UNC vs. Gonzaga: Celebration Highlights of Tar Heels' 2017 NCAA Championship Win

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03:  Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts late in the second half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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For the sixth time in program history, the North Carolina Tar Heels are national champions.

After losing to the Villanova Wildcats on a buzzer-beater in last year's national championship game, the Heels came out on the winning end Monday night, beating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 in Glendale, Arizona.

Heel Athletics showed how much changed in a year:

CBS Sports provided a view from the North Carolina student section:

Carolina Basketball passed along the celebration from the locker room:

This was the scene in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, via the city's Twitter account:

Twitter user Frank Leibfarth shared video of the commotion on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill:

Last year, Villanova's Kris Jenkins broke the hearts of Tar Heels fans by hitting the game-winning three-pointer against North Carolina. On Monday night, he watched Nate Britt, whose parents adopted Jenkins, get to savor a national title of his own, via USA Today's Nicole Auerbach:

Theo Pinson was overcome with emotion as he celebrated with his family, via The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears:

NCAA March Madness shared postgame comments from Joel Berry II, who scored 22 points in the win and was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player:

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he and his team wanted to atone for last year's defeat, per March Madness TV:

And of course, the Tar Heels cut down the nets:

The players jammed together for a postgame selfie, too, via Carolina Basketball:

Reaching a third straight national championship game won't be easy for North Carolina, but Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks are the only noteworthy outgoing seniors for the Tar Heels, though junior Justin Jackson may leave as well after he flirted with the NBA draft last year.

Still, the team will return plenty of talent, and the program has reached the Sweet 16 in three straight seasons.

Williams, who has won three championships and been to six other Final Fours, is one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, too. No matter how many personnel losses the Tar Heels suffer before the 2017-18 season tips off, a national title repeat won't be out of the question.

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