North Carolina 36-31–67
The No. 4 seed North Carolina Tar Heels hold off the Ivy League Champion, No. 13 seed Harvard Crimson in a nail-biter. NC did not play its best game, and were lucky to survive an upset bid on a day where two three seeds went down.
North Carolina plays No. 5 seed Arkansas the Round of 32 on Saturday.
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The Tar Heels Hot Start Contributed to a Double-digit Halftime Lead
Just like the way the Tar Heels started the game, they ended the half with a large run — a 10-2 run. Most analysts were expecting Marcus Paige to lead North Carolina guns blazing into the tournament, however, it is Wesley Saunders of Harvard who leads the game in scoring with 15 points.
Paige only has three points on 1-for-4 shooting. It is Isaiah Hicks who leds the Tar Heels in scoring, off the bench, with nine points.
Harvard’s 2nd-half Rally Fell Shy
The Crimson cut into the Tar Heels lead, and eventually took a brief 64-63 lead before falling to UNC.
Saunders continued to the will the Crimson in the 2nd half as he finished the game with 26 points. NC did not play its best game, and were lucky to survive an upset bid on a day where two three seeds went down.