UNC Survives Thriller Ending with a 75-73 Win over Kentucky

North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks right listens as Luke Maye left is interviewed after North Carolina beat Kentucky in the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday

Luke Maye's shot with 0.3 of a second remaining lifted North Carolina to a 75-73 win over Kentucky. They'd meet the victor of the other Final Four matchup between No. 1 seed Gonzaga and No. 7 seed SC. Florida and SC of the Southeastern Conference will meet at Madison Square Garden for a trip to the Final Four.

Wildcats G Malik Monk's 47 points in a December 17 win over the Tar Heels are the second-most points an opponent has ever scored on North Carolina. Maye's last-second shot was just a part of it, though.

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a.", Williams said with a smile, quoting Clark Gable's famed line as Rhett Butler. "I didn't care what he was talking about".

North Carolina joins Oregon, Washington, and SC for next Saturday's National Semifinal games in Glendale, Arizona.

North Carolina took control with a 12-0 run within the final 5 minutes. The Tar Heels finished this on a 16-9 run.

The Wildcats erased a seven-point deficit with 54 seconds to play as Malik Monk tied the game at 73-73 with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with nine seconds left.

"I probably should have called time out", Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "Plays needed to be made down the stretch and I stepped up and made plays".

As the Kentucky fans celebrated, Theo Pinson brought the ball downcourt and passed back to Maye.

Monk made two 3-pointers in the final minute. 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.

From Murphy to Manteo and all parts in between, children in North Carolina will go to their driveways in the weeks and years to come and they'll stand to the left of the basket, a tie game in their imaginations, and they'll try to recreate what Luke Maye did on Sunday.

Junior forward Justin Jackson, who led UNC with 19 points, made a layup on the other end to give the Tar Heels a three-point lead with 34 seconds remaining. Maye's shot left Kentucky only a final gasp that never materialized as senior Derek Willis' length of the court pass sailed out of bounds.

Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and Isaac Humphries rounded out the five-man team.

At that point, the Wildcats' two presumptive National Basketball Association lottery picks, De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, shrugged off forgettable performances to that point. Fox and Adebayo wept side by side in the locker room. '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. You've got to beat who's out there, and let's go, and don't worry about it.

North Carolina is second only to Kentucky with its 48 NCAA Tournament appearances and 120 wins.

This was just the fourth time these blue bloods have met in a regional final. The Tar Heels escaped in a squeaker 75-73 over the Kentucky Wildcats.

UNC led for nearly the entire game, but almost saw its hopes slip away when the Wildcats rallied to take a five-point lead with five minutes to play.



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