Kennedy Meeks barely did it, too. If he took a second longer? The shot clock — and possibly the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s hopes of returning to the Final Four — would have expired.
“Thank God Kennedy was right there,” Joel Berry said after UNC’s 72-65 win over Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The poke or tip or whatever else you want to call it came with less than a minute left in the game, UNC leading by just one. This, of course, was after the Tar Heels’ 17-point first-half lead turned to mush, after their offense skipped the tracks and wrecked itself. Considering the abomination of an offense the team trotted out for most of the game, that one point in itself might have been divine intervention.
And even with that slim cushion, UNC’s offense couldn’t sort itself out. As the shot clock wound down, Berry found himself trapped, dribbling to nowhere with no clear option of what to do.