It lost to the South Region's No. 1 seed, the ACC champ, the team that lost on a last-second shot in last season's national championship game.
After a superb Regional Final that saw North Carolina and Kentucky go down to the wire, three Tar Heels and two Wildcats have been named to the All-South Region Team. And they certainly redeemed themselves with Sunday's 75-73 comeback win over Kentucky, a victory won when reserve Luke Maye swished a long two-pointer with 0.3 seconds on the clock to ruin a stunning Wildcats comeback in the final 58 seconds.
"I felt like that and I was dumb, okay", Williams said of not outright offering Maye to counter the competition. Because I won't watch this tape.
A year ago, Marcus Paige hit a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left to tie the national championship game at 74.
The veteran Tar Heels went on a 12-0 run to build a seven-point lead with less than a minute to go. "If it's five seconds or less we'll call a timeout".
Oregon, meanwhile-or who the Tar Heels will be facing-last reached this round all the way back in 1939. But throwing those shots away, which only added to that greatness of the game, would be throwing away the effort and fight that turned the season around for this team. When he was asked what the Wildcats were thinking on Maye's shot, he said, "I don't think we were thinking".
"It's great to be on the opposite side this time, not to have that feeling", Berry said. "I thank my teammates so much and my coach for putting me in that situation".
You know, when Maye rose to launch that jumper, in the heart of the FedExForum, he wasn't a whole more than 10 feet off of Beale.
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Luke Maye won it on this jump shot for North Carolina against Kentucky. All of a sudden, it's one shot that makes a difference.
"I just tried to limit his touches as much as possible", said Jackson, who drew the assignment of guarding Monk most of the game. In addition to seniors Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder, draft projections show that Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo would be first-round picks in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. By making the easy play, the Tar Heels will play on, making one final trip for the Final Four.
"We're not going to settle for this and we still feel, like, we got one more game", regional MVP Sindarius Thornwell said with one of the nets draped around his neck. "Amazing that we had a chance". "Forcing thing in this type of game is tough because guys are as good as you".
Neither Monk nor Fox made a second-half field goal until there was 10:58 remaining.
Kentucky led for only 3:57 in a game North Carolina had a big edge on the boards (44-34) and inside where the Tar Heels outscored the Wildcats 34-26.
This story has been corrected to reflect that the "Gone With the Wind" quote referenced by North Carolina coach Roy Williams was spoken by the character Rhett Butler, not Scarlett O'Hara, and also to show that Kentucky is 4-2 in regional finals under John Calipari.
They can match Gonzaga's size, have scorers off the bench, can play fast or slow and have a Hall of Fame coach in Roy Williams.
"I can't even describe it, man", Fox said. "I was trying to yell positive messages". It's going to be hard for me to get over. Willis tracked Pinson, who passed back to Maye for UNC's latest clutch basket in a history chock-full of them.
The North Carolina loss is just two days shy of the 25-year anniversary of "The Shot".