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Tar Heels Vs. Arkansas For Sweet 16 Berth
Release: 03/19/2017
UNC (28-7) vs. Arkansas (26-9)
When: March 19, 2017 - 6:10 p.m. 
Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C.
Watch: TNT • NCAA March Madness Live
Live Stats:
UNC NotesArkansas Notes 
Rankings: UNC No. 6/No. 8 (AP/coaches); Arkansas is unranked.
Series: UNC leads, 5-3

• Carolina plays Arkansas in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 19th, at 6:10 p.m.

• The Tar Heels are 28-7 overall. The Razorbacks are 26-9.

• Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the South Regional. Arkansas is the No. 8 seed.

• UNC defeated No. 16 seed Texas Southern, 103-64, in the first round on Friday in the Tar Heels’ first-ever NCAA Tournament game played in the state of South Carolina.

• Carolina’s win over Texas Southern was UNC’s 118th NCAA Tournament win. Only four other schools have played that many NCAA Tournament games (Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Louisville).

• Arkansas beat Seton Hall, 77-71, to advance to the second round.

• TNT will televise Carolina’s NCAA second round game. Brian Anderson, Chris Webber and Lewis Johnson will call the action. 



• Carolina is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 48th time. That is the second-most appearances behind Kentucky (56).

• This is UNC’s 44th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last 51 years.

• Carolina is first in NCAA Tournament history in Final Fours (19), second in appearances (48), second in wins (118), second in games (163), fourth in winning percentage (.724) and tied for third in championships (five).

• Carolina is now 29-1 in the round of 64. The Tar Heels are 28-12 in the round of 32, including 8-4 under head coach Roy Williams.



• Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the South Region. This is the 16th time UNC has earned a No. 1 since seeds were established in 1979. 

• Carolina has earned more No. 1 seeds than any other school. Duke and Kansas are tied for second with 13; Kentucky has 12.

• Carolina has been a No. 1 seed in 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1991,1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2017.

• Carolina advanced to the Final Four nine times as a No. 1 seed – 1982, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2016.

Roy Williams has earned a No. 1 seed for the 12th time. Only Mike Krzyzewski (13) has more. Dean Smith and Bill Self are tied for third with eight.

• Carolina is 56-11 as a No. 1 seed.



Roy Williams is making his 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in his 29th year as a head coach. 

• Kansas was not eligible to play in the 1989 NCAA Tournament in his first season as the Jayhawks’ head coach; UNC played in the 2010 NIT.

• Williams is tied for fifth in NCAA Tournaments (27), second in wins (71), second in games (95), fourth in Final Fours (8), fifth in winning percentage among coaches with at least 50 games, tied for sixth in titles (2), and is the only coach to win a game in 27 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

• Williams is 71-24 overall, including 37-10 at Carolina and 34-14 at Kansas.

• Williams is 27-0 in the first round (13-0 at Carolina), 17-9 in the second round (8-4 at UNC), 12-5 in the Sweet 16 (7-1 at UNC), 8-4 in the Elite Eight (4-3 at UNC), 5-3 in national semifinals (3-1 at UNC) and 2-3 in the championship game (2-1 at UNC).

• Williams is 37-9 as a No. 1 seed, including 28-4 at Carolina.

• Williams’ 1991 Kansas team beat Arkansas in the Elite 8 in Charlotte to go the Final Four.



No. 1 – 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002*, 2005*, 2007, 2008*, 2009*, 2012, 2016*, 2017

No. 2 – 1990, 1993*, 1996, 2003*, 2011

No. 3 – 1991*, 2006

No. 4 – 1994, 2001, 2015

No. 6 – 1999, 2004, 2014

No. 8 – 2000, 2013


* reached the Final Four



• Sunday’s second round game is the ninth meeting all-time between Carolina and Arkansas and the sixth time the teams have met in the NCAA Tournament.

• Carolina leads the series, 5-3, including 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament.

• This is the third consecutive time the teams will face each other in a second round NCAA Tournament game and it is the sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament game in the series. 

• The Tar Heels won the most recent game in the series, 87-78, on 3/21/15 in Jacksonville, Fla., in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

• Arkansas beat Carolina in the 1990 regional semifinal in Dallas and the 1995 national semifinal.

• Carolina beat the Razorbacks in the 1993 Sweet 16 in the Meadowlands; in the 2008 second round in Raleigh; and the 2015 second round in Jacksonville.

Roy Williams is 3-0 vs. Arkansas (2-0 at Carolina).



Marcus Paige scored 20 second-half points and Carolina shot 55.0 percent in the second half as the fourth-seeded Tar Heels beat fifth-seeded Arkansas, 87-78, on 3/21/15 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Justin Jackson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half.

Brice Johnson had 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and two steals to go with his seven points.

Nate Britt scored 10 first-half points, outscoring Paige (2 points), Jackson (2) and Johnson (4) combined in the opening half. 

• J.P. Tokoto had 13 points, five rebounds, eight assists, zero turnovers and two steals.

Kennedy Meeks sprained his left knee late in the game and did not return to action.

• Carolina out-scored the Razorbacks, 23-16, in points off turnovers.

• Tar Heel starters combined for 21 points on 10 of 31 shooting (.323) in the first half. The starters combined for 44 points on 11 of 18 shooting (.611) in the second half.




Roy Williams is now 27-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (an NCAA record).

• Carolina improved to 118-45 in the NCAA Tournament, including 29-1 in the round of 64.

• Carolina has won at least one game in each of its last 14 NCAA Tournament appearances (from 2000 on).

• The 103 points were the most by the Tar Heels in an NCAA Tournament game since 2008 when UNC beat Arkansas, 108-77, in the  second round in Raleigh.

• Carolina’s 39-point margin of victory ties the third-largest in an NCAA Tournament game in school history and is the largest since 2009.

• Carolina’s 25-point lead at the half also tied UNC’s third-largest in an NCAA Tournament game and was its largest since 2011.

• Carolina’s rebound margin of plus-27 (54-27) was the second-largest in UNC’s NCAA Tournament history.

• It was the first time six Tar Heels scored in double figures in an NCAA Tournament game since the 1997 East Regional final against Louisville (Shammond Williams, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Serge Zwikker, Ed Cota and Ademola Okulaja).

• Carolina scored a season-high 29 second-chance points (previous was 28 at Hawai’i and at Pitt).

• Carolina is 16-0 this year when scoring 20 or more second-chance points.

• Carolina grabbed 54 rebounds, the ninth time this year the Tar Heels pulled down 50 or more rebounds.

• Carolina had 20 offensive rebounds, the second straight game (22 vs. Duke) and the eighth time this year with at least 20 offensive rebounds.

• Carolina shot 50.7 percent from floor. UNC is 12-2 this year and 188-5 under Roy Williams when shooting 50 percent from the floor in a game.

• Carolina entered the game third in the nation in points in the paint per game (39.9) and scored 52 paint points vs. the Tigers. It was the second straight game (50 vs Duke) and fifth time this year the Tar Heels scored 50 or more paint points.

• Carolina scored 103 points. This was the sixth time UNC scored 100 points, the most times in a season since 2009 when the national champions did it nine times.

• This was the 16th time in 35 games UNC scored 90 or more points, most times since the 2009 team also did it 16 times.

Justin Jackson scored a game-high 21 points, making 8 of 13 from the floor and 5 of 8 from three-point range.

• Jackson made all five of his three-pointers in the first half. This was the sixth time this year he made at least five 3FGs in a game.

• Jackson’s five three-pointers tied the third-most in any NCAA Tournament game by a Tar Heel (it’s the 15th time a Tar Heel has made at least five 3FGs in an NCAA Tourney game).

• Jackson scored 19 points in the first half, his highest scoring half since he had 20 in the first half vs. Kentucky on 12/17.

• Jackson’s 19 first-half points were more than he scored in any of his previous nine NCAA Tournament games (previous highs were 16 vs. Arkansas in 2015 and 16 vs. Syracuse in the 2016 Final Four).

• Jackson has 95 three-pointers this year, which ties the UNC single-season record previously set by Shammond Williams in 1997.

• Jackson has also tied Williams for the most three-pointers per game in UNC single-season history (2.71).


UNC Three-Point FGs in a Season

95 Justin Jackson, 2016-17

95 Shammond Williams, 1996-97

94 Marcus Paige, 2014-15

89 P.J. Hairston, 2012-13

88 Reggie Bullock, 2012-13


UNC Single-Season 3FGs Per Game

2.71 Justin Jackson, 2016-17

2.71 Shammond Williams, 1996-97

2.62 P.J. Hairston, 2012-13

2.58 Hubert Davis, 1991-92

2.56 Donald Williams, 1994-95

2.56 Kenny Smith, 1986-87


• This was Jackson’s 17th 20-point game this year (22nd career) and the 18th time he led the Tar Heels in scoring (first time since he had 23 at Pitt on 2/25).

Isaiah Hicks scored 17points, which is his NCAA Tournament career high. His previous high was 13 vs. Providence in the 2016 second round.

• Hicks has 76 points (19.0) in the last four games, the most points he has scored in any four-game stretch in his career (previous high was 72 earlier this year). This is the first time he has scored 17 or more points in four consecutive games.

• Hicks tied his career high with eight field goals.

Nate Britt tied his NCAA Tournament career high with 10 points (also had 10 vs. Arkansas in 2015) and set his career best in NCAA play with five assists (and no turnovers).

• Britt scored in double figures for the sixth time this season (first time since 1/28 at Miami) and the 21st time as a Tar Heel.

Luke Maye scored in double figures (10) for the fourth time this year. Maye also led UNC in rebounding with a game-high nine, the third time this year he led UNC in rebounds, and won his first defensive player of the game award.

Tony Bradley (12 points, six rebounds) scored in double figures for the 13th time this year.

• Bradley made a season-high six field goals.

Stilman White tied his career highs in points (6) and rebounds (3) and set career bests in field goals (2) and steals (2); Kanler Coker set his career scoring high with four.



• Jackson’s scoring average of 18.1 ppg is the highest by a Tar Heel since Tyler Hansbrough in 2009 (20.7).

• Jackson is the seventh Tar Heel to score 600 points in a season in the Roy Williams Era (2004-17). 


600-Plus Points in the Roy Williams Era

882 Tyler Hansbrough, 2008

704 Tyler Hansbrough, 2009

699 Tyler Hansbrough, 2007

678 Brice Johnson, 2016

648 Harrison Barnes, 2012

647 Wayne Ellington, 2008

647 Sean May, 2005

635 Justin Jackson, 2017

621 Tyler Zeller, 2012

602 Wayne Ellington, 2009


• Jackson and Berry have combined for 171 three-pointers this year, the second-most by a duo in UNC history (P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock made 177 in 2013).

• Carolina leads the nation rebounding (43.8), offensive rebounds (15.9) and rebound margin (13.1). The rebound margin is on pace to be a school record and the second-highest by any school since 1980.

• Carolina’s offensive rebound average of 15.9 per game is also on pace to be a school record. The 2008 Tar Heels advanced to the Final Four averaging 15.5 per game.

Kennedy Meeks has 989 career rebounds. He is 11 from becoming the ninth Tar Heel with 1,000 rebounds.

• This is the fourth time in UNC history there are four 1,000-point scorers on the same team. Justin Jackson (1,530), Kennedy Meeks (1,422), Joel Berry (1,116) and Isaiah Hicks (1,075) all reached the 1,000-point mark this year. The 2001, 2005 and 2009 teams also had four 1,000-point scorers.

• The Tar Heels are 22-2 this year when they make seven or more three-pointers and 13-1 when they shoot 40 percent from three-point range.

• Carolina is second in the nation in assists at 18.2 per game (had 18 vs. Texas Southern) and are seventh nationally in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). The assist-error ratio is third-best in UNC history (last year’s team set the record at 1.65).

• Hicks is shooting 60.6 percent from the floor. He is on pace to be the first Tar Heel since Brendan Haywood in 2000 and 2001 to shoot 60 percent from the floor in consecutive seasons.

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