In Sunday's second game, North Carolina was facing overtime until Luke Maye drained a jumper with 0.3 seconds left to give the top-seeded Tar Heels a 75-73 win over Kentucky in the South Regional final.
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Kentucky Wildcats went through a series of unreal emotions during their Elite Eight matchup.
"He's got a pretty full schedule of rehab this afternoon", Williams said.
One of Calipari's top players - Malik Monk - did just that in the first outing between the two teams.
"The Kansas game was really good for us", Avello said. There's no panic. Everyone understands what they have to do because head coach Roy Williams has drilled these types of scenarios into his team practice after practice. We've won a few games like that'.
"These last two weeks, when we got our name in, (Martin) said we been listening to him all season and don't stop now because we got our name on the board", Thornwell said. The Tar Heels led 38-33 at halftime.
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As with all of his teams at Kentucky, Calipari remained true to his roots even during times of adversity and said the players accepted structure and discipline within the program. "We should be playing it next week".
At points, the Wildcats seemed likely to run away with this game. "It doesn't mean you're going to beat them the next time, but you do have that".
The floor for next weekend's NCAA men's college basketball tournament Final Four is laid in place on March 24, 2017, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. This time, the Zags eked past Northwestern and West Virginia before routing Xavier in the regional final. This South final featured Kentucky with the most tournament wins all-time with 124 and North Carolina just behind with 120 (now 121). "And they're all of that magnitude".
The veteran Tar Heels - who have three starters back from last year's NCAA Tournament championship game, where they lost to Villanova on a buzzer-beating three-pointer 77-74 - never panicked. So I wanted these guys to get back because so many of them played in that game. And you could forgive him again if he made a decision to hit the snooze button when his alarm went off on Monday morning.
Forward Justin Jackson is their offensive leader and overall best player. The reserve forward won the award over likely National Basketball Association lottery picks in the Heels' own Justin Jackson, Kentucky's Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo, and UCLA's Lonzo Ball.
Maye, who was so instrumental in UNC's 92-80 victory against Butler on Friday night in the regional semifinal, again played a starring role on Sunday. Although his National Basketball Association stock is on the rise, Fox is focused on the present instead of the future. "Why not go win it all?"
Experience trumps luck, and the Tar Heels not only have experience with all five starters juniors or seniors, they have a program where national titles are the expectation. "De'Aaron had it going, and they all accepted it".