Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph said he went crazy in his campus apartment on Sunday as he was watching his buddy and as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Memphis the North Carolina Tarheels looking for one shot to beat Kentucky and go to the Final Four and the pass came from inside back out to the former Tarheel walk-on Luke Maye and he sank the jump shot to win it 75-73 and Carolina was going back to the Final Four. Maye has actually been on the Oklahoma State campus a couple of times, the most recent was last fall when he came to visit Mason Rudolph and watch the quarterback engineer a huge home win in Boone Pickens Stadium against Texas.
"He came here to support me and we've been friends a long time," Rudolph said. "Our families are really close and my dad and his dad were roommates at North Carolina. I will be cheering really hard for Luke and North Carolina."
"The last time (Maye was here) Mason brought him down to the locker room and introduced him to us and I didn't notice (last weekend) until I saw the replays and I was reminded of who he was," head coach Mike Gundy said with a smile on his face. "Great story for that young man and he was back in business class by eight the next morning, so he's got it figured out."
Maye did make his eight a.m. Accounting class and was welcomed with an ovation caught on the phone of classmate and the video went viral.
Gundy added with no Big 12 teams left in the tournament that he would certainly cheer for Maye, but he also mentioned he has a fondness for Frank Martin, who formerly coached in the Big 12 at Kansas State.
"I like watching him coach," Gundy said.
There is no question on who Rudolph is rooting for. You kind of get the idea that if there is anyway to make the arrangements that Rudolph would love to try to get out of Phoenix this weekend, but with spring practices sandwiching the Final Four weekend on Friday and Monday in Stillwater that would be a long haul for a short trip.