Kenny Williams was North Carolina's top gun with 18 points on 6-8 including 4-5 from distance with Theo Pinson adding 15 points, ten rebounds and seven assists on 6-8. "He had some offensive rebounds, some effort plays that really sparked us and sparked him, the effort plays he made", Kennedy said of Davis, who finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.
When the second-seeded Tar Heels came charging back in the waning minutes of the first half, Williams returned again for his second shot from behind the arc.
The sophomore guard for the Bison gave them its biggest lead in the first half with a three-pointer. "I'd find five guys that would". But as Pinson pointed out, the difference between defending Duke and Texas A&M is that the Aggies' bigs are more experienced and solidly built than those of the Blue Devils.
They'll definitely have to hit some outside shots, though, and play tough interior defense on a Texas A&M team that has a clear advantage in the painted area.
The performance was particularly timely, given the Tar Heels will meet Texas A&M, which consistently plays 6-10 forwards Tyler Davis and Robert Williams along 6-9 forward D.J. Hogg, on Sunday in the second round. Police say the thief also stole a laptop worth $1,200 and a financial document worth about $3,000 belonging to one of the players.
The winners advance to next week's Sweet 16 in Los Angeles. "That's the biggest thing", said Pinson, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game.
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"It was one of the three things I put up on the board", Roy Williams said of defensing the 3-point line. They won going away, 86-65.
Carolina improved to 34-1 all-time in the NCAA tournament in the state of North Carolina with the victory.
The Tar Heels were a very different team than last year's title victor, namely in the way they leaned on a small-ball lineup. His efficiency from three-point range has dropped off, too, connecting on less than 30 percent of his attempts since the start of the ACC Tournament. "I feel it all the time, last game of the year, but I think I felt it more today than any other time". "Just keep attacking the boards".
"It's a big-time game", Pinson said. The women (3-seed) play 11-seed Buffalo on Monday.
No. 7 A&M comes in after surprising most experts as they got out to a lead on Providence Friday and never looked back.
Xavier is coming off its highest-scoring NCAA game ever after a 102-83 win over Texas Southern.
Cooper made three three-pointers and topped the Bisons with 14 points. I think, if you don't have jitters, you're not human. "When [Greenberg] first came on staff, he stayed with us for a little bit".
"He's a play maker and I like for him to do that", strategized Wiiliams, "If he doesn't get the rebound, I want him to run to the low post on the other end".