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Stephen A. Smith Picks Winner Of North Carolina-Gonzaga

stephen a smith debates the North Carolina Gonzaga match up.

We have a national title game prediction from Stephen A. Smith.

ESPN's First Take crew made its national championship game predictions during this morning's show.

Who does Stephen A. Smith have winning tonight's contest between North Carolina and Gonzaga?

The Tar Heels.

"I can’t see Roy Williams and UNC losing back-to-back national championships," Smith said.

UNC, of course, fell in last year's title game on a crushing buzzer-beater by Villanova.

Smith likes the Tar Heels to get it done this year.

Smith's co-host, Max Kellerman, is going the other way. He likes Gonzaga.

Gonzaga is making its first national title game appearance, having beaten South Carolina in its first-ever Final Four game on Saturday night.

North Carolina, meanwhile, is looking to win the sixth national title in program history and the third under head coach Roy Williams. The Tar Heels last won it all in 2009.

UNC enters tonight's game as a slight favorite. Most sportsbooks have Williams' team as a 1.5-point favorite as of this morning.

The game is set to tip off at 9:20 p.m. E.T. and will be televised on CBS.