NCAA National Championship
April 5, 2017
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are playing in the program’s first National Championship with 17-year coach Mark Few took on two time champion Roy Williams and the five-time champions North Carolina Tar Heels in the men’s college basketball title game.
An unwatchable game it was considered by many fans, but it was all turned around for North Carolina fans when the confetti was falling on their players after a 71-65 over Gonzaga. When you see the stats, you see there were 44 fouls and 52 free throws shot. Gonzaga committed 14 turnovers and after shooting pretty well in the first half, they finished 8-29 from the field. North Carolina struggled as well, shooting a lackluster 15% from the 3 point line and 58% from the free throw line. North Carolina coach Roy Williams said, “ I don’t think either team played well” and I’m pretty sure most fans would agree with that after all the entertainment we got throughout the tournament, to end it like that was highly disappointing.
North Carolina did avenge the game they lost to Villanova in the title game last year, and Gonzaga did prove that your conference doesn’t matter when you’re playing in the tournament. Joel Berry II managed to secure the tournament’s most outstanding player honors after suffering through injuries the whole tournament and scored 22 points on 7-19 shooting while ACC player of the year Justin Jackson added 16 on a 6-19 night. Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams had 15 and was the leading scorer even though he was blocked on the last possession while Josh Perkins added 13 points in the first half, but dropped none in the second half. No players or coaches talked about the referees, but being a fan it was almost impossible to ignore how much they plagued the game throughout.