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Quick Hitters – Florida Gulf Coast (1st Round – NCAA Tournament)

Quick Hitters from UNC’s 83-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament:

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Florida Gulf Coast vs North Carolina
The enduring image of this 1st round NCAA Tournament win. Brice Johnson had 8 blocks, 6 in the 2nd half.  Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
  1. 1st turnover for UNC came at 5:21 left in the 1st
  2. Favorite moment of the game: Isaiah Hicks trying to throw the ball through the hoop from 3-4 feet away with about 4:30 left in the 1st
  3. Comforting to see Marcus Paige hit his first two 3-point attempts after going 0-7 in the ACC Championship game.
  4. Despite an overall lazy 1st half, the Heels were able to push the lead out to 9, but then went back to lackadaisical mode to end the first half only up 1.
  5. After the 1-point halftime lead, the Heels came out with more determination and desire (Roy must have said some nice things at halftime) and were up by 20 with 11:32 to go in what still felt like a close game.
  6. Isaiah Hicks continues to show great athleticism and motor. This is a good sign for next year when he will most likely form the starting frontcourt tandem with Kennedy Meeks.
  7. Speaking of Kennedy, he is going to have to continue shedding weight in the offseason. Against athletic bigs inside, he consistently gets out-jumped, blocked, and fails to score what would be an easy dunk for Johnson or Hicks.
  8. At the 8:46 mark of the 2nd half, Brice Johnson got the ball in the post and an immediate double team came. Brice then delivered a beautiful wrap-around pass to a cutting Justin Jackson for 2.
  9. Joel Berry continues to have a keen awareness of when to drive to the basket, finishing strong in traffic. This will be important as the NCAA Tournament moves along. Ty Lawson had some similar big buckets in the 2009 championship run.
  10. For the 3rd game in a row, no double-double for Brice Johnson, but how’s this for a stat line: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 8 blocks, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 0 turnovers. Well done young man.
  11. Just to be sure you didn’t gloss over this – 8 blocks for Brice Johnson (6 in the 2nd half), a UNC NCAA Tournament record – and several of them were of the “Big Boy” variety.
  12. With the win tonight, Roy Williams has 66 NCAA Tournament victories, and passes Coach Smith for 2nd place all-time.
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The Path To Houston, Part 1

The Path To Houston, Part 1

The path to March Madness glory is rarely paved with chalk. But what if it was? These are the teams the Tar Heels would play:

Round 1: Florida Gulf Coast

  • 21-13 (8-6)
  • 3rd in Atlantic-Sun

Round 2: USC

  • 21-12 (9-9)
  • 6th in Pac-12

Sweet Sixteen: Kentucky

  • 26-8 (13-5)
  • 2nd in SEC

Elite 8: Xavier

  • 27-5 (14-4)
  • 2nd in Big East

Final Four: Virginia

  • 26-7 (13-5)
  • 2nd in ACC

National Championship: Kansas

  • 30-4 (15-3)
  • 1st in Big 12

In the meantime, this is the first (of hopefully 6!) part of The Path To Houston, looking at the teams UNC will play on the road to Houston. First up, Florida Gulf Coast:

  • 21-13 (8-6)
  • 3rd in Atlantic-Sun
  • Mascot: Eagle
  • teamrankings.com gives UNC a 95% chance to win this game
  • UNC is favored by 22.
  • You might recall that in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, FGCU, as a 15 seed, beat Georgetown (#2) and San Diego State (#7) before losing to Florida (#3) in the Sweet Sixteen. That team was coached by Andy Enfield, who is now at USC, a potential 2nd round match-up for the winner of this game.
  • Interestingly, FGCU averages more possessions a game (73.3), than does UNC (72.4). Should be a fun, fast-paced, up-and-down game. Afterwards, we’ll probably hear Roy say something about the discrepancy in talent between the two teams.
  • Adjusted Offensive Efficiency
    • FGCU – 102.8 (179th)
    • UNC – 119.6 (5th)
  • Adjusted Defensive Efficiency
    • FGCU – 103.1 (163rd)
    • UNC – 93.8 (12th)
  • FGCU strengths
    • Defensive Rebounding
    • Shooting Accuracy
  • FGCU weaknesses
    • FT shooting