Gonzaga, North Carolina to Square Off in Battle of One-Seeds
In what was a roller coaster of emotions, the 2017 NCAA Tournament finally has it’s National Championship game match-up.
In the first of two highly-contested games, the Gonzaga Bulldogs took on the Cinderella South Carolina Gamecocks in what was a game of runs. Late in the contest, with the Gamecocks down only three and in desperate need of a three-pointer, 44% three-point shooter Rakym Felder gave up a clean look, which led to the Zags quickly fouling Sindarius Thornwell. Thornwell, would purposely miss the second free throw after hitting his first, but the Bulldogs secured the board spelling the end of South Carolina’s magical run.
Thornwell and P.J. Dozier led the Gamecocks with 15 and 17-points a piece, while the Bulldogs saw huge contributions from stars Nigel Williams-Goss, who finished the contest with a game-high 23-points, and Zach Collins. The freshman NBA Draft prospect had 14-points and 13-boards in the winning effort.
Later in the evening, the North Carolina Tar Heels escaped the Final Four with a victory over the Oregon Ducks missing too many free throws with just seconds remaining, but managing to grab the boards to keep possession. Entering the contest, it was well known how well the Tar Heels rebound the ball and when all the dust settled, that ended up being the difference maker.
The Ducks got great efforts from Jordan Bell, Dillon Brooks, Dylan Ennis, and Tyler Dorsey, all four who have been vital to the Ducks success all season long. On the UNC side it was the duo of Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson who proved too much for the Ducks to handle.
This takes us to April 3, where the two one-seeds will duke it out for all the marbles. This year’s March Madness has had a little bit of everything and now, it’s time to crown the nation’s college basketball champions!