Meeks shoots, and rebounds, and saves the day for Tar Heels


"The way that past year ended, meaning the final shot that we lost the national championship game, I'm hoping that motivated them", Williams said earlier this NCAA tournament.

"A close loss like this drives coaches insane, drives players insane because you think about every little thing", OR coach Dana Altman said. The college basketball season is coming to an end, and we only have four teams still standing: South Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon, and North Carolina. As a result, OR punched its ticket to the program's first Final Four appearance since 1939, also known as, the first year of the NCAA Tournament. Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds remaining, and top-seeded North Carolina stopped Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels' second straight trip to the Final Four.

He will have 3 inches and 40 pounds on the Tar Heels' 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks, who may have had the best game of his career in Saturday night's 77-76 win over Oregon.

North Carolina leads the country in rebounding margin and offensive rebounds. First Kennedy Meeks missed two free throws but after a non-box out by Oregon's Jordan Bell, UNC pulled down the offensive board and Joel Berry was fouled with four seconds left. The Heels are a year removed from the downside of the most heartbreaking national title loss imaginable, on a last-second three-pointer by Villanova's Kris Jenkins. He scored 10 points on 2 of 11 shooting, and turned it over five times.

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"We broke the timeout and Coach (Dean) Smith looked at Michael (Jordan) and said "If it comes to you, knock it in", Daly said". Przemek Karnowski had 13 points and five rebounds while Zach Collins came off the bench to score 14, grab 13 and block six shots. The Tar Heels' bona-fides are unquestioned. "Us four big men had to do a good job on the inside".

North Carolina needed a last-second jumper from reserve Luke Maye to beat Kentucky 75-73 while OR held Kansas to 35 percent shooting in a 74-60 victory at the Elite Eight last weekend. It more than made up for the fact that Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Isaiah Hicks (the other three UNC starters) shot a combined 5-34 from the field. It isn't as if North Carolina is a small program that only rarely visits the Final Four or has a chance for a title.

Bell finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds, but needed No. 17 to give the Ducks a last shot.

North Carolina's poor shooting in the first 20 minutes was counteracted by the Ducks' inability to take care of the ball, as OR gave it up 12 times.

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Gonzaga weathered a furious second-half rally by SC and held on to beat the Gamecocks 77-73 at the Final Four on Saturday night. Waiting for them were fiery Frank Martin and the big-game Gamecocks - and they took them head on for a tense 40 minutes.

"Like coach (Dana Altman) always says, keep my focus first on defense and rebounding and the offense, let it come", Dorsey said. Now they're just one victory away from getting their chance at yet another National Championship after their heartbreaking loss in 2016. Asked about it by reporters before the Tar Heels flew to Phoenix, Williams delivered a classic reply.

Forward Justin Jackson averages a team-best 18.3 points. Ducks coach Dana Altman said limiting North Carolina's advantage will be a "priority for everyone who is on the floor", but one made more hard by the absence of Boucher, the team's second-leading rebounder. "I think the respect thing has to go out the window". SC matches up with Gonzaga.

"I guess he didn't think I was going to go for it", Pinson said of Jordan Bell, the OR forward who was helpless to stop Pinson from getting his hand on Meeks' second miss.

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