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UNC-Arkansas Scheduled for 8:40 PM on Saturday
UNC vs. Arkansas will be the second game on Saturday in Jacksonville. Tipoff time is set for 8:40 PM on TNT but in reality it will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Xavier vs. Georgia State game which begins at 6:10 PM.
Tar Heels Survive Harvard's Upset Bid
On a day of upsets in the NCAA Tournament, No. 4 seed North Carolina narrowly avoided joining the fray when Wesley Saunders’s 3-pointer from the top of the key missed its mark with two seconds left, preserving a 67-65 Tar Heel victory. UNC outshot Harvard 55.1 percent to 38.2 percent, although the hustle stats broke in the Crimson’s favor.
Lucas: Film Work And Feeling
Steve Robinson stood in a corner of the Carolina locker room after the win, looking as tired as downtown Jacksonville real estate. He had just watched the Tar Heels turn the ball over too much, give up too many second chance points, and fail to put away a less talented opponent. Yet somehow they had won the game, thanks largely to having an accurate forecast of what Harvard wanted to run at a key moment.
Tar Heels survive scare
It was neither easy nor pretty, but North Carolina found a way — a breakaway dunk by Justin Jackson with 23.8 seconds remaining — to beat Harvard, 67-65, Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson was playing in its fourth consecutive tournament. Wesley Saunders’ missed jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer allowed the Tar Heels to escape.
UNC-Harvard Postgame Notes
Carolina advances to the third round of the West Regional with a 67-65 win over Harvard. Justin Jackson scored the game-winning basket with 24 seconds to play. UNC’s win marked the 25th time in as many NCAA Tournament appearances that Roy Williams’s teams won their first game. His teams have never played in the NCAA Tournament without winning at least one game.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Harvard Press Conference
Roy Williams addresses the media following North Carolina's 67-65 win over Harvard in the NCAA Tournament round of 64 on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida.
Five observations: North Carolina beats Harvard
The No. 4 seed North Carolina Tar Heels escaped with a 67-65 win over the 13th-seeded Harvard Crimson on Thursday night. Here are five observations from the game: Justin Jackson saved the day. Jackson scored the final two buckets for the Tar Heels, the decisive points that allowed them to move on to the next round. His jumper with 48 seconds remaining tied the game.
UNC-Harvard: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "I feel like I've won the lottery because Tommy Amaker did a much better job with his team than I did with mine. We were extremely lucky. It's the luckiest I've ever felt after a basketball game in my entire life. In saying that, I'm thrilled that we're still here and we're still playing. These two guys beside me, Marcus made two big shots and Justin made two big shots."
Recap & Analysis: UNC 67, Harvard 65
That was much more difficult than it needed to be but it's March and all that matters is getting the win. As much as everyone wants to trust this team, the Tar Heels keep finding ways give people pause. While Harvard gets all the credit in the world for being resilient, UNC did a lot of hurting itself in this game apart from anything Harvard was doing defensively.
North Carolina holds off Harvard 67-65 in NCAA Tournament
Justin Jackson hit a tying jumper in the final minute, and then had a fast-break dunk to help fourth-seeded North Carolina edge Harvard 67-65 in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. The Tar Heels (25-11) wasted a 16-point second-half lead and briefly trailed before Jackson came to the rescue. Jackson finished with 14 points and Marcus Paige had 10.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Harvard
Carolina advances to the round of 32, which is the most important takeaway from Thursday's 67-65 win over Harvard. But there's very little doubt the Tar Heels will have to play better on Saturday (game time TBA) against the winner of Arkansas and Wofford. The Tar Heels breezed out to an early lead and then seemed to go to sleep a little bit. They were never able to put away the pesky Crimson.
Box Score: North Carolina 67, Harvard 65
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 67-65 win over Harvard in the NCAA Tournament round of 64 in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday.
UAB coach Jerod Haase could teach university president Ray Watts how to be a leader
(Note: This article was published prior to UAB's upset of Iowa State in the NCAA tournament today.) These Blazers have given the campus and the city of Birmingham something positive to rally around as the fight to bring UAB football back continues on several fronts. Naturally, UAB basketball coach Jerod Haase and his players were asked about the controversy Wednesday.
Preview: UNC vs. Harvard, Round of 64
No. 4 seed North Carolina opens NCAA Tournament play on Thursday against No. 13 seed Harvard. The Tar Heels enter the contest at 24-11 and playing their best basketball of the season, as displayed during an improbable run to the ACC Tournament championship game. Harvard won the Ivy League to receive an automatic bid to the Big Dance. The Crimson enter the tournament with a record of 22-7.
A picture of health: Marcus Paige ready to move the way he prefers
UNC arrives for tonight’s NCAA Tournament opener against Harvard with an added sense of confidence, an enhanced belief rooted in the notion that the Tar Heels just might be realizing their best basketball here at the most critical stage of the season. That conviction has coincided with an unburdened Marcus Paige, whose recent increase in production has been attributed to the improving health of his right foot.