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Just one year ago, Kris Jenkins broke the hearts of North Carolina fans as he hit the game winning three point shot to win the National Championship. This year North Carolina redeemed themselves as they beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 to win the 2017 National Championship.
This was the Bulldogs first ever appearance in the National Championship game and they did not get blown out like most people had first assumed. It was a back and forth game for the most part with no team gaining more than a ten point lead.
“I was really hoping Gonzaga would win because I did not want North Carolina to have more championships than Kansas,” said Zach Bischler, senior.
With North Carolina’s win last night they now hold six National Championships which is the third most all time.
Joel Berry II was the top scorer in last night’s game with 22 points and 6 assists. He was coming off two ankle injuries from the previous game against Oregon.
“After Justin Jackson dunked for the last play of the game my friends and I went crazy because we knew it was over,” said Nick Ryan, sophomore.
North Carolina has now one twice in the last ten years with the only other team doing that being the UCONN Huskies.