UNC vs. Gonzaga: Game Time and TV Schedule for 2017 NCAA Tournament Final

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 3, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts following a dunk against the Oregon Ducks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. North Carolina defeated Oregon 77-76. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Either North Carolina or Gonzaga will be named the 2017 NCAA Division I men's basketball champion on Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. ET.

Here's a look at Monday's television coverage as well as three battles to watch during the game.

Television Schedule
EventTelevision ChannelTime (ET)
NCAA March Madness 360CBS Sports6-8:30 p.m.
Capital One Championship CentralCBS8:30-9 p.m.
North Carolina vs. GonzagaCBS9 p.m. (pregame coverage, starting lineups, national anthem); 9:20 p.m. (tipoff)


What To Watch

1. The Battle of the Benches

Keep an eye on each team's reserves on Monday, specifically UNC sophomore forward Luke Maye and Gonzaga freshman center Zach Collins.

Maye averaged 12.5 points in his first four 2017 NCAA tournament games, but he was largely quiet on Saturday against Oregon, producing just two points in 13 minutes.

Maye can be a huge difference if he can get hot from the field, like he was against Butler and Kentucky in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, respectively, scoring an average of 16.5 points in those two games and nailing the game-winner against the Wildcats.

Likewise, Collins provides a unique challenge for any Division I team in the country, as it's not every day seven-foot centers jump off the bench and play significant minutes. It's even rarer to see a team have two seven-footers on the same team, as senior center Przemek Karnowski is 7'1".

In just 23 minutes, Collins posted 14 points, 13 rebounds and blocked six shots in the Final Four against South Carolina.

2. The Battle of the Boards

UNC senior forward Kennedy Meeks dominated the Tar Heels' 75-73 win over Kentucky in the Elite Eight even though he only attempted four shots.

Meeks grabbed 17 boards and led UNC to a 44-34 rebounding margin over UK. He also blocked four shots.

On Saturday, Meeks continued his fantastic play by scoring 25 points and snatching 14 rebounds in a 77-76 win against Oregon.

Meeks is one of the better rebounders in the nation, ranking in the top 40 in Division I with 9.4 boards per game, but he (and fellow senior forward Isaiah Hicks) are going to have a tough challenge down low against Karnowski, Collins and 6'9" forward Johnathan Williams, who leads the Zags in rebounds with 6.5 per game.

Both teams are used to winning the battle of the boards on a daily basis (UNC is first in Division I in rebounding margin, and Gonzaga is 11th). Will one team have an edge on the glass, or will UNC and Gonzaga battle to a draw?

3. The Battle of the Best

Keep an eye on the top scorers for each team: UNC junior forward Justin Jackson and Gonzaga junior point guard Nigel Williams-Goss.

We might be seeing Jackson with the ball in his hands quite a bit Monday. UNC point guard Joel Berry II is hobbled by two ankle injuries and mired in a bad shooting slump because of them. UNC's starting big men, Meeks and Hicks, have tough matchups as mentioned before.

Berry, Hicks and Meeks average 39.0 points per game combined. If they can't get it going, it will be up to Jackson (18.3 points per game) to carry UNC's offense unless another player (e.g. Maye) steps up, which is certainly possible considering some of his performances in this tournament.

Williams-Goss was in a shooting slump over his first four NCAA tournament games, making just 19 of his 61 field goals (31.1 percent), but he bounced back on Saturday, hitting nine of 16 shots in a 23-point effort.

For the season, Williams-Goss is a 49.3 percent shooter, so he may be rounding back into form at just the right time.


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