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Hoopsters:

Wentz Wagon takes the cheese.

North Carolina used a late surge (they closed with a 9-2 run) to gain redemption after last year’s heart-breaker to down Gonzaga for the school’s 6th national title, and putting Wentz Wagon alone atop the standings of Jabin’s March Madness Charity Pool.

It was a weird game. Neither team played particularly well (UNC Coach Roy Williams said the same thing post-game), and the referees seemed to try to insert themselves into the action in the second half (big-time foul trouble for both teams), and it looked like it might come down to the last shot. But Carolina hit some big shots, Kennedy Meeks blocked a bigger shot, and Justin Jackson sealed it with a breakaway dunk to push the margin to 5. Gonzaga was close, but the Tar Heels were not to be denied.

Wentz Wagon finishes with 84 points, Kim Varner and Deirdre Kelly tied for second place at 78 points, and Sissy finished in 4th with 77 points. Will Dawson and Chris Baumle were next at 76 points, followed by seven players — World B. Free, Sierra Hogan, Megless, FL Bound Baby, Eric Anderson, LynnG, and Jeff Wood — all at 75.

Thoughts from the championship game:

  • I really can’t explain how Gonzaga came out for the second half – did they maybe think the half lasted longer than it did? They looked like they were sleep-walking – two really bad turnovers to start the Tar Heels’ 8-0 run before Coach Mark Few stopped the bleeding with a timeout. Just weird. That 8 points was the difference in the game, and as Bill Raftery said on the broadcast, "Teams can’t win the game at the start of the second half, but they sure can lose it."
  • I figure if I really apply myself, I can get that Buick jingle out of my head by June. July latest. Bomp bomp ba domp domp ba domp domp ba bomp bomp. Sorry. But what can I tell you? Misery loves company.
  • How about NCAA President Mark Emmert being greeted with boos during the trophy presentation? Ouch.

I’ll be back to you as soon as Wentz Wagon reveals the winning charity. One last plug for making your donation if you haven’t yet. You can do it right from the GoFundMe page here.

Complete final standings are available on the site.

Back to you soon with our winning charity,

Jabin