2017 NCAA tournament coverage
Coverage of the 2017 NCAA tournament from selection Sunday through The Final Four.
Gonzaga fans will have to wait to hear whether Zach Collins will be a one-and-done or return for his sophomore season.
Przemek Karnowski was motionless during the postgame press conference after the national championship game. He rested his left fist on his cheek and stared blankly at the name tag in front of him on the podium. Finally he was awakened by a question.
Josh Perkins was Gonzaga’s X-factor in the first half, scoring 13 points on 3 of 5 shooting and knocking down 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range. The second half was not as friendly. UNC clamped down on the redshirt sophomore guard and Perkins failed to score a point.
Nothing made much sense in the second half. Foul calls stopped the game’s flow in its tracks and left key players on both teams in foul trouble. Perimeter shooting – excellent by Gonzaga in the first half, poor by North Carolina – went south for both teams. For that matter, shots in the paint were missing the mark.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 71-65 loss to North Carolina on Saturday, April 3, 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
What could have been. Gonzaga University could have been national champions, if only for, well, for a lot of things.
Nigel Williams-Goss came to the interview room with red eyes. He made it through one question before choking up. Gonzaga and Williams-Goss aren’t used to losing, and coming up short in a winnable game on college basketball’s biggest stage brought raw emotion to the surface.
Zags or no Zags, Amber Westlin and Josh Burch were going to the Final Four.The North Seattle residents booked their tickets to the Final Four right as they went on sale. But they had an inkling their investment would pay off.
FINAL - North Carolina wins, 71-65...
GLENDALE, Ariz. – All season Gonzaga has heard the criticism. The Bulldogs read countless posts over social media that said Gonzaga was overrated and would never be good enough to get by teams like Kansas, Villanova, Arizona or Kentucky.