CAROLINA 71, GONZAGA 65
APRIL 3, 2017, PHOENIX, ARIZ.
UNC Scoring Leader: Joel Berry II (22)
UNC Rebound Leader: Kennedy Meeks (10)
UNC Assist Leader: Joel Berry II (6)
• Finishes the season 33-7, including 10-2 in neutral-site games.
• Won its sixth NCAA Tournament championship, third-most in college basketball history (UCLA 11, Kentucky 8).
• Played in the national championship game for the 11th time in school history and the second consecutive year.
• The Tar Heels are 6-5 in national championship games (wins in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009 and 2017; losses in 1946, 1968, 1977, 1981 and 2016).
• This is the second time in school history the Tar Heels have reached the title game in back-to-back years (lost to Indiana in 1981, beat Georgetown in 1982; lost to Villanova in 2016, beat Gonzaga in 2017).
• Carolina won the national championship despite shooting 36.8 percent from the floor in the national semifinals vs. Oregon and 35.6 percent from the floor in the title game vs. Gonzaga. In the win over Oregon, Carolina shot its lowest field goal percentage in an NCAA Tournament win since shooting 35.9 percent vs. Princeton on March 17, 1967, in the regional semifinals in College Park, Md. The win over Gonzaga marks Carolina’s lowest field goal percentage in an NCAA Tournament win since shooting 31.8 percent vs. Michigan State in the 1957 national semifinal.
• Carolina’s field goal percentage of .356 vs. Gonzaga is UNC’s third-lowest in its 123 all-time NCAA Tournament victories (.253 vs. Ohio State in 1946, .318 vs. Michigan State in 1957).
• Carolina committed only four turnovers in the national championship game, which tied the second-fewest by the Tar Heels in their 168 NCAA Tournament games (2 vs. Fairfield in 1997 first round, 4 vs. Wisconsin in 2015 Sweet 16).
• The four turnovers were a season-low for the Tar Heels (five vs. Northern Iowa and at Duke).
• The four turnovers equal the fewest under Roy Williams in 14 seasons (also had four in losses at Pitt on 2/14/15 and vs. Wisconsin on 3/26/15 in Los Angeles in the Sweet 16).
• The four turnovers are fewest by any team in an NCAA championship game since 1973 (when turnovers were recorded each year). They equal the third-fewest on record since since 1961 (the NCAA does not list turnovers for any championship game prior to 1961 and does not list them for 1965, 1966 or 1972).
Fewest Turnovers (on record) in NCAA Championship Game
3 by Cincinnati in a win over Ohio State, 1961
3 by Loyola (Chicago) in a win over Cincinnati, 1963
4 by North Carolina in a win over Gonzaga, 2017
4 by Purdue in loss to UCLA, 1969
• Carolina held the Zags to 33.9 percent shooting from the floor. This is the first time in Carolina Basketball history it held six opponents in a single NCAA Tournament to below 44 percent shooting from the floor in all six games. Texas Southern shot 36.7 percent, Arkansas shot 43.3 percent, Butler shot 43.5 percent, Kentucky shot 41.5 percent, Oregon shot 37.9 percent and Gonzaga shot 33.9 percent.
• Carolina’s field goal percentage of .356 was its lowest in its 33 wins this year (second straight game UNC did that).
• Gonzaga out-rebounded the Tar Heels, 49-46. This was just the fourth time this year the opponents out-rebounded the Tar Heels and first time Carolina won when having less rebounds (losses to Kentucky in Las Vegas, at Miami and at Duke).
• Carolina came into the Final Four No. 1 in the country in rebounding and rebound margin, tied Oregon with 43 rebounds apiece, got out-rebounded by Gonzaga by three, and won both games.
• Carolina attempted 27 three-pointers, fifth most in NCAA championship game history and the most since Butler (33) in 2011 vs. UConn.
• Carolina shot 14.8 percent from three-point range (4 of 27), third lowest in championship game history and the second-lowest by the winning team. Duke went 1 for 11 (.091) in a loss to UNLV in 1990 and UConn went 1 for 11 (.091) in beating Butler in 2011.
• Ironically, Carolina set the championship game record for highest three-point percentage last year in its loss to Villanova (11 of 17, .647).
• Carolina’s 27 three-point attempts tied the second-most it took this year (30 in a win over Virginia and 27 in the home win over NC State).
• Carolina blocked eight shots, fourth most in an NCAA championship game (11 by Kentucky vs. Kansas in 2012, 10 by Florida vs. UCLA in 2006, 10 by UConn vs. Butler in 2011).
Tar Heel Player Notes
• Joel Berry II was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Final Four. He joins James Worthy (1982), Donald Williams (1993), Sean May (2005) and Wayne Ellington (2009) as Final Four MOPs.
• Berry became seventh player to score 20 or more points in consecutive national championship games. He had 20 points vs. Villanova in 2016 and 22 vs. Gonzaga in 2017. He joins UCLA’s Bill Walton, Lew Alcindor and Gail Goodrich, San Francisco’s Bill Russell, La Salle’s Charley Singley and Oklahoma State’s Bob Kurland as the only players to score 20 points in consecutive championship games. He is the first player to do so since Walton in 1972 and 1973.
• Berry is the first Tar Heel point guard, but the fourth consecutive point guard to win Most Outstanding Player honors at the Final Four (UConn’s Shabazz Napier in 2014, Duke’s Tyus Jones in 2015 and Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono in 2016).
• Berry is the first player to earn All-Final Four honors in consecutive seasons since Butler’s Shelvin Mack in 2010 and 2011.
• Berry is the first Tar Heel to earn All-Final Four honors in two different seasons.
• Berry was 4 for 13 from three-point range. The 13 attempts were the most ever by a Tar Heel in an NCAA Tournament game and equaled the second-most by a Tar Heel in the Roy Williams Era. They also equal the second-most attempts in an NCAA title game (16 by Illinois’ Luther Head vs. UNC in 2005 and 13 by Dave Sieger of Oklahoma vs. Kansas in 1988).
• Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks also earned All-Final Four honors.
• Meeks had 10 rebounds in the championship game, the fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament game he had double-figure rebounds. He is the first Tar Heel to accomplish that since Antawn Jamison did it six straight games over two seasons in 1997 and 1998.
• Meeks had 69 rebounds in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, most ever by a Tar Heel in one season. Meeks averaged 11.5 per game. The NCAA lists Pete Brennan with 67 rebounds in five games in 1957. Meeks surpassed Sean May’s 2005 total (64) and average (10.7) for a six-game series.
• Meeks finished the year with 378 rebounds, sixth most in UNC single-season history.
• Meeks finished his career with 1,052 rebounds, fifth most in UNC history.
• Meeks grabbed 152 offensive rebounds this year, most by any Tar Heel since offensive rebounds were recorded beginining in 1995-96. Tyler Hansbrough had 151 offensive rebounds in 2008.
• Meeks is the fourth Tar Heel to average a double-double in a five- or six-game NCAA Tournament series. Pete Brennan (1957), Antawn Jamison (1998) and Sean May (2005) also averaged double-doubles in points and rebounds in the NCAA Tournament.
• Meeks is second in career rebounds in NCAA Tournament games by a Tar Heel with 139. Tyler Hansbrough is first with 146.
• Justin Jackson scored 731 points this year, the second most in any season by a Tar Heel under head cosch Roy Williams. It is the third time in the last 14 seasons a Tar Heel has scored 700 points in a season (Tyler Hansbrough 882 in 2008 and 704 in 2009).
• Jackson’s 731 points equal the fifth most in any season by a Tar Heel.
Most Points in a Season by a Tar Heel
895 – Lennie Rosenbluth, 1957
882 – Tyler Hansbrough, 2008
822 – Antawn Jamison, 1998
740 – Bobby Lewis, 1966
731 – Justin Jackson, 2017
731 – Charles Scott, 1970
• Jackson scored 117 points in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, an average of 19.5 per game. That is the third-most points and the third-highest average in a six-game NCAA Tournament series by a Tar Heel.
Most Points, Highest Scoring Average by a Tar Heel in a Six-Game NCAA Series
134 points (22.3 ppg) by Sean May, 2005
119 points (19.8 ppg) by Donald Williams, 1993
117 points (19.5 ppg) by Justin Jackson, 2017
• Jackson has scored 239 career points in NCAA Tournament games, second-most in Carolina history. Tyler Hansbrough is first with 325. Jackson is fifth in field goals (85) and third in three-point field goals (29).
• Jackson set the UNC single-season record with 105 three-pointers in 40 games. He made 63 in 78 games as a freshman and sophomore.
• Jackson averaged 2.63 three-pointers per game, second most in Carolina history (Shammond Williams made 2.71 in 1997).
• Jackson and Joel Berry II combined to make 193 three-pointers this year, most ever by a Tar Heel duo. Berry’s 88 three-pointers equal the fifth-most in a season by a Tar Heel.
Most Three-Pointers in a Season by a Tar Heel
105 – Justin Jackson, 2017
95 – Shammond Williams, 1997
94 – Marcus Paige, 2015
89 – P.J. Hairston, 2013
88 – Joel Berry II, 2017
88 – Reggie Bullock, 2013
• Isaiah Hicks had 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. It was his first game scoring in double figures since he had 17 vs. Texas Southern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. His nine rebounds tied his season high (Monmouth and win over Duke).
• Hicks, Meeks and Nate Britt played in 17 NCAA Tournament games in their careers, winning 14 and losing three. They are tied for the second-most games and the second-most wins by Tar Heels in NCAA Tournament history with George Lynch, Quentin Thomas, Danny Green and Tyler Hansbrough. Pat Sullivan (16-3) is the only Tar Heel to have played in more NCAA Tourney games and wins.
• Nate Britt, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks and Seventh Woods tied the school record by playing in all 40 games this year. Last year, Joel Berry II, Isaiah Hicks, Jackson, Brice Johnson and Theo Pinson set the UNC record by playing in 40 games.
Roy Williams Notes
• The sixth coach to win three or more NCAA championships with John Wooden (10), Mike Krzyzewski (5), Adolph Rupp (3), Bob Knight (3) and Jim Calhoun (3).
• The third coach to take his teams to six national championship games with John Wooden (10) and Mike Krzyzewski (9).
• Williams is 3-3 in national championship games (wins in 2005, 2009 and 2017; losses in 1991, 2003 and 2016).
• 816-216 overall, 398-115 in 14 years at Carolina.
• 76-24 in the NCAA Tournament, including 42-10 at Carolina. The 76 wins are No. 2 all-time.
• This was Williams’ ninth Final Four – only Mike Krzyzewski (12), John Wooden (12) and Dean Smith (11) have more.
• Has won 51 NCAA Tournament games in the last 16 years – 10 more than any other coach in the country.
• The championship game vs. Gonzaga was his 100th NCAA Tournament game. He is the second to coach in 100 NCAA Tournament games (Krzyzewski 119).
• He is the third coach to finish runnerup in one season and win the championship in the following year (with UNC’s Dean Smith in 1981 and 1982 and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in 1990 and 1991).
• Williams has won 42 NCAA Tournament games at Carolina in the last 14 years. That’s more wins than every ACC school in its history except Duke, Louisville and Syracuse.
NCAA Tournament Notes
• Carolina is 123-45 all-time in the NCAA Tournament (second-most wins behind Kentucky’s 124).
• Carolina is 4-0 in national championship games matching No. 1 seeds against each other (1982 vs. Georgetown, 1993 vs. Michigan, 2005 vs. Illinois and 2017 vs. Gonzaga).
• Carolina is 8-5 vs. No. 1 seeds in NCAA Tournament history. The eight wins equal the second most by any school (Duke 9, UNC 8, Kansas 8).
• Carolina’s NCAA Tournament win percentage of .732 is second all-time.
• Carolina leads, 2-1, including 2-0 in NCAA Tournament games (2009 Sweet 16 and 2017 national championship).