For the 27th time since the NCAA field expanded to 64 teams, the No. 1-seed faced the No. 5-seed. In the 27 meetings, the 1 seed has won 22 times. (The last 5th seed to win was tonight in the Austin Regional as Michigan State defeated Duke 78-68)
Tonight’s attendance was 30,916, setting an NCAA regional on-campus record. The previous record was 30,681, set in the 2000 East Regional semi-finals in the Carrier Dome.
Tonight’s one-point margin of victory marked the second of the 2005 NCAA men’s basketball tournament regionals. Last night Arizona defeated Oklahoma State, 79-78.
Tonight’s one-point margin of victory was the first in Carrier Dome Regional history. The only one-point NCAA tournament game in Carrier Dome history was an opening-round St. Joseph’s win over Richmond, 60-59.
For North Carolina this was its third Regional appearance at the Carrier Dome. In 1983, the Tar Heels beat Ohio State before losing in the Regional final to Georgia. In 1997, the North Carolina beat California and Louisville en route to the Final Four.
For Villanova, this game marked the second time the Wildcats have been to the Carrier Dome for the NCAA tournament. In 1991, they beat Princeton in the first round before losing to North Carolina, 84-69, in the second round.
For the eighth time, a No. 1-seed and No. 6-seed will face off in the Regional Finals. The No. 1-seed currently holds a 5-2 (.714) advantage. The No. 1-seed has won the last three meetings, the last coming in a Duke win over Southern California, 79-69, in 2001.
All Time 1st seed-6th seed Meetings (Since 1985)North Carolina’s 67 points are the fewest it has scored this season in a win and the fewest since its 77-66 loss to Santa Clara in the Tar Heels’ season opener (11/19/2004).
North Carolina overcame a four-point halftime deficit, the largest halftime deficit the Tar Heels have overcome to win this year. North Carolina is now 4-4 in games when trailing at intermission.
With its win, UNC improves to 30-4 on the year, marking the seventh time and the first since 1997-98, the Tar Heels have reached the 30-win plateau. Of the six previous 30-win teams, five reached the Final Four and three won NCAA championships (1957, 1982 and 1993).
The Tar Heels now lead the all-time series with the Wildcats 9-4 and 3-1 in games played in the NCAA Tournament. In the three previous NCAA Tournament match-ups between the two teams, the winner has gone onto the Final Four. In two of the three previous meetings, the winner has gone to win the national title.
With tonight’s win, UNC has advanced to the “Elite 8” for the 21st time and the 13th time in the last 25 years.
Raymond Felton finished with a career-high 11 rebounds in tonight’s win. Felton also fouled out for the first time this year.
Sean May recorded his 16th double-double of the year and his 11th in the last 13 games.
Sean May moved up to third on North Carolina’s single-season rebounding list. The junior has 368 rebounds this year and moved past George Lynch (365).
The Tar Heels are now one win away from advancing to their NCAA-record 16th Final Four and their seventh appearance in the Final Four in the last 15 years.
The Tar Heels are 7-1 all-time in games played in the Carrier Dome and 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games at the Carrier Dome.
Head coach Roy Williams is now alone in fifth place for most NCAA Tournament wins by active coaches with 38. Williams needs two more wins to reach fourth place (Jim Boeheim – Syracuse).
1986 -- Kansas (1) 75, North Carolina State (6) 67
1987 -- Providence (6) 88, Georgetown (1) 73
1988 -- Oklahoma (1) 78, Villanova (6) 59
1992 -- Michigan (6) 75, Ohio State (1) 71 (OT)
1997 -- North Carolina (1) 97, Louisville (6) 74
1998 -- Duke (1) 85, Temple (6) 64
2001 -- Duke (1) 79, Southern California (6) 69