Roy Williams has orchestrated two of those celebrations, with those coming in 2005 (vs. Illinois) and 2009 (vs. Michigan State).
Despite those misses, North Carolina never allowed OR to gain possession and advanced to Monday's national championship game against Gonzaga. Ducks' season over after falling a game short of returning to the title game for the first time since 1939, the first NCAA Tournament. You have now viewed your allowance of free articles.
Only 40 minutes of action now separate the North Carolina men's basketball team from what eluded it a year ago: A national championship.
The Tar Heels have won five NCAA tournament titles, the most recent in 2009.
Gonzaga enters this game with a 37-1 record overall.
Speaking of Berry playing very bad, Meeks and ACC player of the year Justin Jackson combined for 47 points on 17-for-26 shooting while the rest of the team had 30 points on a terrible 8-for-42 from the floor.
"We're not in that position without Jordan Bell", Altman said.
"I just knew we had to be aggressive in the paint", he said.
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The 66-year-old Williams called Few one of his best friends in coaching and said he was stressed out hoping that his poker buddy would finally break through and reach the Final Four this year. Since the Zags graduated from upstart to national power, there have been lots of early exits in the tournament.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs now have a chance to play for a title after already getting further than ever before in the NCAA Tournament. It's now blue-blood UNC vs. one of the ultimate Cinderellas in Gonzaga.
"Well, I think education is important", the 6-10 senior said following Saturday's 77-76 win over the Ducks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
"What does it say about recruiting and one-and-done players that you have been to two championship games in a row without a single one-and-done player on your team?" "While the history matters to show how great your program is, at the same time it doesn't because you got to play that game on Monday".
That it came down to Carolina winning the rebound battle was no big surprise. "I thought he controlled everything inside". He left for North Carolina, his alma mater where he played and worked as an assistant for Dean Smith. Luke Maye, who had become a folk hero around Chapel Hill after making the last-second jump shot to beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight, didn't make a shot from the field and got in foul trouble.
"We missed a bunch of free throws", Williams said. He left the court, went to the locker room to receive treatment and returned to the game later in the first half. Oh, you did that previous year?
"It's an unbelievable thing", Williams added.
Pinson made his first 3 of the tournament and had helped Carolina keep the ball after Meeks' pair of misses. "I couldn't really open it". "These guys are all of that".