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Using NBA 2K17, a simulation of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament National Championship Game between the #1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs (37-1) against the #1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels (32-7) was conducted. The game was close throughout, but one team pulled away at the end to win the championship.
The Bulldogs led by a score of 32-25 at the half, but the Tar Heels made it close at the end, bringing the score to a 62-60 Bulldogs lead. The Bulldogs then pulled away after that. Two huge shots, one two-pointer and one three-pointer, by Bulldogs’ guard Jordan Mathews as well as a huge steal by Bulldogs’ center Przemek Karnowski sealed the victory for Gonzaga by a score of 67-60 to claim their first NCAA men’s basketball championship in school history.
Mathews led all scorers with 15 points, and Bulldogs’ forward Zach Collins was named the Player of the Game with his 13 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal on 4 for 8 shooting (50.0%) from the field, 2 for 4 shooting (50.0%) from 3-point range, and 3 for 5 shooting (60.0%) from the free throw line. Forward Kennedy Meeks led the Tar Heels with 12 points and co-led the team with 12 rebounds along with forward Isaiah Hicks.
Will tonight’s game reflect this simulation in any way? We will have to wait to find out. The real 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game begins at 9:20 PM EDT and will be broadcast live on CBS.