This time last night, North Carolina was gearing up for their national championship game against Gonzaga.
This evening, the Tar Heels’ men’s basketball team is flying home -- with the NCAA championship trophy in hand. The team is expected to land at Raleigh-Durham International Airport between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., a school official said.
The Tar Heels will arrive at the charter gate.
The team will then load onto a bus and drive to the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, for a reception. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the the reception will start at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.
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The Tar Heels beat Gonzaga, 71-65, Monday in the NCAA national championship game, getting redemption a year after losing last year’s title game to Villanova at the buzzer.
Monday’s win was the Tar Heel’s sixth national championship, and coach Roy Williams’ third.