UNCW hires North Carolina assistant CB McGrath as coach

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- UNC Wilmington has hired longtime North Carolina assistant C.B. McGrath as its head coach. Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli announced the hiring Monday. McGrath has spent 18 years with coach Roy Williams, including the last 14 with the Tar Heels. They were playing Gonzaga on Monday night in the national championship game, and UNCW says McGrath will take over the Seahawks the next day.

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.

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.

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.

Ducks take 'another level' to first Final Four in 78 years

After a demoralizing loss to Oregon this season, Arizona coach Sean Miller suggested that if the Ducks had another level they'd be dangerous. Turns out Oregon did have another level -- and it took the team all the way to the Final Four. The Ducks wrapped up their season at 33-6, setting a record for wins, on the way to just the second national semifinal appearance in school history.

Gonzaga-North Carolina: Matchups that could make difference

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- North Carolina and Gonzaga are separated by 2,567 miles and five NCAA men's basketball national titles. The distance between the two campuses is the farthest for NCAA Tournament finalists since 1971, when UCLA faced Villanova, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The last time a school with as many as five NCAA championships faced a team looking for its first in the final was 2006, when Florida broke through against UCLA.

The Latest: Williams reiterates program did nothing wrong

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Latest on the NCAA championship game (all times local): 3:13 p.m. North Carolina coach Roy Williams again says his program in particular did nothing wrong in the school's multi-year academic scandal that has led to charges from the NCAA. "Were there some mistakes made? You're darned right there were. Were there some things I wish hadn't happened? You're darned right. But there were no allegations against men's basketball," Williams said.

Gonzaga, North Carolina preparing for national title game

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Gonzaga and North Carolina have turned their attention toward Monday's national championship game. The teams are holding news conferences and a closed practice at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday afternoon after both earned tough wins in the national semifinals the night before. The Zags beat South Carolina 77-73 in the first game. Then the Tar Heels beat Oregon 77-76 in the nightcap.

NCAA title game: UNC students cautioned about bonfires

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Officials are cautioning University of North Carolina basketball fans ahead of the NCAA title game that bonfires are prohibited on the main street near the campus. Authorities in Chapel Hill said Sunday that two people were injured after about 12,000 people rushed into the town's main street after UNC-Chapel Hill's victory over Oregon late Saturday in a men's NCAA semifinal game. The party continued into the early hours Sunday.

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Tar Heels students dance around bonfire over NCAA title game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Officials are reminding college basketball fans at the University of North Carolina that bonfires are prohibited on the main street adjoining the campus. Chapel Hill officials said Sunday two people were injured after about 12,000 people rushed Franklin Street following UNC-Chapel Hill's victory late Saturday in the men's basketball NCAA semifinal game. The party continued into Sunday morning, when regular traffic resumed through downtown Chapel Hill.

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 said. "Their guards are really good. We just got to play the game and execute.

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 first, and now they are one victory from lifting the trophy.

Meeks' huge game carries Tar Heels back to NCAA title game

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kennedy Meeks relentlessly attacked the boards, posting up deep in the paint and playing with an aggressive edge that hasn't always been there through his North Carolina career. The Tar Heels needed every bit of it, too, to survive against Oregon in the Final Four.

Meeks shoots, and rebounds, and saves the day for Tar Heels

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- North Carolina missed the shots. No surprise there. Kennedy Meeks saved the game. No surprise there, either. Meeks, the only Tar Heel who could shoot straight Saturday night, muscled away the game-saving offensive rebound in a 77-76 victory over Oregon after ice-cold Carolina missed its fourth straight free throw down the stretch.

The Latest: North Carolina against Gonzaga in final

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Latest on the semifinal games in the Final Four: (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Two college basketball programs on opposite ends of the country and with much different histories will face off for the national championship on Monday. North Carolina and Gonzaga pulled out hard-fought wins in the semifinals to set the stage for the title game.

Final Four time with S Carolina-Gonzaga, Oregon-UNC in semis

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The NCAA Tournament is ready to carve out its finalists from among the Final Four. South Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and North Carolina are the last teams standing in a March Madness field that started with 68 teams. There are three games left to determine the 2017 champion, starting with two semifinals on Saturday night.

ACC to consider NC as event host again after LGBT law change

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference is ready to start holding events again in North Carolina after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people. In a statement Friday, the league said its Council of Presidents has voted to again consider North Carolina sites to host events.