Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr
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
Every time he has to play his old team he has to answer the same,
tired questions and honestly, who would willingly subject themselves
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
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
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: Schedule
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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
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.
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.
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.
#8 North Carolina (25-10, 12-6) vs. #1
Date: Sun, Mar 24,
2013 Time: 5:15 PM EST Venue:Sprint Center (18,000) TV:
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)
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
F - Jame Michael McAdoo G/F - Reggie Bullock G - P.J. Hairston
G - Dexter Strickland G - Marcus Paige
Points: 77.3 PPG (14th
Rebounds: 38.6 RPG (14th
Assists: 17.3 APG (3rd
Field goal percentage: .445
Scoring: James Michael
McAdoo (14.5 PPG) P.J. Hairston (14.5 PPG)
Michael McAdoo (7.3 RPG) Reggie Bullock (6.5 RPG)
Assists: Marcus Paige
(4.6 APG) Dexter Strickland
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
Points: 75.1 (24th overall)
Rebounds: 39.0 (16th
Assists: 15.5 (19th
Field goal percentage: .480
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
F - Kevin Young C - Jeff Withey G - Travis Releford
G - Elijah Johnson G - Ben McLemore