Did blown call cost Gonzaga a championship?

Posted April 10, 2017

Now, that one call wasn't what won North Carolina its latest championship.

For the sneaker lover, North Carolina provided plenty of eye candy on the court. But the Tar Heels (33-7) didn't let that scenario shape up on Monday against Gonzaga (37-2), who was in the national championship game for the first time. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 8 straight points for the Bulldogs to give them their last lead - 65-63 with 1:52 left.

Jordan, who was on hand for North Carolina's title-game loss to Villanova past year, told coach Roy Williams that he was too superstitious to attend the big game this time around. The young point guard is the nephew of former Tar Heels star Raymond Felton, and should learn a ton behind Joel Berry II if the veteran returns for his senior season. "Not a lot of people can say they can do that". I'm so blessed that my family got to witness this. But he made just 1 of 8 from the field against North Carolina. Jackson had 16 points, while Hicks had 13 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

Moments later, Williams-Goss twisted his ankle and neither he nor anyone on his team would score again.

A third puts him in a group reserved for the all-time greats; John Wooden (10 championships), Mike Krzyzewski (five), Adolph Rupp (four), Bob Knight (three) and Jim Calhoun (three).

"I'll read one text message I got last night", Williams said. "I don't think either team played very well".

"To be so close for us is a temporarily crushing blow right now", Few said. Berry led all scorers with 22 points, while also recording six assists, and draining all of North Carolina's four three-pointers. He was 0-for-9 against the Zags.

But the newest one is arguably the coolest of them all.

The game was by no means a pretty one; it was marred by bricks, missed free throws and questionable officiating. Both teams were in the bonus with 13 minutes left. There were 27 fouls called in the second half, compared to 17 in the first.

Instead of awarding the ball to the Zags, the referee whistled jump ball. But as Karnowski was flailing after the ball, he inadvertently grabbed Berry around the neck. Battling back and forth, swapping the lead through the next few minutes a flagrant foul on Karnowski seemed to changed the energy for Gonzaga.

"I'm not going to talk about refs", Karnowski said. "It was just a physical game".

That's the second-worst accuracy by a winning team in the last 50 NCAA finals -Connecticut shot 34.5 percent against Butler in 2011.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - For a whole year, the North Carolina Tar Heels wondered if they'd get another chance. It set up the Hicks layup to put Carolina ahead by 3. "From my angle, it didn't look like an out of bounds situation or I would have called a review". "So that's tough. It's tough to hear".

And North Carolina got over a hump that, at times this season, felt like a mountain.

"But it was an ugly game because two teams really wanted it badly and the other team wasn't going to allow them to have easy things", Williams said.