The final game is finally here. My main bracket was busted long ago but I'm excited to see these two number one teams take on one another. North Carolina is the favored team in this match up but Gonzaga as the underdog Bulldogs is not to be underestimated.
The first half started out in favor of Gonzaga with a 35-32 lead at the at halftime. The leading scorer for Gonzaga was Josh Perkins while Joel Berry led North Carolina. The game remained close as it was still tied under ten minutes. Both teams were missing wide open shots as it seemed like the spotlight and nerves of the final game were getting to the players. There were a lot of sloppy shots and major players had foul trouble throughout the second half. A long slog without a Gonzaga point allowed North Carolina to pull ahead but the Bulldogs powered back but it wasn't enough. The North Carolina Tar Heels have avenged their loss of the previous year to take the Men's College Basketball National Championship!
My bracket is a mess, so marked up, see below.
Not too bad, and I actually have a bracket where I picked UNC to win but got a bunch of other things wrong. The story from this Championship is the redemption of North Carolina after a tough loss in the final seconds last year. The team focused on their return and made it back taking down tough teams like Kentucky and Oregon on the way to their win over Gonzaga. There is not a sports event like it, but we'll have to wait until next year. I am looking forward to the NBA and NHL playoffs soon.