Last-shot practice pays with Final Four for North Carolina

Last-shot practice pays with Final Four for North Carolina

The son of former Carolina quarterback Mark Maye, Luke eventually wound up with a scholarship, in part because the Heels lost out on Brandon Ingram to Duke in the spring of 2015. Before this season, SC hadn't posted a win in the NCAA Tournament since 1973.

To make this Pacific Northwest thing happen, the Ducks will need to get past North Carolina, who are 5-point favorites, and the Zags (-6.5) will have to get by SC.

On Sunday night in the South Regional Final, ACC regular season champion North Carolina defeated Kentucky 75-73 on a dramatic shot from Luke Maye with 0.3 seconds left. Maye hit the winning basket that gave North Carolina a 75-73 win.

In 2016, UNC appeared headed towards overtime when Marcus Paige fired up, and hit an acrobatic three-pointer to tie the game.

In the end Sunday, experience and size were the difference in why the Tar Heels advanced to the Final Four - not the officiating. Williams said. "He (made) some big-time plays today, big-time plays two days ago".

The teams combined for 203 points in a December matchup won by Kentucky, but it was apparent early this game would not measure up to that one in terms of offensive fireworks. UNC coach Roy Williams said.

"That's why we're sitting here right now, because they don't pay attention to that nonsense", coach Frank Martin said of the non-believers. "I'm just very blessed to have this opportunity".

It was a stark contrast to what UNC experienced in the previous season's final game last April, when Kris Jenkins lifted Villanova past the Tar Heels in Houston on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to claim its first national championship since 1985. And Oregon's Dana Altman focused on turning one deep NCAA Tournament run into something more.

Already prepared to lose seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder to graduation, Kentucky awaits its annual National Basketball Association draft decisions by talented underclassmen in its latest spring roster cleaning. The junior guard played 33 minutes. Who doesn't like a chance to see a David beat a Goliath? It shows that all of us care and we wanted to win.

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The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight will both be decided this weekend, so the time is now to revise your picks for bragging rights. They have the third most efficient defense, and they average 116.6 points per 100 possessions, which is sixteenth in the nation.

Just 657 out of 18,797,085 ESPN Tournament Challenge brackets correctly predicted the current Final Four. "So going into halftime we always just buckled in and locked in on what we needed to do to win and took it one possession at a time".

Justin Jackson scored 19 points for the Tar Heels, Maye had a career-high 17 off the bench and Joel Berry II added 11 on a sprained left ankle.

"Theo just drove down court and kind of was penetrating towards the basket and kind of picked my man a little bit", Maye said. "Everybody is crying and doesn't feel good, but we had a great run and I love everybody on this team".

Kentucky led for less than 4 minutes in a game North Carolina had a big edge on the boards (44-34) and inside, where the Tar Heels outscored the Wildcats 34-26.

Thornwell also grabbed seven rebounds and picked up a pair of steals in the win, as SC are heading to the Final Four for the first time at Glendale, Arizona.

Fox and Bam Adebayo each scored 13 points to lead five Wildcats in double figures. "I just wish we could have played the first half with a full roster", Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

The loss ended a 14-game winning streak for Kentucky (32-6) and kept the Wildcats out of the Final Four a second straight year.

It was an ending Williams desired after the last play of last season's national title game. I mean, you look at it, and guys stepped up.