7:20 PM ET, March 22, 2013
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- First his North Carolina players gave Roy Williams a tough, hard-fought, milestone victory.Then they surprised their coach with a specially made gift to help him commemorate the occasion.As soon as the Tar Heels got into the locker room after beating gritty Villanova 78-71 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday night, they gave Williams a jersey with the number 700 emblazoned on the front. It was his 700th career win, a plateau he had been downplaying all week but a moment his players had said they all wanted to be a part of.
NCAA Mens Tournament
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 22: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the first half...(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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MVP: The small lineup worked for the Tar Heels, because they were so effective from the field. P.J. Hairston finished with 23 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He was also shot 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.
X factor: With 7:01 to go in the first half, the Wildcats were down 32-12. They spent the rest of the game trying to close the gap, which they did four minutes into the second half. But they were clearly exhausted.
That was ... a great setup: With Kansas winning, Roy Williams will face Bill Self on Sunday. Not a bad storyline, even if we've seen the two coaches battle in the past.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-61 (.443)||24-49 (.490)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-21 (.190)||11-21 (.524)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-19 (.684)||19-27 (.704)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
|» Mar 22, 2013||@UNC 78, VILL 71||Recap|
North Carolina made 11 3-point field goals and outscored the Wildcats by 21 points outside the paint. The Tarheels had an effective field goal percentage of 60.2 Friday, tied for its third highest percentage in a game this season.[+]
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