CHAPEL HILL—North Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament South Regional, earning a top seed for a record 16th time and a seventh time in 14 seasons under head coach Roy Williams. The NCAA released its tournament bracket on Sunday evening.
The Tar Heels will open play on Friday at approximately 4 p.m. in Greenville, S.C., against No. 16 seed Texas Southern. No. 8 seed Arkansas will play No. 9 seed Seton Hall at 1:30 p.m., to be followed 30 minutes later by UNC-Texas Southern. TNT will televise the game.
Carolina will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in Greenville.
The winner of Friday's contest will advance to Sunday's second-round game betwen No. 8 seed Arkansas and No. 9 seed Seton Hall in Greenville. UNC beat Arkansas in the second round in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2015.
The winner of that second-round contest will move on to the NCAA regionals the following weekend in Memphis. Other top seeds in the South Regional include No. 2 seed Ketucky (which beat Carolina, 103-100, in December in Las Vegas), No. 3 seed UCLA and No. 4 seed Butler.
Other No. 1 seeds nationally include Villanova (East), Kansas (Midwest) and Gonzaga (West).
Carolina is making its 48th NCAA Tournament appearance, second-most in NCAA history behind Kentucky's 56.
The Tar Heels are a No. 1 seed for an NCAA-record 16th time: 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017. Duke is second with 13 all-time No. 1 seeds. Carolina has advanced to the Final Four nine times as a No. 1 seed (1982, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2016) and is 55-11 as a top-seeded team.
Roy Williams has led his teams to No. 1 seeds in NCAA play 12 times in 29 seasons as a head coach, second-most in NCAA history behind Mike Krzyzewski's 13. Williams is seeking his third NCAA championship and the sixth in Carolina annals.