Tar Heels leaning more on their big men

Berry reached a big milestone as he surpassed Michael Jordan on UNC's all-time career scoring list with a grand total of 1,792 points.

UNC had won 12 of 13 NCAA Tournament games dating to its 2016 finals run before Sunday.

"I feel like we always have the advantage on the inside, but their bigs are really talented", Davis said. "He was saying stop being afraid". The Tar Heels normally get two who play consistent minutes. I think, if you don't have jitters, you're not human. That's the approach that I needed. "And so we've got to try to do it at a higher level now than anybody else that we've played".

"Building confidence and understanding that I have a gift and I could put pressure on the defense, especially playing at the 4 position", noted Pinson "I'm the trailing big so it gives me a little more room to operate and make plays for my teammates and myself". But even though the Bisons didn't get Mathews' best night, they looked the part of Cinderella for most of the first half. Once we got over that hump, we were all right from there.

Aggies win rebounding edge again: After Tyler Davis and Robert Williams singlehandedly outrebounded Providence in A&M's first-round victory, the two played a big role in coming up with a similar edge against the Tar Heels. The score was tied at 33 at the 3:43 mark, and the Tar Heels closed out on a 12-1 run to go into the half up nine points as Lipscomb missed its final six shots from the floor.

All five UNC starters scored in double figures in the game, led by 18 from junior guard Kenny Williams-who nailed four of his five attempts from behind the three-point line. "I just wanted to live in the moment and have fun with it". North Carolina knew they were going to have to play in a track meet. Back-to-back title game appearances preceded the college sport's governing body's October decision not to sanction Carolina basketball for any academic violations.

The exodus started past year, when the ACC approved Cameron Johnson's transfer to North Carolina for his final two seasons.

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Keeping with that trend, it's been a peculiar season in Chapel Hill. However, rebounding is rarely an issue for the Tar Heels.

AP Photo/Bob Leverone North Carolina's Kenny Williams (24) is fouled as he drives between Lipscomb's Kenny Cooper (21) and Matt Rose (12) on Friday. The Tar Heels have leaned on an un-Carolina-like small-ball lineup, while the Aggies have a pair of 6-foot-10 voracious rebounders that helped make them one of the nation's best on the boards.

Theo Pinson had 15 points and flirted with a triple-double for the Tar Heels (26-10), the No. 2 seed in the West Region.

"I think this year was kind of a rebuilding year", Berry said Thursday.

It didn't happen last season and some thought we are due.

North Carolina is now 30-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament since the field expanded in 1985.

Texas A&M moves on to face No. 3 seed MI in the Sweet 16 Thursday in Los Angeles.

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