Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left, and top-seeded North Carolina held off Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels’ second straight trip to the Final Four and 20th all-time in Sunday’s showdown of college basketball’s elite in the South Regional.
Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and South Carolina earned its first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday.
Alanna Smith’s layup with 23 seconds left capped Stanford’s rally from a 16-point deficit in the second half, Erica McCall blocked a last-second shot and the Cardinal edged top-seeded Notre Dame 76-75 Sunday to reach its first Final Four since 2014.
Washington’s faster-than-fast star scored 37 points, Bradley Beal added 27 and the Wizards again showed they’ll be a handful in the playoffs by beating James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-115 on Saturday night.
The 129-108 drubbing of the Brooklyn Nets helped the Wizards grab their third postseason appearance in the last four seasons.
Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night for both teams to beat No. 4 seed West Virginia 61-58 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final.
Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon ended No. 7 Michigan’s dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Thursday night.
John Thompson III’s departure opens one of the country’s highest-profile coaching jobs at at a time when Indiana and Oklahoma State are also in the market.
Thompson represented the tradition of basketball excellence that put the school on the map — the son of the father, the great Hall of Fame coach, John Thompson Jr. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough for the son of the father that represented the school’s legacy, far more than any rich or powerful alumnus.
The folks at Madison Square Garden were drooling at the thought of a Duke-Villanova regional final. Two schools that consider the Garden a home away from home in a No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed dream matchup that would make MSG the place to be this weekend.
In determining whether to part ways with Thompson III, Georgetown had the challenge of choosing between legacy and recent failure.
An ugly evening against Atlanta resulted in a win, and a few defensive lessons the Wizards can pocket down the stretch.