JOE BIDDLE: Tar Heels tagged Zags

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"So I think it was the magnitude of the game had a lot to do with it and the defenses on both ends, on both teams, I think had something to do with it".

It should be made into a documentary titled "The Gangs That Couldn't Shoot Straight".

And North Carolina got over a hump that, at times this season, felt like a mountain. And won. The Tar Heels missed 23 of 27 3-point shots. The 7-foot-1, 300-pound wall of humanity missed all four of his shots, committed three turnovers and picked up two fouls.

So how bad was Gonzaga?

Berry recovered from ankle injuries to lead the Tar Heels, but needed 19 shots for his 22 points.

Josh Perkins was averaging 5.2 points and shooting 34.8 percent from the floor in the first five games of the NCAA tournament, but his play buoyed Gonzaga in the first half, scoring 13 points - more than he's scored in any game since February 23rd, a total he eclipsed just twice since Christmas - and helping Gonzaga jump out to an early nine-point lead, but the Zags, overall, did not play all that well in the first 20 minutes.

"Those were three of the best officials in the entire country, in the National Basketball Association or college".

With 49.1 seconds to play and North Carolina leading 66-65, Meeks battled Gonzaga's Silas Melson for a loose ball.

I'm can only hope that parents sent their children to bed at halftime, as it was on a school night. Zach Collins fouled out for Gonzaga with five minutes left, while Josh Jackson started struggling to hit shots from UNC.

Hicks stood closer than any of his teammates to Villanova's confetti-drenched celebration immediately after Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer splashed through the net to end last year's national championship game.

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The Tar Heels outscored the Zags 39-30 in the second half.

The Tar Heels rattled of eight consecutive points to take a 40-35 lead and please former Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who cheered his alma mater from his seat in the North Carolina fan section. He was fouled on a basket and made the free throw.

Berry's last 3 gave UNC a 62-60 lead with 4:18 left. He was 0-for-9 against the Zags.

North Carolina has had more talented teams during Roy Williams' tenure.

Williams said on Sunday he really thought Hicks was going to have a good game against OR, but after Hicks' first shot was blocked and he missed a wide-open second shot, he tried to "rush everything a little bit and it sort of snowballed on him".

"I listened to him", Williams said. "Getting back, and they're so fast and so good at it". "The fouls were part of it".

It seemed to me both teams endorsed Tennessee football coach Butch Jones' brick by brick motto.

Roy Williams, who has been critical of President Donald Trump in the past, said he isn't sure if he'll take his team to the White House following its national title victory on Monday.

The Tar Heels ended up shooting 51 of 141 in two games in Glendale, including an abysmal 10 of 35 from 3-point range, but managed to survive for their first national title since the 2008-09 season.

So, congrats to North Carolina fans, I guess. The three previous times the Tar Heels were outrebounded in a game this season, they lost.