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"He has the ability to rebound the ball", North Carolina coach Roy Williams said of Maye, a sophomore forward and former walk-on.

"I know I have a couple of fouls before he gets 47 though; I'll definitely try to foul him a little bit more, just make it tough on him", he said. "Talk about a tough road". The Tar Heels block just 3.2 shots a game compared to Kentucky who has 5.4. No. 2 seed Kentucky. His 39 points are a freshman NCAA Tournament record. "If somebody beats you, you want to have a chance to play them again", Williams said on Saturday. The shot dropped in, the buzzer went off, the confetti rained down upon the national champion Wildcats, and all the Tar Heels could do was trudge back to the locker room, then go home to no parade. North Carolina has won five.

There likely are six players in this game who will play in the National Basketball Association, three on each team, so UCLA is talented, too, and will have a chip on its shoulder, but it could come down to coaching.

North Carolina is 0-3 ATS in its last three games after an ATS win.

Every time North Carolina and Kentucky face off, the game seems to turn into an instant classic. Kentucky has been to 17. SC is so adept at locking down opponents, the Gamecocks are capable of beating anyone on any given night. 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.

Dan Morris' 12 saves was a key factor in leading Maryland's defense against a North Carolina attack that didn't produce as dynamically as it's used to. North Carolina has beaten Kentucky 23 times. The gentlemanly Smith once allegedly called Kentucky center Rick Robey an impolite name.

Butler: The Bulldogs had not trailed in the tournament until Carolina's Isaiah Hicks scored the game's opening basket.

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North Carolina Tar Heels guard Joel Berry II (2) passes the ball against Arkansas Razorbacks forward Moses Kingsley (33) during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. All four games have occurred in the Elite Eight. Kentucky proved once already this season that it has enough stamina to prevail in a 40-minute track meet with North Carolina. Smith deployed his (in) famous Four Corners offense. North Carolina proceeded to lose to Marquette in the NCAA finals.

The outcome repeated in 1995 at the South Region finals in Birmingham. Pitino walked, as well.

UNC is shooting 80 percent from the floor in the early going. The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half.

No. 1 North Carolina vs. Kentucky was the No. 4. He scored eight points before the first media timeout and had 27 by halftime in tallying the second-most points by an opponent in UNC history (Duke's Dick Groat scored 48 in '52). DeAndre Liggins handcuffed Harrison Barnes.

He racked up five goals on seven attempts including the game victor, so he's not exactly the defense's favorite player at the moment.

North Carolina is nearly always good.

I know the general story surrounding this game is that both teams have improved over the course of the season and while that may be true, that adage points to the Wildcats more than the Tar Heels.


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