Last-Second Shot Lifts UNC Over Kentucky

North Carolina forward Luke Maye cuts down the net after North Carolina beat Kentucky in the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday

4 United Kingdom starters in foul trouble missing significant playing time in the first half. A North Carolina zone caused issues in the closing minutes. After blowing a late lead thanks to a furious rally from the Kentucky Wildcats, Luke Maye stepped up and hit a clutch shot with 0.3 seconds left to give UNC the 75-73 win.

Luke Maye knocked down a jumper with 0.3 seconds left Sunday, answering Malik Monk's tying 3 and lifting North Carolina over Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional final.

Kentucky's final response was a length of the floor inbounds pass by Derek Willis that almost hit the bottom of the scoreboard and landed out of bounds without being touched.

Coach John Calipari and Kentucky, like Mike Krzyzewski and Duke, are known as programs where one-and-dones go for one year before pursuing National Basketball Association millions. "It's hard to score with 0.3 seconds on the clock".

North Carolina is second only to Kentucky with its 48 NCAA Tournament appearances and 120 wins. It was serious enough to send the the junior to into the locker room.

"I just can't believe we lost", Adebayo said. All of a sudden, it's one shot that makes a difference. That led to a makeshift lineup and a loss in firepower.

North Carolina will play Midwest champ OR on Saturday in Arizona.

"People didn't think we would come together because of all we did in high school, scoring that many points", the point guard added.

"There was a lot of stuff that went on, and our kids fought through it", Calipari said. And like any piece of great art, you can watch this an infinite number of times and find something (someone) new to focus on. Humphries made an impact in the first half, but his biggest moments would come after the break.

"That's why they call it March Madness", Berry said. Both games will be on CBS as will the NCAA title game on Monday, April 3.

Fox and Monk then hit back-to-back 3s in a 10-second span to close within a point 71-70 with 39 seconds to go. 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. There were five lead changes, five ties and neither team ever led by double digits. The Tar Heels sophomore entered last night's Elite 8 showdown against Kentucky averaging just 5.8 points and 4 rebounds per contest.

Because of Humphries' inconsistency, the seven-foot sophomore had not played double-digit minutes since January 31, but he played 12 minutes in the first half alone against North Carolina because of early foul trouble for Bam Adebayo and Derek Willis.

Neither Kentucky nor Florida reached what would have been its program's fifth Final Four in this century. And that left coach John Calipari less than pleased. We kind of - we weren't in the spots we were supposed to be in, and it kind of started from there.

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