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Gonzaga’s historic season reaches a painful end

By Mark Alewine

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Nigel Williams-Goss crouched in the south end of the court, staring at the floor. He was alone, his freshly-sprained ankle throbbing in pain, while North Carolina celebrated on the opposite side of the floor.

Just 7.2 seconds remained in Gonzaga’s magical season, and in a […]

An Epic Night in Phoenix: Predictions for the 2017 National Championship

Gonzaga (37-1) vs. North Carolina (32-7)

Colton Bennett: Keys for North Carolina

North Carolina will need Joel Berry II to play like he did against Butler when he scored 26-points on 8-13 shooting. He can’t have another 2-14 game like he did in the semi-final against Oregon. Kennedy Meeks and the rest of Tar Heel […]

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 […]