PHILADELPHIA (AP) – North Carolina dashed all hope of a March Madness miracle on Sunday, picking up 20 points and 22 rebounds from Armando Bacot in a 69-49 rope-to-string race against first-seeded Saint Peter’s 15.
Eighth-seeded Tar Heels (28-9) made a 21st record in the 21st Finals, and next on their list is none other than rival Duke and soon-to-retire coach of surname, Mike Krzyzewski.
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Next Saturday in New Orleans will mark the first Finals meeting – the first NCAA Tournament meeting, in fact – between Tobacco arches whose facilities are 11 miles apart.
While Coach K’s winding road to retirement is a beauty to behold this March, nothing captures more imaginations than the team’s run under Saint Peter’s. The entire basketball budget for this shabby team coming from Jersey City, New Jersey, is $1.6 million — or about $400,000 less than what freshman coach Hubert Davis of Tar Heels, who sobbed as his players enveloped him after the whistle, earned in a year.
Two nights earlier, the Peacocks (21-12) had beaten Purdue to become the first 15 seed to advance to the Elite Eight. They are hardly the first team to see big plans canceled by one of the country’s top electrical shows.
It soon turned ugly.
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After Carolina’s Leaky Black missed a free throw in the 2 and a half minutes, Bacot was on hand to strike back and make an easy save. The score is now 7-0 in favor of Carolina. In three tournament wins against Kentucky, Murray State and Purdue, Saint Peter’s has never been more than six behind.
The Peacocks, who ended a 10-game winning streak, moved the ball well and had many nice catches in the first 10 minutes. Some footage was cut halfway and skewed. Others hit the iron twice but it didn’t fall. They lead 21-7 after missing the first six shots and 16 of their first 19 shots.
At the end of the first half, Daryl Banks III dashed in looking for what looked like a windmill jam. It was rejected – by the front of the rim. It made the Peacocks 5 with 27 on the night, and when Bacot sank in next possession, North Carolina led 36-15.
KC Ndefo leads Saint Peter’s with 10 points.
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