This time, the North Carolina got it right.
ESPN's Myron Medcalf reported Tuesday that head coach Roy Williams was non-committal about a visit to President Donald Trump's White House following North Carolina's victory over Gonzaga.
For a year now - nearly exactly to the day - all these North Carolina players wanted was a chance to redeem themselves, an opportunity to erase the heartbreak from last April's national championship game loss.
Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss (5) reacts after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against North Carolina, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.
"I probably screwed it up, " Williams said.
Here's another photo of that play, just in case you need it. He had three huge buckets midway through the half, a stretch where North Carolina's offense went ice cold, and scored the bucket to put the Tar Heels up three with 25 seconds left.
UNC were led by Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry with 22 points despite shooting 7 for 19 from the field. I'm so glad he called a timeout because I think everybody on the floor was just like flustered.
The UNC fans are gone from University of Phoenix stadium, but the elation lingers in the dry Arizona air after the Tar Heels National Championship win.
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.
On one of the most important possessions of the season, a Hicks isolation in the high post didn't seem like an optimal choice.
And Williams said before the game that Meeks was the player he had ridden the second-hardest ever in his coaching career (Brice Johnson held the No. 1 spot, the coach said). "The kid is a flat out victor".
In control for most of the first half, the Zags (37-2) lost on a gamble when freshman center Zach Collins picked up his fourth foul after being put back in the game early in a whistle-filled second half. Williams-Goss played his first two seasons at Washington and had to sit out a year before playing this season. It wasn't over yet, but it sure started to feel real. Jackson had 16 points, while Hicks had 13 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal. The officials not only missed the call but also assessed a technical foul call to Northwestern coach Chris Collins for stepping out onto the court to argue the missed call.
"People asked me the last day and a half if he was going to come".
North Carolina was down five to Arkansas with 3:30 left. In 2015, the last time CBS aired the NCAA finale, 28.26 million viewers watched Duke beat Wisconsin.
North Carolina was able to redeem themselves and forget about the heartbreaking loss previous year delivered by Villanova. "I have no doubt in the future, there will be future Zags that get over this hump".
"The game is so big that you get so hyped up, you have to control your emotions and be able to play within yourself", Williams said.
The ability of Hicks and Joel Berry to bounce back from awful shooting performances on Saturday against OR truly enabled North Carolina to win this hard-nosed defensive game.