In what was pretty much a road game playing Kansas in Kansas City the eight seed North Carolina Tar Heels fell to the Kansas Jayhawks 70-58.
North Carolina missed a golden opportunity to run out to a huge lead early as both teams struggled to score in the first half. The Tar Heels were up by as many as ten points despite having a miserable shooting start themselves. UNC supplemented their deficiency inside by doubling the post. The Tar Heels and Jayhawks shot a combined 18-80 in the first half. After failing to score for nearly five minutes and Kansas claiming their first lead the Heels went on a run with both James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock on the bench in foul trouble.
At the half UNC clung to a nine point lead 30-21. The Heels committed just two turnovers in the first half compared to 12 for Kansas. P.J. Hairston started 0-7 from the field with a few suspect shot attempts and combined with Reggie Bullock shot just 1-11 in the first half.
Kansas continued to dictate pace and win the individual battles. In the half court they exposed Carolina’s weakness inside by being more patient and executing, getting the ball inside and getting any shot they wanted at will. Kansas blew it open and this thing was over half way through the second half with Kansas building a commanding double digit lead they held onto the rest of the way.
Hairston led the Tar Heels with 15 points and Travis Relaford led Kansas with 22 points who also got a big performance out of Jeff Whitney who finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds.