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From NCAA. In some ways the perfect date for the national championship game, in other ways the odd couple. North Carolina is playing in its 11th national championship basketball game, hoping for its sixth title — not to mention its 48th overall, between soccer, lacrosse and whatnot.
Gonzaga seeks its first national championship in any sport. That year was appearance No. Mark Few is the most famous native son of Creswell, Oregon, population 5, and change. It was Mayberry. Fellow Dream Teamers. Williams has won 79 percent of his games — — which makes him No.
The only man he trails? Mark Few, who is at This is the 20th time in the last 44 years a team from the state of North Carolina is playing in the national championship game.
This is the first time since that a team from the state of Washington is there. Both teams are No. North Carolina has been in three.
The Tar Heels won them all. Gonzaga has Spike the Bulldog. Williams loves to play golf, and sprinkles his stories with references of the sport.
Talking about what the past two seasons have met to him, for instance. When I was 19, , 7 Saturday morning, I was always the guy calling everybody about meeting at the golf course at what time.
And these two teams have really been a lot of fun. And it was on a nice kind of groomed dirt trail, so yeah, not my usual outdoor experience.
But it helped. The unwritten story for this team is just how they assimilated so quickly with so many new faces, and that little 48 hours really, truly helped us. The eight Gonzaga players who saw action Saturday are scattered over six states — none from Washington — plus Poland and France.
North Carolina was fourth in the nation in attendance this season averaging Gonzaga was 89th in the nation in attendance this season averaging 6,, filling up McCarthey Athletic Center, which was named after two brothers who graduated from the school in English and literature and put up the money.
Both teams scored 77 points Saturday. The last Final Four that saw identical winning scores in the semifinals was FinalFour pic.
North Carolina shot If North Carolina wins, it will be 19th national championship in the past 20 years for a school from the Eastern time zone.
If Gonzaga wins, it will be the first national championship for the Pacific time zone since Arizona in North Carolina is No. Gonzaga is No. North Carolina beat Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 in Memphis.
Two night before the game, both coaching staffs had gone out together one night to a Mississippi casino and played craps. Both Williams and Few lost.
Those are their only two meetings, and only joint casino excursion. North Carolina has seven losses.
The last national champion with seven defeats was Michigan State in The last one-loss national champion was North Carolina State, 43 years ago. Williams has made one college head coaching move in is life, from Kansas to his alma mater.
Few has made none, spending a career at Gonzaga. Usually those pastors move around like every five or six years. Fifty-four years at the same little church, with a congregation of , people.
Why mess with happy. But not both.
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Beth Maiman is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.
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