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Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and hit the go-ahead free throws that put SC ahead to stay in a 77-70 triumph over the fourth-seeded Florida Gators. 'Believe it or not, we have practices where we play with a 15-second shot clock because I want them to push the ball hard enough to get a great shot in 15 seconds, not just throw it up.

The Duke legend loves to get under people's skin, maybe the Blue Devils aren't an exception or he just couldn't help but enjoy another Kentucky heartbreaker.

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Only the few present behind closed doors at North Carolina's practice on Saturday knew point guard Joel Berry II sprained his right ankle.

In a game chock-full of future National Basketball Association players, the sophomore from Huntersville, N.C., who averages just 5.5 points per game, was one of the unlikeliest of heroes. It was also far from the only big play he made against Kentucky.

Luke Maye, who came into yesterday's game averaging 5.5 points per game, instantly became a Tar Heel legend by scoring a career-high 17 points-along with the game victor with 0.3 seconds remaining.

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

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The two teams would trade blows until the dramatic 3-pointers at the end of regulation and overtime settled the Sweet 16 thriller. Devin Robinson and Justin Leon were consistent as usual and they helped the Gators stay close with five points each at the break.

The Tar Heels led by seven with 54 seconds left, but Fox and Monk hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the deficit to one.

The Tar Heels (31-7) will play Midwest champ OR on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz., in the national semifinal. They are a storied program, winners of five national championships and have produced many stars and moments throughout its history.

Kentucky led for less than 4 minutes in a game North Carolina had a big edge on the boards (44-34) and inside, where the Tar Heels outscored the Wildcats 34-26. Villanova's Kris Jenkins hit a shot at the buzzer in the title game, only seconds after Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige made a double-clutch 3 to tie it. Each team features five worldwide players on its roster.

Gonzaga went on to destroy No. 11 seed Xavier, 83-59, and cement their place in this year's Final Four. Tell me which team you think should be favored?

"Personally, I didn't know where this program could go", Gamecocks sophomore P.J. Dozier said. The Ducks won the 1939 national title. Bam Adebayo and Fox each had 13 points, and Monk, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, finished with 12. On paper it does not look easy but if you compare each teams March Madness run SC has the upper hand. "That's what happened to us a year ago". "They're going to get tested early".

The Wildcats' current group of highly regarded freshmen came within seconds of reaching the Final Four, but they will take some time before announcing future plans.


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