Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four
Mar 29 2017 by Dustin Murphy
UNC forward Luke Maye played the role of hero Sunday's Elite Eight matchup against Kentucky, drilling a shot with 0.3 seconds left to lift the Tar Heels into the Final Four.
The total has gone under in three of North Carolina's last four games on a Saturday.
However, with the game heading for overtime, Theo Pinson drove towards the basket and then picked out Maye, who hit a jumper with a defender in his face to seal the win for the Tar Heels (31-7), who are heading to back-to-back Final Four and the program's 20th national semifinal.
Gonzaga finally parlayed two decades of excellence into its first trip to college basketball's showcase.
The South Carolina non-travel. - Live interviews with the players - ABC11 will speak with the players about their season and hopes for the Final Four - The live interviews will be available on ABC11's website and Facebook page 6:05 p.m. "Now we just need to go and continue to play well". SC will face off against Gonzaga in the first game at 6:09 p.m. (ET).
Then try waking up early when, just 12 hours before your class starts, you hit a game-winning bucket in another state that sends your school to the Final Four.
Maye's big shot is also being celebrated in north Mecklenburg.
North Carolina: Memphis and the South Regional have been very good to the Tar Heels.
In many ways, it was the first meeting - a 57-53 SC win on January 18 - that set the stage for where both teams are today.
The seventh-seeded Gamecocks (26-10) used their trademark swarming defense and some solid free throw shooting to beat their fellow Southeastern Conference Gators (27-9) in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden.
"Luckily it went it went in", Maye said after the game.
On the cusp of history, the Zags took it head on with a superb all-around game to give coach Mark Few the one missing piece of his resume.
The Zags are the second choice to win it all at 3-to-2, odds significantly less than the 60-to-1 opening odds set after last year's tournament.
Led by tenacious guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Josh Perkins and 7-foot-1 center Przemek Karnowski, the Bulldogs broke through big time this year, beating Xavier 83-59 on Saturday night. "We're all about going to the beach, sunshine", Bell said. He and the Blue Devils went on to win the national title that year after all. And, I mean, this wasn't even possible.
"It entered my mind, but they got that son of a B in so quick, I couldn't get to anybody to do it".
For Maye, it showed the Carolina coaches they were right to take a chance on the former walk-on that eventually earned a scholarship. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it was the Tar Heels that dealt the last blow: a jumper by Luke Maye that went through the basket with 0.3 seconds left and ended UK's season in heartbreaking fashion, 75-73.
That's a far cry from the experience accrued by Carolina, a program making its second consecutive Final Four appearance and whose coach, Roy Williams has been on this stage nine times. There was also the loose ball he helped tie up with 17 seconds left that, at least at the time, put UNC on the verge of sealing the game. Joel Berry II added 11 points while Kennedy Meeks pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds for the Heels. "Four seconds made a difference in my life". Get on me. Like people, how do you get on these kids?