Not only did it open up a double-digit lead, but it forced Notre Dame to call a timeout, which left the Irish with only one for the rest of the game.
Asked how that has impacted Carolina this season, Coach Roy Williams said Monday, “It’s different what we’ve had to go through”.
Yet he made a very rookie mistake – he injured himself while snipping the net following No. 1 seed North Carolina’s 88-74 win over No. 6 Notre Dame Sunday night.
And one more: One of the nicest Final Four stories in memory is that of Villanova’s Jenkins and North Carolina’s Nate Britt.
Demetrius Jackson led the Irish with 26 points. It was hardly a sure thing the Orange would even make the tournament, let alone go on a run. “And I’m really proud of the effort our team gave and they’re a great team“.
Senior guard Marcus Paige started it off with a jumper before sophomore guard Joel Berry II hit one of his own on the following possession. It reaches a peak this weekend at the Final Four in Houston, and fans can turn out Wednesday evening to see the team off. North Carolina had 13 offensive rebounds compared to Notre Dame’s 15 total rebounds. The Orange outscored the Cavs 15-2 on points off turnovers. North Carolina are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and the under is 13-5 in their last 18 vs. Atlantic Coast while the over is 23-10 in their last 33 neutral site games. Worst loss: Lon Kruger said his team, which ranked no. 1 at the time, got “out-fought” in an 80-69 loss at Kansas State on February 6.
The favorite: Clearly, it’s North Carolina – the only No. 1 seed remaining – which extinguished Notre Dame’s flame in the Elite Eight. But good ball movement by the Tar Heels kept the clock ticking before they were sent to the line to add another two points to their lead.
The Tar Heels star would spend two more seasons in Chapel Hill, earning All-America honors in each of his final two seasons as well as numerous “Player of the Year” awards for the 1983-84 campaign.
But no matter what the Irish did down the stretch, they just couldn’t stop North Carolina.
For a moment, it seemed as if the Tar Heels were unraveling. “So I think this team showed that they could play, and I’m glad the committee rewarded them with the schedule we played and the wins that we had, and we’ve been able to play at the same level in this tournament”.
“We’ve been great teammates to one another, through all the highs and lows”, Gbinije said.
The Tar Heels shot 64.0 percent (16-for-25) in the opening half to 58.3 for Notre Dame (14-for-24). Syracuse used their full-court press to come back from a nine-point deficit in the final seven minutes against No. 11 Gonzaga, who defeated a No. 6 and a No. 3 seed on their way to the Sweet 16.