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March 23, 2013

A Closer Look At North Carolina

For the second straight year, Kansas (30-5) and North Carolina (25-10) will meet in the NCAA Tournament. With a trip to the Sweet 16 at stake, two of college basketball's all-time leaders in wins will hookup on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. (central).

Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Kansas vs. North Carolina: NCAA Tournament Third Round

No. 1 seed Kansas (30-5, 14-4 Big 12) will take on No. 8 seed North Carolina (25-10, 12-6 ACC) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 24, at 4:15 p.m. on CBS. Kansas defeated No. 16 seed Western Kentucky 64-57 on Friday to advance to the third round, while North Carolina defeated Villanova 78-71 to advance. In defeating Western Kentucky, Kansas won the school's 2,100th game and became the first school in NCAA history to have won at least 30 game for the fourth straight season (note: Memphis won 30 for four straight seasons from 2006-09 but later vacated the 2008 season).

Two of the most historic college basketball programs, Kansas and North Carolina rank second and third, respectively, in NCAA Division I all-time victories. Kansas is second with 2,100 all-time wins, while North Carolina is next with 2,090. Kentucky is first at 2,111. Finally, these schools also have a rich history in NCAA Tournament games played in Kansas City as North Carolina defeated Kansas 54-53 in triple overtime to win the 1957 NCAA title in historic Municipal Auditorium, which is a few blocks away from the Sprint Center. Kansas is in its 42nd NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as its 24th-consecutive trip to the tournament, the longest active streak in the nation.

KU is a number one seed for the 11th time since seeding began in 1979. The Jayhawks were a one seed in 1986-92-95-97-98-2002-07-08-10-11 and this season, with the last five under head coach Bill Self. Including 2013, KU, which is ranked No. 3 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today/ Coaches polls, has won nine-straight Big 12 regular-season championships dating back to 2005 and six conference postseason championships under head coach Bill Self.

Kansas vs. North Carolina: The Series

Kansas and North Carolina are meeting for the 11th time in men's basketball with UNC holding a 6-4 series edge. This will be the sixth time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament. KU has won the last two meetings with both coming in the NCAA Tournament. In last year's NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final in St. Louis, KU defeated UNC 80-67 to advance to its 14th Final Four.

The previous meeting saw Kansas defeat North Carolina 84-66 in the 2008 NCAA semifinal in San Antonio. KU went on to win the national championship with a 75-68 overtime victory over Memphis two days later. The first meeting between KU and UNC was the 54-53 triple overtime victory by North Carolina in the 1957 NCAA Championship game at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas advanced to the 1991 NCAA championship game with a 79-73 win versus North Carolina in Indianapolis and two seasons later, in 1993, UNC defeated KU 78-68 in the NCAA semifinals in New Orleans.

Oddly enough, only one game in the series has been played on a home court and that was when North Carolina defeated Kansas 78-70 on Dec. 17, 1960, in Allen Fieldhouse. Before becoming head coach at North Carolina, Roy Williams spent 15 seasons at Kansas where he built his Naismith Hall of Fame resume with a 418-101 (80.5 percent) record. He took the Jayhawks to four Final Fours, including two national title games, won nine conference regular-season titles and four conference postseason tournament titles.

Under his watch, Kansas had 10 players selected in the NBA Draft. Also on UNC's staff is former KU assistant coaches Steve Robinson and Joe Holladay, former KU guard C.B. McGrath and previous KU strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian.

A closer look at the North Carolina Tar Heels
#0 Joel James: 6-foot-10, 260-pound forward (Fr.)

#1 Dexter Strickland: 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard (Sr.)

#2 Leslie McDonald: 6-foot-5, 215-pound guard (Jr.)

#3 Wade Moody: 6-foot-0, 175-pound guard (Jr.)

#4 Luke Davis: 6-foot-0, 172-pound guard (So.)

#5 Marcus Paige: 6-foot-5, 157-pound guard (Fr.)

#11 Brice Johnson: 6-foot-9, 187-pound forward (Fr.)

#14 Desmond Hubert: 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward (So.)

#15 P.J. Hairston: 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard (So.)

#21 Jackson Simmons: 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward (So.)

#22 Frank Tanner: 6-foot-4, 210-pound forward (Sr.)

#25 J.P. Tokoto: 6-foot-5, 185-pound forward (Fr.)

#30 James Manor: 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward (Jr.)

#34 Denzel Robinson: 6-foot-4, 215-pound forward (Jr.)

#35 Reggie Bullock: 6-foot-7, 205-pound guard (Jr.)

#43 James Michael McAdoo: 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward (So.)

Record: 25-10

Home Record: 14-2

Away Record: 6-6

Neutral Record: 5-2

ACC Conference Record: 12-6

National Ranking: NR

Wins: Gardner-Webb, Florida Atlantic, @ Long Beach State, Mississippi State (Maui Invitational), Chaminade (Maui Invitational), UAB, East Tennessee State, East Carolina, McNeese State, UNLV, @ Florida State, Maryland, Georgia Tech, @ Boston College, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Virginia, @ Georgia Tech, N.C. State, @ Clemson, Florida State, @ Maryland, Florida State (ACC Tournament), Maryland (ACC Tournament), Villanova (NCAA Tournament)

Losses: Butler (Maui Invitational), @ Indiana, @ Texas, @ Virginia, Miami-FL, @ N.C. State, @ Miami-FL, @ Duke, Duke, Miami-FL (ACC Tournament)

Upcoming games: Kansas (NCAA Tournament)

Scoring Leaders:

P.J. Hairston: 14.5 (29)

James Michael McAdoo: 14.5 (26)

Reggie Bullock: 14.2 (24)

Marcus Paige: 8.1 (19)

Rebounding Leaders:

James Michael McAdoo: 7.3 (14)

Reggie Bullock: 6.5 (13)

P.J. Hairston: 4.2 (8)

Assist Leaders:

Marcus Paige: 4.6 (10)

Dexter Strickland: 4.2 (10)

Reggie Bullock: 2.9 (6)

Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Reggie Bullock: 171-of-349 (49.0%)

James Michael McAdoo: 204-of-451 (45.2%)

Dexter Strickland: 102-of-232 (44.0%)

P.J. Hairston: 153-of-352 (43.5%)

Marcus Paige: 92-of-257 (35.8%)

Leslie McDonald: 70-of-196 (35.7%)

3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Reggie Bullock: 87-of-198 (43.9%)

P.J. Hairston: 86-of-216 (39.8%)

Leslie McDonald: 42-of-116 (36.2%)

Marcus Paige: 43-of-125 (34.4%)

Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Marcus Paige: 50-of-59 (84.7%)

Leslie McDonald: 30-of-38 (78.9%)

P.J. Hairston: 88-of-113 (77.9%)

Reggie Bullock: 54-of-71 (76.1%)

Dexter Strickland: 65-of-95 (68.4%)

James Michael McAdoo: 99-of-171 (57.9%)

North Carolina: A Look At The Numbers:

Scoring: 2,704 (77.3 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +8.1

Field Goal %: 45 (1,001-of-2,248)

3-Point FG %: 38 (266-of-702)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 7.6

Free-throw %: 67 (434-of-645)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 12.4

Rebounds: 1,351 (38.6 per game)

Rebounding Margin: +2.1

Assists: 606 (17.3 per game)

Turnovers: 431 (12.3 per game)

Turnover Margin: +3.0

Steals: 288 (8.2 per game)

Blocks: 116 (3.3 per game)

Opponent Averages :

Scoring: 2,422 (69.2 PPG)

Field Goal %: 42 (894-of-2,115)

3-Point FG %: 35 (243-of-703)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 6.9

Free-throw %: 70 (391-of-560)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 11.2

Rebounds: 1,278 (36.5 per game)

Assists: 427 (12.2 per game)

Turnovers: 536 (15.3 per game)

Steals: 237 (6.8 per game)

Blocks: 129 (3.7 per game)

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