North Carolina defeated Gonzaga, 71-65, to win the national championship on Monday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
However, the game was marred by poor officiating, especially during the second half. In the morning following the win, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams appeared on the Dan Patrick Show. Part of the conversation involved the role the officials played during the national title game.
“I really got that totally involved with the officiating,” Williams told Patrick.
“It was an ugly game,” Williams later added, “but the whistles are a part of it. I tried to get my guys to not focus on that because kids are always thinking they need someone else to bail them out. I tell them to go make the daggum plays and don’t worry about the referees.”
In all, 44 fouls were assessed and 52 free throws were attempted.