Heading into tonight’s second round game, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was undefeated in the first round of sixty-four. That record nearly ended tonight against the Villanova Wildcats.
Coach Williams is now 23-0 in the first round of sixty-four in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to extending that record, Coach Williams earned his 700th career win as a head coach.
PJ Hairston led the Tar Heels in scoring with twenty-three points. He also had five rebounds, three assists, and three steals against the Wildcats.
James Michael McAdoo needed to make noise defensively tonight, but never really did. He only had four rebounds and two steals. Normally, McAdoo nears ten or more rebounds, but the Villanova offense found a way to keep McAdoo rather quiet tonight. He scored seventeen points in a solid offensive effort along with two assists.
Carolina nearly gave the game away after having a twenty-point lead before the end of the first half. With just a few minutes remaining in the first half the Tar Heels defense just seemed to disappear. For the remainder of the game the Tar Heels never were able to get that big lead back and the Wildcats kept it close.
The second half was a real physical game. A lot of pushing and tough contact between both teams led to an intense half of basketball.
In the end, time ran out for Villanova and the hot hands of Hairston gave North Carolina the edge they needed to move on to the third round of the tournament. The Tar Heels will play the winner of tonight’s Kansas vs. Western Kentucky game.
Final Score: North Carolina 78 – Villanova 71 | Player of the Game: PJ Hairston