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Men’s Basketball Championships | East Region | Sweet 16

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Men’s Basketball Championships | East Region | Sweet 16

By Don Phillips


NCAA Tournament – East Region Semifinal

No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (30-6) vs. No. 5 Indiana Hoosiers (27-7)


9:57 PM ET, Friday, March 25, 2016

Wells Fargo Center (20,500), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


TV: TBS (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr and Joe Smith)

        Westwood One (Tom McCarthy and John Thompson)


Series History:

Indiana leads, 8-5

Last Meeting:

at IU 83, UNC 59 (11/27/2015)

The Tar Heels are 12th in the nation in scoring at 82.4 points per game, 12th in scoring margin at 13.0, third with an assist-turnover ratio of 1.63, fourth with 17.8 assists per game, 12th in rebounding margin (8.3) and 23rd in field goal percentage (47.8).


Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks are the third and fourth Tar Heels to shoot 60 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw in the same season (minimum 100 field goals made). The only other Tar Heels to accomplish that are Tommy LaGarde in 1976 (.612 FG, .809 FT) and Dennis Wuycik in 1971 (.607 FG, .858 FT) and 1972 (.610 FG, .854 FT).

Johnson enters Sweet 16 play shooting 61.9 percent from the floor and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. Hicks is shooting 61.5 percent overall and 75.2 percent from the line.

Johnson is the only Tar Heel to ever compile 600 points, 375 rebounds, 50 blocks and 40 steals and shoot 60 percent from the floor in a season.

Johnson has 996 career rebounds, eighth in UNC history, and needs four to become the eighth Tar Heel with 1,000 rebounds. Brad Daugherty is seventh in school history with 1,003.

Johnson leads the ACC with 21 double-doubles this season. He had 10 in 108 games in his first three seasons. Johnson’s 21 double-doubles are tied as the second-most in UNC single-season history with John Henson in 2010-11 and Antawn Jamison in 1997-98. Billy Cunningham had 22 in 1964.

Johnson is eighth in UNC history with 157 blocked shots. Scott Williams is seventh with 161 and Eric Montross is sixth with 16.

IU ranks third in field goal percentage (56.9%), 3-point field goal percentage (53.2%), and fourth in scoring (86.9). The Hoosiers have the best perimeter defense among Sweet 16 teams, allowing opponents to shoot just 21.2% from three-point range. The Hoosiers have forced the most turnovers among Sweet 16 teams at 15.5 per game with opponents earning just 8.5 assists.

Through the first two rounds of this year’s NCAA Tournament, Indiana’s 64.9 percent shooting from the field against Chattanooga is the highest posted by any team and going 62.5 percent from 3-point range. Their 99 points scored was second to Kansas which scored 105. Indiana also had a Thursday best 73.7 effective field goal percentage.

The Hoosiers posted their national best 12th win of 25 points or more this season. They are tied with Michigan State and Stephen F. Austin for the NCAA lead. Kansas and Wichita State each have 10. The margin of victory was the most for the Hoosiers in an NCAA Tournament game since IU beat Wright State, 97-54, in the first round in 1993.

Selection: North Carolina