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Except, most of that North Carolina team returned, and it can get its redemption next weekend in Arizona.

In the past, the two teams have met three times in the NCAA tournament, all in the regional finals, with the Tar Heels holding a 2-1 edge.

"Anyone that's in sports dreams of moments like this", said Martin, who was doused with water and dancing as soon as he entered the locker room.

Kentucky was called for 19 fouls, North Carolina for 18.

"Last week, he sprained his ankle".

Exactly 374 days after Villanova's Chris Jenkins drained the buzzer-beating jumper to give the Wildcats the win over UNC in the championship on April 4, 2016, Maye did the same to Kentucky in eerily similar fashion with his 20-foot jumper that sends Carolina back to the Final Four later this week. It was the longest 10 minutes I've ever had in a practice when he went off the court with our trainer.

Berry scored on the first possession after his return on Sunday. But that was back in 1939, the first year of the event, and decades before the phrase "Final Four" became as common as "dribble", "pass", or "shoot".

We spend so much of our time, when we are spending time talking about college basketball and analyzing college basketball, talking about famous coaches, great coaches, like Cal, and Roy, and Mike Krzyzewski.

"I'm happy for all of them", Williams said. "He kept driving the ball to the basket". In the second round, it faced a terribly under-seeded Wichita State team that played more like a 5-seed than a 10-seed.

Maye, who was so instrumental in UNC's 92-80 victory against Butler on Friday night in the regional semifinal, again played a starring role on Sunday. The difficulty increases even beyond that level when you're a student-athlete in-season. Luke has been playing well. And like any piece of great art, you can watch this an infinite number of times and find something (someone) new to focus on.

Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and Isaac Humphries rounded out the five-man team. Altman, in his seventh year, led the Ducks to last year's Elite Eight before falling to Oklahoma but came back to beat top-seeded Kansas in Kansas City, Missouri, to secure the program's first Final Four since that '39 title. Fox, Monk and Adebayo each picked up two fouls each in the first half. And for what it's worth, Maye did far more than just hit the final shot in that game, as he also scored 17 total points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and notched a steal as well. It was a terrific game. I mean, you look at it, and guys stepped up. He also beat out Monk, Fox and UCLA's Lonzo Ball, who may be among the top 10 picks in the June's National Basketball Association draft. "I've still never watched the game, probably will never watch the game".

"I just tried to limit his touches as much as possible", said Jackson, who drew the assignment of guarding Monk most of the game.

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