Spieth had a “9” on his scorecard Thursday in the first round – the sort of score even most recreational golfers are able to avoid. He made a quadruple bogey on the par-5 No. 15 – a hole known much more for the eagles it concedes than the quadruples it forces – and that threatened to end Spieth’s tournament before it really began.
Kennedy Meeks, the UNC senior from Charlotte, explains the moment that ended with UNC coach Roy Williams furiously slapping his right hand onto the hardwood floor just before halftime of the championship game.
Kennedy Meeks is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. The magazine features a photo of Meeks blocking a shot in the final seconds of Monday’s victory over Gonzaga in the NCAA championship game in Glendale, Ariz.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have arrived in the national final for the second straight year partly because they have learned to balance the weight of redemption with a team chemistry that embraces silliness.
Charlotte’s Kennedy Meeks had 25 points and 14 rebounds Saturday night. But it was his last rebound – after a missed Joel Berry free throw with four seconds left – that preserved UNC’s thrilling 77-76 Final Four win over Oregon.
The South Carolina Gamecocks rallied all the way back from a 14-point deficit to take a brief lead in the second half, but Gonzaga was too strong at the end and advanced to the national final Monday night.
After high school senior Kennedy Meeks and his West Charlotte team got upset by Luke Maye’s Hough team in 2013, Meeks endorsed Maye to North Carolina coach Roy Williams. Meeks and Maye have since become friends and will team together Saturday in a Final Four game against Oregon.
The HB2 “repeal” had a sense of urgency because the NCAA is about to hand out another string of championship site selections for 2018-2022 and North Carolina wants to be included. But it also has a fatal flaw, and the NCAA should reject it.