Only eight Division I basketball teams have followed an appearance in the national title game with another one a year later. It's unlikely that any of them endured the sort of torment that befell the North Carolina Tar Heels, whose championship aspirations in 2016 were dashed when Villanova hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer. It's no wonder that the returning Tar Heels players started a group chat named Redemption over the summer to remind them throughout the school year of their goal, finally realized with a hard-fought 71-65 victory over Gonzaga.
Sports Illustrated celebrates the school's sixth NCAA championship with a special issue highlighting the heroes of the Tar Heels' season and their redemptive march back to the Final Four. This commemorative edition includes in-depth features on guard Joel Berry II, who won the tournament's most outstanding player award despite multiple injuries; sweet-shooting small forward Justin Jackson, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year; and super sub Luke Maye, whose last-second shot in the South Regional final propelled him to big man on campus status. Relive the highs and lows of the season along with key moments of Carolina's championships past. The back-and-forth NCAA final is showcased through SI's trademark photography and on-the-scene, all-access reporting. This is a one-of-a-kind keepsake for anyone who bleeds Carolina blue.
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