When Kentucky’s Malik Monk hit an off-balance 3 to tie the Wildcats’ Elite Eight matchup against North Carolina at 73 with 7 seconds remaining, all hell broke loose.
Kentucky’s bench lost its collective mind. The crowd noise jumped multiple decibel levels. And yet, North Carolina remained calm. Theo Pinson took the inbounds pass and weaved through traffic with the basketball, crossing over halfcourt and speeding into the lane. As he neared the hoop with two Kentucky defenders sliding over to block his way, Luke Maye came open behind him. Pinson fed him, and Maye knocked down the jumper with 0.3 seconds left to give UNC the win and their 20th trip to the Final Four, an NCAA record.
If Maye, a former preferred walk-on, had missed his 8 a.m. Business 101-Management Accounting class Monday morning, it would’ve been hard for anyone to blame him. A former walk-on hitting the biggest shot of his college basketball career on the biggest stage? At a basketball-obsessed school like UNC? He could’ve slept through all his classes on Monday, hell, the whole week, and no one in Chapel Hill would’ve sweated it. But there Maye was, sitting in the front row of his class bright and early Monday morning, ready to take notes.
His classmates noticed, and before the lecture began, they gave Maye a standing ovation. Still looking sleepy, Maye stood up and acknowledged the love before settling back into his seat and resuming his day as a student.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them take Management Accounting at 8 a.m.
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