NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s who the experts are picking in Gonzaga and North Carolina’s showdown

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March Madness comes to a conclusion on Monday with the championship showdown between University of North Carolina and Gonzaga.

This year’s championship consists of two No. 1 seeds who beat underdogs in the Final Four to get to the big game.

While UNC is a consistent powerhouse, boasting a few big-name players, Gonzaga is somewhat of a Cinderella team, a mid-major with top talent, benefitting from a potential lottery pick in Zach Collins and some transfer players.

The game figures to be a close one and if it’s anything like last year’s down-to-the-wire event, we’re in for a treat. Vegas Insider’s consensus currently has North Carolina at -1.

Here are the BI Sports team’s picks:

    Brett LoGiurato: UNC 76, Gonzaga 68 Cork Gaines: Gonzaga 81, UNC 80 Emmett Knowlton: Gonzaga 79, UNC 75 Scott Davis: Gonzaga 72, UNC 71

And to the experts, with picks coming from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBS, and Sporting News.

    Jay Bilas, ESPN: UNC Fran Faschilla, ESPN: Gonzaga Jeff Goodman, ESPN: UNC Seth Greenberg, ESPN: UNC Dan Dakich, ESPN: UNC Andy Katz, ESPN: Gonzaga Jay Williams, ESPN: Gonzaga Dana O’Neil, ESPN: Gonzaga Jeff Borzello, ESPN: UNC Seth Davis, SI: Gonzaga Bill Reiter, CBS: Gonzaga Gary Parrish, CBS: Gonzaga Matt Norlander, CBS: Gonzaga Chip Patterson, CBS: UNC Kyle Boone, CBS: UNC Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News: UNC

So, in total, 11 of our experts (including ourselves) have Gonzaga, while nine have UNC. Hopefully the game is as close as the bets.