UNC's Diamond DeShields, Michigan State's Aerial Powers are keys to earning Sweet 16 berth
Ailing UNC coach, battling leukemia, won't rejoin team for tonight's NCAA Tournament game
On Sunday in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament with a shot at the Sweet 16 on the line, Kennedy Meeks punched the clock, put on his hard hat and went to work at the AT&T Center.
TIME RUNS OUT ON UNC AFTER TIEBREAKING ISU LAYUP WITH 1.6 TICKS LEFT
DeAndre Kane drove for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left and No. 3 seed Iowa State beat North Carolina 85-83 on Sunday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.
The Cyclones (28-7) head to Madison Square Garden next week to face No. 7 seed Connecticut in the East Regional semifinals.
The Tar Heels (24-10) are gone in the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend for the first time in consecutive seasons under coach Roy Williams.
North Carolina’s Nate Britt raced the ball up court after Kane’s basket, but time expired before he could reach midcourt and call a timeout. Officials huddled for several minutes reviewing clock replays before ruling the game was over.
Right away Williams — who collapsed his hands on his knees as Britt dribbled toward him and the buzzer sounded — shook Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg’s hand as North Carolina began absorbing a last-second heartbreaker.
Kane finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. It was just the kind of big game the Cyclones needed without forward Georges Niang, who broke his foot in Friday’s win against North Carolina Central. The 6-foot-7 sophomore sat on the bench wearing a bulky boot while the Cyclones tried their best without their third-leading scorer and tallest starter.
Xylina McDaniel scored the go-ahead basket off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds remaining to help fourth-seeded North Carolina overcome an 18-point second half deficit and defeat UT Martin 60-58 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
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.
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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.
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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.