UNC downs Oregon, to meet Gonzaga in NCAA men’s basketball championship

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A year after losing the national title game on a buzzer-beater, North Carolina is back in the championship contest of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The Tar Heels (32-7) downed the Oregon Ducks 77-76 in the second national semifinal Saturday night behind Kennedy Meeks’ career-high 25 points.

UNC will play Gonzaga (37-1) Monday night for the national championship.

Earlier the Bulldogs edged South Carolina 77-73. The Tar Heels have won five NCAA tournament titles. This is Gonzaga’s first national championship game.

By Steve Almasy