This game marks the second time in three years that Arkansas will face the Tar Heels in the Round of 32.
Williams won his first national championship in his second season at North Carolina in 2005 and his second title in 2009.
“We’ve got to get better at it”, Anderson said of rebounding. If I can put all three of them together and have one player at the end, I wouldn’t be that anxious.
UNC, which was seeded No. 4, had its hands full with Arkansas the last time the teams met.
Berry left the Tar Heels’ first-round game against Texas Southern in the second half with a right leg injury. “I learned, as long as you listen to him, you would be better off than trying to do your own thing”. We want to go fast but we’ve got to take care of the basketball. They attacked us and attacked us pretty well at the basket. We’ll have to see what it’s like.
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Berry, who is second on the team with 14.5 points and first with 3.6 assists per game, plays a key role for the Tar Heels, who are looking to reach their 33rd Sweet 16 on Sunday.
“We beat them two years ago in the tournament, so I know they’ll remember that”, Britt said, recalling a meeting in Jacksonville, Fla. The Hogs then secured their spot by reaching the SEC Tournament final against Kentucky, where they lost, 82-65. We’re not going to change.
According to teammate Justin Jackson, the Razorbacks’ chaotic style should provide a favorable matchup since UNC has traditionally been most effective in uptempo games.
The Tar Heels had a trio of players with two hits apiece in Ashton McGee (2-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Tyler Lynn (2-for-3, double, run) and Logan Warmoth (2-for-4, triple, 2 runs). Against Arkansas’ signature high-intensity pressure defense, North Carolina shot 38 percent from the field.
Series History: UNC leads the all-time series, 5-3, including a 3-2 edge in the NCAA Tournament.
“But I say this, and I believe it, other than his mom and his dad, nobody thinks he’s going to be as good a player as Roy Williams does”. I don’t think North Carolina will have a whole lot of trouble here as they plow forward for a likely Final Four berth. They are faced, of course, with a UNC team whose hallmark all season has been a usually-and-still #1 rated offensive rebounding percentage.
Berry said he is at “75, 80” percent and expects to be able to play, but it ultimately will be up to Williams.
That includes Little Rock Christian sophomore point guard and 2019 pledge Justice Hill, who got a chance to watch Arkansas downed Seton Hall 77-71 Friday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
“We had a huge rebound margin, 54-27”, Williams said during Friday’s postgame.