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UNC Wins 6th NCAA Championship Title After Beating Gonzaga 71-65

LIVE Blog: UNC vs. Gonzaga National Championship

North Carolina (32-7, No. 1 - South region) vs. Gonzaga (37-1, No. 1 - West region)

A wider view of the fans inside the Dean Dome! 

Crowds rush the Dean Dome after UNC win! 

UNC beats Gonzaga 71-65!

UNC wakes up at the end in the final minute of play! 

10:54 p.m. - Tough play by Hicks. Plus the foul. Misses the FT though. Heels up 44-43.

10:47 p.m. - TAR...... HEELS!!!!

10:46 p.m. - FOUR fouls on Collins. That's really bad news for Gonzaga fans.

10:11 p.m. - Gonzaga leads at the half 35-32 against UNC

10:02 p.m. - UNC Fans Dean Dome! "I put my hands up!"

9:53 p.m. - SO many open 3's for Gonzaga...

9:46 p.m. - The entertainment on Franklin Street! 

9:45 p.m. - Heels getting back in it! Gonzaga leads 21-19 against #UNC

9:40 p.m. - Media timeout: Gonzaga's up 19-14 with 10:39 left in the 1st. Gonzaga's Josh Perkins leads all scorers with 8. @WFMY #nationalchampionship

9:28 p.m. - 1st media timeout: Both teams shooting 2-7. 3's on both ends got crowd going though. UNC's up 8-7 in the #nationalchampionship @WFMY

9:22 p.m. - Theo Pinson gets on it early. Scores first. Tar Heels lead 4-2 against Gonzaga!

9:10 p.m. - UNC fans at the Dean Dome ready to get it started! 

9:05 p.m. - UNC men's basketball players head back to the locker room ahead of game! 

7:51 p.m. - A hot spot on Franklin Street already all sold out! 

7:48 p.m. - UNC fans ready to get the Dean Smith Center a rockin' 

7:44 p.m. - And the cheering begins!!!! 

7:40 p.m. - That classic championship basketball song hits a milestone! 

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7:09 p.m. - UNC fans send team off to the stadium in Phoenix! 


6:58 p.m. - A look inside the stadium before the #NationalChampionship game. 

6:50 p.m. - Here is the entrance where both teams will run out for gametime

6:49 p.m. - Check out that scoreboard! 

6:45 p.m. - Silent Smith Center but not for long! 

6:30 p.m. - UNC dad takes son who's a Duke fan to Smith Center. 

6:15 p.m. - Possible storms impacting UNC fans waiting to get into Smith Center. 

6:00 p.m. - Fans with their umbrellas! 

5:50 p.m. - UNC fans not letting the rain stop them! 

Here's some facts to get you ready for tipoff as the Tar Heels pursue their sixth national championship!

  • In the last game of the season, UNC and Gonzaga are meeting for the first time since 2009. The Tar Heels beat Gonzaga 98-77 in the Sweet 16 round en route to their fifth national title. Gonzaga beat UNC 82-74 in the preseason NIT in the 2006-2007 season.
  • Carolina's 77-76 win against Oregon Saturday was its 122nd NCAA Tournament win.
  • The Tar Heels are 3-0 in national championship games when both teams are No. 1 seeds.
  • This is the second time in school history that UNC has reached the national title game in consecutive seasons. Carolina reached the title game in 1981 and 1982.
  • UNC’s Kennedy Meeks tied a career high with 25 points in Saturday’s 77-76 win against Oregon.
  • Gonzaga is playing in its first final four and first national championship game. The Bulldogs' only loss came to BYU on Feb. 25. 

Here's a gallery of UNC's win against Oregon Saturday in the national semifinal: 

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