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UNC-Arkansas Postgame Notes
Release: 03/20/2017


UNC Scoring Leader: Kennedy Meeks 16

UNC Rebound Leader: Kennedy Meeks 11

UNC Assist Leader: Justin Jackson 5

Points Per Possession: UNC .78 (72 points on 92 possessions); Arkansas .79 (65 points on 82 possessions)


Carolina Notes

• Carolina is 29-7 overall, 6-2 in neutral-site games this year

• Carolina trailed 65-60 with 3:28 to play, but out-scored the Razorbacks, 12-0 over the final 2:56.

• In that stretch, UNC held the Razorbacks scoreless on their final six possessions (0-4 FG, 0-2 FT and one turnover).

• Carolina out-scored Arkansas 17-7 in points off turnovers in the first half; in the second half, Arkansas out-scored UNC 17-6 in points off turnovers.

• The Razorbacks’ 24 points off turnovers are the most against UNC this year (previous was 20 at Hawai’i in November).

• Carolina’s 17 turnovers were its highest total since it committed 18 in an overtime win at Clemson on 1/3/2017.

• Carolina shot 38.1 percent from the floor -- the first time UNC shot less than 40 percent in a win since beating Davidson on 12/7/2016.

• This was the first time UNC won an NCAA Tournament game when shooting under 40 percent from the floor (.381) since beating Southern California in the 2007 East Region Sweet 16 in the Meadowlands.

• Carolina entered the game No. 1 in the nation in rebounds (43.8), offensive rebounds (15.9) and rebound margin (13.1). Tonight, UNC had 45 rebounds, 18 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded the Razorbacks by 13 (45-32).

• This was the first time a UNC opponent did not have a starter score in double figures since Virginia Tech on 1/18/2015.

• Carolina scored .78 points per possession. That equals its lowest in a win this year (also .78 vs. Tennessee on 12/11/2016.


Tar Heel Player Notes

Justin Jackson made three three-pointers vs. Arkansas and has 98 this season, a Tar Heel record. Shammond Williams held the previous mark of 95, set in 1997.


UNC Single-Season Three-Pointers

98 by Justin Jackson, 2017

95 by Shammond Williams, 1997

94 by Marcus Paige, 2015

89 by P.J. Hairston, 2013

88 by Reggie Bullock, 2013


Kennedy Meeks had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. It was his second career double-double in an NCAA Tournament game (also Iowa State in 2014), his 12th double-double this year and the 24th of his career.

• This was the second time in three games Meeks led UNC in points and rebounds (also vs. Duke in Brooklyn). Prior to that, he had led UNC in both categories one other time this year (vs. Northern Iowa on 12/21/2016).

• The 16 points are a personal best in an NCAA Tournament game for Meeks. This was his 13th NCAA Tourney game and the eighth time he has scored in double figures. His previous scoring high was 15 three times (Iowa State 2014, Indiana 2016 and Syracuse 2016).

• Meeks set a personal NCAA Tournament best with seven offensive rebounds. He has 20 offensive rebounds in his last four NCAA Tournament games.

• Meeks’s defensive rebound with 25 seconds to play and UNC leading by three was his 11th of the game and the 1,000 of his career. He is the ninth Tar Heel to have 1,000 rebounds.


Tar Heels with 1,000 Career Rebounds

Tyler Hansbrough (1,219)

Sam Perkins (1,167)

George Lynch (1,097)

Billy Cunningham (1,062)

Brice Johnson (1,035)

Antawn Jamison (1,027)

Mitch Kupchak (1,006)

Brad Daugherty (1,003)

Kennedy Meeks (1,000)


Isaiah Hicks scored all nine of his points in the second half.

Justin Jackson tied his career high with five steals (also vs. Maryland on 12/1/2015). The five steals equal the most by a Tar Heel in an NCAA round of 32 game (Dave Hanners vs. Alabama, 1976; Marcus Paige vs. Kansas, 2013; Paige vs. Arkansas, 2015).

• Jackson scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had five assists and five steals. He is the first Tar Heel to have at least 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals in any NCAA Tournament game in UNC’s history.

• Jackson has scored 650 points this year, fifth-most in a season by a Tar Heel in the Roy Williams’ era.


Roy Williams Notes

• 812-216 overall, 394-115 in 14 years at Carolina

• 72-24 in the NCAA Tournament (second-most wins all-time).

• Williams is 18-9 in the second round, including 9-4 at Carolina.

• This is the 18th time in 29 seasons as a head coach and 27 NCAA Tournament appearances that Roy Williams’ teams have advanced to the Sweet 16.

• That includes nine Sweet 16s at Carolina (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and nine at Kansas (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003).

• Williams is 12-5 in the Sweet 16, including 7-1 at Carolina.

• Williams is 4-0 against Arkansas -- all four games have been played in the NCAA Tournament (1991 regional final when Williams was at Kansas, and the 2008, 2015 and 2017 second rounds).


NCAA Tournament Notes

• Carolina is 119-45 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

• Carolina has won more NCAA Tournament games (119) than all but three other schools have played (Kentucky, Kansas and Duke). 

• Carolina is 57-11 as a No. 1 seed.

• Has advanced to a regional semifinal for the 35th time and the officially-designated Sweet 16 (beginning in 1975) for the 28th time.

• Carolina is now 29-12 in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.

• Carolina scored 72 points, its fewest in an NCAA round of 32 victory since beating Stanford, 60-53, in 2000.

• Carolina is 26-8 in the regional semifinals.


UNC-Arkansas Notes

• Carolina is 6-3 against Arkansas, including 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament. 

• The last six games played between the schools have been in the NCAA Tournament, including the 2008, 2015 and 2017 NCAA second round games.

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