North Carolina begins its playoff sequence with a second-round sport in opposition to Notre Dame on Wednesday night time in Greensboro.
The Tar Heels enter because the No.6 seed, having completed 16-9, 10-6 within the league. Carolina has cut up their final 4 regular-season video games, together with a disconcerting dwelling loss to Marquette and a dominant 18-point win over Duke on the senior night time. Then there was a win over Florida State that mixed the 2 – a dismal first half, adopted by an impressed rally within the second half.
Roy Williams stated he could not predict what sort of efficiency he would get from his group night time to nighttime.
Most supportive projections have their heels protected within the NCAA discipline. Evaluation from TeamRankings.com signifies heels are 99.9% prone to be on the court docket.
Carolina will face 11-seeded Notre Dame, who progressed with a 17-2 run to shut their first-round match in opposition to Wake Forest, eliminating a 12-point deficit within the 7:17 remaining and successful on a buzzer- beating three. needle.
The victory was the second in a row for the Irish, who closed the common season with a 10-point victory over second-place Florida State. This follows a four-game shedding streak that included a loss to remaining venue Boston School.
Notre Dame took 30 three factors and solely 27 two within the first sport. The Irish can be tempted to renew this technique. They’ve the thirty eighth finest three-point taking pictures proportion within the nation, whereas Carolina’s perimeter protection is 219. They hit 12 of 26 of three in opposition to Wake on Tuesday night time and topped 25 three-point makes an attempt in 5. of the final six video games (taking 23 within the one the place they have been beneath 25.
Garrison Brooks just isn’t collaborating within the pre-game layup line. He went out with coaches when everybody ran onto the court docket and are actually standing beneath the basket with Puff Johnson watching.
Sharpe replaces Brooks in roster, joined by Black, Walton, Love and Bacot
TV Teddy time! Your officers: Ted Valentine, AJ Desai, Justin Porterfield
Time and again on Notre Dame takes us beneath 16s with UNC till 11-7.
Sharpe was very cellular at first and has six factors.
Carolina completely dominates inside. The rebound is 16-4, factors in paint: additionally 16-4 factors of second likelihood: 10-0. For these beneath 12, it is 19-14 Heels.
Irishman with an airball of three, combat for the offensive rebound and ship off for … one other airball of three. UNC leads 22-14 with 9:45 left within the half. RJ Davis goes to the road.
The heels have hit their final 4 photographs and push the result in 31-18 within the Underneath-8s.
4 fast factors for UNC and Notre-Dame name time. 35-20 heels, 5:36 left within the half.
Carolina heads for the locker room till half previous 50-36.
The referees go to the video monitor to test for a attainable violation of the shot clock. The group hoots, however he is not known as “followers within the Teddy area”
Notre Dame is 2-2 of three this half, however 0 for six of two. For these beneath 16, heels lead 59-46
The 9-0 run places the lead on 20, 68-47.
The post-war battle didn’t get any prettier. UNC leads the rebound 41-21, factors within the paint, 42-16, second likelihood factors, 25-10.
Sharpe, Bacot and Kessler have 43 factors. Notre Dame has 47. The three Tar Heels lead the rebound nonetheless – 29-21.
7-0, and the lead is over 30. Carolina is on a 21-2 run to bust this sport.
And Carolina dribbles a 101-59 win.