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Ratings boost: NCAA title game viewership up 30 percent

Ratings boost: NCAA title game viewership up 30 percent

He spent 15 seasons there but never won a championship.

The game was by no means a pretty one; it was marred by bricks, missed free throws and questionable officiating.

NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps with an assist from the memory of Villanova's Kris Jenkins, viewership for the NCAA national championship game between Gonzaga and North Carolina was up 30 percent from previous year. "For us to have four turnovers against the best team in the country is big time for us". However, Gonzaga's offense was not up to these same high standards.

The dean dome was the team's first stop after returning from Phoenix, the site of the 2017 Final Four.

1982: North Carolina's title is remembered for two reasons - a freshman named Mike Jordan made the game-winning shot and Smith won his elusive first title.

The start of the second half went about as poorly as possible for Gonzaga.

North Carolina did, however, win the battle of the big men in the first half, as both Karnowski and Collins picked up two fouls in the first 20 minutes.

There will be no heartbreak for the North Carolina Tar Heels this time.

And while Gonzaga's defense was superior in the first half, UNC cracked down in the second. Then Meeks came up with a steal with eight seconds left that forced the Bulldogs to foul North Carolina's Joel Berry II, who made one of two free throws to extend the Tar Heels' advantage to six points. Settling into their game, Gonzaga appeared to shock UNC with their size and strength inside.

"The fact that we have that memory is just incredible", said Zach Yrgimay. Certainly it was a blown call-a referee is standing 3 feet away and staring directly at Meeks-but it was hardly the only one of this tournament, much less this game. As he wrestled with Gonzaga's Silas Melson for the ball with his left hand, the palm of Meeks's right hand rested on the court out of bounds.

"I had no idea". "So that's tough. It's tough to hear".

The Bulldogs (37-2), the Cinderella-turned-Godzilla team from the small school in the West Coast Conference, tried to keep the big picture in mind.

Berry finished just 7 for 19 from the field, 4 for 13 from 3-point range and 4 of 8 from the line.

The Tar Heels did previously say on Friday that he didn't know if the team would even get invited, reports Sports Illustrated.

Gonzaga held a 35-32 halftime lead despite getting little production from Karnowski other than his five rebounds. This foul trouble meant a drought for the Zag's offense, they went nearly eight minutes without a single field goal. The ball slipped from his grasp, though, and he fell to the hardwood.

"I just want to thank everyone for supporting us", he said.

Josh Perkins contributed 13 points, but Przemek shot 1-for-8 in scoring nine. North Carolina redeemed themselves this year, becoming the fourth team in NCAA history to win the national title the season after finishing as the runner-up.

Both of Berry's parents are still connected to Lake Highland, and Vallery said Highlanders nation is ecstatic with his success.


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