Aggies bounce Tarheels, Nevada stuns Cincinnati — March Madness

North Carolina struggled to get going in the first half of its first round matchup with Lipscomb on Friday afternoon, but a strong second half helped the Tar Heels to a comfortable 84-66 win over the Bisons.

Photo/Bob Leverone North Carolina's Kenny Williams (24) is fouled as he drives between Lipscomb's Kenny Cooper (21) and Matt Rose (12) on Friday.

There is one caveat, as Jordan only played three years in Chapel Hill before going to the National Basketball Association and Berry is finishing off his fourth year, but passing Jordan who many consider as the greatest of all-time is certainly something to celebrate.

While that's probably an exaggeration meant to play games with an opponent's mind, UNC (26-10) does have reason to be concerned about Texas A&M's strength inside. The Tar Heels are 2-1 in the previous three meetings, but did lose a second round game against the Aggies in the 1980 NCAA Tournament.

Texas A&M moves on to face No. 3 seed MI in the Sweet 16 Thursday in Los Angeles.

"This year it stands out more because he is the 4-man", said Williams, "The 4-man has got to try to pick him up".

One Texas A&M player to watch...

Tyler Davis of Texas A&M.

Roy Williams also noted how Kenny Williams is taking ownership inside of the Tar Heels' scheme.

Senior Aaron Korn's fast break layup with 6:37 to play made it a 14-point game and jolted the Lipscomb crowd, who buzzed for a run to bring the game back within reach. The Bison played very nice in the first half and UNC was a little sloppy. They're 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in their last six as a neutral site favorite of 3.5 to six points. 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.

Theo Pinson had 15 points and flirted with a triple-double for the Tar Heels (26-10), the No. 2 seed in the West Region. Pinson put his hands up as if to say, "Calm down", and then burst into laughter. Texas A&M by comparison didn't even make the NCAA Tournament last season.

Maye's foul plays role in run: The turning point of the game might have come on an early whistle in the first half.

Despite the Tar Heels' lack of size this season, they've continued the dominant rebounding that we're used to seeing from a Roy Williams-coached team. Overall, Ken Pomeroy's advanced statistics rank the Aggies as the sixth-tallest team in the nation. The Tarheels took advantage of mismatches and utilized their physical nature by outrebounding Lipscomb 47-23 for the game and shot over 50 percent from the field as a unit. Furthermore, it was the first time in team history the Heels dropped a tournament game in the city of Charlotte in 13 games.

Manley's 10 rebounds were the highest total he's posted since the second game of the season, while he has flashed the ability to score with four double-figure games. North Carolina is 12-0 all-time in tournament games in Charlotte.

  • Stacy Allen