (@drksportsnews) April 4, 2017
Carolina, if you recall, suffered a devastating loss in last year’s title game on Kris Jenkins’ halfcourt dagger at the buzzer for Villanova. “I wanted to see this confetti fall on us and we’re the winners,” said Carolina’s Joel Berry II, who led the Heels with 22 points. “We came out here and we competed. It came down to the last second, but we’re national champs now.”
Justin Jackson (0 of 9 from three point range) delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left to seal the deal. For most of the night, fans were treated to a terrible display of shooting as both squads had trouble throwing it in the ocean. Carolina shot 35.6% from the field.
The Zags were even worse at 33.9%.
Love him or hate him, Williams made the right decision by leaving KU.