A Battle Of the Carolina's In the National Championship


While Ennis doesn't post astounding numbers (4.4 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game), he is one of Oregon's most important pieces.

"Our late-game execution, I think that's been a topic of speculation, because we haven't really had many close games", Bulldogs coach Mark Few said. "And we just do our best of getting along with each other and accepting everybody and being ourselves".

On Saturday, Bell stood underneath the basket on back-to-back possessions with a chance to snatch an offensive rebound and give his squad an opportunity to Kris-Jenkins the Tar Heels in the final seconds. Teams such as Duke, North Carolina, Villanova, Kansas, and UCLA were highly mentioned.

Because he did, the Tar Heels survived OR 77-76 in a ragged Final Four semifinal. Forgive me for this highly unscientific way of measuring production, but Meeks' highest total of points and rebounds in a single game entering the night had been 36.

OR narrowly escaped the Sweet 16 against number seven MI with a one point 69-68 victory, but they came on strong as they dispatched heavily favored number one seed Kansas, 74-60, in the Elite Eight.

Even with Berry and Isaiah Hicks combining to shoot just 3-for-26 from the field, UNC still found a way to win.

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"I know I lost this game for us", he said. This is their 20th appearance compared to the Oregon Ducks, who haven't made it this far in the tournament in 78 years! SC matches up with Gonzaga.

The Ducks (33-5) haven't been to a Final Four since winning the first one that was ever in 1939, but mattered little to All-American guard Dillon Brooks and his teammates when they blew out top-seeded Kansas in the Midwest Region championship game last week to earn their trip to Phoenix. But Meeks outmuscled Jordan Bell for that final rebound, threw it outside, and this ugly affair was over.

Kennedy Meeks relentlessly attacked the boards, posting up deep in the paint and playing with an aggressive edge that hasn't always been there through his North Carolina career. Joel Berry missed the ensuing free throws, but Meeks dug up another board to save the game and ice it.

Dorsey converted on all 12 of his free throw attempts in the game and sank a miracle three-pointer that brought OR within three points in the final minute.

Two very atheltic teams have had their share of exciting finishes in the 2017 NCAA Tournament squared off in the Final Four and sure enough it was another nail biter. "... We have a real opportunity to be a national championship team".

"And then you've got to be a little lucky too once in a while", Badgers coach Greg Gard said before the regional semifinals. "I took it upon myself to try to do the best I could".

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"Obviously I'm bigger than 99.9 percent of the players in the NCAA", Karnowksi said. UNC's Joel Berry has been playing through two sore ankles and might not be at full speed, but the Ducks must be prepared for him nonetheless.

Dorsey had been lighting it up through the tournament, shooting 65 percent from 3, but the Tar Heels got in his face early and he never got on track.

Berry opened the game with a three-pointer before Pinson scored.

"I just think the kid's living in the moment", said Sean May, UNC's director of player personnel and a former Final Four Most Outstanding player for the Tar Heels in 2005. "I've had some teams that have been insane efficient on the offensive end and ones that have been pretty darned good on the defensive end that probably didn't get credit for it", Few said.

"They're my people", Beckham said.

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North Carolina guard Joel Berry II says his injured ankles are at about 85 percent heading into Saturday's game against Oregon. The Ducks also got 13 and 15 from big man Jordan Bell, who briefly left the game due to an injury late in the first half.