UNC is the new NCAA champion. Last night, UNC and Gonzaga met in the national championship. UNC’s coach, Roy Williams, entered the game with it being his 100th March Madness game and having won two championships. Gonzaga’s coach, Mark Few, was playing in his first championship game. Fair? Gonzaga started the game hot, though, jumping out to a early lead of 21-14. They held the lead, and with three minutes to go in the first half, they had a 30-23 lead. The Tar Heels fought back, and they headed into halftime only down 35-32. Then the second half begun with a UNC 8-0 run, giving them there largest lead of the game at the time at the score of 40-35. From that time on, the game flip-flopped, until a very controversial call on a jump ball occurred with 50 second left. The on a loose ball, Kennedy Meeks’s hand was obviously out of bounds, but the refs missed it and called a jump ball while UNC had the possession arrow. Just look at the photo:
This was one of the many bad calls in the game. The refs weren’t biased to one team, but repeatedly they would make bad calls. Stars in the NBA including LeBron James and Dwayne Wade also said that the refereeing was terrible. Many people said that the refereeing cost Gonzaga the game, but it was bad on both sides. Anyway, back to the game. After this call, Isaiah Hicks nailed a jumper to give UNC a 68-65 lead. Nigel Williams-Goss got blocked, and Justin Jackson dunked on a fast break. Then, the game ended for good with a Przemek Karnowski turnover. The final was 71-65. Joel Berry II was amazing, scoring 22 points on two bad ankles while winning the Most Outstanding Player award. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 15, had ten rebounds and had six assists one more than the rest of the team combined. Justin Jackson also scored 16 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Prezemek Karnowski disappointed, going 1-8 for 9 points and nine rebounds. He had four turnovers and four fouls. UNC did great and got their revenge for last year’s championship loss.