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North Carolina played 15 games against tournament teams before the actual tournament

The Zags have gone up against NCAA tournament teams 11 times this season. Five of those have come in the NCAA tournament, of course, which is why they’re here. They’ve played nine different tournament teams, with three games against Saint Mary’s, a No. 7 seed who lost to Arizona in the second round.

Gonzaga was 6-0 against tournament teams in the regular season and conference tournament. That run included a five-point win against Florida, a two-point win against Iowa State, a seven-point win against Arizona, and three easy victories against Saint Mary’s, which couldn’t matchup well.

Is this a power conference slate? No. North Carolina played 15 games against tournament teams before the actual tournament, and the Tar Heels went 10-5. They had losses against Virginia and Miami, who aren’t better than some of the teams Gonzaga beat. (They also lost to non-tourney teams Indiana and Georgia Tech, while Gonzaga’s lone loss came against BYU.)
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Trevon Bluiett nearly bolted to the NBA a year ago before deciding at the last second to return to school. If he does the same thing this spring, then Xavier could be poised for yet another deep run in the NCAA tournament. If he doesn’t, Chris Mack should still have enough pieces to compete with the top of the Big East.

Game Mens Xavien Howard Jersey This year’s regional final run could be just the beginning for the Mike White era in Gainesville. The Gators lose starting point guard Kasey Hill and grad transfer Canyon Barry, but should return the other most important pieces from their surprisingly successful 2016-17 campaign. Having a healthy John Egbunu back will only make them more formidable.

4 surprising things about how UNC beat Gonzaga

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North Carolina’s 71-65 win against Gonzaga on Monday night didn’t come pretty. The Tar Heels claimed their sixth national title by beating a 37-1 opponent, and they did it on a night when they couldn’t shoot, got almost nothing from their bench, didn’t rebound all that well, and made fewer than 60 percent of their free throws.

This was unexpected, and I mean that in the most complimentary fashion. It’s a mark of a champion to be great even when you’re not, and UNC managed a six-point win despite myriad things going awry. This post is a collection of some of those things.

That montage is set to the song “One Shining Moment,” and it’s how every college basketball season has closed since 1987.
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The NCAA tournament is one of the most unique events on the American sports calendar. It features three weeks of high drama, passion, and twists and turns. In just over three minutes, CBS producers pack in a synopsis of March Madness, and cap it off with a tribute to that season’s national champion.

The song was created by a composer named David Barrett, who said he knew he had college basketball’s anthem as soon as he wrote it in the fall of 1986. But it was almost a different sport’s soundtrack. Barrett said CBS had designs on debuting “One Shining Moment” after Super Bowl 21, but it didn’t make air that night.

Instead it was used after Indiana won the national title a few months later.

30 years ago today, “One Shining Moment” made its debut on CBS. Here’s the original version that started an incredible Tournament tradition. pic.twitter.com/NTUgfVZarW