Last-shot practice pays with Final Four for North Carolina

Why Christian Laettner's famous buzzer-beater should have never happened

Neither team is expecting a similar offensive slugfest the second time around, but things are different for the Wildcats and Tar Heels going into the final week of the season.

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a.", Williams said with a smile, quoting Clark Gable's famed line as Rhett Butler.

"We went through that stretch when we lost those games, and everybody talked about how we looked like we didn't care".

After two weeks of buzzer beaters, upsets and standout performances, we've reached the Final Four: the North Carolina Tar Heels, Gonzaga Bulldogs, South Carolina Gamecocks and Oregon Ducks are headed to Phoenix.

30 Straight seasons that the Final Four has had at least one of these schools: North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Duke and UCLA. His absence hasn't been an issue during March Madness as other players have raised their game. The Tar Heels then inbounded the ball, ending a game that at times was ragged but featured a bunch of big plays at winning time.

Monk and Fox almost staged a remarkable comeback, combining to hit three 3-pointers in the final 53.5 seconds, erasing a seven-point deficit, only to lose on Maye's jumper after Monk had pulled the Wildcats even with 7.2 seconds left. "I kept thinking that if we could have made one more basket after we got up on them, maybe they can't catch us".

· North Carolina answered with a 12-0 run of its own over the ensuing 3:45 to take a seven-point lead, 71-64, with 54 seconds to play. Everybody's crying and it doesn't feel good, but we had a great run and I love everybody on this team.

Maye made 6-of-9 shots, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, for a career-high 17 points. Joel Berry added 11 despite missing part of the first half when he re-injured an already balky ankle.

That left the Wildcats with nothing to do but try a magical tip-in, which failed when the ball sailed out of bounds on the inbounds pass.

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The loss left De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo weeping side by side in the Kentucky locker room.

Justin Jackson finished with 19 points and also played tough defense on Monk, limiting him to 10 shots and 12 points.

"Anyone that's in sports dreams of moments like this", said Frank Martin, South Carolina's head coach, following Sunday's win against Florida, said Fox News.

Fox picks up his second foul with 12 minutes left in the first half, and ends up playing just 28 minutes in the game.

But this was just the fourth time these blue bloods have met in a regional final. North Carolina still exhibits and up-and-down style, while the Wildcats have become more defensive-oriented, especially during a current 14-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. He played sparingly in the first half, because of two early fouls. Adebayo easily was the most frustrated as he missed all five shots in the half with Kennedy Meeks swatting away one of his dunk attempts.

The South Carolina non-travel.

Roy Williams went all "Gone With the Wind" when a player asked about his North Carolina Tar Heels making the last shot Sunday to edge Kentucky to the Final Four.

SC head coach Frank Martin reacts during the second half of the East Regional championship game against Florida of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in NY.

657 ESPN brackets out of 18,797,085 with a Final Four of UNC, South Carolina, Oregon and Gonzaga.

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