UNC avoids similar fate of last year’s championship game
Malik Monk, a high profile athlete for the Kentucky Wildcats, had a chance to be forever remembered for tying up the game to send it into overtime and potentially lead the Wildcats to the Final Four. However, Luke Maye had other ideas, as he rose up and hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left to help the North Carolina Tar Heels escape.
This game definitely showed flashes of last year’s championship game, where UNC had their hearts broken courtesy of a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Kris Jenkins. Marcus Paige had a chance to be the hero of that game for the Tar Heels, as he tied things up to cap a nice comeback for the Heels, but that was quickly erased due to Jenkins’ heroics.
The Heels had to be thinking of last year’s championship game the entire time down the stretch, because the heartbreak is definitely still there.
But for the organization and the fans, it must’ve felt great to see the other teams heart get broken in the final seconds after they made a big comeback. It also must feel great that the Tar Heels are in the Final Four again, with a shot of redemption on the line. Their next test comes against Oregon on Saturday.