The North Carolina Tar Heels are heading to the Final Four. The No. 1 seeded Tar Heels defeated the No. 6 seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish 88-74 Sunday night. The Tar Heels are the only No. 1 seed to make it to the Final Four this year.
After three consecutive comebacks this tournament, the luck of the Irish finally ran out. A five-point halftime lead for UNC was extended to 11 before Notre Dame actually took a lead with 13 minutes to play. But the Tar Heels took it back quickly, pushed the lead to 11 and led by at least eight for the final 10 minutes.
North Carolina dominated on the glass, which killed Notre Dame. The Tar Heels had 29 rebounds, 12 of which were offensive. Notre Dame had 13 total rebounds, four of which were on the offensive glass.
Five players had double-figures for North Carolina. Brice Johnson had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead UNC. Joel Berry had 11 points and eight assists. Marcus Paige had 13 points.
Demetrius Jackson and V.J. Beachum carried the Irish. Jackson had 26 points, on 10 of 16 shooting. Beachum had 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting.
The Tar Heels will face another ACC team in the Final Four. They get Syracuse, which rallied to upset the Virginia Cavaliers earlier Sunday.Back to the North Carolina Tar Heels Newsfeed