North Carolina beats Kentucky 75-73, heads to Final Four
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 3:21
In case you've been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, Maye hit the game winning shot to send the Tar Heels to the Final Four with just 0.3 seconds left in their Elite Eight contest against Kentucky on Sunday. Nailing a jumper just inside the three-point line with 0.3 seconds to go, the sophomore forward punched the Tar Heels' ticket to Phoenix in a 75-73 victory over Kentucky.
From Murphy to Manteo and all parts in between, children in North Carolina will go to their driveways in the weeks and years to come and they'll stand to the left of the basket, a tie game in their imaginations, and they'll try to recreate what Luke Maye did on Sunday.
The Tar Heels can earn a return trip by beating OR on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz. Kentucky's freshmen De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk hit three quick 3s, the last two by Monk.
Luke Maye, who came into yesterday's game averaging 5.5 points per game, instantly became a Tar Heel legend by scoring a career-high 17 points-along with the game victor with 0.3 seconds remaining.
"It's great to be on the opposite side this time, not to have that feeling", Berry said.
They tapped into their experience with Williams able to start two seniors and three juniors, while second-seeded Kentucky (32-6) started only one senior, a sophomore and a trio of talented freshmen.
Joining the two United Kingdom players were three Tar Heels: Justin Jackson, Joel Berry II and Luke Maye.
Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox made a 3-pointer to cut UNC's lead to four, and Monk, who scored 47 points against UNC the first time these teams played, back in Kentucky's 103-100 victory on December 17 in Las Vegas, made a 3 of own to cut Kentucky's deficit to 71-70 with 39 seconds remaining. "It's going to be hard to get over". A dramatic 103-100 loss to Kentucky in Las Vegas in December.
Dylan Ennis added 12 points for the third-seeded Ducks (33-5), who took the lead with 16 minutes left in the first half and never trailed again, giving coach Dana Altman his first trip to the national semifinals. "You've got to make shots at the right time, get a stop at the right time. one little thing here or there tips the scales in a team's direction".
It'll be SC vs. Gonzaga in the first semifinal at 6:09 p.m. Saturday in Phoenix followed by OR vs.
That's how SC plays.
"I just can't believe we lost", Adebayo said. South Carolina's defense, which is second nationally this season, according to KenPom, and which allowed 40 points to the Gators in the first half, buckled down in the final minutes, forcing turnovers and taking the Gators out of what they wanted to do offensively.
Sindarius Thornwell dropped in a game-high 26 points for SC, which advances to face West Region champion Gonzaga in the Final Four on Saturday in Arizona. They shot just 11-for-35, or 31.4 percent, from the floor after halftime and didn't get a clean look at the rim in the final five minutes of the game. "I'm just trying to go out there and help my team win as best I can".
The ones that aren't could push this season's North Carolina team to a national title.
The question now is how many Wildcats will return for another season and who will become Calipari's latest one-and-dones.