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North Carolina is the 2016-17 NCAA Champion


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Article written by Drew Franklin

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83 Comments for North Carolina is the 2016-17 NCAA Champion

  1. LouisaCatFan
    11:58 pm April 3, 2017 Permalink

    I like having freshman studs every year but it would be nice to have some upperclass man!

    • cats42301
      2:49 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      If you mean upperclassmen, what were Hawkins,Willis and Mulder? Or do you mean upperclassmen with the same talent as our freshmen? Thing is a lot of fans complained about Tubby not getting the top recruits hardly ever. The only way,. unless the NBA rules change, that UK under Cal will ever have top players that stick around for 4 years is if quits recruiting the so called “one and done” players and if he did that just means some other school will get them besides UK, then fans will complain just like under Tubby that we aren’t getting the best players. So, the upperclassmen we are always going to have with Calipari as coach is just like we had this season, players that are not one done type players that need a couple of players to develop either that or transfers like Mulder and Julius Mays, that Cal has professed to to like to recruit because most didn’t mesh with the one and done philosophy. So it’s a catch 22 situation. I know what you’re thinking but upperclassmen don’t guarantee a national championship. History and players like Dwayne Wade have proven that when it comes to UK basketball.

    • 4everblue
      3:21 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe more kids would stay here too if they had fake classes and were allowed to sleep in class like UNC… school would be more fun.

    • RealCatsFan
      8:57 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      … and had boosters funneling money to the players to entice them to hang around an extra year or two instead of leaving for the NBA.

  2. Alamo_Cats
    11:59 pm April 3, 2017 Permalink

    Vegas has spoken

  3. Bobbum Man
    12:00 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    How’s that investigation coming along?

  4. Mc12
    12:00 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Interesting to have a poorly officiated tournament end in a terribly officiated game. Refs getting Gonzagas best players in foul trouble seemed a tad bit ironic. Then a blown call where Meeks had his hand out of bounds on a jump ball late, and can someone please explain how they can go right to a replay to ensure Hicks got a shot off before the shot clock violation, but couldn’t in 2015 vs Wisc.?

    The NCAA has a big problem on their hands with officiating and with rule changes they have to go to 6 fouls at minimum. It’s almost comical and sickening at the same time with how bad it has become.

    • Lip Man 1
      12:01 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Rule was changed, they can now review questionable shots regarding the shot clock.

    • Alamo_Cats
      12:03 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      see comment #2

    • Mc12
      12:09 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Glad they were able to change that rule. And I definitely think there is some sketchiness. I’ve felt about 10 games I’ve seen in my life, not just UK have been fixed and Higgins has been the ref in 3 of those

    • KYcats11
      12:49 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Yes as mentioned above, please make a one shining moment of all of the calls in UNC’S favor. As the reply said, you might have to do several loops because it’s not long enough.

    • 4everblue
      3:24 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Alamo is right…. Vegas is running the show, anyone who thinks different is naive as hell.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:00 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Vegas doesn’t run things. The NCAA does what it wants for it’s own benefit. They are the Evil Empire.

    • 4everblue
      12:19 pm April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Sorry catsarerunnin, but the NCAA does not have even a small percentage of the power and money that Vegas has, but you are right about them being the evil empire….just run by Darth Vegas!

  5. ben14thafox
    12:00 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    F*** Higgins, should’ve been us….

  6. Cousins Fake Tooth
    12:01 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    That cheaters do win?

  7. chris43
    12:02 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    My thoughts? Neither Carolina or Gonzaga are “great” or even very good teams. If not for the BS calls we would have beat NC and I think we’d be cutting down the nets about now. Gonzaga choked and they big guy Karnowski looked awful. Just my thoughts….

    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:50 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve said all year that that there were no “great” teams this year, just about twenty “pretty good” ones. I think UK (or UCLA or UNC) were all probably a little better than any of the other Final Four teams this year, though.

  8. Lip Man 1
    12:02 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    My only thought is this continues my horrible run in sports…Cubs win, Alabama loses, Falcons blow the Super Bowl and now this garbage.

    I hope the NCAA takes away the 2005 title at least.

  9. AllBlueAllDay
    12:03 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    UNC very easily should’ve been beaten in 3 different games in the tourney. They had some luck on their side to get to the title game and win it all. They’re a great team but UK should’ve had them beat if a few things had gone differently.

    • 4everblue
      3:27 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Uhhhh….luck and the refs on their side. Arkansas probably would have won if the refs had called the blatant charge at the end of the game. Vegas just has too much power.

  10. T-wah
    12:05 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Congrats, Heels. Enjoy it while you’ve got it. If the NCAA does what it should, it will be vacated. Decades worth of cheating…biggest academic fraud case that has ever been uncovered. Great win by UNC tonight, but we’ll see if it stands.

    • ClutchCargo
      12:11 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      What makes you think the NCAA will do what it should?

    • wesmorgan1
      12:17 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Nah, they can’t vacate this title – none of the players (as far as I’ve seen) benefited from the AFAM fraud. Now, the 2005 title is a different question – but the NCAA won’t vacate that title, either…because $$$.

    • Park
      4:15 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      NCAA has never vacated a title from basketball or football. I wouldn’t expect that to start with UNC.

    • WillySpankit
      6:07 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Wasn’t USC’s 2004 football title vacated over the Reggie Bush thing?

    • Catsby80
      8:06 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      willy – if memory serves, yes it was vacated because Bush was considered ineligible. But I very seriously doubt that the NCAA will vacate anything in tar heel blue.

  11. cbris12
    12:06 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    That was a horrible basketball game all around. Shooting was terrible, refs terrible, more free throws than actual field goal attempts. They also need to quit playing these games in domes. Just pure greed on the ncaa’s part.

  12. snoopjdawg
    12:06 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Every game UNC played in the tournament included the other teams best players in foul trouble all night. This is what allows Carolina to stay in the game. Add in 20 years of systematic academic fraud on Roy’s watch and you have a National champion? This is beyond belief. How are they still playing? I guess Clem Haskins wishes he coached at UNC. What a joke.

  13. kristy4uk
    12:06 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Academic fraud for 20 years = championship.

  14. cjruk1
    12:07 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    • KTR2786
      7:24 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      YES! I saw this and it was enraging. That was a pivotal play at the end of the game too.

  15. youbluemeaway
    12:08 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    The championship was in the finals of the south regionals. The NCAA is too worried about trying to sell tickets to arenas close to schools instead of putting teams where they belonged…. Power 5 needs to dump the NCAA and form their own organization. The NCAA is an antiquated, old school, good ole intellectuals club making decisions about sport. Enough already!

  16. 1step
    12:08 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    I’m just sitting here…really frustrated. I don’t want to get up and do anything.

    I cannot believe the situations that led to this. It feels like we’re living in an alternate reality. UNC is a good team, but I truly believe they did not deserve this. Officiating isn’t perfect, I get it. but this? Bad. Arkansas should have beat them.

    I’m so proud of our team. I’m thankful for every year. But…I think it’s time we remind everyone who’s boss. Let’s get Number 9!

    Gah…still really angry over our loss.

  17. bandalumnus
    12:09 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Trying not to throw up. The only way this could have been worse is if it were Duke or Louisville. I’d like to think we’ll be back in the hunt next year, but we will have no experience at all, and all of our really good teams lately at least had a few upperclassmen that contributed. If there is a flaw to the one-and-done system, it’s that it really needs to have some balance of a few experienced guys. It may be a while before we win another championship, I’m afraid. In the mean time, UNC is gaining in our rearview mirror.

  18. motorcitywings
    12:11 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky was better than Carolina by the end of the year. No doubt. UNC had 7 losses. They scored 43 points in a game in late February. I wish the officiating had been fair in the Memphis elite eight game. It was officiated in a way to directly steal away Kentucky’s strengths. There’s no guarantee that Kentucky would beat Oregon or Gonzaga, but they were better than Carolina given a fair shake.

    I have no animosity for the the players for Carolina this year. I do have an issue with a program that has made a mockery of college basketball for decades to not only avoid repercussions but be given advantages! Cheaters do prosper it would seem.

  19. wesmorgan1
    12:14 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    The officiating wasn’t truly poor in the first half – lots of no-calls and some ticky-tack, but they were basically within the norms.

    The first 12 minutes of the second half decided the game – 21 fouls in 12 minutes? That was just NUTS – the refs decided to change the game. After that, every no-call or ticky-tack foul (that were ‘normal’ in the first half) was a gamechanger.

    My daughter just played her last collegiate game (in the NAIA National Tournament), so my 11 years of watching refs with the rulebook in my head are over – but this was one of the most poorly officiated “big games” I’ve seen at any level.

    I think it’s time for the NCAA (or, at least, the Power 5 conferences) to adopt the NBA’s “Last 2 Minutes” public review of officiating. Let’s see some responsibility assigned for blown calls — like the Meeks-out-of-bounds held ball that led to the decisive basket.

    (As an aside…it’s hard to believe that “freedom of movement, especially in the post and with rebounding” was an actual Point of Emphasis for officials this season.)

  20. Tberry57
    12:15 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    I just wasted 3 hours of my life. That’s my thoughts.

  21. SanDiegoDave
    12:16 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Congratulations to UNC. That was the worst officiating in the history of the NCAA tournament.

  22. trueblue2
    12:16 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Someone ***REALLY*** needs to make a compilation video of all the BS calls that went in UNC’s favor during this tourney… Cough, cough… OP

    Not just vs. Kentucky, but all six games. I’m positive the result would be nauseatingly eye-opening…

    • cbris12
      12:18 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Seriously, its like they were to not be denied by the refs.

    • trueblue2
      12:27 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Besides the fact that any such video would probably go viral… LOL

  23. JaxWildcat
    12:19 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Stinks it wasn’t us but it took the eventual champion to knock us out.

  24. wes908
    12:19 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    I’m so hurt, like so bad I think our team was the best team left and I still feel that way . This years lost is going to sting for a while . We just deserved it ! We had our ups & downs but the great coach we have got them together right before tourney time, our seniors step up so much and underclass men became veterans . I’m going to miss this group . I’m starting to feel like the one & done is hurting us but I know that’s never going to change at U.K. . But just tired of seeing teams that we’re better than come home with a Nat’l championship and us having to be so close every other year

    • Ridge Runner
      8:11 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      For me.. the 2015 year undefeated absolutely hurts the most. Willie never moved and the twins never drove the lane. Other losses sting but that one… ouch

  25. Go_Wildcats_Go
    12:31 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Yep, someone should do a “One Shining Moment” parody with all of the terrible calls in this tournament. Mission for Drew?!

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      12:39 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Great idea… Unfortunately you’d have to keep looping the song (because it’s not long enough).

  26. UKPROF
    12:31 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    In general, the NCAA is a joke. Poor if not ‘tainted’ officiating, protecting ‘some’ schools from obvious penalties (right UofL and NC?), and then circling like vultures around a few programs (right UK?) waiting for a booster to give a kid a slick of gum so they can bitch slap you and put your nuts in vise within 72 hours of the infraction.

    Not to change the subject, but hey there NCAA, how’s that 3 year investigation going at UNC?

  27. GroundControlToNumber9
    12:38 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    What sucks about this for mankind is…

    somewhere in the world there is a young child growing up watching this. He’s the next Rick Pitino and he see’s that cheating in school, payed referees, a corrupt Association (NCAA) and the cheapest whores this side of the Ohio River can pave your way to shallow relationships with tones closest to you, hairplugs, & a burning when you pee.

  28. GroundControlToNumber9
    12:38 am April 4, 2017 Permalink


  29. Han
    1:05 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Presuming there’s not some new revelations down the road to vacate this season, and given they’re not going to retroactively be put on probation, by rights, this should end up their 4th title. They should lose 05 and 09 (93’s probably dirty, too, but I don’t know enough about what was going on back then), and then they should get a couple years of death penalty probation during which they can console themselves with the 2017 title they shouldn’t have been eligible for. Most people are going to just praise them and Roy, and hey, bad officiating or otherwise, they did win this year with apparently eligible players. But they’re the dirtiest program in the history of the sport, and we’re literally seeing a case of cheaters prospering. And before the Dick Vitales of the world say these current UNC players had nothing to do with any scandals, they went to UNC because of its tainted, ill-gotten legacy and its coach’s tainted, ill-gotten record.

    If the NCAA wasn’t so biased and inconsistent, we’d soon be hearing about those two titles being vacated, plus Louisville’s title, and then maybe rival fans would have something else to pay attention to instead of trying to mock us for Cal’s 2 vacated Final Fours. To paraphrase Bobby Knight, “You have a coach and program winning 3 titles when their players didn’t go to class for 20 years, and another coach and program that bought strippers and hookers for recruits and players.”

    • Ridge Runner
      8:32 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      And it concerns me that it takes soooo long for them to release a verdict. Even courts of law are faster and they turtle paced

    • wildcatstrat41
      9:25 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      GREAT post!

  30. Kevin C
    4:15 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    I refuse to accept UNC as the true ’17 NC, just as I refuse to acknowledge Donald Chump as the POTUS.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:37 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Bad year for snowflakes.

    • Kevin C
      12:46 pm April 4, 2017 Permalink

      It only shows a lack of intellect when you use such an ignorant word. Fact is, the same would go for Billary….the entire election process was a complete sham and a disaster from the beginning.

    • MrNoItAll
      12:47 pm April 4, 2017 Permalink

      One hopes. Chump’s ego is the most fragile snowflake of all.

  31. UKfanman01
    5:14 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Somehow this doesn’t surprise me. Felt like this tourney was rigged. Gonzaga should’ve lost to Northwestern. Of all the blown calls I’ve ever seen the goaltend goes down as one of the worst missed calls in history. Then UNC beats Arkansas, the same round, with the help of the officials as well. UNC blocks a ball out of bounds, refs go review play, EVERYONE agreed that it was clearly blocked out of bounds by Carolina, officials give it to UNC. Game changer. UK vs UNC….. All around this has been a rough tourney. Only good thing was the SEC holding 3 of 8 spots in the Elite 8. I know it’s been said time and time again on this thread, but I just woke up, but it’s a damn shame that the winner of the tourney should be on the death penalty stemming from 22 years worth of academic fraud. If the basketball team hadn’t been part of this the other programs would’ve already been punished. Being that it’s UNC basketball it’s a hard pull to swallow but it’s extremely obvious nothing is going to happen. There will be 0 wins stripped, banners won’t come down, Williams won’t be fired, and the NCAA will rub their palms at the results of the tourney. Not only were there 22 years of academic fraud but I think people are quick to forget that around 4-5 years ago UNC players were hanging out with that drug dealer receiving money and getting cars from him too. Of course nothing came from that either

    • Ridge Runner
      8:30 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      I hear ya fanman

  32. WillySpankit
    6:10 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Between this and the LPGA situation, Wrestlemania has been the most legitimate sporting event of the last couple of days.

  33. Mathlete
    6:36 am April 4, 2017 Permalink


    • Ridge Runner
      8:21 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      I see Snoopy on that Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon in the background howling Booooooo when I read this. Yeah, sux

  34. RealCatsFan
    7:07 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    The last three years have been tainted, IMO, since either Duke or Carolina have won it or been in the finals. If not for a miracle shot by Nova last year, it would have been three tainted champions in a row. Both of these programs should have multiple banners removed from their rafters if the NCAA implemented sanctions fairly and evenly. College BB is my favorite sport, but this morning it has lost much of its shine, because it really feels like the table is set for certain programs to advance at the expense of the sport’s integrity. If at least one UNC banner does not come down, the NCAA itself should be investigated.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:51 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      The NCAA runs its own little world. They do what they want,not for the benefit of the student athlete,but for money. They run their own little empire. They also play favorites with certain programs and coaches. UNC will NEVER lose a banner. Neither will UL. Duke,Kansas and Syracuse are on the favorite list also. UK and Cal however would be HAMMERED if under investigation for the same things. It would be the death penalty.

    • 4everblue
      12:26 pm April 4, 2017 Permalink

      NCAA runs it’s deal as long as it fits in with Vegas’ agenda . The outcomes of all major sporting events are controlled by Vegas aka The Mob. Look at history… talks and you know what walks. Who among the them all has the most money? Why do you think Vegas is almost always spot on the point spread?

  35. cking
    8:03 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    UNC had average BIG players with no SUPERSTAR…but they still beat our 6-3 one & done ALL star back court. Their expierience trumped ours.

    I think we would have won the chip if we could have got by them.

    Cal not calling a timeout during their 12-0 run killed us..along with our inexpierience.

    • Ridge Runner
      8:16 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      I’m not so sure about the no timeout. I hear ya but there are opposing views by some coaches on calling time outs that also allow the offense to set a play.

    • Ridge Runner
      8:28 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Sorry cking… I overlooked the no timeout during the run you mentioned. My bad

    • RealCatsFan
      9:04 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Agree that a timeout to slow UNC’s momentum may have been warranted. My biggest issue with Cal is that he seems to allow his teams to let off the gas when they get a lead late in the second half. Instead of attacking aggressively (which is usually what got them that lead), he seems to go into conservative mode and tries to milk the shot clock. I don’t want to see them just come down and jack up a shot, but you do want them to continue to be aggressive on offense and defense.

      That being said, I think bad luck and a few key calls that went against us were our undoing against UNC.

    • 4everblue
      12:27 pm April 4, 2017 Permalink

      I believe the new rule does not allow a timeout to be called from the bench, correct me if I am wrong.

  36. Aar
    8:05 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    I’m happy for those UNC kids but sad for the sport of college basketball and the state of sports in general.

    • 4everblue
      12:28 pm April 4, 2017 Permalink

      I am not happy for those kids, the refs favored them in every game they played.

  37. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    8:10 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    It sucks man. We had our chance though, up 5 down the stretch. Just couldn’t score there at the end.

    • Ridge Runner
      8:18 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, moth Humphries & Willis had good looks and it didn’t fall. We had our chances. Sux

    • Ridge Runner
      8:18 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      ^both not moth

  38. Blue_Cat75
    8:18 am April 4, 2017 Permalink


  39. BlueDeuce
    8:33 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    My thoughts are this would have been a program serving a penalty for academic fraud this year had the NCAA done ANYTHING about the issue…instead, the NCAA just crowned Cheater U the National Champions.

    I can say I don’t fault the current players but they attended UNC based upon their past two decades of work which is part of the academic fraud…I can say I don’t fault the fans but they too looked the other way while all of this was going on, same for the administrators at UNC…I can however fault Ol’Roy and the NCAA for allowing such mockery of a sport that is as special as the World Series or Super Bowl.

    It is a shame it came down to them this year…had they lost this game there might have been some justice in the world but no way the NCAA takes action now. I think the NCAA would have acted last year if all the players didn’t return to make another run at it. Who knows…I feel like I was robbed this year and not because UK lost, but because Cheater U did!

  40. Sentient Third Eye
    8:45 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Like I said a week ago, a big reason the UK loss hurt so bad was we knew it was the real national championship game because none of the teams left were as good as UK or UNC. The winner of that game, barring a massive upset, was sure to be national champion.

  41. rantman
    10:42 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    McDonald’s All-Americans are nice and all, but Cal really needs to step up his game in recruiting referees.