North Carolina coach Roy Williams initially wanted forward Luke Maye as a walk-on. Butafter Sunday, Maye will only be known as a hero in Chapel Hill.
After a back-and-forth second half, it was No. 1 seed UNC that came out on top, as Maye hit a jumper with three-tenths of a seconds remaining to beat the No. 2 seed Kentucky Wildcats 75-73 in the Elite Eight.
The Tar Heels will take on Oregon in the Final Four on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.
5:18: 6-0 run to start for UNC. Kentucky getting looks in the paint, just not finishing.
5:19: De'Aaron Fox just made his first three of the tournament. 3-point shooting is his one flaw in his game.
5:20: Theo Pinson just picked up his second foul of the game. That's big, as he's been picking up Fox on defense.
5:26: Joel Berry is shaken up a bit for the Tar Heels. Can't overstate how huge of an impact missing Berry would have.
5:29: With Berry hurt and Seventh Woods with two fouls, Stillman White will run point for the Tar Heels right now.
5:31: Update on the Berry situation: he's in the locker room, hurting the opposite ankle that was already lingering. But UNC gets a break, as De'Aaron Fox just picked up his second foul.
5:33: Joel Berry just jogged back to the sideline, which is good news for the Tar Heels.
5:47: De'Aaron Fox proving just how crucial he is to Kentucky with every minute he sits. The Wildcats look lost without him.
5:53: It feels like there are more players in this game that do have two fouls that don't. Fox, Adebayo, Monk, Willis, Pinson, and Bradley all with two.
6:07: 37-33 UNC at the half. Very impressed that the WIldcats managed to stay in the game despite the foul trouble of all their stars.
6:33: Annd with 17:35 left, Kentucky gets its first lead of the game, 39-38.
6:36: UNC hasn't made a field goal in nearly eight minutes. They lead by one.
6:40: That's certainly one way to get out of a funk. Justin Jackson converts a four-point play.
6:42: What a pretty feed from Willis to Adebayo.
6:56: This is getting pretty fun now. Kentucky defense is getting the Wildcats closer.
7:02: Kentucky extending the lead thanks to... Isaac Humphries? The sophomore from Australia has a career-high 12 points.
7:14: A Derek WIllis missed three leads to a Joel Berry layup. Kentucky has a steep hill to climb in the final minutes.
7:20: Kentucky had a chance after threes by Fox and Monk, but a bad final possession should end it.
7:23: Malik Monk makes the game-tying three, but Luke Maye hits a mid-range jumper to give UNC a two-point lead with less than a secodn to go! Wow!
7:27: That's a final. 75-73 North Carolina. Maye's game-winner will go down in history.