Tar Heels' Maye headlines list of Final Four X-factors

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Luke Maye can't go to class without getting a standing ovation nor walk across campus without getting stopped by people requesting to take a photo with him. All because of one shot -- one that lifted the Tar Heels past Kentucky to reach the Final Four while turning the sophomore from rotation reserve to sudden star. "He's big-time now," junior Justin Jackson said.

Gamecocks' Frank Martin: New perceptions of him 'comical'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes he's the same straight-forward, open book he has always been, though perceptions of him have changed with the Gamecocks' run to the Final Four. "How the stories have changed that I'm a yeller and a screamer to that I'm a passionate man," Martin said Tuesday, "I find that very comical.

Coaches: Carolina Final Four advantage to fade after tipoff

Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week. They also don't think it will matter once the games begin. "You can play in the national championship game nine years in a row. If you go the 10th time, you're nervous before that ball goes up in the air.

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NCAA-KENTUCKY-NORTH CAROLINA Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- 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.

South Carolina: The surprise of the Final Four

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gonzaga is in its first Final Four but the Zags had knocked on the door a few times. South Carolina, meanwhile, enters its first Final Four having never been close to this deep a run. The Gamecocks reached their first national semifinals the same season they reached their first Sweet 16, coming in as the seventh seed from the East.

Carolina (North) your tour guide for this year's Final Four

PHOENIX (AP) -- Consider North Carolina the tour guide at this year's Final Four. The Tar Heels will be making their record 20th trip, and most of the players on this year's roster were on hand last season to find out all about the agony of coming oh-so close to winning it all. For the rest of the guests, it's all uncharted territory.

Florida falls short for Final Four, but finds hope in White

NEW YORK (AP) -- The first NCAA Tournament in which Florida's Mike White has ever coached provided plenty of hope for the future of Gators basketball in the post-Billy Donovan era. After coming up a victory short of the Final Four, though, it was difficult for White to look toward the future when the present was so painful. "Obviously very, very heartbreaking," he said. Not the journey. Just the finish.

South Carolina headed to Final Four, beats Florida 77-70

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks (26-10) used their trademark swarming defense and some solid free throw shooting to beat their fellow Southeastern Conference Gators (27-9) in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina will face Gonzaga, the No.

Familiar foes South Carolina, Florida meet in East final

NEW YORK (AP) -- There's no need for introductions in the East Regional final. Scouting reports aren't really necessary. Fourth-seeded Florida and seventh-seeded South Carolina, two Southeastern Conference foes, will meet Sunday at Madison Square Garden with the winner advancing to the Final Four. This will be the third meeting between the teams this season with the home team winning both. They are two tough, defensive teams that can get out and run in transition.

SEC showdown at Madison Square Garden for spot in Final Four

NEW YORK (AP) -- No. 7 South Carolina (25-10) vs. No. 4 Florida (27-8) East Regional final, 2:20 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: The Southeastern Conference rivals have never met in a bigger basketball game than they will Sunday at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina is looking for its first Final Four appearance. The Gamecocks have been maybe the biggest surprise of the tournament, beating No. 2 seed Duke and blowing out third-seeded Baylor.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Friday: ___ EAST REGION FLORIDA 84, WISCONSIN 83 NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA Tournament. Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws.

The Latest: Chiozza's 3 gives SEC an Elite Eight trio

The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday (all times Eastern): 1:15 a.m. The Southeastern Conference had a big Friday night. Chris Chiozza's incredible running 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted Florida past Wisconsin in overtime, and it gave the SEC three teams in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1986. Kentucky beat UCLA in the South Region, while South Carolina beat Baylor in the East.

Bye, Michigan _ time for new lovable underdogs Xavier, SC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Thanks, Michigan. It was fun while it lasted. So who's going to be the lovable underdog in the NCAA Tournament now? Take your pick: Xavier or South Carolina. The Musketeers are a No. 11 seed after losing their starting point guard to a knee injury in late January and finishing seventh in the Big East. They stomped No.

TIPPING OFF: Point guard battle part of Kentucky-UCLA allure

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox have spent the season putting up big numbers and highlight-reel plays to power two blueblood programs. Come Friday night, one of those talented freshman point guards will move their teams within a win of the Final Four, too -- at the expense of the other.

Sweet 16 newcomer South Carolina faces Baylor in East Region

NEW YORK (AP) -- No. 7 seed South Carolina (24-10) vs. No. 3 seed Baylor (27-7) Sweet 16, East region; New York, 7:29 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: This is all new for the Gamecocks. They are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since the field expanded to 64, having beaten Duke in the second-round at Greenville, South Carolina, along the way.

South Carolina's Thornwell gets time to shine in tournament

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell squirms and shakes his head slightly the Gamecocks are referred to as a one-man team. He might as well get comfortable with the description. Thornwell has become the Jadeveon Clowney for men's basketball, the face of a basketball program the way the former No. 1 NFL draft pick was for Gamecock football.