The second-seeded Tar Heels (26-10) meet the seventh-seeded Aggies (21-12) in Charlotte as one of two Sunday second-round matchups in the West.
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This was when Tyler Davis got engaged in the game. If that wasn't deflating enough for the Heels, D.J. Hogg collected the block and rifled a pass to Robert Williams, who was smiling as the ball was in the air. That year, the Tar Heels lost to Iowa State 85-83. Instead, they couldn't buy a 3-point shot, struggled to rebound against a bigger team and offered little more than a meager resistance as the Aggies played with aggressive confidence.
Berry is 13th on the Tar Heels' career scoring list and conceivably could move into the top 10 - past Bobby Lewis (1,836), Marcus Paige (1,844) and Walter Davis (1,863) - depending on how far UNC advances in the NCAA Tournament. Despite a number of setbacks for the Aggies this season, including a handful of injuries to multiple players, Davis helped lead the team to 20 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Wilson was averaging 9 points and 4 assists per game. They had allowed 340 of 888 attempts (38.3 percent). Kenny Williams led the way for the Tar Heels, pouring in 18 while Theo Pinson had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. "I just did an interview with (former Georgetown coach John Thompson) and he said it may be the biggest team he's ever seen".
Against Texas A&M, Maye's ability to hit outside shots could be a big factor.
That same silence spread to the Carolina locker room afterward as players tried to make sense of the abrupt ending for a team that had played for the ACC championship just last weekend and appeared primed for a run to a third straight Final Four.
North Carolina played four games in Brooklyn from Wednesday, March 7 to Saturday, March 10.
"He's had a pretty doggone good year", said coach Roy Williams, "I think he's one of the five best defensive players in our league". They led the nation in rebounding margin, and outrebounded a number of their opponents this season that held a decided size advantage.
At the time, North Carolina was still holding on to a slim lead. The Tar Heels outrebounded Lipscomb 47-29, and made their presence known in the paint, outscoring the Bisons 42-30. Furthermore, it was the first time in team history the Heels dropped a tournament game in the city of Charlotte in 13 games. Marberry scored 13 points and pulled down seven boards, tied with Eli Pepper for the lead.
North Carolina scored 9 consecutive points with 19:39 left in the 2nd Half, making the game 46-34 in favor of North Carolina. "It really just reassures you, lets you know like, 'This is really anyone's game'".