Gonzaga forward Zach Collins shoots over SC forward Maik Kotsar (21) during the first half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.
Gonzaga vs. North Carolina prediction and game preview, as the No. 1 Bulldogs and No. 1 Tar Heels face off in the National Championship Game of the NCAA Tournament.
They also pointed out that without Bell's elevated play in this NCAA tournament and since Chris Boucher went down with a knee injury in early March, Oregon wouldn't have made it to the Final Four.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against South Carolina, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Bulldogs will play North Carolina for the national championship on Monday. North Carolina's offense took a long time to get going but finally picked things up, and the Tar Heels lead OR 39-36 at halftime in the nightcap of Saturday's Final Four semifinals.
First, Meeks got fouled, stepped to the line and calmly bricked two. Gonzaga led by 14 points when Collins joined Karnowski with 10:39 remaining in the game, and SC went on a 14-0 run over the next three minutes before eventually taking the lead.
The Tar Heels are the pinnacle of college basketball success, making the Final Four 11 times in the last 25 years and winning three titles.
Gonzaga finally got over the hump this season, shaking off ghosts of tournaments past on their way to the title game. A gut-wrenching loss to Villanova in a championship game classic a year ago denied Williams a third career title. "I just don't want to lose a game like that".
The Tar Heels were sent to the free throw line with about six seconds remaining. Dylan Ennis had 18 and Bell added 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. "I wish I could have dove and gotten it". A year later, the senior carried an offense that struggled outside of himself and junior Justin Jackson.
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After UNC took a lead with 1:13 to go in the first half, they never gave it up.
Benson attempted two shots, both three-pointers, and drew a large reaction from the crowd when he made a shot to put OR ahead 20-18.
"Right now he's gonna feel that way, like he cost us, but over time, that will heal, " sophomore Tyler Dorsey said. North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks missed his first five shots. But Theo Pinson got inside and batted the ball back out to Berry, who then got fouled with 4 seconds left and took his turn at the line. Just getting to the Final Four was a first, and now they are one victory from lifting the trophy.
"It would have been great to have him", OR senior Dylan Ennis said. Berry has been dealing with sprains to both of his ankles, and while he didn't look like a player struggling with injury - he did dive on the floor for loose balls multiple times during the game - he did look like a guy that hasn't done much beyond try to get his ankles healthy this week.
"I'm really happy for him", Karnowski said.
"I've got my national championship", Jenkins said at halftime.
"The journey we've been on has just been unreal", Williams-Goss said, "and we just never stopped believing".
Benson had five points, three rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes while playing close to his home in Tempe, Ariz. "For him to have a night like he did tonight for us is pretty fantastic".