North Carolina cut down the nets Monday night, outlasting Gonzaga 71-65 in Phoenix. The game came down to the wire, but not everyone was happy with the officiating.
Notable UNC alums from around the NBA, however, were ecstatic about the win.
LETS BRING IT BACK TO THE CHAAAAAP!!!! YESSSIR!!
— Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22) April 4, 2017
Put another one in the rafters
— Ed Davis (@eddavisXVII) April 4, 2017
We one shot away from this being a repeat doeee.
— John Henson (@Johnhenson31) April 4, 2017
University of National Champions
— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) April 4, 2017
— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) April 4, 2017
The young boys won the championship!!!!!! Lit!!!! #TarHeelNation
— Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3) April 4, 2017
Even a pair of Duke alums weighed in.
Congrats to UNC. Seriously. Also- every player on the court tonight should have been paid. Scholarships don’t count. Don’t @ me.
— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) April 4, 2017
Once again… the refs are the stars of the game. Thanks #NCAATournament
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) April 4, 2017
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Miles Simon didn’t like the officiating either.
Man I can’t watch this anymore man! I would like to see the kids decide who wins the game! I mean Bruh!! Smh
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 4, 2017
Let these kids play. Put the whistles away.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 4, 2017
— Miles Simon (@milessimon) April 4, 2017
And Gonzaga alums were rightfully proud of the Bulldogs’ effort.
— Kelly Olynyk (@KellyOlynyk) April 4, 2017
Couldn’t be more proud of this group. Another major step forward for the program #ZagUp
— Kyle Wiltjer (@kwiltj) April 4, 2017
North Carolina goes from heartbreak to redemption, bouncing back from its buzzer-beating 77-74 loss to Villanova a year ago in the championship game. The Tar Heels are national champions for the sixth time in school history.
— Courtney Schellin and John Wilmhoff