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The victor of Sunday night's game advances to the Sweet 16.

Bettors should not be surprised to see a similar result here, as the Tar Heels are too talented to let the Razorbacks hang around.

Joel Berry II was having a rough game on Friday.

Bons Secours Wellness Arena had a crowd that tilted toward UNC fans as the Tar Heels dominated in their first round match-up in the NCAA Tournament. He's 6-3 and 210, and he looks like he plays even bigger than that. He was followed by Jay Shadday, Jared Datoc and Zac Ryan who combined for no runs to shutout the Tar Heels through the late innings.

"It's going to be the ultimate challenge for our team", said Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson.

"We have to do a collective job because they have size", Kingsley said.

"(Williams) told me he wanted me back on the team", White said.

Arkansas goes into this game as an underdog, which shouldn't shock anyone. I kind of shortened the bench, if you noticed, but I had some guys that had a nice rhythm going.

The Tar Heels (28-7) led by 25 points at halftime, and cruised to their third biggest margin of victory in tournament history. The Razorbacks rank 26th in adjusted offensive efficiency (116.7) and 94th in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to, and take care of the ball rather well considering they average more than 73 possessions per game.

"It gives you a little more confidence", Jackson said of knowing it should be a fast-tempo game.

"It's one of those games that you want to play in", Hannahs said, knowing North Carolina was the likely opponent.

HEALTH AT THE POINT: Berry rolled his right ankle against Texas Southern and Williams said he was "hopeful" that Berry would be ready but he didn't practice Saturday.

The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year had made just 20 of 60 shots (33 percent) and 7 of 31 3-pointers (23 percent) in his last four games. The Hogs made it to the Final Four and could already feel the scissors in their hand as they cut down the nets for the second year in a row. Could the roles be reversed Sunday? But records are meaningless once the NCAA Tournament begins with the sole objective survive and advance.

SC last won a game in the NCAAs when it topped Southwestern Louisiana 90-85 in a regional consolation game on March 17, 1973. Berry, for his part, said he was "75 to 80 percent" but sure sounded like he planned to play. "They've got quite a sense of humor, then, don't they - those guys in that room?"

Arkansas opened the game on fire, hitting seven of its first nine shots to take an early 17-12 lead over the Pirates. They lead the country in rebounding, are second in assists per game and ninth overall in scoring.

For the point guard, the decision to opt out of the play was because he didn't want to push it, but he insists he was able to sprint back on defense if the game had required it.



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