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Redemption Tar Heels take NCAA title 71-65 over Gonzaga

It was a fitting way for the Tar Heels, who successfully completed their redemption tour in a 71-65 nail-biter over Gonzaga, to claim their sixth national championship.

So congratulations, North Carolina.

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels, who fell agonizingly sort of the goal past year, beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 on Monday to claim the coveted U.S. collegiate basketball crown. With UNC winning the title without him on site, that might just further his superstitions.

Williams is one of six coaches who have at least a trio of titles, joining UCLA's John Wooden (10), Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (five), Kentucky's Adolph Rupp (four), Connecticut's Jim Calhoun (three) and Indiana's Bob Knight (three). You'd feel the same, too, even if you were Michael Jordan, because he was right there in the stands for the 2016 NCAA championship game. After UNC made a basket, Gonzaga was still alive, down by three with under 30 seconds to go.

After all, he scored 20 points with four 3-pointers in last year's last-second loss to Villanova in the national title game, then showed up the next day for the team's return to campus on crutches with his left foot in a boot due to an injury suffered sometime during that game. From there, as the teams continued to trade points, the officials couldn't stop blowing the whistle.

Gonzaga fans will gnash their teeth about the missed out-of-bounds call, as they will about their backup center, Zach Collins, a stellar 7-footer, fouling out with five minutes to play.

"He's such a warrior, he blew out his ankle and was still able to get to his shot", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. The two teams combined to shoot less than 35 percent from the field.

"I wanted to see the confetti fall on us", Berry said. "But I'm hoping and knowing that perspective will come with time".

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Now here's one more shot of Meeks.

Jackson was 0-for-9 from beyond the arc but finished with 16 points, while Isaiah Hicks added 13.

UNC usually creates extra possessions through superior rebounding.

Nigel Williams-Goss led the Bulldogs with 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Karnowski was 1 of 8 from the field for nine points.

Gonzaga, a Roman Catholic university in Spokane, Washington, emerged as a Cinderella team in 1999, reaching the Elite Eight before losing to eventual champion CT.

There's no way to know what will happen - this has dragged on for so long now - but the NCAA seems to have gotten more serious about it recently.

This year's run by Gonzaga was no fluke, with its only other defeat coming February 25 to BYU. He has taken the Zags to the NCAA Tournament all 18 years he's been there.

Berry, the first and only three-time recipient of the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball award, led the Highlanders to the state tournament as a sophomore, but Lake Highland lost the Class 4A final to Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest. "So we were at fault just as much as anybody else".

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