March 24, 2022
GAME 36: NCAA EAST SWEET 16
• Carolina returns to the Sweet 16 for an unprecedented 30th time since 1975 and as a No. 8 seed for the third time when the Tar Heels face No. 4 seed UCLA in the East Region semifinals on Friday, March 25.
• The Sweet 16 matchup should tip at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (CBS).
• Should Carolina beat UCLA, the Tar Heels would play the winner of Friday’s first semifinal between No. 3 seed Purdue and No. 15 Saint Peter’s on Sunday, March 27.
• No. 8 Carolina advanced to the Sweet 16 by defeating No. 9 seed Marquette, 95-63, and No. 1 seed Baylor, 93-86, in overtime in Fort Worth, Texas.
• Baylor overcame a 25-point UNC lead over the final 10 minutes of regulation, but the Tar Heels regrouped and held the defending national champions to 1 of 11 field goals and outscored the Bears, 13-6 in the extra period for the 93-86 victory. RJ Davis scored a career-high 30 points and Brady Manek had 26 to lead Carolina, which also got a season-high nine points from freshman Dontrez Styles.
• Manek scored a season-high 28 and Caleb Love tied the UNC record for three-pointers in an NCAA Tournament game (six, all in the first half) in the Tar Heels’ 95-63 first round win over Marquette.
• The win over Baylor was Carolina’s ninth all-time over a No. 1 seed, tying Duke for the most in NCAA Tournament history.
• It was the third time Carolina beat a No. 1 seed as the eighth seed (also Oklahoma in 1990 and Stanford in 2000).
• 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 is one of three ACC teams in the Sweet 16. The ACC and the Big 12 each have three teams in the regional semifinals, more than any other conference. The Big East, Big 10 and Pac 12 have two each, and the American, MAAC, SEC and WCC have one apiece.
• Carolina is 26-9 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 3-4 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 6-7 against the rest of the NCAA Tournament field this season, including 2-3 against teams in the Sweet 16.
• The Tar Heels have won 14 of their last 17 games. The 72-59 loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC semifinals ended UNC’s season-long six-game win streak. One of those six wins was at Virginia Tech on February 19, when UNC held the Hokies to 57 points, Tech’s low point total at home this season.
• 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 Sweet 16 game vs. UCLA No. 20 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 (current ranking) 20
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 128-48 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 (176), has the second-most wins (128) and second-highest winning percentage (.727).
• Carolina is playing in the regional semifinals for the 37th time. The Tar Heels are 27-9 in regional semifinals (including 1941 and 1946 when the regional semifinals were the round of eight).
• Carolina is one of three universities whose men’s and women’s basketball teams have both advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2022 (with Iowa State and Mchigan).
• Beginning in 1957, Carolina is 26-8 in the round of 16. That includes a 21-8 record beginning in 1975, when the NCAA coined the term Sweet 16. That was the first year every team had to win at least one game to reach the round of 16.
MOST SWEET 16 APPEARANCES (since 1975 Tournament)
North Carolina 30
North Carolina 20
North Carolina 52
North Carolina 176
North Carolina 128
TOURNAMENT WIN PERCENTAGE
Duke (116-38) .753
North Carolina (128-48) .727
UCLA (108-41) .725
Kentucky (129-53) .709
Florida (45-19) .703
• Hubert Davis is 2-0 as head coach in NCAA Tournament games.
• Roy Williams won three NCAA titles and 79 NCAA Tournament games, second most all-time.
• Dean Smith won two NCAA titles and 65 NCAA Tournament games, third most all-time.
• Carolina is 9-4 as a No. 8 seed.
• Carolina is 1-1 against UCLA, 1-1 against Purdue and 0-0 against Saint Peter’s in NCAA Tournament games.
• 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 9-4 as an eight seed, including 4-1 in the first round, 3-1 in the second round and 1-1 in the Sweet 16.
• 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 two 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 14-6 in five different arenas in Philadelphia, including 2-0 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.
• Twelve Tar Heels have played for the Philadelphia 76ers, including Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Billy Cunningham, Bobby Jones and Bob McAdoo (father of current Tar Heel, Ryan McAdoo).
• Danny Green, one of four Tar Heels to win an NCAA and NBA championship, is a current member of the 76ers. Green is one of two players in NBA history (with LeBron James) to start for three different NBA championship franchises.
• Carolina is 10-3 against the Bruins, including wins in each of the last five games over the past 22 seasons and nine of 10.
• Carolina has the highest winning percentage (.769) against UCLA of any team that has played the Bruins 10 or more times.
• UCLA’s last win over UNC was in 2000 in Chapel Hill.
• The Tar Heels are 1-1 against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. In 1968, the Bruins defeated the Tar Heels, 78-55, in the national championship game in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Lew Alcindor had 34 points and 16 rebounds and Lucius Allen had 11 points to lead UCLA, which overcame 26 turnovers. Larry Miller (14) and Charlie Scott (12) led UNC, which also committed 23 turnovers.
• In 1989, second-seed Carolina beat the No. 7 Bruins, 88-81, in Atlanta in the second round. Kevin Madden led five Tar Heels in double figures with 22 points and Steve Bucknall had 19 points and 11 assists. Senior Jeff Lebo, an assistant coach now for the Tar Heels, had a dozen points and four assists in his final collegiate victory. Freshman Hubert Davis did not score in five minutes.
• The teams played most recently on 12/21/2019 in Las Vegas, a 74-64 UNC win. Freshman Armando Bacot had a team-high 15 points and 12 rebounds, Carolina forced 22 turnovers and made 22 of 35 free throws in the victory.
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 (12.5), field goal percentage (.588) and blocks (60). 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 (27) and games with 10 or more rebounds (28).
• 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 19 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 27 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, fifth in offensive boards (3.8) 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 Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
27 Armando Bacot
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
3.9 Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton
3.82 Sukhmail Mathon, Boston University
3.80 Armando Bacot
15.1 Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
13.6 Fardaws Aimaq, Utah State
12.5 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 438. He broke the mark set by Brice Johnson with 416 in 2015-16.
• Bacot has the seventh-most rebounds in a season in ACC history and has the second-most by an ACC player since 1962 (only Hall of Famer Tim Duncan has more 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
441 Ronnie Shavlik, NC State, 1953-54
438 Armando Bacot, 2021-22
• Bacot has 10 or more rebounds 28 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 12.5 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
12.5Armando Bacot, 2021-22
• Only one player in the ACC has averaged as many rebounds in the last 24 seasons. Notre Dame’s John Mooney led the league with 12.7 per game 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
28 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 928 career rebounds, 13th most in UNC history. Rusty Clark, who led UNC to three straight Final Fours in 1967-69, is 12th with 933.
REBOUNDS – UNC CAREER
11. 941 Eric Montross, 1990-94
12. 933 Rusty Clark, 1966-69
13.928 Armando Bacot, 2019-
14. 890 Ademola Okulaja, 1995-99
15. 885 John Henson, 2009-12
• 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 in each of the last four 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 fifth-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
3.61 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
3.47 Sean May, 2002-05
3.39 Tyler Hansbrough, 2005-09
3.34 Day’Ron Sharpe, 2020-21
3.25 Armando Bacot (312 in 96 games)
3.06 George Lynch, 1989-93
BACOT SETS UNC DOUBLE-DOUBLE MARK
• Bacot’s 27 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.
• Bacot became the seventh player in ACC history with at least 25 double-doubles in a season (the third in the last 25 seasons).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES – ACC SEASON
29 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest, 1996-97
27 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
27 Armando Bacot, 2021-22 (in 35 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 nine 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 77.1% 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 27 35 .771
Billy Cunningham, 1964-65 18 24 .750
• Bacot has 45 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
45 Armando Bacot, 2019-
• Bacot has 45 career double-doubles in 96 games. His double-double rate (46.9%) is the sixth highest by a Tar Heel and is the third highest 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
Rusty Clark, 1966-69 43 91 .473
Armando Bacot, 2019-active 45 96 .469
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 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 1,240 points. He is 56th all-time at Carolina. Bacot passed Sean May, James Worthy, Harrison Barnes, Joe Wolf and James Michael McAdoo over the two games in Fort Worth.
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 Ademola Okulaja, 1995-99
56. 1,240 Armando Bacot
BRADY ON A TEAR
• Brady Manek, a 6-9 sharp-shooting power forward, has scored 20 or more points in five of the last six 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 102 times in five seasons of college basketball.
• Manek leads UNC with 85 threes and in three-point percentage at a career-best 39.5% (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 (35), scoring average (15.1), points (530), field goals (199), three-pointers (85), three-point percentage (.395), offensive rebounds (50), rebounds (204) and assists (67).
• He is 11 points shy of 2,000 career points and has made 320 three-pointers in his career.
• The Harrah, Okla., native made five 3FGs against Marquette, 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 128 of 157 games and multiple threes 84 times (at least one in 32 of 35 games as a Tar Heel with two or more 21 times).
• Manek is averaging 2.43 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.
• He made four in 28 minutes against Baylor.
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 is 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 85, Caleb Love has 81 and RJ Davis 63.
• 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 also 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 166 threes, the fourth-most threes by two Tar Heels in a season.
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 28.8 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 144 three-pointers and 258 assists.
• Davis is second on the team in three-point percentage (.387) and free throw shooting (.804); Love leads the team at the FT line (.868) and is third from three (.373).
• Love made a career-high six three-pointers against Florida State and Marquette.
• 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.
DAVIS HITS 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
11 Theo Pinson vs. Texas A&M, 2018 West 2nd
11 Kendall Marshall vs. Creighton, 2012 Midwest 2nd
11 Jeff McInnis vs. New Orleans, 1996 East 1st
11 Steve Bucknall vs. UCLA, 1989 Southeast 2nd
11 Kenny Smith vs. Pennsylvania, 1987 East 1st
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.
• 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.
• 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 (.484) 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.
• Black has 31 assists and nine turnovers in the last six games.
• The Tar Heels lead the ACC in free throw shooting at 77.0%, 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 nine 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 25 more free throws than the opponents have attempted.
HIGHEST FREE THROW PERCENTAGE — UNC SEASON
.783 in 1983-84 (551 of 704)
.770 in 2021-22 (501 of 651)
.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 (.868) and RJ Davis (.804) 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 Marvin Williams for second all-time at UNC in free throw percentage at .847. Shammond Williams (1994-98) is the leader at .848.
HIGHEST FREE THROW PERCENTAGE – UNC CAREER
.848 Shammond Williams, 1994-98
.847 Caleb Love, 2020-
.847 Marvin Williams, 2004-05
.845 Danny Green, 2005-09
.844 Marcus Paige, 2012-16
• Love is shooting 86.8% from the line this season, which equals 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
.868 York Larese, 1959-60
.868 Caleb Love, 2021-22 (123 of 142)
.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
• Five Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Caleb Love leads with 11 20-point games, Armando Bacot and Brady Manek each have 10, RJ Davis five and Dawson Garcia three.
• Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points 39 times in 35 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 13-0 over two seasons when Love scores 20 or more (11-0 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 third 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 is making 0.5 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 (40.3).
• 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 32 times in 35 games this season. The Tar Heels are 26-6 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 9-8 when the opponents score more points off turnovers.
• Turnovers and the opponents cashing in on those errors have been a key factor this season. 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.
• 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 26 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 26 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).
NBA: Cole Anthony, Orlando; Harrison Barnes, Sacramento; Tony Bradley, Chicago; Reggie Bullock, Dallas; Ed Davis, Cleveland; Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Laker; Danny Green, Philadelphia; Cameron Johnson, Phoenix; Nassir Little, Portland; Theo Pinson, Dallas; Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn; Coby White, Chicago
G-League: Justin Jackson, Texas
International source: TarHeelInternational.com
Nate Britt, Yoast United, The Netherlands
Isaiah Hicks, Seoul Samsung Thunders, South Korea
Desmond Hubert, Al Arabi, Kuwait
Brice Johnson, Toyama Grouses, Japan
Christian Keeling, BC Rustavi, Georgia
Justin Knox, Neo-Phoenix, Japan
Ty Lawson, US Monastir, Tunisia
Sterling Manley, Sichuan Blue Whales, China
Luke Maye, BAXI Manresa, Spain
James Michael McAdoo, Hitachi Sun Rockers, Japan
Kennedy Meeks, Cholet Basket, France
Marcus Paige, Orleans Loiret, France
Justin Pierce, VfL Kircheim Knights, Germany
Reyshawn Terry, Plateros de Fresnillo, Mexico
Deon Thompson, Leones des Ponce, Puerto Rico
J.P. Tokoto, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel
Jawad Williams, Yamagata Wyverns, Japan
Kenny Williams, Kolossos Rhodes, Greece
DAVIS’S FIRST SIGNING CLASS
Hubert Davis‘s first recruiting class that signed Letters of Intent in November ’21 includes Tyler Nickel of Massanutten, Va.; Will Shaver of Birmingham, Ala.; Seth Trimble of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; and Jalen Washington of Gary, Ind.
“The young men we want to sign have to be able to shoot and be versatile guys who can play multiple positions,” says Davis. “We were specifically looking in this class for a point guard, a shooter with size and two big men who are versatile on both ends of the floor, and we were able to get all of that with these four players.”
Tyler Nickel plays for Coach Carey Keyes at East Rockingham High School in Elkton, Va.
Will Shaver played three years at Oak Mountain High School before being home schooled in the fall 2021. Shaver enrolled at UNC in January
and has been practicing, but not playing, with the team.
Seth Trimble, the younger brother of J.P. Tokoto, who played for the Tar Heels from 2012-15, plays for Coach Jason Hallenbeck at Menomonee Falls High School.
Jalen Washington attends West Side High School and is coached by Ricky Carter.
GARCIA OUT REST OF THE SEASON
• Dawson Garcia announced on February 10 he will not return to the team this season to remain home in Minnesota to continue to help with family medical issues.
• Garcia played in 16 games this season for the Tar Heels before returning home Jan. 24 due to illnesses in his family.
• He averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 16 games, scoring in double figures five times with a season-high 26 vs. Purdue in November.
• Garcia said in a statement: “I cannot thank everyone enough for the unbelievable support that has automatically been given to me while I flew home to support my family. Not everyone will understand, but those who know our family are very aware of the circumstances and challenges we are facing. As much as I love this University and basketball, being in the middle of a health crisis is where our family is right now and it’s where I need to be.”
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