North Carolina preview capsule
Last season: 33-7, won program's sixth NCAA championship.
Nickname: Tar Heels.
Coach: Roy Williams.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: SF Justin Jackson, F/C Kennedy Meeks, F Isaiah Hicks, F Tony Bradley Jr., G Nate Britt.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams didn't have to struggle for words this time, not after the Tar Heels made good on their season-long drive to win the national championship that slipped away last year.
"The most fun as a coach is seeing the looks on your guys' faces when they accomplish something very difficult," Williams told thousands of fans who greeted the Tar Heels when they returned to campus Tuesday with the program's sixth NCAA championship.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The 2016-17 season is over, with North Carolina holding off Gonzaga to win the national championship for the program's sixth NCAA title.
The win for the Tar Heels wrapped up the season's biggest story line: How North Carolina would bounce back from a buzzer-beating loss in last year's finale.
Let's take an early look at some of the threads to watch leading into next season. March Madness set up preludes to next season for numerous programs, players and coaches:
FINAL: UNC 77, Oregon 76: Kennedy Meeks scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds Saturday as No. 1 seed UNC defeated No. 3 Oregon 77-76 to reach Monday’s NCAA National Championship game where they will face Gonzaga.
The Tar Heels are seeking their seventh men’s basketball national championship and first since 2009.
FINAL: Duke 93, UNC 83: The game saw just one lead change, but when Duke went ahead with nine minutes to play Friday, they never let the advantage go in a 93-83 win over top-seeded UNC. With the win, the Blue Devils will play for the ACC championship Saturday against either No. 2 Florida State or No. 3 Notre Dame.
3:36, 2H. Duke: 77, North Carolina: 72.
Joel Berry and Amile Jefferson are both back in the game for their teams with four fouls a piece heading into the final stretch.
Lights out shooting shines in seventh-straight win, but Heels have more to do
Long-range shooting powered North Carolina's 91-72 win against Virginia Tech. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels (19-3, 7-1 ACC) took 30 three-point shots and made a season-best 14.
But even after the seventh-straight win securing the outright top spot in the ACC, UNC didn't seem quite satisfied.
Ogokie, Yellow Jackets upset No. 9 North Carolina 75-63
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner says he has the nation's least experienced roster.
He knows almost nobody thought his team would beat North Carolina so early into his first season.
"I'm really happy that this will give us some pep in our step, some momentum for the fan base," Pastner said. "They know this is a rebuild, but hopefully they can see the big picture down the road of what we want to do."
No. 7 North Carolina gets late block, edges Tennessee 73-71
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Nate Britt hasn't been able to make up for the offense and shooting touch lost with North Carolina's starting point guard sidelined by an ankle injury.
Still, the senior was good enough in the final minutes of a tight game to help the No. 7 Tar Heels complete a big comeback — with some help from a couple of freshmen.