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A year later, North Carolina celebrates a championship

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was not pretty. At all. The game lacked any flow. The statistics reflected North Carolina’s struggle. The Tar Heels shot 35.6 percent from the field and went 4-for-27 from the 3-point line. At the end of a season in which rebounding became a […]

An Epic Night in Phoenix: Predictions for the 2017 National Championship

Gonzaga (37-1) vs. North Carolina (32-7)

Colton Bennett: Keys for North Carolina

North Carolina will need Joel Berry II to play like he did against Butler when he scored 26-points on 8-13 shooting. He can’t have another 2-14 game like he did in the semi-final against Oregon. Kennedy Meeks and the rest of Tar Heel […]

Vying for a championship, not revenge

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. – This North Carolina team insists it is not looking for revenge. The Tar Heels aren’t seeking to exorcise last year’s demons. They want to win the national title, plain and simple.

Last year, North Carolina’s dreams of a title were ended by the simple flick […]

North Carolina, Oregon face a confrontation in the paint

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Everything points to the Final Four matchup between Oregon and North Carolina becoming a bruising game on the inside. North Carolina (31-7) is making a record 20th Final Four appearance. The Tar Heels are averaging 39.9 points per game in the paint this season and […]

Tar Heels senior leaders dominate, earn spot in title game

By Jay Smith |@_SmithJ_

Sports Capital Journalism Program

HOUSTON — TAR…HEELS…TAR…HEELS!  The crowd of 75,505 inside NRG Stadium appeared to be split evenly between the four teams competing in Saturday night’s Final Four.  But if you closed your eyes as the horn sounded, you would’ve sworn you were in Chapel Hill.

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