March 26, 2022
GAME 37: NCAA EAST ELITE 8
• No. 8 seed Carolina plays No. 15 Saint Peter’s on Sunday, March 27, in the East Regional final in Philadelphia. Tip time is approximately 5:05 p.m. (CBS) at the Wells Fargo Center.
• This is the first time the Tar Heels will be playing against Saint Peter’s. Carolina’s most recent game vs. a team from the MAAC was an 88-73 win over Iona on 3/22/2019 in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
• This is Carolina’s 28th regional final and 30th time in the NCAA Tournament round of eight. The Tar Heels are 20-7 in NCAA regional finals, including wins in their last two in 2016 in Philadelphia and 2017 in Memphis.
• This is Carolina’s second time in a regional final as an eight seed (also in 2000, when the Tar Heels beat No. 7 Tulsa in Austin, Texas, to advance to the Final Four).
• Carolina advanced to the Elite 8 with a 73-66 win over UCLA. Caleb Love scored 20 of UNC’s final 29 points, and 27 of his career-high 30 in the second half, to lead the Tar Heels, who won for the fourth time in 13 games this season when trailing at the half.
• The win over UCLA was Carolina’s 129th in NCAA Tournament play, tying Kentucky for the most all-time.
• Since seeding began in 1979, the Tar Heels have played a double-digit seed one time in a regional final, defeating No. 10 Temple in the Meadowlands in 1991. Head coach Hubert Davis and East Regional MVP Rick Fox both scored 19 points to lead No. 1 seed-Carolina to a 75-72 win over the Owls to send Dean Smith and UNC back to the Final Four for the first time since 1982.
• Should Carolina defeat Saint Peter’s, the Tar Heels would advance to the Final Four for the 21st time and play the winner of the West Regional (Duke or Arkansas).
• Carolina’s 20 Final Four appearances are the most in NCAA Tournament history.
• Carolina’s three wins in the 2022 NCAA Tournament include a 95-63 win over No. 9 seed Marquette, a 93-86 overtime win over No. 1 seed Baylor, and the 73-66 win over No. 4 seed UCLA.
• The win over Baylor was Carolina’s ninth all-time over a No. 1 seed, tying Duke for the most in NCAA Tournament history.
• The win over Baylor was the first time UNC eliminated the defending champion in the NCAA Tournament.
• The win over Baylor, which was ranked No. 4 in the final Associated Press poll, was UNC’s second win over the fourth-ranked team in the country in two weeks. UNC beat No. 4 Duke in Durham on March 5. Those are the 11th and 12th times an unranked Tar Heel team beat a top-five ranked opponent. It is the fourth time an unranked Carolina team beat a pair of top-5 ranked opponents in the same season (also over No. 3 Vanderbilt and No. 5 Duke in 1964-65, over No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 5 Duke in 1989-90 and No. 1 Michigan State and No. 5 Duke in 2013-14).
• Carolina’s win over 11th-ranked UCLA was the Tar Heels’ fourth as an unranked team over a ranked opponent this season (also beat No. 24 Michigan, No. 4 Duke and No. 4 Baylor). It’s the most wins by an unranked UNC team over ranked opponents since winning four times in 2002-03.
• Carolina is one of three ACC teams in the Elite 8, the most of any conference in college basketball. Carolina, Duke and Miami are joined in the regional finals by one team from the American (Houston), Big East (Villanova), Big 12 (Kansas), MAAC (Saint Peter’s) and SEC (Arkansas).
• Carolina is 27-9 overall. This is Carolina’s 62nd season with 20 or more wins and its NCAA-record 39th with at least 25.
• The Tar Heels tied Notre Dame for second in the ACC at 15-5, one game behind Duke.
• UNC was the No. 3 seed in Brooklyn in the ACC Tournament, defeated Virginia in the quarterfinal and lost to eventual ACC champion Virginia Tech in the semifinal.
• Carolina went 15-2 at home and 8-3 in road games this season and is 4-4 in neutral-site games.
• Carolina’s neutral-site losses were to the ACC champion (Virginia Tech), a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament (Kentucky) and two No. 3 seeds (Purdue and Tennessee).
• Carolina is 7-7 this season against the rest of the NCAA Tournament field.
• The Tar Heels have won 15 of their last 18 games. The 72-59 loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC semifinals ended UNC’s season-long six-game win streak.
• Over the last 10 games (since the home loss to Pittsburgh on February 16) the Tar Heels have held the opponents to 41.1% from the floor.
• The 15 regular-season ACC wins were Carolina’s second most all-time. The Tar Heels went 16-2 in 2018-19.
• With the 94-81 win at Duke on March 5 the Tar Heels won their last five road games and went 7-3 (.700) on the road in ACC play this season and 8-3 (.727) in all road games. The national average road winning percentage this college basketball season through the regular season was 42.5%.
• This was Carolina’s 43rd winning record on the road in 69 seasons of ACC basketball.
• Carolina enters the Elite 8 game vs. Saint Peter’s No. 18 in KenPom’s overall rankings. Here is a look at where Carolina has been ranked in KenPom throughout the season:
KenPom Overall Ranking (courtesy Ken Pomeroy)
through 10 games prior to Kentucky game 31
through December (12 games) 35
through Jan. 15 win over Georgia Tech 24
after Jan. 18 loss to Miami 37
after Jan. 22 loss to Wake Forest 43
through Feb. 1 win at Louisville 37
after Feb. 5 loss to Duke 46
prior to Feb. 16 Pittsburgh game 38
after loss to Pittsburgh 48
through Feb. 28 win over Syracuse 38
through March win at Duke 32
through ACC Tournament win over Virginia 25
prior to NCAA Tournament 29
after defeating Marquette in NCAA first round 24
after defeating Baylor 20
after defeating UCLA (current ranking) 18
CAROLINA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• This is Carolina’s 52nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which is the second most all-time (Kentucky 59).
• The Tar Heels are 129-48 in the NCAA Tournament.
• Carolina’s six NCAA Tournament championships are the third most all-time.
• The Tar Heels won NCAA titles in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009 and 2017.
• Carolina’s 20 Final Fours are the most in NCAA Tournament history.
• The Tar Heels are the only team to play in the Final Four in each of the last eight decades: 1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2017.
• Carolina has played in the second-most NCAA Tournament games (177), is tied for the most wins (129) and has the second-highest winning percentage (.729).
• Elite 8 Records begin in 1951, the first year all teams in the NCAA Tournament had to win at least one game to advance to the Elite 8. This is Carolina’s 27th time in the Elite 8, second most all-time.
North Carolina 20
ELITE EIGHT (beginning in 1951)
North Carolina 27
North Carolina 52
TOURNAMENT GAMES (through 3/25)
North Carolina 177
TOURNAMENT WINS (through 3/25)
North Carolina 129
TOURNAMENT WIN PERCENTAGE (through 3/25)
Duke (117-38) .755
North Carolina (129-48) .729
UCLA (108-42) .720
Kentucky (129-53) .709
Florida (45-19) .703
• Hubert Davis is 3-0 as head coach in NCAA Tournament games.
• Carolina is 10-4 as a No. 8 seed.
• Carolina has advanced from the East Regional to the Final Four 15 times, including from Philadelphia in 1957 and 2016.
CAROLINA AS AN 8 SEED
• Carolina is a No. 8 seed for the second year in a row and the fifth time overall (1990, 2000, 2013, 2021, 2022).
• The Tar Heels are 10-4 as an eight seed, including 4-1 in the first round, 3-1 in the second round, 2-1 in the Sweet 16 and 1-0 in the Elite 8.
• In 1990, Carolina beat No. 9 SW Missouri State and No. 1 Oklahoma in Austin before losing to No. 4 Arkansas in Dallas.
• In 2000, Carolina advanced to the Final Four, the lowest seed in its NCAA-record 20 trips to the Final Four (seeding began in 1979; UNC has reached the Final Four 13 times since the field was seeded). The Tar Heels beat Missouri, top-seed and third-ranked Stanford, Tennessee and Tulsa to advance to the Final Four, where they lost to Florida.
HUBERT DAVIS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Hubert Davis is the fourth UNC head coach to lead his team to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season at the helm, joining Bill Guthridge in 1998, Matt Doherty in 2001 and Roy Williams in 2004.
• Davis and Guthridge are the only coaches to win at least three games in their first NCAA Tournaments as head coach. The Tar Heels won their first four games in the 1998 NCAA Tournament, defeating Michigan State and UConn in the East Regional in Greensboro to advance to the Final Four.
• Davis was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2012-21. He was on the bench for two national championship games, the 2017 NCAA title and an 18-7 record in NCAA Tournament games.
• As a player at UNC from 1988-92, Davis played in 12 NCAA Tournament games, including the 1991 Final Four. The Tar Heels were 10-4 in the Tournament in his four seasons, including 9-3 in the dozen games in which he played.
• Davis scored in double figures in each of his last nine NCAA Tournament games, averaging 17.7 points in those games. In 1991, he helped lead the Tar Heels to the Final Four, scoring 16 vs. Northeastern, 18 vs. Villanova and Eastern Michigan, 19 vs. Temple in the East Region final in the Meadowlands and 25 vs. Roy Williams and Kansas in the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis in the national semifinal.
TAR HEELS IN PHILADELPHIA
• Carolina is 15-6 in five different arenas in Philadelphia, including 3-0 in the Wells Fargo Center.
• In 2016, East Regional Most Outstanding Player Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels past Indiana and Notre Dame in the Wells Fargo Center to advance to the Final Four.
• Carolina also played games in Philadelphia in the Philadelphia Arena (1-0 in 1936-37), the Convention Hall (5-2 from 1937-38 to 1951-52), the Palestra (5-2 from 1947-48 to 2007-08) and the Spectrum (1-2 from 1980-81 to 1995-96).
• In 1981, the Tar Heels beat Virginia behind Al Wood’s national semifinal record 39 points and lost to Indiana in the Spectrum in the national championship game.
DAVIS A FINALIST FOR FOUR NATIONAL AWARDS
• Hubert Davis is a finalist for four Coach of the Year awards.
• Davis is a finalist for the Jim Phelan Award for National Coach of the Year, the Skip Prosser Award for Man of the Year, the Ben Jobe Award for Division I Minority Coach of the Year and the Joe B. Hall Award for the top first-year head coach.
ACC AWARDS FOR BACOT, BLACK
• Junior forward/center Armando Bacot was the leading vote-getter on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team and senior forward Leaky Black was selected to the league’s All-Defensive team.
• USA Today named Bacot a third-team All-America, one of two ACC players on the paper’s first three teams.
• Bacot is the 52nd Tar Heel to win first-team All-ACC honors a total of 79 times, both of which are the most in ACC history.
• Black is the eighth Tar Heel to make the ACC’s All-Defensive team and the first since Brice Johnson in 2016.
• Bacot was second in the voting for ACC Player of the Year. Black received the third-highest vote total for the All-Defensive team and third-most votes for Defensive Player of the Year.
• Caleb Love and Brady Manek were honorable mention All-ACC.
• Bacot was named to the All-ACC Tournament second team for his play against Virginia and Virginia Tech. He had 10 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and three steals against the Cavaliers in the quarterfinal and 19 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Hokies in the semifinal.
BACOT’S SEASON RANKS AMONG UNC, ACC BEST
• Armando Bacot leads Carolina in scoring (16.4), rebounding (12.6), field goal percentage (.588) and blocks (61). He also led UNC in those categories last season. No Tar Heel has ever led in those four categories in consecutive seasons and no other Tar Heel has ever reached all four of those numbers in one season.
• He has set UNC single-season records for double-doubles (28) and games with 10 or more rebounds (29).
• Bacot has scored 20 or more points 10 times this season. He has also blocked five or more shots four times and shot 60 percent or better from the floor 20 times.
• No Tar Heel has ever led the ACC in rebounding and field goal percentage in the same season.
• Tim Duncan is the only ACC player ever to have higher scoring and rebound averages and a higher field goal percentage in the same season (1996-97) than Bacot’s current numbers.
• Bacot leads the ACC in field goal percentage and rebounding, just the ninth time in 69 seasons one player has led in both categories.
• He leads the ACC with 28 double-doubles. It’s only the sixth time ever a player has led the ACC in field goal percentage, rebounding and double-doubles (with Duke’s Marvin Bagley in 2018, Duncan in 1997, Clemson’s Dale Davis in 1990, Clemson’s Horace Grant in 1987 and Virginia’s Ralph Sampson in 1983).
LED ACC IN FG PCT AND REBOUNDING, SAME SEASON
2021-22 Armando Bacot ##
2017-18 Marvin Bagley III, Duke ##
2008-09 Trevor Booker, Clemson
1996-97 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest ##
1989-90 Dale Davis, Clemson ##
1988-89 Dale Davis, Clemson
1986-87 Horace Grant, Clemson ##
1982-83 Ralph Sampson, Virginia ##
1980-81 Buck Williams, Maryland
## also led the ACC in double-doubles
• Nationally, Bacot is third in rebounding and double-doubles, fourth in offensive boards (3.9) and 20th in field goal percentage.
• Bacot is the only player in the top five in the country in double-doubles, offensive rebounds and rebounding remaining in the NCAA Tournament field.
28 Armando Bacot
28 Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
27 Fardaws Aimaq, Utah State
23 Johni Broome, Morehead State
21 Chuba Ohams, Fordham
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING 5.3 Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
4.0 Chuba Ohams, Fordham
3.94 Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton
3.92 Armando Bacot
3.8 Sukhmail Mathon, Boston University
15.1 Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
13.6 Fardaws Aimaq, Utah State
12.6 Armando Bacot
12.2 Norcahd Omier, Arkansas State
11.6 Chuba Ohams, Fordham
BACOT SETS UNC REBOUNDING RECORD
• Armando Bacot has set the Tar Heel single-season school record for most rebounds with 453. He broke the mark set by Brice Johnson with 416 in 2015-16.
• Bacot has the sixth-most rebounds in a season in ACC history and the second-most by an ACC player since 1962 (only Hall of Famer Tim Duncan has more in the last 60 years with 457 in 1996-97).
MOST REBOUNDS – ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE, season
581 Ronnie Shavlik, NC State, 1954-55
545 Ronnie Shavlik, NC State, 1955-56
515 Dickie Hemric, Wake Forest, 1954-55
470 Len Chappell, Wake Forest, 1961-62
457 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest, 1996-97
453 Armando Bacot, 2021-22
• Bacot has 10 or more rebounds 29 times this season, a UNC single-season record. Johnson set the previous record with 23 double-figure games in 2015-16, a season in which he earned first-team All-America honors and led UNC to the national championship game.
• Bacot’s 12.6 rebounds per game are on pace for the fifth-highest average by a Tar Heel and the highest since Billy Cunningham averaged 14.3 in 1964-65.
Highest rebounding average – UNC season
16.1 Billy Cunningham, 1962-63
15.8 Billy Cunningham, 1963-64
14.3 Billy Cunningham, 1964-65
14.0 Doug Moe, 1960-61
12.6Armando Bacot, 2021-22
• Only one player in the ACC has averaged as many rebounds in the last 24 seasons. Notre Dame’s John Mooney averaged 12.7 in 2019-20.
• Bacot averaged 14.1 rebounds in the 20 regular-season ACC games. That was the highest average in league play since Duncan averaged 14.9 in 16 games in 1996-97.
• Bacot’s 14.1 rebounds in ACC games were the fourth highest average ever by a Tar Heel. Billy Cunningham averaged 16.6 in 1962-63, 16.0 in 1963-64 and 14.4 in 1964-65.
Most games double-figure REBOUNDS — UNC season
29 Armando Bacot, 2021-22 (in 35 games)
23 Brice Johnson, 2015-16 (in 40 games)
22 Billy Cunningham, 1963-64
21 John Henson, 2011-12
21 John Henson, 2010-11
21 Antawn Jamison, 1997-98
21 Billy Cunningham, 1962-63
• Bacot has 943 career rebounds, 10th most in UNC history. He passed Rusty Clark, Eric Montross and Luke Maye with his 15 rebounds in the Sweet 16 game vs. UCLA.
REBOUNDS – UNC CAREER
6. 1035 Brice Johnson, 2012-16
7. 1027 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
8. 1006 Mitch Kupchak, 1972-76
9. 1003 Brad Daugherty, 1982-86
10943 Armando Bacot, 2019-
11. 942 Luke Maye, 2015-19
12. 941 Eric Montross, 1990-94
• Bacot has the ninth-highest career rebounding average by a Tar Heel at 9.7 per game. He has the highest career average since Sean May, who averaged 10.0 from 2002-05.
Highest rebounding average — UNC career
15.4 Billy Cunningham, 1962-65
10.6 Doug Moe, 1958-61
10.5 Pete Brennan, 1955-58
10.4 Lennie Rosenbluth, 1954-57
10.3 Rusty Clark, 1966-69
10.0 Sean May, 2002-05
10.0 Bud Maddie, 1953-54
9.9 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
9.7 Armando Bacot, 2019-
9.2 Larry Miller, 1965-68
• Bacot leads the ACC by 4.4 rebounds per game in all games and averaged 6.1 more per game than any other player in league games.
• Bacot had a streak of 13 straight games with double-digit rebounds from December 14 through February 1. That was the third-longest streak of games with 10 or more rebounds in UNC history.
• He currently has a streak of 10 or more rebounds in each of the last five games, all in the postseason.
Consecutive games/10 OR MORE REBOUNDS
41 Billy Cunningham, 1962-64
15 John Henson, 2010-11
13 Armando Bacot, 2021-22 (12/13/21-2/1/22)
11 Doug Moe, 1959-61
11 Doug Moe, 1960-61
• Bacot pulled down 20 or more rebounds three times this season – 22 against Virginia on January 8, 20 against Virginia Tech on January 24 and 22 at Louisville on February 1.
• Bacot is the third Tar Heel to have three 20-rebound games in a season. Cunningham had five in 1963-64, four in 1962-63 and three in 1964-65, Rosenbluth had three in 1954-55 and Bacot has three this season (three in 25 days).
• Bacot has the fourth-highest career offensive rebounding average by a Tar Heel since offensive rebounds were recorded beginning in 1986-87.
MOST OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS per game – UNC CAREER
(100 or more since 1986-87)
3.61 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
3.47 Sean May, 2002-05
3.39 Tyler Hansbrough, 2005-09
3.33 Armando Bacot (320 in 97 games)
3.06 George Lynch, 1989-93
BACOT SETS UNC DOUBLE-DOUBLE MARK
• Bacot’s 28 double-doubles are the UNC single-season record, breaking Brice Johnson’s mark of 23 set in 2015-16, and are the second most in ACC single-season history.
• Only seven players in ACC history (and three in the last 25 years) have at least 25 double-doubles in a season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES – ACC SEASON
29 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest, 1996-97
28 Armando Bacot
26 Tom Burleson, NC State, 1973-74
26 Len Chappell, Wake Forest, 1961-62
25 John Mooney, Notre Dame, 2019-20
25 Jordan Williams, Maryland, 2010-11
25 Ronnie Shavlik, NC State, 1955-56
DOUBLE-DOUBLES – UNC SEASON
28 Armando Bacot, 2021-22 (in 36 games)
23 Brice Johnson, 2015-16 (in 40 games)
22 Billy Cunningham, 1963-64
21 Antawn Jamison, 1997-98
20 Mitch Kupchak, 1974-75
20 Billy Cunningham, 1962-63
20 Doug Moe, 1960-61
• Bacot has 10 more double-doubles this season than he had combined in his first two seasons (18).
• Bacot had 10-straight double-doubles from Furman through Virginia Tech on January 22. That was the longest streak by a Tar Heel since Cunningham in 1964-65. Bacot’s 10-game streak equaled the fourth-longest by a Tar Heel.
• Bacot has double-doubles in 77.8% of Carolina’s games this season, the fourth-highest percentage in UNC history and highest since 1964.
PCT. OF DOUBLE-DOUBLE GAMES – UNC SEASON
Career 2X-2X Games Pct.
Billy Cunningham, 1962-63 20 21 .952
Billy Cunningham, 1963-64 22 24 .917
Doug Moe, 1960-61 20 23 .870
Armando Bacot, 2021-22 28 36 .778
Billy Cunningham, 1964-65 18 24 .750
• Bacot has 46 career double-doubles, the fifth most all-time by a Tar Heel.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (POINTS & REBOUNDS) – UNC CAREER
60 Billy Cunningham, 1962-65
51 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
47 Tyler Hansbrough, 2005-09
47 Sam Perkins, 1980-84
46 Armando Bacot, 2019-
• Bacot has 46 career double-doubles in 97 games. His double-double rate (46.9%) is the fifth highest by a Tar Heel and is the second highest behind only Antawn Jamison since 1965.
PCT. OF DOUBLE-DOUBLE GAMES – UNC CAREER
Career 2X-2X Games Pct.
Billy Cunningham, 1962-65 60 69 .870
Lennie Rosenbluth, 1954-57 39 76 .513
Antawn Jamison, 1995-98 51 104 .490
Doug Moe, 1958-61 29 60 .483
Armando Bacot, 2019-active 45 96 .474
Rusty Clark, 1966-69 43 91 .473
Larry Miller, 1965-68 42 91 .462
Robert McAdoo, 1971-72 14 31 .452
Pete Brennan, 1955-58 35 81 .432
Sean May, 2002-05 33 77 .429
• Bacot is one of 11 Tar Heels with at least three double-doubles in one NCAA Tournament. Only Antawn Jamison (five in 1998), Sean May (four in 2005), George Lynch (four in 1993) and Pete Brennan (four in 1957) have at least four in one NCAA Tournament.
• Bacot became the 79th player to score 1,000 points as a Tar Heel. UNC has more 1,000-point scorers than any other school in NCAA history (Louisville is second with 69).
• Bacot became the first Tar Heel to score 1,000 points in three seasons since Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson, who both hit the 1,000-point mark as juniors in 2017.
• Bacot has 1,254 points. He is tied with Ademola Okulaja for 55th place all-time at Carolina.
Scoring – UNC CAREER
52. 1,264 Bobby Jones, 1971-74
53. 1,262 Ed Cota, 1996-2000
54. 1,260 Raymond Felton, 2002-05
55. 1,254 Armando Bacot
55. 1,254 Ademola Okulaja, 1995-99
BRADY ON A TEAR
• Brady Manek, a 6-9 sharp-shooting power forward, has scored 20 or more points in five of the last seven games, including his two highest scoring games as a Tar Heel with 28 against Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and 26 in round two against Baylor.
• Manek has scored 20 or more 10 times as a Tar Heel and has scored in double figures 103 times in five seasons of college basketball.
• Manek leads UNC with 88 threes and in three-point percentage at a career-best 39.1% (previous was 38.3% as a freshman at OU).
• In fact, Manek has established career highs in his one season as a Tar Heel in games (36), scoring average (15.1), points (543), field goals (204), three-pointers (88), three-point percentage (.391), offensive rebounds (52), rebounds (212) and assists (69).
• He scored his 2,000th career point on a three-pointer vs. UCLA and has made 323 threes in his career.
• Manek’s 88 threes equal the seventh most in a season by a Tar Heel.
• The Harrah, Okla., native made five 3FGs against Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, his 15th career game with five or more.
• On March 10, he out-scored Virginia, 19-13, in the first half of Carolina’s 63-43 win in the ACC quarterfinals.
• He earned ACC Player of the Week honors in the final week of the regular season, scoring 22 points in an overtime win against Syracuse and 20 in the win at Duke.
• Manek has made at least one three-pointer in 129 of 158 games and multiple threes 85 times (at least one in 33 of 36 games as a Tar Heel with two or more 22 times).
• Manek is averaging 2.44 threes per game this season, the second-most by a Tar Heel who measured 6-9 or taller behind only current Phoenix Sun Cameron Johnson, who averaged 2.67 threes in earning first-team All-ACC honors in 2018-19.
MANEK ADDS TO 10-REBOUND, 5-THREES LIST
• Brady Manek made five threes, scored a season-high 28 points and had 11 rebounds vs. Marquette. It was the second time Manek had double-figure rebounds and five threes in a game this season (also at Duke). He is one of four Tar Heels ever to accomplish that with Cole Anthony, Reggie Bullock (twice) and Joseph Forte.
• The Marquette game was the sixth time this season Manek made at least five threes in a game. Coby White (2018-19), Justin Jackson (2016-17) and Donald Williams (1992-93) also made five or more six times. No Tar Heel has made five or more in seven games in a season.
MANEK IN ELITE COMPANY OF TAR HEELS
• Brady Manek scored 28 points against Marquette and 26 vs. Baylor in Carolina’s first- and second-round wins in Fort Worth.
• He became the fifth Tar Heel to score at least 26 points in consecutive NCAA Tournament games.
• Rosenbluth, Ford and Jordan each won National Player-of-the-Year honors and Reid was a three-time All-NCAA Tournament selection and consensus All-America.
CONSECUTIVE GAMES, 26 OR MORE POINTS
NCAA TOURNAMENT BY A TAR HEEL
Brady Manek, 2022
(28 vs. Marquette, 26 vs. Baylor)
J.R. Reid, 1987
(27 vs. Michigan, 31 vs. Notre Dame)
Michael Jordan, 1983-84
(26 vs. Syracuse, 1983; 27 vs. Temple, 1984)
Phil Ford, 1977
(27 vs. Purdue, 29 vs. Notre Dame)
Lennie Rosenbluth, 1957
(29 vs. Yale, 39 vs. Canisius)
THREE WITH 50 THREES
• Carolina has three players with 50 or more threes this season for the just the fourth time in history.
• Brady Manek leads with 88, Caleb Love has 87 and RJ Davis 64.
• Carolina also had three players make 50 or more threes in 2017-18 (Joel Berry II, Kenny Williams and Luke Maye), 2008-09 (Wayne Ellington, Danny Green and Ty Lawson) and 2002-03 (Rashad McCants, Raymond Felton and Melvin Scott).
• This is the fourth time two Tar Heels made 80 or more threes in a season (89 by P.J. Hairston and 88 by Reggie Bullock in 2012-13, 105 by Justin Jackson and 88 by Joel Berry II in 2016-17 and 96 by Cameron Johnson and 82 by Coby White in 2018-19).
• Manek and Love have combined for 175 threes, the fourth-most threes by two Tar Heels in a season.
MOST THREE-POINTERS — SEASON, UNC
105 Justin Jackson, 2016-17
96 Cameron Johnson, 2018-19
95 Shammond Williams, 1996-97
94 Marcus Paige, 2014-15
93 Joel Berry II, 2017-18
89 P.J. Hairston, 2012-13
88 Brady Manek
88 Joel Berry II, 2016-17
88 Reggie Bullock, 2012-13
87 Caleb Love
87 Donald Williams, 1994-95
87 Kenny Smith, 1986-87
MOST THREE-POINTERS by two players — SEASON
193 Justin Jackson (105), Joel Berry II (88), 2016-17
178 Cameron Johnson (96), Coby White (82), 2018-19
177 P.J. Hairston (89), Reggie Bullock (88), 2012-13
175 Manek (88) and Love (87)
165 Joel Berry II (93), Kenny Williams (72), 2017-18
DAVIS AND LOVE BACKCOURT ACES
• Sophomores RJ Davis and Caleb Love have started every game together in the backcourt this season except Senior Night, and are both averaging more than 33 minutes per game.
• Davis and Love have combined for 29.2 points and 7.4 assists per game. A year ago as freshmen, they combined for 18.9 points and 5.5 assists.
• They have combined for 151 three-pointers and 265 assists.
• Love made a career-high six three-pointers against Florida State, Marquette and UCLA.
• Davis hit a career-high six three-pointers in November in a 26-point outing against Brown, hit five vs. Syracuse ands made five (four in the first half) vs. top-seed Baylor.
• They became the first pair of Tar Heels ever to score 30 points in consecutive NCAA Tournament games – Davis had 30 against Baylor and Love scored 30 vs. UCLA.
DAVIS HIT A DOUBLE
• Sophomore guard RJ Davis became the first Tar Heel ever to have double-digit assists in one NCAA Tournament game followed by a 30-point performance in the next.
• The White Plains, N.Y., native, who has handled more of the point guard duties as the season has developed, dished out a career-best 12 assists vs. Marquette and scored a career-high 30 in eliminating Baylor in the second round.
• Two other Tar Heels (Joel Berry II in the 2016 and Kenny Smith twice in 1987) had consecutive NCAA games with 10 or more assists followed by at least 20 points, but no one had ever done 10 assists/30 points back-to-back.
• Davis became the 13th Tar Heel to score 30 points in an NCAA Tournament game and the first since Tyler Zeller had 32 against Long Island in 2011.
• His 12 assists vs. Marquette equal the second most by a Tar Heel in NCAA play.
Assists in ncaa tournament game – UNC
14 Kendall Marshall vs. Washington, 2011 East 2nd
12 RJ Davis vs. Marquette, 2022 East 1st
12 Kenny Smith vs. Notre Dame, 1987 East Semifinal
BLACK’S PLAY A KEY TO SECOND-HALF SURGE
• Leaky Black is one of five Tar Heels to amass 500 career points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks.
• He needs just two points for 600 career.
• The only other Tar Heels to hit each mark are James Worthy, George Lynch, David Noel and Danny Green.
• Black was third in voting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year and earned his first award for the league’s All-Defensive team.
• He is a finalist for the Lefty Driesell Award as the top defender in the country.
• Black was the primary defender in three games vs. ACC Tournament MVP Hunter Cattoor of Virginia Tech (who scored 31 against Duke in the ACC final) and held Cattoor to an average of 7.0 points on 5 of 15 threes; vs. Duke’s Paolo Banchero, whose shot he blocked three times and scored 13 points; vs. Duke’s AJ Griffin, who scored five points in Cameron after scoring 27 in the first game vs. Carolina; vs. Georgia Tech’s Michael Devoe, who came in as one of the nation’s leading scorers and scored two points; vs. NC State’s Dereon Seabron, who scored two points on 1 of 6 shooting; Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim, who scored 14, five below his ACC-leading average; and vs. Marquette leading scorer Justin Lewis, whom he held to 2 of 15 FG and six points, 11 below his average.
• The Concord, N.C., native is shooting career-best percentages from the floor (.474) and the free throw line (.882).
• Black had a season-high eight assists against Marquette and six more against Baylor. Carolina is 16-1 this season when the senior has three or more assists and 14-2 in his career when he has five or more.
• The Tar Heels lead the ACC in free throw shooting at 76.9%, their second-best percentage ever (78.3% in 1983-84).
• Last season, UNC shot 66.8%.
• Carolina is 19th in the country at the line.
• Carolina has led the ACC in free throw percentage eight times but not since 1987-88. Current assistant coach Jeff Lebo shot 87.8% as a junior and senior Ranzino Smith shot 89.7% that season.
• Carolina has made 80% or better from the free throw line 17 times this season, including seven of the last 10 games. UNC shot 80% or better in the final five regular-season ACC games, the first time ever the Tar Heels shot 80% in five consecutive games.
• Carolina has made 26 more free throws than the opponents have attempted.
HIGHEST FREE THROW PERCENTAGE — UNC SEASON
.783 in 1983-84 (551 of 704)
.769 in 2021-22 (510 of 663)
.761 in 1984-85 (569 of 748)
.758 in 1959-60 (542 of 715)
.757 in 2007-08 (738 of 975)
• Senior forward Leaky Black (.882) and sophomore guards Caleb Love (.870) and RJ Davis (.813) lead UNC at the stripe this season.
• Love went 12 for 12 from the free throw line at Duke (which tied the third-best performance at the line by a Duke opponent in Cameron Indoor Stadium history).
• Love is tied with Shammond Williams for the all-time record at UNC in free throw percentage at .848.
HIGHEST FREE THROW PERCENTAGE – UNC CAREER
.848 Caleb Love, 2020- (190 of 224)
.848 Shammond Williams, 1994-98
.847 Marvin Williams, 2004-05
.845 Danny Green, 2005-09
.844 Marcus Paige, 2012-16
• Love is shooting 87.0% from the line this season, the seventh-best percentage in a season by a Tar Heel.
Highest FT percentage — UNC SEASON (min. 75 made)
.911 Shammond Williams, 1997-98
.893 Joel Berry II, 2017-18
.878 Jeff Lebo, 1987-88
.877 Marcus Paige, 2013-14
.876 Steve Hale, 1984-85
.871 Darrell Elston, 1973-74
.870 Caleb Love, 2021-22 (127 of 146)
.868 York Larese, 1959-60
.867 Joel Berry II, 2015-16
.865 Marcus Paige, 2014-15
LOVE STREAK WAS ONE SHY OF UNC RECORD
• Caleb Love made 40 consecutive free throws, the second-longest streak in UNC history, until missing his fifth and final attempt of the game vs. Virginia in the ACC quarterfinal.
• His streak ended one shy of tying Jeff Lebo‘s record, which Lebo set as a senior in 1989.
• Love’s streak began against Pitt on February 16, when he made his final three of that game.
• Love made his first four against UVA to pass Bobby Lewis (39 in a row in 1966) for the second-longest streak in UNC history.
• Marcus Paige had made 31 straight in 2013-14, the most recent instance when a Tar Heel made at least 30 in a row.
CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS — ALL-TIME ACC
66 Scott Wood, NC State 2011-12
54 J.J. Redick, Duke 2003-04
48 John Gillon, Syracuse 2016-17
48 Jeff Lamp, Virginia 1979-80
45 Roger Mason, Virginia 2000-01
43 J.J. Redick, Duke 2002-03
43 Skip Brown, Wake Forest 1976-77
41 Jeff Lebo, North Carolina 1998-89
41 Jim Brennan, Clemson 1963-64
40 Caleb Love
40 Jon Scheyer, Duke 2006-07
40 Juan Dixon, Maryland 2000-01
SCORING ODDS AND ENDS
• RJ Davis has scored 485 points this season. If Davis scores 15 more points, it would mark the first time UNC ever had four players score 500 or more in a season.
• Armando Bacot (589), Caleb Love (566) and Brady Manek (543) already have surpassed 500 points.
• The last time two players scored 600 in a season was 2017-18 (Luke Maye scored 625 and Joel Berry II had 617).
• Five Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Caleb Love leads with 12 20-point games, Armando Bacot and Brady Manek each have 10, RJ Davis five and DawsonGarcia three.
• Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points 40 times in 36 games, including nine games in which two players scored 20 or more (Loyola, Brown, Charleston, Elon, home vs. Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Marquette and Baylor) and the March 5 win at Duke, when the Tar Heels set a school record when four players scored 20 or more.
• Last season, UNC had only seven 20-point performances in 29 games. UNC did not have any games last season when two players scored 20 or more points.
• Carolina is 14-0 over two seasons when Love scores 20 or more (12-0 this season).
• Carolina is 20-0 when leading at the half.
• Carolina is 14-1 when scoring 80 or more points.
• Carolina’s 55 second-half points and 94 total points at Duke on March 5 were the most scored against the Blue Devils this season.
• Carolina’s 93 points were the most scored against Baylor this season.
• Carolina has made 297 three-pointers this season, the second most in UNC history.
THREE-POINTERS — UNC SEASON
• Carolina made a season-high 15 three-pointers at home against NC State and is averaging 8.5 per game, on pace for the second-highest average in UNC history.
• The Tar Heel made 13 against Marquette, most by Carolina in an NCAA Tournament game. Carolina made 11 vs. Baylor and 10 vs. UCLA. These are the first instances UNC ever made 10 or more threes in even two consecutive games in one NCAA Tournament.
• Carolina is making 0.6 more threes per game than its opponents. This is the first time the Tar Heels are on pace to make more three-pointers than their opponents since 2012-13 and just the sixth time ever (1982-83, 1986-87, 2002-03, 2005-06 and 2012-13).
Three-Pointers Per Game – UNC SEASON
1982-83 (experimental distance) 8.25
CLEANING THE BOARDS
• The Tar Heels lead the ACC and are sixth in the country in rebound margin at plus 8.0 per game. UNC also leads the ACC and is 12th nationally in rebounds per game (40.4).
• Carolina is averaging 47.3 rebounds per game in the 2022 NCAA Tournament and has a rebound margin of 11.0 through the first three rounds.
• Carolina had a season-high 52 rebounds vs. Marquette and out-rebounded the Golden Eagles by 15.
• The Tar Heels have averaged 40 or more rebounds for the past seven seasons.
• Carolina has led the ACC in rebound margin in each of the previous six seasons and in 13 of 18 seasons under Roy Williams.
• UNC has won the battle of the boards 33 times in 36 games this season. The Tar Heels are 27-6 when out-rebounding their opponents and 0-3 when getting out-rebounded (Tennessee, Kentucky and Duke in Chapel Hill).
• Carolina allows the second-lowest offensive rebounding percentage in the country by its opponents, who rebound only 21.4% of their missed shots.
• The Tar Heels are 16-1 this season when scoring more points off turnovers and 10-8 when the opponents score more points off turnovers.
• Carolina has turned the ball over 12.2 times per game in its nine losses, which led to 178 points, an average of 19.8 points per game.
• Carolina is 21-0 this season when the opponents shoot at or under 45% from the floor.
• The opponents shot 50% or better from the floor four times in the first 11 games this season and three times since (in UNC losses to Wake Forest, Duke and Pittsburgh).
• Over the last 10 games (since the home loss to Pittsburgh on February 16) the Tar Heels have held the opponents to 41.1% from the floor.
• Carolina has won seven times this season when it allowed fewer than 60 points (53 by UNC Asheville, 51 by Michigan, 50 by App State, 58 by Virginia, 47 by Boston College, 57 by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and 43 by Virginia in Brooklyn).
• The Tar Heels have held the opponents to 65 or fewer points in 13 of their 27 wins.
• Carolina is 10-0 this season when shooting at least 50% (under Roy Williams UNC was 220-9 when shooting 50% from the floor).
• Carolina is holding its opponents to 66.9 points in its 27 victories. The opponents are averaging 86.2 points in UNC’s nine losses.
• The Tar Heels are minus 7 in assist-turnovers (103 assists/110 turnovers) in their nine losses, while the opponents are plus 73 (157 A/84 TO).
TAR HEEL STAFF
• Hubert Davis is the fourth to win 25 or more games in his first season as Carolina’s head coach. Davis is a Tar Heel alum, and so are each of his assistant coaches and members of the basketball staff.
• Assistant coaches Brad Frederick (1996-99), Jeff Lebo (1985-89) and Sean May (2002-05), Director of Recruiting Pat Sullivan (1990-93, 1994-95) and Director of Team and Player Development Jackie Manuel (2001-05) all played for the Tar Heels. Director of Operations Eric Hoots has been on staff for 18 seasons.
• Frederick played on Final Four teams that won ACC championships in 1997 and 1998.
• Lebo is a 20-year head coaching veteran who set 10 UNC records in his playing career.
• May was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA Final Four, scoring 26 points in the national championship game vs. Illinois.
• Manuel was twice named Carolina’s defensive player of the year and was a starter on the 2005 NCAA champions.
• Sullivan was a key contributor on the 1993 national champions and is one of seven Tar Heels who have played in three Final Fours.
• Davis, Lebo, May and Frederick combined to score 4,441 points as Tar Heels. Syracuse is the only school whose coaches scored more points at their alma mater than UNC (Gerry McNamara, Adrian Autry, Allen Griffin and Jim Boeheim scored 5,189 for the Orange).
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