PHOENIX — There will be no heartbreak for the North Carolina Tar Heels this time.
A year after losing on the first buzzer-beating three-pointer in NCAA men’s basketball championship history, the Tar Heels are back on top, defeating Gonzaga 71-65 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It’s UNC’s sixth title and first since 2009.
In 2016 in Houston, UNC (33-7) lost in a thriller, succumbing to Villanova on that last-second three-pointer by Kris Jenkins.
Gonzaga (37-2) was in the national championship game for the first time. It was also the Bulldogs’ first Final Four appearance.
The Tar Heels’ national title — the school’s sixth — comes a year after UNC lost to Villanova in the NCAA final on a last-second three-point shot.
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In the battle of the No. 1 seeds, North Carolina beat Gonzaga 71-65 to win the NCAA national championship 🏀🏆 pic.twitter.com/1scdfZZFZ1
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