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May 31, 2013No. 1 national seed North Carolina will open the 2013 NCAA Tournament Friday at 6 p.m. when the Tar Heels host Canisius at Boshamer Stadium.
Carolina enters tied for the most wins in the country at 52 along with LSU. The Tar Heels enter the tournament on a five-game winning streak after sweeping through the ACC Tournament for their first tournament title since 2007.
• Carolina owns the most wins since the start of the 2006 season and the Tar Heels have elevated their game in postseason play.
• Since 2006 the Tar Heels are tied with South Carolina for the most NCAA Tournament wins.
• Both the Tar Heels and Gamecocks have recorded 42 wins in the last eight postseasons.
Most NCAA Wins Since 2006
42 - North Carolina, South Carolina
30 - Oregon State
News & Notes
• Carolina is 89-60 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is 26-5 as the host. The Tar Heels 52-28 in NCAA Touranment action under head coach Mike Fox.
• The Tar Heels will be the top overall seed in the tournament for the first time after earning national seeds in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. The previous high was the No. 2 seed in 2008.
• Entering the tournament Carolina has played 31 games against teams in the NCAA Tournament, which ties for the second most of any team in the field.
• Carolina racked up 23 wins against teams in the field during the regular season, the most of any team.
• UNC claimed its sixth ACC Tournament title in school history last weekend to grab the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• Of the 27 conferences with a tournament to determine the automatic bid only eight No. 1 seeds won their tournaments, including the Tar Heels.
• For the 15th time in the 40 ACC Tournaments the ACC regular season champion won the tournament title.
• Consistency has been the key for the Tar Heels in 2013 as Carolina is the only team in the country not to suffer a losing streak. The last time a UNC team did not lose back-to-back games in a full season was 1953.
• UNC ranks among the top five in the country in both scoring and earned run average and would become the fourth team since 1989 to finish among the top five in both categories.
• The gloves have been working for UNC this season as well with the Tar Heels owning a .975 fielding percentage, ranking 32nd in the country. Only one other team in the field (Vanderbilt) ranks among the top 40 in scoring, earned run average and fielding percentage.
North Carolina's NCAA Tournament History
• Carolina will be making its 28th NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday having posted an 89-60 all-time record in the event.
• The Tar Heels are 26-5 as the host in the NCAA Tournament and had a run of 16 straight wins snapped a year ago against St. John's.
• UNC is 5-1 in advancing to the Super Regional round when hosting a regional.
• The Tar Heels own a 24-3 record in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament with the only losses coming in 1982, 1993 and 1998.
• Carolina has won 13 consecutive opening games in the
Going Up Against Some Of The Best
• Carolina played 30 games prior to the NCAA Tournament against teams that earned a spot in the field of 64, the third-highest total in the tournament.
• The Tar Heels posted an NCAA-best 22 wins against teams in the NCAA Tournament and all eight of their losses in 2013 have come against teams in the tournament.
• UNC finished with the fifth-hardest schedule in the country according to Warren Nolan and the second-hardest of any regional host.
Games vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
32 - Mississippi State
31 - North Carolina, Texas A&M
30 - Arkansas
Wins vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
23 - North Carolina
20 - Virginia
19 - LSU
• With the improbable sweep through the ACC Tournament last week, Carolina became the 15th team in the last 40 ACC Tournaments to claim the tournament crown after finishing the regular season atop the standings.
• Carolina opened with a 10-0 run-rule win over Miami before scoring five runs in the ninth inning against Clemson to force extra innings where the Tar Heels secured a 12-7 win in 14 innings.
• The very next night Carolina faced off against NC State and played the longest game in ACC Tournament history as the Tar Heels emerged with a 2-1 win in 18 innings. The 18 inning game will go down as the longest game in UNC history.
• The Tar Heels capped off the week with a 4-1 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday to claim their sixth ACC Tournament title, first since 2007 and second since 1990.
• Carolina is one of eight teams to enter their conference tournament as the top overall seed and win the tournament this season.
• The Tar Heels went 4-0 en route to the ACC Tournament title after posting a league-best 21-7 mark in conference play.
• Joining the Tar Heels as No. 1 seeds to win their conference tournaments are: Atlantic 10 - Saint Louis, Big Ten - Indiana, Conference USA - Rice, MEAC - Savannah State, NEC - Bryant, Summitt - South Dakota State and SWAC - Jackson State
MORE ON FRIDAY OPPONENT CANISIUS
The Griffs are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after posting a 42-15 overall record and winning the MAAC's automatic berth by going 3-0 in the conference tournament in Trenton, N.J., last weekend. The 42 wins are the most for any No. 4 seed in this year's tournament and it also set a new record for single-season wins by a MAAC school.
Canisius is one of five teams making its NCAA Tournament debut. Since starting the season 4-4, Canisius is 38-11 (.775) in its last 49 games.
Canisius is 25-9 in road games. The Griffs are second in the country with 25 road wins, trailing only Cal-State Fullerton.
Canisius set a program record with an 11-game winning streak, ranging from April 10 to April 27. The Griffs saw that winning streak come to an end in an 11-6 loss to Marist in 10 innings on April 28.
Canisius has had four winning streaks of five games or longer this season. The Griffs have had 15 winning streaks of five or more games since 2008, the highest total in the conference.
Three Canisius pitchers combined to throw the program's first nine-inning no-hitter at the Division I level in an 8-0 win at Iona on March 29.
Coach Mike McRae won his 300th career game in a 16-8 win over Ohio University on March 16. McRae, the only Canadian head coach in Division I baseball, coached in 500th career game with the Golden Griffins in the regular-season finale against Fairfield.
The 34-man Canisius roster includes 13 Canadians (the most in Division I) and 10 players from Western New York. Three members of the assistant coaching staff are also from Western New York.
The Canisius baseball team has steadily improved across the board during the past three seasons, statistically and in the win column.
From 2011 to 2012, the Golden Griffins saw a significant improvement in their pitching numbers, specifically in strikeouts per nine innings and walks allowed per nine innings. Canisius went from 26 wins in 2011 to 33 wins in 2012.
From 2012 to 2013, the Golden Griffins have improved their pitching numbers for the second consecutive seasons while also significantly improving their hitting numbers. Canisius has gone from 33 wins in 2012 to 42 wins in 2013, entering the NCAA Tournament.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
Canisius ranks 17th in the country in batting average (.307), 16th in scoring (7.1 runs per game), sixth in triples (26), 18th in stolen bases (106), second in hit by pitch (122) and third in on-base percentage (.418).
The Canisius pitching staff leads the MAAC in strikeouts per nine innings (6.7), fewest walks allowed per nine innings (2.99) and hits allowed per nine innings (8.40).
The Griffs rank second in the conference in earned run average (4.04) and also are second in fielding percentage (.968).
Junior Jimmy Luppens is 39th in the country in on-base percentage (.468) and 34th in HBP (18.)
Junior Garrett Cortright, who will start Friday night for Canisius against UNC ace Kent Emanuel, is tied for eighth in the country with 11 wins.
(Per Canisius College Athletics)