East vs. West set in Final Four next weekend
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 7:59
The regional final was as tight as expected from two of college basketball's premier programs with high-profile coaches - Calipari and Roy Williams of North Carolina. If I go missing for any length of time, detectives may want to start by talking to her and watching episodes of "Forensic Files" for clues.
Almost 25 years to the day after a tall white player wearing the No. 32 beat Kentucky on a last-second shot (Christian Laettner), it happened again when former Tar Heels walk-on Luke Maye hit the winning jumper with 0.3 seconds left.
The Tar Heels will join South Carolina, Oregon, and Gonzaga in the Final Four on Saturday in Phoenix. Pinson scored six of his nine points to fuel the spurt, making a tough runner and also drilling four straight free throws.
First, freshman Malik Monk sent them into a frenzy with a clutch three-pointer that evened the score at 73 against the North Carolina Tar Heels with 7.2 seconds left.
"I probably should have called time out", Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "But you can get some kids to buy into that and believe in it, then I think they're well rewarded for it".
This writer projected before the NCAA Tournament began that North Carolina (31-7) would win it all.
"They were just saying I'm a little undersized, I'm not going to be able to play here", said Luke Maye, who at 6 feet 8 and 235 pounds often has to jostle with players considerably larger. Justin Jackson scored 19 points, and Joel Berry II added 11 on a sprained left ankle.
But the Wildcats' in-bounds pass sailed the length of the court and went out of bounds.
Isaac Humphries and De'Aaron Fox made the All-South Region team. He played well throughout, and it was his 39-point destruction of UCLA that carried the Wildcats into the Elite Eight. Fox and Adebayo wept side by side in the locker room.
"That shot is just playing back and forth in my head", Fox said.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the team with the pedigree in this final four.
The teams arrived at FedEx Forum with 13 national championships, 36 appearances in the Final Four and 246 victories in the NCAA Tournament between them.
SC will face Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed from the West Regional, in the Final Four on Saturday at Glendale, Arizona.
"Anyone that's in sports dreams of moments like this", Martin said after Sunday's win against Florida in the NCAA Tournament's East Region final.
"Has a career defining game and still comes to his 8am", the caption read. "At the end of the day, we get another chance to advance and get closer to our dream". In the back of my mind I wonder if she's trying to find a way to finally kill me off after yet another basketball season of my behavior during games. They lead the nation in rebounding and are Top 10 in points and assists.