Johnson'seight blocks set a North Carolina record for an NCAA tournament game.
"My mind's racing a mile a minute", he said at one point. "On this stage, to end the game like that, that's that one shining moment".
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One of the growing number of Cinderella hopefuls is Seth Davis of CBS who mentioned in a video (h/t Fansided) that "if there was ever a team that could, he thinks it would be Florida Gulf Coast". The Tar Heels are hopeful staying close to home can spark another Final Four run. After that victory against Virginia on Saturday in Washington, D.C., Williams said he had spent most of the season "harping on" the importance of defense. They are going to be tested early by every team that plays them from here on out.
The Tar Heels have not been getting the respect from sportswriters, which is rather unfair. The Eagles have some players, but they can't possibly match up with the likes of Brice and Isaiah Hicks, just to name two. It also clinched the team's first regular-season ACC title in four years.
INDIANA 99, CHATTANOOGA 74: Yogi Ferrell had 20 points and a season-high 10 assists, O.G. Anunoby scored 14 and the fifth-seeded Hoosiers took charge of their NCAA Tournament opener in Des Moines, Iowa. But UNC dominated the opening 10 minutes of the second half, running off a 20-3 burst by controlling the boards and locking down defensively to build a 20-point lead. While the Eagles can shoot, they are just 33 percent from 3-point land on a neutral floor.
So with a critical inbounds pass in the final seconds, the Friars slipped Bullock under the bucket and he hit the shot that kept them in the NCAA Tournament.
That singular decision by Tony Bennett highlights the offensive strides that Berry has made in his second season at UNC and his first as its starting point guard.
"We knew we had to keep up the intensity, and we couldn't do that", Terrell said.
The play brought the contingent of UNC fans in the Verizon Center to their feet. "We were just tight in the first half".
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"If Christian can put on 15 pounds of muscle, there's no telling how much further he can take his game", Dooley said.
Throughout the first half, though, each time the Tar Heels attempted to separate, FGCU punched back.
The defensive success carried over against Notre Dame and Virginia. Offense is not a concern for North Carolina, which averages 82.3 points with six players registering at least nine per contest.
But the Tar Heels' defense was suspect through the first two-thirds of the season. That's how we played.
"Yeah, they're pretty impressive", Paige said. "Other than that, he's a good friend and we enjoy each other".
However, as quickly as the Tar Heels increased their advantage to 11 points, the Eagles chipped away at it, and eventually pulled within three, trailing 37-34 six minutes later. It was the best in back-to-back ACC games since victories against Miami and Georgia Tech previous year. Even though you're up 20, I'm still not satisfied the way we play.
Providence. We can't see USC taking down North Carolina, because both teams play similar styles and the Trojans don't have as much talent as the Heels.
Berry made several important clutch shots for the Tar Heels during their run to the ACC tournament championship.
He's been even better scoring the ball of late.