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NCAA Tournament: Three Tar Heels named to All-South Region Team

NCAA Tournament: Three Tar Heels named to All-South Region Team

In Sunday's second game, North Carolina was facing overtime until Luke Maye drained a jumper with 0.3 seconds left to give the top-seeded Tar Heels a 75-73 win over Kentucky in the South Regional final.

Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and SC earned its first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday.

STOP MONK: The freshman guard turned in his best game this season in that 103-100 win over North Carolina in December.

One year ago, the Tar Heels' Marcus Paige hit a wild, off-balance three-pointer to tie the national championship game at 74 in the game's waning moments. The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half.

"I'm the guy that wanted him to come as a walk-on, so how dumb am I?" said UNC coach Roy Williams. "I didn't care what he was talking about".

North Carolina will play Midwest champ OR on Saturday in Arizona.

"I've been there 28 years", Few said, counting his first nine seasons as an assistant. "It entered my mind, but they got that son of a B in so quick, I couldn't get to anybody to do it". He finishes with four fouls, so does Monk, who scored 47 points the first time the two teams played, and who ended up playing 30 minutes in Memphis. "So I just shot it and luckily it went in". "It was such a great feeling". After career-high point totals in consecutive games, 17 on 6-of-9 shooting Sunday and 16 points and 12 rebounds on Friday, the unsung sophomore was awarded the Most Outstanding Player in a South Region that included not just his teammates Justin Jackson and Joey Berry II, who finished with 19 and 11 points, respectively, on Sunday. Maye's last-second shot was just a part of it, though.

After leaving the huddle, UNC rattled off a 12-0 run to wrestle the lead right back from the young and talented Wildcats.

Following the game, Kentucky star freshmen De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo were inconsolable as they broke down in tears discussing the game and season. "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".

But Williams changed to a zone defense, fueling a 12-0 run for North Carolina.

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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.

This was just the fourth time these blue bloods have met in a regional final. The Wildcats suffered a thrilling loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels 73-75.

Maye's big shot is also being celebrated in north Mecklenburg.

Butler punctuated the second-half runaway with a backcourt steal off a telegraphed pass by Greg Monroe before strolling the other way for an easy dunk and 17-point lead with 8:55 left. Adebayo easily was the most frustrated as he missed all five shots in the half with Kennedy Meeks swatting away one of his dunk attempts.

The UNC Tar Heels are preparing for the Final Four match-up.

When UNC coach Roy Williams asked for a timeout with 5:03 to play, Kentucky fans filled FedEx Forum with more noise and energy than the building had experienced all afternoon.

Kentucky was a No. 2 seed for the seventh time in program history.

Fox and Monk then hit back-to-back 3s in a 10-second span to close within a point 71-70 with 39 seconds to go. This time, they combined for 25.

Yes, South Carolina coach Frank Martin knows all about it.

"To play 33 minutes with that toughness and he can't really shoot the ball", Williams said. Berry then rolled his left ankle in the opening 5 minutes. Drake, who is in eighth grade, hopes to play football, basketball and baseball when he gets to high school like his father did. "We play them in practice some, but I was proud of them".


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