One of the most prominent sporting events of the year, besides the Super Bowl, is the Final Four during March Madness. At a time when seemingly everybody is interested in college basketball, getting to the national semifinals is something which fans, players, and coaches will never forget.
This year, the Final Four matchups were between the Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. the South Carolina Gamecocks, as well as the Oregon Ducks vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels. The winner of the two Saturday contests, would go against each other for the national championship on Monday night.
In the first game, Gonzaga would come out top in a super close game, 77 to 73. The Bulldogs had only lost one game all year, and this would continue past the semifinals.
GONZAGA WILL PLAY FOR IT ALL!
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 2, 2017
Next up, was the game between the Ducks and Tar Heels. Oregon came in as a 3 seed, while North Carolina was a number 1. Despite the difference in rankings, it was a close game throughout. Although Oregon started off well, putting North Carolina down by 8 for the first time all tournament, UNC was able to lead at the end of the first half.
It continued to be back and forth, as Oregon was able to put in a basket with just over 6 second left on the clock. This made the game 77 to 76. After fouling Kennedy Meeks, he went to the line with 5.8 second left on the clock. He missed both free throws, but North Carolina was able to come down with the rebound again, drawing yet another foul.
Once again though, North Carolina missed two more free throws, but once again came down with the rebound. Despite missing the final four free throws, they were able to come up with the victory to advance against Gonzaga.
Despite so many upsets, two number 1 seeds still will be playing on Monday in the NCAA championship, the Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels.
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