North Carolina Tar Heels: NCAA Tournament Profile

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North Carolina Tar Heels (23-9, 13-5 ACC)-No team had more of a Jekyl-and-Hyde regular season than the Tar Heels, who became the first team in history to beat the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 teams in the AP poll. They also lost to Belmont and UAB. Things looked bleak for the ‘Heels in early February after losses to Wake Forest, Miami, Syracuse and Virginia, but UNC rebounded to win 12 in a row before finishing the season with losses to Duke and Pittsburgh.

Sophomore guard Marcus Paige has mirrored the team’s inconsistency, putting up huge scoring totals (35 against NC State, 32 against Louisville) in some games and disappearing in others. Paige is also the team’s assists leader (4.5 apg). If he finds his groove early, he could lead the ‘Heels to a deep tournament run.

James Michael McAdoo (14.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg) is another wildcard for the ‘Heels. He has the talent to be one of the better players in the country, but needs to be more aggressive at times. Senior Leslie McDonald (10.7 ppg) provides a steady, veteran presence in the backcourt.



9th Rebounds per Game (39.9)

21st Assists per Game (15.7)

46th Steals per Game (7.4)

46th Blocks per Game (4.9)


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