Fear disappears for clutch stars
Certain players show big-play skills during game-changing moments.
It’s the closing seconds of a tight game in the NCAA Tournament and the coach needs someone to take a big shot.
Experience helps, as do talent and preparation. There is another variable, too, that can’t necessarily be quantified.
“Those kids, they’re not afraid of the moment, and they really just rise to the occasion, all those clichés you want to use,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.
Marcus Paige did it last year for North Carolina with a clutch basket late in the national title game before Villanova’s Kris Jenkins made a game-winner. Luke Maye joined the clutch club this year with a jumper with 0.3 seconds to beat Kentucky to get the Tar Heels back to the Final Four.
Williams drills his players
Luke Maye hit the winning shot against Kentucky.