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A year later, North Carolina celebrates a championship

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was not pretty. At all. The game lacked any flow. The statistics reflected North Carolina’s struggle. The Tar Heels shot 35.6 percent from the field and went 4-for-27 from the 3-point line. At the end of a season in which rebounding became a […]

Vying for a championship, not revenge

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. – This North Carolina team insists it is not looking for revenge. The Tar Heels aren’t seeking to exorcise last year’s demons. They want to win the national title, plain and simple.

Last year, North Carolina’s dreams of a title were ended by the simple flick […]

Postcard from Arizona: Anguish, graciousness mark Oregon’s defeat

The scene in the Oregon locker room will stay with me for a long time.

Their season suddenly over, the Ducks were coping with the strange reality of how it had ended on Saturday night. With 5.8 seconds remaining and North Carolina’s lead down to a single point, Kennedy Meeks of the Tar Heels stepped […]

Meeks Muscles Tar Heels to National Title Game

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kennedy Meeks saved the season for North Carolina. Right after nearly losing it.

In the final breathless seconds of a game that could end his team’s season, after four straight missed free throws – two by Meeks — with the Tar Heel lead down to […]

The Road Ends Here: Who’s Going Home and Who’s Moving on at the 2017 Final Four

South Carolina (26-10) vs. Gonzaga (36-1)

Mark Alewine: Keys For Gonzaga

The Bulldogs have swapped with North Carolina all season as the best team in college basketball. Gonzaga has everything to win tonight; elite shooting, dominant post presence, and one of the best defenses in the country. Everything hinges, however, on the ability of […]