Where were you for the last five minutes of the North Carolina/Kentucky game? Hell, where were you for the last 15 seconds of that game? That’s the question of the day today. Because if you missed it, there’s not a highlight package out there that will do justice to seeing that ending live. And let me pick it up right there. Kentucky down three, 15 seconds left to go:
No doubt, the most memorable game of the tournament so far. Two heavy weights, throwing haymakers in the 12th round, leaving absolutely everything out there. You couldn’t ask for anything more.
Unless you’re Kentucky. And in this case, they’d ask for less–less time on the clock. Because apparently 10 seconds was too much for sophomore walk-on, Luke Maye, who drilled the step back jumper to ice the BBN. Cold-blooded! You’re probably wondering who the hell is this guy?! And where did he come from.
I know Wildcat Fan is, who probably had never heard of him before yesterday, but will never forget him now.
I’ll tell you who this guy is. I’ll tell you the guy is who just carved your heart of your chest and showed it to you. He’s a dude who comes off the bench, who had just one career start there, while averaging 3 points per game over the last two years. A guy who is 8th on the team in minutes played for Carolina this year. That’s the guy who just wrecked your life.
And while you may not know him, and were in a state of shock when it went down, none of the Tar Heel family was. This is a big who can face up and shoot it. And has busted his ass to make himself the player he is now. And one year after the Carolina was coldcocked at the buzzer by Kris Jenkins and Villanova, Luke Maye and the Heels flip the script and do it to Kentucky.
The Cats have nothing to be ashamed of. Malik Monk, hit what looked to be one of the biggest shots in Kentucky history. They were just a play away. But they left too much time on the clock for a former walk-on killer named Luke Maye.
And of the final four, only Carolina has been here before. And in their case, 19 times before. And we’ll see just how important that experience is, because until you’re actually in it, there is no way to prepare for it.