Joel Berry named Final Four Most Outstanding Player

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A couple of bad ankles weren't going to slow down Joel Berry II in the NCAA championship game.

The North Carolina guard scored a game-high 22 points in the Tar Heels' 71-65 win over Gonzaga despite the injuries.

That effort was good enough for Berry to be named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four despite a less than stellar semifinal performance against Oregon.

Playing with a pair of sprained ankles, Berry was just 2-of-14 from the field in the 77-76 win over the Ducks Saturday, and while his 7-of-19 shooting Monday wasn't quite up to his usual standards, it was enough to push North Carolina to victory.

Berry, who added six assists in the title win, was joined on the All Final Four team by teammates Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson, as well as Nigel Williams-Goss and Zach Collins from the Bulldogs. He also becomes the first player since Bill Walton in 1972 and 1973 to score at least 20 points in back-to-back title games.

Joel Berry named Final Four Most Outstanding Player
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