Fear dis­ap­pears for clutch stars

Cer­tain play­ers show big-play skills dur­ing game-chang­ing mo­ments.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Ge­naro C. Ar­mas NCAA

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.

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