North Carolina had the ball in its hands down 72-69 with 4.3 seconds left in its national championship game clash with Kansas. The Tar Heels had a chance to send the game to overtime, but they came up just short.
Caleb Love ended up attempting the potential game-tying shot. He took an inbounds pass from Puff Johnson and dribbled it to the top of the key. He was under heavy pressure from Christian Braun but had to put up the 3-point shot with time running out.
MORE: How Kansas' rally compares to biggest Final Four comebacks
It missed to the left, giving Kansas the victory as time expired.
Love's shot wasn't a bad one by UNC. The Jayhawks simply Broward Seahawks shirt played stifling defense on the play and were able to force Love into the difficult shot.
Of course, Kansas also got a bit lucky on the play. The inbounds pass wasn't designed to go to Love, as UNC coach Hubert Davis revealed after the game. The Tar Heels were trying to ge Eastern Washington Eagles Jerseys t the ball to Brady Manek.
“The play was for him to get a baseline screen, we were supposed to throw it to them,” Davis said NCAA Spirit shirt , per Arkansas Razorbacks shirt the Raleigh News & Observer. “Looked like he was going to be open, throw it to the opposite corner, but he stumbled and so it threw the play totally off. I think he would have been open. The first option was for him to shoot the three.”
2022 NBA MOCK DRAFT: Paolo Banchero rises in post-NCAA Tournament mock
Indeed, it looked like Manek was ready to break open on the play. R.J. Davis had David McCormack screened going to the far corner, so if Manek had stayed upright, Johnson would have at least had a. chance to get the long inbounds pass to him.
However, Manek got tripped up while trying to avoid Love and other players inside the paint. As such, the Tar Heels had to improvise. That led to Love's last-second attempt.
The play Davis and assistant Brad Frederick called was a variation of the "winner" set that was popularized by former Celtics coach Brad Stevens. On the "winner" set, the ball is inbounded across the court toward the far corner. The player Kentucky vs. Louisville Rivalry Shirts to catch the inbounds pass — typically a big man — will look to pass the ball to a shooter beyond the arc who comes off a screen atop the key in an effort to get an open shot.
Below is a look at how the Celtics ran that play in the early stages of Stevens' tenure as coach.
UNC's call was a bit different than Stevens' traditional set, as Manek himself would have had a chance to shoot the 3-pointer if he got open and was able to get behind the line. If the shot wasn't there, he would have looked for Love, who appeared to be heading toward Manek's corner before doubling back to J Andrews University Cardinals clothes ohnson and the ball after the senior forward slipped.
"Coach Davis and Coach Frederick drew up a play for either Brady or me to get the ball, whoever was open," Love said. "And so it was kind of screen to get me open and it was supposed to be a screen for me to get a flare. Got the ball and I took the shot and came up short."
DECOURCY: David McCormack delivers on immense promise on biggest stage
Despite the result, Davis didn't lament Alabama vs. Auburn Rivalry shirt his final play call or his team's execution after the game.
"Because Brady tripped, it just messed up the play," Davis said. "Caleb shot a great shot. It just didn’t go in tonight."