North Carolina did it.
The exodus started a year ago, when the ACC approved Cameron Johnson's transfer to North Carolina for his final two seasons. An exhausted North Carolina team played four games in four days just a week ago in the ACC Tourop team in tournament.
The defending National Champions Tar Heels led by Head Coach Roy Williams will face off against the Aggies in Charlotte on Sunday in front of another home crowd as they aren't too far from Chapel Hill, NC and look to keep their hopes of back-to-back titles alive.
Aside from watching the actual top seed in the tournament go down, Carolina coach Roy Williams was surprised by how UMBC coach Ryan Odom went about his business. As excited as Williams might be about Woods' return to the PGA Tour, Williams will be thrilled if the Tar Heels can handle the Aggies' size and advance to the Sweet 16. Next up for them is a matchup against the SEC's Texas A&M, who edged past No. 10 Providence in their opener. Basketball player Cameron Johnson was listed as one of the victims.
Of more concern is the Aggies tall and athletic front-line of 6-foot-10 forward Robert Williams, 6-foot-9 forward DJ Hogg and 6-foot-10 center Tyler Davis.
The Tar Heels like to run the floor and score in transition, while the Aggies are more suited for a halfcourt game. Pinson-a high school teammate of Lipscomb guard Michael Buckland-led the 2017 champs with 10 in the first. "It was my first game playing heavy minutes in the NCAA tournament". He was on the bench once again a year ago, not by his own choice, as a knee injury forced him to miss the final 14 games of the season.
The Tar Heels knocked down 51.7 percent of their shots and connected on 40.9 percent of their 3-point attempts.
The Tar Heels don't need Maye to get 17 points and 10 rebounds every game in order to win, but a little more consistency would definitely be a plus.
"It's a big time game", Pinson said.
Even if Pinson and Maye are able to defend the low post without getting into foul trouble, UNC's own tandem of freshmen big men figure to be asked to make a major contribution. The over/under total has held steady since opening at 151.5 points.
Texas A&M will win the backboards but stopping the North Carolina offense is the real concern. They ranked third in the nation in offensive boards.
North Carolina pushed the pace with 15 points off of fast breaks versus an opposing 4 points off of fast breaks.
The entire starting lineup of Lipscomb's first-ever NCAA Tournament team is returning to the team next year-four will be seniors, including Nathan Moran, who will return from injury after starting for three years and missing this entire season. Junior guard Kenny Williams led the way with 18 points and senior forward Theo Pinson scored 15 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Another performance like that from Manley could help give North Carolina the boost it needs in the post.
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