Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four

Why Christian Laettner's famous buzzer-beater should have never happened

Maye, who was a standout at Hough High School, made a shot will less than one second left to propel the Tar Heels over Kentucky Sunday night in Memphis. For a second, the sea parted, and that second was all Maye needed to hit the biggest shot of his life.

The foul shots would start a 7-2 run for SC that ended in a 77-70 win.

Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) shoots past Xavier guard J.P. Macura during the second half of an NCAA Tournament college basketball regional final game Saturday, March 25, 2017, in San Jose, Calif.

The game was ugly at times but never lacked for excitement.

Make no mistake, though, the Tar Heels haven't played their best basketball in the tournament.

The game was as close as expected until the final minute.

Malik Monk hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 73-all for Kentucky with 10 seconds left, but Luke Maye answered with a long 2-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to lift the Tar Heels to the victory and point-spread push.

Point spread: The Tar Heels opened as 4.5-point favorites; the total is at 148, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

'We practice that way every day, ' Williams said. The Blue Devils easily defeated MI in the final game to win their second consecutive championship.

· De'Aaron Fox nailed a 3-pointer with 17:57 on the clock, continuing UK's streak of 1,013 games with at least one triple. Then Kris Jenkins won the title for Villanova knocking down a 3 as time expired.

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"That's why they call it March Madness", Berry said.

"Everybody's always picking against us", Notice said Sunday after his team beat fourth-seeded Florida 77-70 at Madison Square Garden.

'I'm really happy for this team and the work that they've put in, the toughness that they've shown, and they're just, they're wonderful kids'.

When South Carolina faces Gonzaga in the NCAA final four playoffs in Arizona on Saturday, it will be the first time both the seventh-seeded Gamecocks and the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs have played their way into the semifinals.

Dillon Brooks of OR cuts the net after defeating Kansas during the 2017 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. The junior guard played 33 minutes.

Gonzaga beat Xavier in a blowout on Saturday to advance to its first Final Four. Why not go win it all?

"I just shot it and luckily, it went in", Maye said. Everybody's crying and it doesn't feel good, but we had a great run and I love everybody on this team. Will the classic contest between Kentucky and North Carolina on Sunday go down as "The Shot, Part 2" for the Wildcats? This time, in Memphis, where Cal coached once, it is Luke Maye of Carolina making the jump shot that made it 75-73, Carolina, and sent his team to Phoenix for the Final Four, and sent Kentucky back to Lexington.

The Gators never gave up, but the three-point shooting (7-12) that allowed them to take a seven-point halftime lead would completely disappear (0-14) in the second half, as the Gamecocks consistently attacked the basket and made their patented run to take the lead. Willis and sophomore Isaac Humphries left the court with towels over their heads, and Fox was the last to leave.

"That shot is just playing back and forth in my head", Fox said. "Because once you let him get going a little bit, it's hard to stop him".

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