Your North Carolina Tar Heels are going to tip off for another national title tonight, seeking redemption for the heartbreaking loss in last year’s title game.
The opponent? The Gonzaga Bulldogs, the former Cinderalla that evolved from darling underdog to mid-major powerhouse. They’ve been a mainstay in March for over a decade, but they’ve never managed to break through and make a Final Four.
Storylines abound. Will one of college basketball’s bluest of blue blood programs capture another title, or will the upstarts from Spokane cut down the final nets? You’re not going to want to miss it.
Tipoff time for the national championship game
9:20 p.m. ET on Monday.
TV channel for UNC-Gonzaga
CBS. Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play, along with analysts Grant Hill and Bill Raftery, and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
Radio for the Final Four
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North Carolina is a 1.5-point favorite
North Carolina may be the more seasoned team heading into this game, but Vegas, as well as the advanced stats sharps, are expecting a close battle. Gonzaga shoots better than UNC, they’re an outstandingly efficient defensive squad, and while their team athleticism isn’t quite up to par of North Carolina, they shouldn’t be run out of the building.
But the Tar Heels have a secret weapon, one they showed off in crunch time to fend off Oregon last night, and that’s UNC’s offensive rebounding. The Heels are the best team in the country at rebounding on offense, which helps alleviate shooting concerns. Senior center Kennedy Meeks, the star of their semifinal win against Oregon, will need to have another huge game.