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March 23, 2013

UNC - Kansas Capsule

Basketball Preview

North Carolina will play Kansas in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon.

The No. 1 seeded Jayhawks have had their old coach's number.

Since UNC Head Coach Roy Williams left Kansas to return to his alma mater, UNC has dropped both meetings since against Kansas, both in the NCAA Tournament.

It seems pretty obvious Williams doesn't and won't make a habit of ever scheduling Kansas during the regular season, for obvious reasons.

Every time he has to play his old team he has to answer the same, tired questions and honestly, who would willingly subject themselves to that?

But the NCAA Selection Committee just couldn't help themselves when they decided to place UNC and Kansas where they did. In fact, some might argue that's the only reason UNC isn't seeded higher, because the committee couldn't have guaranteed the match-up otherwise.

Contrived conspiracy theories aside, the two perennial powers will meet once again and it should be a doozy of a game.

Kansas at a glance

Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Nickname: Jayhawks
Colors: Crimson & Blue
Conference: Big XII
Arena: Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2011-2012 Record: 32-7 (16-2)
Last Game: W 65-57 vs. Western Kentucky on Mar 22, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri
Last Game vs. UNC: W 80-67 on Mar 25, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri
More on the Jayhawks:
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Prior History

As mentioned before, UNC has lost to Kansas twice in the NCAA Tournament under Williams.

The first time was in 2008 during the Final Four, an 84-66 drubbing that started off ugly and never got pretty. The loss was so bad it pretty much inspired UNC's main players to return the following year so they could redeem themselves, which they did by winning the national title.

The other meeting was last season in the Elite Eight.
That one ended with Kansas winning 80-67 but instead of everyone returning, most of the key cogs left leaving this team a little behind schedule.

But UNC has made good with what remained and got further than many thought they could mid-way through the year. They've done so well recently that many will suggest their No. 8 seed is too low.

There is no denying Kansas has had UNC's number since Williams' departure. But this is a UNC team that should play loose since the expectations aren't as high as in recent years.

Turnovers

Williams has admitted that his team, because of the pace they want to play and because they have freshman Marcus Paige running the show, should be expected to turn the ball over a bit.

But the turnovers allowed Villanova to cut a once 19-point first half deficit down to single digits by halftime. The way UNC was making shots, it never should have been that close.

North Carolina will be playing a more experienced and talented squad in Kansas, a team that will to take advantage of those mistakes if they are made.

Rebounding

Williams' biggest concern in switching to a smaller starting line-up was that his team wouldn't be able to rebound effectively.

At times, his team's guards crashed the boards like kamikazes.

Against Villanova, that wasn't the case. UNC got outrebounded 35-23 by the Wildcats and combined with the turnovers, if the game had been played against someone else, like Kansas, UNC would probably be watching this round from home.

Williams has no doubt emphasized this bit of information in the day between games and UNC will need to find a way to neutralize Kansas' big men Jeff Withey and Kevin Young or the Tar Heels will be in big trouble.

Talk about it in
Four Corners


#8 North Carolina (25-10, 12-6) vs. #1 Kansas (30-5, 14-4)

Date: Sun, Mar 24, 2013
Time: 5:15 PM EST
Venue: Sprint Center (18,000)
TV: CBS (Watch Online)

Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 94/XM 192)
Series:UNC leads 6-4 (KU leads 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament; Roy Williams is 0-2 vs. KU)

North Carolina

Head Coach - Roy Williams (282-78 at UNC; 700-179 overall)

NCAA Tournament History
Final Fours - 18
Tournament Record - 109-41
Championship Seasons - 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009
Tournament Apperances - 44

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

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

G - Marcus Paige

Stats

(Team)

Points: 77.3 PPG (14th overall)

Rebounds: 38.6 RPG (14th overall)

Assists: 17.3 APG (3rd overall)

Field goal percentage: .445 (111th overall)

(Individual)

Scoring: James Michael McAdoo (14.5 PPG) P.J. Hairston (14.5 PPG)

Rebounding: James Michael McAdoo (7.3 RPG) Reggie Bullock (6.5 RPG)

Assists: Marcus Paige (4.6 APG) Dexter Strickland (4.2 APG)

Kansas

Head Coach - Bill Self (299-58 at KU; 506-163 overall)

NCAA Tournament History
Final Fours - 14
Tournament Record - 94-40
Championship Seasons - 1952, 1988, 2008
Tournament Apperances - 42

Stats

(Team)

Points: 75.1 (24th overall)

Rebounds: 39.0 (16th overall)

Assists: 15.5 (19th overall)

Field goal percentage: .480 (14th overall)

(Individual)

Scoring: Ben McLemore (16.2 PPG) Jeff Withey (13.7 PPG)

Rebounding:Jeff Withey (8.3 RPG) Kevin Young (6.7 RPG)

Assists: Elijah Johnson (4.8 APG) Naadir Tharpe (3.0 APG)

Last starting line-up for Kansas (against Western Kentucky)

F - Kevin Young
C - Jeff Withey
G - Travis Releford
G - Elijah Johnson

G - Ben McLemore




 

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