Mark Few - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mark Few UNC's title defense, Zags' follow-up top 2017-18 story lines GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The 2016-17 season is over, with North Carolina holding off Gonzaga to win the national championship for the program's sixth NCAA title. The win for the Tar Heels wrapped up the season's biggest story line: How North Carolina would bounce back from a buzzer-beating loss in last year's finale. Let's take an early l... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:50:00 GMT 2017-04-04T18:50:00Z Much of Gonzaga's title game team coming back next season SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The greatest season so far in Gonzaga basketball history ended with the Bulldogs falling short of their goal but many of those players who slugged it out with North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament title game will be back for another try next season. The focus for now shifts to the loss to graduation of center Przemek Karnowski and gu... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-04-04T17:52:00Z Missed call helps UNC in final minute of NCAA title game GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The official was right there standing over the play. North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks and Gonzaga's Silas Melson were on the floor trying to corral a rebound with 53 seconds left in the NCAA championship game with the Tar Heels up by one Monday night. Referee Mike Eades called a held ball and North Carolina retained... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:30:00 GMT 2017-04-04T10:30:00Z Tar Heels get it right this time, bring home the title GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For a whole year, the North Carolina Tar Heels wondered if they'd get another chance. For a whole year, the Tar Heels thought about what might have been. When Monday night's slugfest with Gonzaga came to a merciful end, the Heels had all their answers: The national title was theirs, the nets were hanging around their necks, the redemption tour was a su... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:22:00 GMT 2017-04-04T09:22:00Z Williams humbly passes Smith, joins elite coaching company GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roy Williams was simply not having it. No matter how many NCAA championships the North Carolina coach wins, no matter what the record book says, Williams will never see himself as measuring up to his former boss, longtime mentor and dear friend. "I don't think Roy Williams should ever be put in the same sentence with Dean Smith, I r... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 07:54:00 GMT 2017-04-04T07:54:00Z The Latest: North Carolina 'tough enough' to outlast Zags GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between North Carolina and Gonzaga (all times local): 8:55 p.m. North Carolina coach Roy Williams says his team finally got the redemption it needed after a heartbreaking buzzer-beater in last season's title game. The Tar Heels scored th... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 03:56:00 GMT 2017-04-04T03:56:00Z Gonzaga's brand of winning leads university's broader growth GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In the summer of 1998, Gonzaga University was a small private college in Eastern Washington that barely made a blip on the public consciousness, even within its own region. To shake things up, administrators decided to change the school's visual identity. The school colors went from light blue and white to a deep navy. The odd-looking mascot — a bulldo... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:55:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:55:00Z Poker buddies and road trippers, Few, Williams meet in final GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Few lifted the transition game he used for years at Gonzaga from Roy Williams' playbook. When Few first started going on those Nike-sponsored vacations that coaches take during the offseason, it was the North Carolina coach and his wife who made the Fews feel welcome. The last time Few and Williams' teams met in the NCAA Tourna... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:29:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:29:00Z Title or money? The give-and-take of one-and-done in hoops GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The teenager who plays hoops for a year in college and then leaves for the NBA used to be part novelty, part nuisance. These days, it's as common as a 3-pointer and as acceptable as your office bracket pool. Once the domain of Kentucky, Duke and few other select schools, the so-called one-and-dones now come from a... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:24:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:24:00Z Some things to watch in the NCAA championship game GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Some things to watch for in Monday night's NCAA championship game: IN THE MIDDLE Both teams have size in the middle and quality depth at the position. Gonzaga's 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski will go at North Carolina's 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks. Meeks has been play... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:14:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:14:00Z NCAA Championship a matchup for big men GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — If you like watching basketball played with big men in the middle, the NCAA Tournament championship game will be a can't-miss event. Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski, who weighs in at 7-foot-1 and 300 pounds, will go head-to-head on Monday night with North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks, who enters the game at 6-10 and 260 pounds. ... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:05:00 GMT 2017-04-02T23:05:00Z Gonzaga? Tiny school with the funny name plays NC for title GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For those who follow college basketball, the idea that Gonzaga is playing North Carolina for the national title doesn't seem all that strange. For those who don't — or only get involved when it's time to fill out a bracket — it still might. Gonzaga? Really? That a Jesuit school with 7,800 students based in Spokane... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:53:00 GMT 2017-04-02T22:53:00Z Gonzaga, N Carolina feature beastly bigs in NCAA title game GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Their pedigrees are different, but both teams are loaded with veterans. Both have some heft in the middle. When Gonzaga meets North Carolina for the NCAA national championship on Monday night, it could be quite a brawl. "They're big just like us and they match up with us pretty well," North Carolina's Theo Pinson ... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-04-02T19:15:00Z Hall of Fame coach vs future Hall of Famer for NCAA title GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roy Williams has been here before. Just last year, in fact. And five times altogether, playing for the NCAA championship. Twice he got to celebrate winning the final game of the season with the Tar Heels, pushing their total to five tournament titles. For Mark Few and Gonzaga, this is all new. Just getting to the Final Four was a fi... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 06:53:00 GMT 2017-04-02T06:53:00Z Gonzaga makes first NCAA title game with win over S Carolina GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Their star guard was outstanding. Their big men dominated inside. Still, it came down to some last-second strategy for Gonzaga to move on to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points, Gonzaga's big men combined for 27 and the Bulldogs kept South Carolina from taking a game-tying s... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 03:25:00 GMT 2017-04-02T03:25:00Z South Carolina and Gonzaga on the defensive in Final Four GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — South Carolina and Gonzaga have a lot more in common than just being in their first Final Four. Experience has been a key word around the two programs this week in advance of their national semifinal game on Saturday. A bigger word that applies is defense. They don't play the same style but they both are effective... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:41:00 GMT 2017-03-31T21:41:00Z Frank Mason of Kansas, Gonzaga's Mark Few win AP awards GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — No piece of hardware could take Frank Mason III's mind off what could have been. The senior point guard from Kansas received the AP Player of the Year trophy Thursday at the Final Four. He was there without his teammates since the Jayhawks were eliminated in the regional final by Oregon. I've still been thinking a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:32:00 GMT 2017-03-30T22:32:00Z Final Four guide: Teams, players and matchups to watch GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Final Four is set, with one blue blood and three newbies headed to the desert to settle the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina has been there, done that with college basketball's final weekend, reaching the title game last year. Oregon is here for the first time since winning its only title in 1939, while Gonzaga and South Carolina are making their fi... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:31:00 GMT 2017-03-29T18:31:00Z Coaches: Carolina Final Four advantage to fade after tipoff Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week. They also don't think it will matter once the games begin. "You can play in the national championship game nine years in a row. If you go the... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:39:00 GMT 2017-03-27T22:39:00Z TIPPING OFF: Final Four welcomes trio of 1st-time coaches RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frank Martin never got caught up in wins and losses, the highs and the lows, as he worked to build South Carolina into a contender for conference championships. Gonzaga's Mark Few dismissed questions of whether his Bulldogs would be a failure as long as they failed to get to a Final Four after so many great regular seasons. And Oregon's Dana Altman focus... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:07:00 GMT 2017-03-27T06:07:00Z Carolina (North) your tour guide for this year's Final Four PHOENIX (AP) — Consider North Carolina the tour guide at this year's Final Four. The Tar Heels will be making their record 20th trip, and most of the players on this year's roster were on hand last season to find out all about the agony of coming oh-so close to winning it all. For the rest of the guests, it's all uncharted territory. Gonzaga finally parla... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:51:00 GMT 2017-03-27T00:51:00Z The Latest: East vs. West set in Final Four next weekend The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 7:55 p.m. The Final Four is set. And in an unusual bit of geography, it'll be schools from neighboring states out west (Oregon, Gonzaga) against schools from neighboring states in the east (North Carolina, South Carolina). The national semifinal... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:58:00 GMT 2017-03-26T23:58:00Z Gonzaga's national title chance a breakthrough moment SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Gonzaga had great players go through Spokane, great teams that won year after year, laying the foundation for the program's big breakthrough this season. Now the bar will be raised. No more questions about when the Zags will reach college basketball's final weekend. Their Final Four jinx over, a national champion... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:46:00 GMT 2017-03-26T06:46:00Z Zags, Ducks give West Coast flair to Final Four in Phoenix KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Dorsey had just led Oregon to its first Final Four in nearly eight decades when he looked into a TV camera and passed along a very simple message to all those East Coast fans. The ones who are often asleep before the Ducks have even taken the floor. "Wake 'em up," Dorsey said with a grin. "Wake up!" Wide awake, sir. All of co... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:42:00 GMT 2017-03-26T06:42:00Z Gonzaga players take unusual journeys to Final Four SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Like a top soccer team, Gonzaga built a title contender by dipping into the transfer market. Point guard Nigel Williams-Goss arrived from Washington, forward Johnathan Williams from Missouri and guard Jordan Matthews from California. Add in 300-pound, 7-foot-1 Polish center Przemek Karnowski and guard Josh Perkin... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:16:00 GMT 2017-03-26T02:16:00Z Gonzaga beats Xavier 83-59 to reach first Final Four SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The criticism dogged Gonzaga wherever it went, no matter how much it won. The Zags run up their record by beating up on teams in a weak conference, then always seemed to come up short as the calendar went deep into March. Few outside of Spokane believed the program Mark Few helped build from scratch belonged in the national powerhouse conversation. ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:47:00 GMT 2017-03-26T01:47:00Z Gonzaga and Xavier ready for Final Four breakthrough SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Gonzaga coach Mark Few did not like the question but answered it anyway. His Zags had just held off West Virginia to reach the Elite Eight and he was asked if he felt like the monkey was off his back. Few gave a long answer about no one believing there was a monkey there in the first place. Not him, his players, ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:43:00 GMT 2017-03-25T00:43:00Z TIPPING OFF: Point guard battle part of Kentucky-UCLA allure RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox have spent the season putting up big numbers and highlight-reel plays to power two blueblood programs. Come Friday night, one of those talented freshman point guards will move their teams within a win of the Final Four, too — at the expense of the other. The Wildcats and... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:40:00 GMT 2017-03-24T06:40:00Z The Latest: Arizona's loss means three 2-seeds are out KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 1:05 a.m. Xavier's upset of Arizona wrapped up Thursday's four-game slate, sending the Musketeers into the Elite Eight as a surprise team alongside high seeds Gonzaga, Kansas and Oregon. That made Arizona the third No. 2 see... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:14:00 GMT 2017-03-24T05:14:00Z Top-seeded Gonzaga survives for 61-58 win over West Virginia SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn't allow West Virginia to get off a third. A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end. Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-s... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:51:00 GMT 2017-03-24T04:51:00Z