North Carolina Gets Its Own Buzzer-Beater, And A Chance At RedemptionBy Dora Ramos Mar 27, 2017
(Also: Carolina's final possession was a Maye turnover.) When, in the midst of this celebration, one of his players mentioned that bit of transition that had bitten the Heels, Williams wasn't sure if he meant Kentucky and Monk or Villanova and Arcidiacano-to-Jenkins.
The Tar Heel offense was led by freshman Ashton McGee, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI and continued to make quite the impression hitting out of the number three spot for head coach Mike Fox.
Bad news for North Carolina: Joel Berry II has another ankle injury. The Tar Heels are never going to have a lapse where they fail to rebound.
Malik Monk had the game of his life. These two players, as shown in the win over UCLA, have the capability of putting their stamp on the Wildcats program in a short time with a trip to the Final Four.
THEO PINSON FACTOR: The junior guard missed that December game for North Carolina, and teammates believe he is such a good defender that he might've held Monk to 30 points if Pinson had played. Before Friday, the Wildcats hit that mark only five times on the season - all resulting in wins.Monk was responsible for four of the threes as the deep ball helped Kentucky compensate for UCLA shooting better than 50 percent. "If things go as planned, we still have three games left, so that's not in my mind right now".
Williams didn't shy away from the fact the Tar Heels are glad to get another shot at the Wildcats.
Explanation: As much as I'm not a Tar Heels fan, I feel like this is their year. This time his team won.
North Carolina's track record was almost identical in reverse: 28-2 when ahead at half, 2-5 when trailing. The Butler Bulldogs and Purdue Boilermakers advanced to the Sweet 16. North Carolina took care of that, winning a South Regional semifinal 92-80 Friday night.
He calmly rose for the jumper with three-tenths of a second left that lifted his team past Kentucky, 75-73, in an NCAA tournament South Regional final on Sunday evening at FedExForum.
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Arizona started the tournament with a 100-82 victory over No. 15 seed North Dakota one week ago, then defeated No. 7 seed St. The junior guard made his first seven shots, two of them from deep, before missing a 3-pointer with 1:20 left in the half.
UNC's last meeting with Kentucky came down to the final seconds, and that could be the case again on Sunday when the two square off in a 1-versus-2 Elite Eight showdown.
In successive January games, Butler made up 18- and 20-point deficits. It was his sixth double-figure scoring game in 66 career games at North Carolina, and the last two points were the ones that a killed a John Calipari team loaded with star power.
Monk got his second foul barely a minute later (5:02) when he grabbed the jersey of Jackson as the UNC player began a curl.
16 and 12 - North Carolina Luke Maye's points and rebounds. I was dumb enough the week before the game to say, so-and-so got 43 but we won the game; so-and-so got 45, but we won the game; so-and-so got 46, but we won the game. Malik Monk added 21 points and reserve Dominique Hawkins scored 11 points. "You know, I don't think it could be on any better stage".
Berry is North Carolina's second-leading scorer, averaging 14.4 points per game.
"I've been there 28 years", Few said, counting his first nine seasons as an assistant.
"We talked about this a couple of times". "We're still playing basketball, so I'm not thinking about leaving". Martin closed out the run with another 3-pointer to pull Butler within 71-60.
SC and Florida are at this stage of the tournament in large part because of a game they played against one another on January 18.
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