The 3 plays in sports everybody will be talking about today
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 3:51
That's how SC plays.
North Carolina came into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in rebound margin: Plus 13.1.
That year they went on and won the national championship, which they haven't done since.
And when you consider Maye played an exhausting basketball game in Memphis the night before, the Business Administration major and ACC Academic Honor Roll member certainly deserves credit for dragging himself to the classroom.
"At the timeout, I didn't like the looks on their face, so I started yelling at them", Williams said. "I didn't care what he was talking about".
North Carolina took control with 12 consecutive points over the final five minutes, a run similar to what it used a week ago to beat Arkansas.
At points, the Wildcats seemed likely to run away with this game.
Maye's shot came seconds after Malik Monk hit a 3 to tie the game in a wild finish between the region's top two seeds. "I just love my team".
They'll talk about a game that had a little bit of everything _ floor slaps and screams, momentum swings and monumental shots, none of them more important than the one Maye, the Tar Heels sophomore reserve turned March hero, forever, made inside of the final second, his team's season hanging in the balance.
The Huntersville, North Carolina, native fielded Pinson's pass and calmly flicked in the game victor from just inside the three-point line.
"It's great to be on the opposite side this time, not to have that feeling", Berry said.
Maye was joined on the All-NCAA South Regional team by teammates Berry and Justin Jackson, who had a game-high 19 points on Sunday.
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.
The Wildcats did well to stay that close, considering that they had four starters on the bench before the half's end with two fouls apiece.
Kentucky stormed back with 3-pointers by De'Aaron Fox, Monk and then Monk again to set up Maye's dramatic game-winner. "It was 7.2, I think, when they scored and I was just screaming 'go, go, go.' And Theo goes down the court and finds Luke, and Luke made a big-time shot". "They're going to get tested early".
Never before had the NCAA Tournament pitted powerhouse programs that have so dominated March. Fellow No. 1 seed Gonzaga will take on No. 7 SC in the other Final Four matchup that same day.
Maye's time in Carolina blue hasn't always been ideal. It was a shot that could have haunted North Carolina, especially considering Monk's 47 points in Kentucky's 103-100 win over North Carolina Dec. 17.
It's been the overarching and underlying theme of the Tar Heels' 2016-17 season after seeing last year's title hopes dashed in an instant by Kris Jenkins' last-second game-winning shot.
Officials didn't help the flow of this game calling fouls left and right, though Kentucky took the brunt with its star trio of freshmen all picking up two fouls each in the half. Fox didn't score his first basket of the second half until almost nine minutes passed.
North Carolina has been good for decades, and has more than enough history to make up for the other teams. He's more like the fifth, maybe even the seventh as far as scoring options in the grand scheme of North Carolina's player rotation. Calipari anticipated the move, but Kentucky reacted too slowly to the defensive shift.