With the conclusion of the college basketball tournament often referred to as March Madness tournament, there is a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth. Whether your team got eliminated or you lost five dollars because you made a terrible bracket, but nothing changes the fact that North Carolina is now the reigning NCAA Division I basketball champions.
Not everyone is unhappy with this outcome, though. All the North Carolina fans were ecstatic after this win especially after the heartbreaking loss they suffered last year to Villanova due to a last second buzzer beater three. So it only makes sense why North Carolina came back with a vengeance to win this game.
North Carolina star point guard Justin Jackson, needed to have a great game to win this game, but unfortunately this didn’t happen. Justin Jackson shot an abysmal 0-9 from the three and was only 6-19 with 16 points from the field according to the NCAA website. Although 16 points is still a pretty good number, he could’ve had much more if he made a quarter of his attempts from the three, and it wouldn’t have been such a close game.
Shooting guard Joel Berry II scoring 22 points and assisting his teammates six times. His three point percentage wasn’t that great, shooting 4-13, but comparatively it was much better than Justin Jackson. These two had 38 points between each other and had a total field goal percentage of 34 percent. Throughout the season Joel Berry and Justin Jackson averaged 43.5 percent from the field so well under their season average. Kennedy Meeks had a couple of key plays when they mattered. A huge block in the final minutes of the game when North Carolina was up by three which turned into two points for them solidifying their lead and pretty much pointing the exclamation point on their win.
Gonzaga was actually winning the game at halftime, but right out of the half North Carolina opened up with three huge defensive plays in a row and scored each time after the defensive stops which then gave them the lead and that’s when the nightmare for Gonzaga started. Gonzaga struggled mightily throughout the second half of the game. Just when it looked like Gonzaga was going to have the lead North Carolina would come through with key plays and huge scoring runs.
At one point Gonzaga had gone eight minutes without a field goal. You just can’t win games like this. It didn’t help that Gonzaga’s main post threat, Przemek Karnowski, went 1-8 from the field with only nine points. He just couldn’t get it going, partly due to the stellar defense by Kennedy Meeks. Meeks didn’t let Karnowski have anything easy.
Both teams were plagued with foul trouble according to sporting news each team had 11 fouls, totaling 22 fouls. Very poor shooting percentages haunted both teams. Although a good game and a good win for the University of North Carolina, this year’s NCAA Division I championship will not go down as one of the best of all time.