GLENDALE, Ariz. — OK, it’s not Duke vs. Kentucky. This is even more appetizing.
It’s largely the same Tar Heels team that was sobbing uncontrollably in the locker room a year ago at this time after watching Kris Jenkins drain perhaps the most memorable shot in national title game history, a buzzer-beater that saw Villanova — not North Carolina — cutting down the nets.
It’s a Gonzaga program that has long been criticized for playing in a lackluster conference, in the wee hours of the morning for those on the East Coast, and one that has been crushed for not being able to advance to the sport’s final weekend.
North Carolina vs. Gonzaga on Monday night in the national championship game.