Here are the three matchups to watch as North Carolina and Gonzaga clash in the final game of the college basketball season.
Meeks vs. Karnowski
Kennedy Meeks is having a magnificent stretch so far in the NCAA Tournament. The senior from Charlotte led the Tar Heels past Kentucky in the Elite Eight while tallying seven points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and he followed that up by tying his career high in points (25) and grabbing 14 boards to help UNC outlast Oregon.
But tonight’s game against the Bulldogs presents Meeks with perhaps the greatest challenge of his career. Lining up against him will be Przemek Karnowski, the 7-foot-1-inch, 300-pound center that will look to slow down UNC’s leading rebounder, who himself checks in at 6-foot-10-inches and 260 pounds.
Meeks hasn’t matched up with a player this size since Florida State’s Michael Ojo (7-foot-1-inch, 304 pounds) back in January. But the Bulldogs’ big man presents a unique challenge because not only can he back a defender down in the post and get easy looks, he can also find open teammates and spur the offense as a facilitator in the high post.