Now No. 19 UNC hopes to improve on the defensive end heading into its Sunday, March 23 Round of 32 matchup against No. 9 Iowa State at the AT&T Center (5:15 p.m., CBS). Iowa State will be without star forward Georges Niang, who was hurt in win over NCCU Friday.
NCAA NOTEBOOK: Marcus Paige's Iowa roots in focus today ... Tar Heels feature three area high school products.
The No. 4 seed Tar Heels have some decided advantages against UT Martin in their NCAA Tournament first round opener — size, home court and national freshman of the year Diamond Deshields.
James Michael McAdoo sank two free throws in the final 3.5 seconds, and No. 6 seed North Carolina rallied to beat 11th-seeded Providence 79-77 Friday night.
Whether UNC has a short stay in the NCAA Tournament depends on if it can get past Providence (23-11) in its opener Friday, March 21 at the AT&T Center (7:20 p.m. TNT) — and perhaps the biggest factor in that will be the matchup between UNC star guard Marcus Paige and fellow first-team all-conference point guard Bryce Cotton of PC.
No. 6 UNC faces No. 11 Providence on Friday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio (7:20 p.m., TNT).
UNC faces Tennessee-Martin at Carmichael Arena this Sunday
UNC was awarded the No. 6 seed in the East Region and will open tournament play Friday against No. 11 Providence at the AT&T Center (7:20 p.m., TNT). Next up would be No. 3 Iowa State or No. 14 N.C. Central in the round of 32 on Sunday, with the winner of that game advancing to the East Regional semifinals in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
NCAA BRACKET: ACC lands 6 in bracket ... N.C. State to play Xavier in First Four; Duke No. 3 seed (Midwest); UNC No. 6 seed (South); N.C. Central No. 14 seed (South). ACC gets six teams into field including No. 1 seed Virginia (East), No. 3 Syracuse (South), No. 9 Pittsburgh (South).
Roy Williams has been to seven Final Fours at North Carolina and Kansas and only once did he win a conference tournament beforehand. His 2005 and 2009 national championships at UNC both came after semifinal losses in the ACC Tournament.
Talib Zanna had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to help Pittsburgh beat No. 15 North Carolina 80-75 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday.
No. 4 UNC (23-8) will start its ACC Tournament run today against No. 5 Pittsburgh (24-8) at the Greensboro Coliseum (2:30 p.m., WRAL/ESPN). The Tar Heels beat the Panthers 75-71 at the Smith Center on Feb. 15 as part of the 12-game winning streak that lifted them from the bottom of the ACC to the upper tier.
Tar Heels started slowy, finished with a rush as team overcame issues to succeed
Examining how all 15 teams got here and where they might go in Greensboro and beyond
North Carolina sophomore Marcus Paige’s breakthrough season has ensured that he will receive one of the program’s highest honors. Paige was named second-team all-America by The Sporting News, which means his jersey will join 52 others that are hanging from the rafters at the Smith Center.