No. 1 UNC vs. No. 8 Arkansas Prediction, Game Preview


"They do want to speed you up and we want to play at that pace ourselves".

"From the first day of practice we emphasized that we've gotta do a great job and rebound the basketball as a team. We've just go to come ready to play, because we know those guys are". "We are two teams that like to get up and down the court".

After some drama from the SEC Tournament, the head coach went on the Finebaum show and defended his players from attacks by Dick Vitale and other media members. "We've got to to get much, much better at it".

No. 1 seed North Carolina might be without starting point guard Joel Berry II on Sunday when it takes on No. 8 seed Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He said his parents attended nearly all of UNC's home games and also attended when the Tar Heels played at Clemson.

The No. 8 seed Razorbacks (26-9) play the No. 1 seed Tar Heels (28-7) at 5:10 p.m. today at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, with the victor advancing to the South Regional semifinals in Memphis.

North Carolina senior center Kennedy Meeks said the Tar Heels respect the Razorbacks.

Georgia Tech (12-5, 2-3 ACC) used a combination of five different pitchers to hold the Tar Heels to just seven hits over the 12-inning game-three of which came from freshman designated hitter Ashton McGee. "It's going to be the ultimate challenge for our team", coach Mike Anderson said.

Arkansas improves to 5-1 in neutral site games this season and to 13-7 in its last 20 contests away from Bud Walton Arena. The Hogs then secured their spot by reaching the SEC Tournament final against Kentucky, where they lost, 82-65.

"If we can get some rebounds to where they don't have a chance to set up their press", said UNC point guard Joel Berry III.

That is where the score would remain for the next six innings, as neither team could push across the go ahead run until Johnson's home run in the 12th. This mixture of good health and depth allows Anderson to tinker with his lineups and offer versatile looks. Arkansas is one of the most unique teams in the country. Friday was the most extended playing time he has received since December games against Davidson and Tennessee. Berry, the team's No. 2 scorer at 14.5 points per game, said he was "75 to 80 percent" but sure sounded like he plans to play. While the storylines entering this game will focus on the similar up-tempo styles of these programs, UNC's dominance on the glass - the Tar Heels lead the nation in rebound margin (plus-13.1) and offensive rebounding percentage (42.2) - will serve as the most defining factor once the game tips.

Next for the Tar Heels is Sunday's second-round game against eighth-seeded Arkansas (26-9), which eliminated ninth-seeded Seton Hall by 77-71 in the site's opening game.

The Tar Heels (28-7) led by 25 points at halftime, and cruised to their third biggest margin of victory in tournament history.