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NCAA 2017 Basketball Tournament Final Preview and Betting Tips

  • Gonzaga Bulldogs vs North Carolina Tar Heels is at 02:20 BST on Tuesday
  • Winner will be crowned NCAA champion
Justin Jackson (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The 2017 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament  concludes with the championship game in Arizona on April 3.


Final Betting Tips 



Gonzaga and North Carolina face off in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Monday night. The Bulldogs beat South Carolina 77-73 in Sunday's Final Four while North Carolina edged Oregon 77-76. This is the first ever championship appearance for Gonzaga while North Carolina is back in the final after losing to Villanova last season. Leading Gonzaga in this match-up is Nigel Williams-Goss, who had 23 points against the upset-minded Gamecocks. Head coach Mark Few will also count on Jordan Mathews and big men Przemek Karnowski, Johnathan Williams and Zach Collins, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds, six blocks in their last game. North Carolina, meanwhile, boasts of Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson. Meeks had 25 points and 14 rebounds against the Ducks while Jackson added 22. The Tar Heels also have Joel Berry, who shot just 2-of-14 from the field in the semifinals as he played through injuries on both ankles. Head coach Roy Williams will also count on Isaiah Hicks, Luke Maye and Theo Pinson.  


2017 NCAA Final Schedule

Final

DateTime (UK)Game
Tuesday, April 402:20 BST(1) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs (1) North Carolina Tar Heels


Participating Teams

Automatic Qualifiers

ConferenceSchool
ACCDuke
America EastVermont
Atlantic 10Rhode Island
AmericanSMU
Atlantic SunFlorida Gulf Coast
Big 12Iowa State
Big EastVillanova
Big SkyNorth Dakota
Big SouthWinthrop
Big TenMichigan
Big WestUC Davis
CAAUNC Wilmington
C-USAMiddle Tennessee
HorizonNorthern Kentucky
Ivy LeaguePrinceton
MAACIona
MACKent State
MEACNorth Carolina Central
Missouri ValleyWichita State
Mountain WestNevada
NECMount St. Mary's
Ohio ValleyJacksonville State
Pac-12Arizona
PatriotBucknell
SECKentucky
SouthernEast Tennessee State
SouthlandNew Orleans
SWACTexas Southern
Summit LeagueSouth Dakota State
Sun BeltTroy
WCCGonzaga
WACNew Mexico State

At-large Qualifiers

ConferenceSchool
Big 12Kansas
ACCNorth Carolina
ACCLouisville
ACCFlorida State
Pac-12Oregon
Pac-12UCLA
Big 12Baylor
Big EastButler
SECFlorida
Big 12West Virginia
Big TenPurdue
ACCVirginia
Big TenMinnesota
ACCNotre Dame
AmericanCincinnati
Big TenMaryland
Big EastCreighton
WCCSt. Mary's
SEC South Carolina
Atlantic 10 Dayton
Big TenWisconsin
ACCMiami (Florida)
SEC Arkansas
Big TenNorthwestern
SECVanderbilt
Big EastSeton Hall
Big TenMichigan State
ACCVirginia Tech
Big 12Oklahoma State
Big EastMarquette
Atlantic 10VCU
Big EastXavier
Big EastProvidence
ACCWake Forest
Pac-12USC
Big 12Kansas State

NCAA Tournament History

The first ever NCAA Basketball Tournament was played in Evanston, Illinois, in 1939 and featured only eight teams with Oregon emerging as the inaugural champion. The annual tournament was initially considered second-tier to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) but has long overtaken the NIT and is now among the most-watched sporting events in the United States.

The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is the most successful team in the tournament with 11 titles including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973. Ten of those championships were won under legendary head coach John Wooden, whose great Bruin teams included the likes of Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Gail Goodrich and Bill Walton. 

Kentucky, under head coach Adolph Rupp, was the first dominant force in the tournament having won four titles in the 1940s and 1950s. The Wildcats are the second most successful school in this competition with eight titles.

NCAA Champions

NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Champions

SchoolTitlesChampion Years
UCLA111964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995
Kentucky81948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012
Duke51991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015
Indiana51940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
North Carolina51957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009
Connecticut41999, 2004, 2011, 2014
Kansas31952, 1988, 2008
Louisville31980, 1986, 2013
Cincinnati21961, 1962
Florida22006, 2007
Michigan State21979, 2000
North Carolina State21974, 1983
Oklahoma State (formerly Oklahoma A&M)21945, 1946
San Francisco21955, 1956
Villanova21985, 2016
Arizona11997
Arkansas11994
California11959
CCNY11950
Georgetown11984
Holy Cross11947
La Salle11954
Loyola (Chicago)11963
Marquette11977
Maryland12002
Michigan11989
UNLV11990
Ohio State11960
Oregon11939
Stanford11942
Syracuse12003
UTEP (formerly Texas Western)11966
Utah11944
Wisconsin11941
Wyoming11943


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