Tar Heels' Maye headlines list of Final Four X-factors

That also sent UNC (31-7) back to the national semifinals a year after losing to Villanova on a last-second 3-pointer in the title game - which formed the basis of a season-long rallying cry to get back and try again. This will be the Tar Heels' fifth trip to the Final Four under the guidance of coach Roy Williams, and their second straight. Then, with Hicks struggling against the Wildcats in the Elite Eight, Maye scored 17 points - the last two coming on that jumper with 0.3 seconds left for the 75-73 win.

Her son nailed the shot and put the Tar Heels up by two points with less than a second left in the game.

"We're exhausted today, but we're still excited and we're kind of on a high about just the way it went yesterday", said Aimee Maye, Luke's mother. "It was a great feeling".

The Wildcats won 14 of their last 15 games and finished with a 32-6 record, marking the fourth time John Calipari's tenure Kentucky has won 30 or more games in a single season.

Sunday, UNC held Monk to just 12 points, and his backcourt mate, De'Aaron Fox (24 points in the first meeting) to just 13.

"Anyone that's in sports dreams of moments like this", said Frank Martin, South Carolina's head coach, following Sunday's win against Florida, said Fox News.

"If you talk to any of the kids that we've recruited, they'll tell you he never promises you'll start or how many minutes you'll get or how many shots you'll get", he said. The result was much the same as the others, with North Carolina now 3-1 against Kentucky as the Tar Heels avenged a 103-100 loss on December 17 in Las Vegas. "We don't want to just make it to the Final Four". "He's been a mentor for me with just how he handles his program, how he runs his program".

When North Carolina and OR tip off on Saturday night, it will mark the fifth time the two teams have met.

Last-shot practice pays with Final Four for North Carolina
We wanted them to go attack". "I feel so blessed". "De'Aaron had it going, and they all accepted it". The total has gone under in three of North Carolina's last four games on a Saturday .

South Carolina's entire history in the NCAA Tournament could've been compiled on a cocktail napkin. "That way they can better manage their time, their days, to eliminate any distractions".

The Wildcats suffered a devastating last-second loss to North Carolina on Sunday in their Elite Eight matchup.

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

Few also said that while the goal always has been about building Gonzaga into a Final Four-caliber program, his focus on developing his players always has been more important.

OR and UNC will tip off roughly 40 minutes after the conclusion of that game.

Maybe as important, players who have been longer in a program have had tine to adjust and to buy into the style and philosophy of their coach.That's especially apparent with how Gonzaga, Oregon and SC have all surged into national championship contenders.

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. Freshmen Fox, Adebayo and Monk all declined to discuss the topic of the National Basketball Association draft.


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