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March 21, 2013

Tar Heels ready to take on the Wildcats

Basketball Preview

North Carolina strolls into the NCAA Tournament after nearly capturing the ACC Tournament title in Greensboro last week.

Despite the obvious disappointment of those efforts not yielding a more prosperous seeding in the NCAA's March Madness field, the Tar Heels will come ready to play if UNC Head Coach Roy Williams has anything to do with it.

"We were a little disappointed. We thought we would be better than that. But the bottom line is, it is what it is. We've got to go play," said Williams.

And with that, they shall play.

Villianova at a glance

Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Nickname: Wildcats
Colors: Blue & White
Conference: Big East
Arena: The Pavilion (6,500) & Wells Fargo Center (20,056)
2011-2012 Record: 13-19 (5-13)
Last Game: L 74-55 vs. Louisville on Mar 14, 2013 in New York, NY
Last Game vs. UNC: L 83-69 on Apr 4, 2009 in Detroit, Mich.
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UNC-Villanova History

UNC has played Villanova five times in the NCAA Tournament and are 4-1 against the Wildcats.

The last time these two met was in the 2009 Final Four match-up that UNC won, ultimately propelling the Tar Heels to a national championship.

The lone loss on UNC's leger against 'Nova came in 1985, the year Villanova won the national title.

With this being a battle between the No. 8 seed and No. 9 seed, very few people are predicting the winner of this year's national title will come out of this game.

But history might predict otherwise. Sixty percent of the time, when these teams meet in the big dance, the winner goes on to hoist the championship at the end of it all.

Don't Look Ahead

Villanova has knocked off some stiff competition this year.

With wins over Syracuse, Louisville and Georgetown, it would be foolish for Williams to allow his club to look past the Wildcats, something he will assuredly not do.

That doesn't mean others won't look ahead to a potential clash with Williams old team, the No. 1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks.

I really haven't. We've been a little busy trying to win a game. For me, University of Kansas and Lawrence was a great 15 years of my life," said Williams. "I've said it this way before: I gave my heart, body, and soul for 15 years, and I loved it."

Williams has done a masterful job pushing buttons with his young squad this season. He's admitted a few times that this has been one of his biggest career challenges.
Rock Chalk one more challenge for Williams to attempt to conquer if the Heels want to advance to weekend number two.

P.J. Hairston

P.J. Hairston's story is well-documented.
He got inserted into the starting line-up and all of a sudden UNC played like a completely different team.

Hairston had a near-career high against Miami in the ACC Championship game, tallying 28 points while battling through a nasty hand laceration.

Hairston is dangerously close to overtaking James Michael McAdoo in the scoring per game lead for the team this season.

But no matter what the stats say, it's abundantly clear that Hairston is the best offensive option UNC has.
More than just his offense, Williams has newfound respect for Hairston's toughness after seeing him gut it out in Greensboro.

"Not just the way he played but the toughness he showed. He's always been a guy we've worried about how quickly he was going to bounce back. I was in the room when the trainer was sowing his hand back up and I mean there was blood everywhere," said Williams. "But to handle that kind of injury and even in Saturday's game when he was three-for-10 he did some good things for us. I loved his toughness and I think that's going to help him take another step forward throughout his career."

UNC will look for Hairston to continue his scoring ways into the NCAA Tournament.

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#9 Villanova (20-13, 10-8) vs. #8 North Carolina (24-10, 12-6)

Date: Fri, Mar 22, 2013
Time: 7:20 PM EST
Venue: Sprint Center (18,000)
TV: TNT (Watch Online)

Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 94/XM 192)
Series:UNC leads, 10-4 (including 4-1 in the NCAA Tournament)

North Carolina

Head Coach - Roy Williams (281-78 at UNC; 699-179 overall)

NCAA Tournament History
Final Fours - 18
Tournament Record - 108-41
Championship Seasons - 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009
Tournament Apperances - 44

Last starting line-up for North Carolina (against Miami)

F - Jame Michael McAdoo
G/F - Reggie Bullock
G - P.J. Hairston
G - Dexter Strickland

G - Marcus Paige

Stats

(Team)

Points: 77.2 PPG (14th overall)

Rebounds: 39.2 RPG (14th overall)

Assists: 17.3 APG (3rd overall)

Field goal percentage: .444 (111th overall)

(Individual)

Scoring: James Michael McAdoo (14.4 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.3 PPG)

Rebounding: James Michael McAdoo (7.4 RPG) Reggie Bullock (6.6 RPG)

Assists: Marcus Paige (4.7 APG) Dexter Strickland (4.2 APG)

Villanova

Head Coach - Jay Wright (257-143 at UV; 379-228 overall)

NCAA Tournament History
Final Fours - 4
Tournament Record - 49-32
Championship Seasons - 1985
Tournament Apperances - 33

Stats

(Team)

Points: 67.8 (161st overall)

Rebounds: 36.3 (98th overall)

Assists: 12.3 (196th overall)

Field goal percentage: .415 (262nd overall)

(Individual)

Scoring: Jayvaughn Pinkston (13.1 PPG) Ryan Arcidiacono (12.0 PPG)

Rebounding: Mouphtaou Yarou (7.8 RPG) Jayvaughn Pinkston (4.9 RPG)

Assists: Ryan Arcidiacono (3.5 APG) Jayvaughn Pinkston (1.8 APG)

Last starting line-up for Villanova (against Louisville)

F - Mouphtaou Yarou
F - Jayvaughn Pinkston
G - James Bell
G - Darrun Hillard

G - Ryan Arcidiacono




 

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