UNC-UW: Postgame Notebook


Posted Mar 27, 2005


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Check out the facts and figures from Sunday's Syracuse Regional final...

  • The Atlantic Coast Conference improved to 4-2 (.667) all-time against the Big Ten Conference in meetings in the Elite Eight. The Atlantic Coast Conference has won three straight meetings with the winner advancing to the Final Four.
    Atlantic Coast Conference vs. Big Ten Conference in Regional Finals
    March 27, 2005 North Carolina (1) 88, Wisconsin (6) 82
    March 26, 1994 Duke (2) 69, Purdue (1) 60
    March 25, 1990 Georgia Tech (4) 93, Minnesota (6) 91
    March 25, 1989 Michigan (3) 102, Virginia (5) 65
    March 24, 1984 Virginia (7) 50, Indiana (4) 48
    March 15, 1980 Purdue (6) 68, Duke (4) 60

  • With the North Carolina victory, the Tar Heels advance to the Final Four from the Syracuse Regional for the second time in program history. North Carolina defeated California and Louisville en route to the Final Four in head coach Dean Smith’s final season in 1997.

  • The North Carolina win marked the third time that the top-seeded team in the regional advanced out of the Syracuse Regional to the Final Four. The last team to advance out of the Syracuse Regional (Maryland in 2002) went on to win the NCAA Tournament.
    Regional Finals at the Carrier Dome
    March 27, 2005 North Carolina (1) 88, Wisconsin (6) 82
    March 24, 2002 Maryland (1) 90, Connecticut (2) 82
    March 26, 2000 Florida (5) 77, Oklahoma State (3) 65
    March 23, 1997 North Carolina (1) 97, Louisville (6) 74
    March 27, 1983 Georgia (4) 82, North Carolina (2) 77

  • With the higher seed winning today, the higher-ranked teams improved to 68-39 (.636) all-time versus the lower-seeded opponents in Elite Eight competition.

  • North Carolina center Sean May’s 29-point performance tied him for third-highest in NCAA Tournament this year.
    Highest Scoring Performances in 2005 NCAA Tournament
    32 pts. – Joah Tucker (Wisconsin-Milwaukee vs. Illinois, March 24)
    31 pts. – Ivan McFarlin (Oklahoma State vs. Southern Illinois, March 20)
    29 pts. – Sean May (North Carolina vs. Wisconsin, March 27)
    29 pts. – Mike Gansey (West Virginia vs. Wake Forest, March 19)
    29 pts. – Gary Johnson (Central Florida vs. Connecticut, March 18)
    29 pts. – Rawle Marshall (Oakland vs. Alabama A&M, March 15)

  • The one-seed improved to 8-3 (.727) all-time versus six-seeds in Elite Eight competition. The top-seed has won the last four contests. No. 1 vs. No. 6 Seeds in Regional Finals
    March 27, 2005 North Carolina (1) 88, Wisconsin (6) 82
    March 24, 2001 Duke (1) 79, Southern California (6) 69
    March 21, 1999 Duke (1) 85, Temple (6) 64
    March 23, 1997 North Carolina (1) 97, Louisville (6) 74
    March 29, 1992 Michigan (6) 75, Ohio State (1) 71 (OT)
    March 26, 1988 Oklahoma (1) 78, Villanova (6) 59
    March 21, 1987 Providence (6) 88, Georgetown (1) 73
    March 23, 1986 Kansas (1) 75, North Carolina State (6) 67
    March 26, 1983 North Carolina State (6) 63, Virginia (1) 62
    March 22, 1981 Louisiana State (1) 96, Wichita State (6) 85
    March 21, 1981 Virginia (1) 74, Brigham Young (6) 60

  • This was the 154th NCAA Tournament game held in the State of New York, the second most of any state. North Carolina has hosted more than any other state with 194 games.

  • This was the 39th NCAA Tournament game played in Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome. This was also the fifth Regional Final played in the Carrier Dome.

  • This was the 15th Regional Final hosted in New York State, tied for fifth most of any state. Missouri has hosted 23 Regional Finals, while North Carolina has had 18, followed by Kansas with 17, California with 16, and Kentucky with 15.

  • With today’s win, the Tar Heels are now 16-5 in their 21 Regional Finals and have won their last seven.

  • Roy Williams is the 12th coach to lead two different programs to the Final Four.

  • Of the 11 other coaches to lead two different teams to the Final Four, Roy Williams has the shortest amount of time between appearances than the others, leading Kansas to the Final Four in 2003 and UNC in 2005.

  • North Carolina will now make its NCAA-record 16th Final Four appearance and its seventh appearance in the Final Four in the last 15 years. The Tar Heels last Final Four appearance was in 2000.

  • Sean May tied his career-high with 13 made field goals, while his 29 points are his second-highest single-game total. May went 13-for-15 from the floor and scored a career-high 32 points vs. Florida State (3/3/2005).

  • Raymond Felton entered today’s game shooting just 33% (2-for-6) from the foul line in UNC’s three previous NCAA Tournament games, but drained all six of his free throws in the final 51.3 seconds. Felton converted the six free throws following Wisconsin’s seventh, eighth and ninth team fouls of the second half (1-and-1 situations).

  • The Tar Heels are 8-1 all-time in games played in the Carrier Dome and 7-1 in NCAA Tournament games at the Carrier Dome.

  • Sean May recorded his 17th double-double of the year and his 12th double-double in the last 14 games.

  • With Sean May’s 12 rebounds today, the junior now has 380 rebounds on the year, moving him past Billy Cunningham (379 – 1963-64) into second place on North Carolina’s single-season rebounding list. The UNC record for individual rebounds in a season is 389 (Antawn Jamison – 1997-98).

  • Head coach Roy Williams is in fifth place for most NCAA Tournament wins by active coaches with 39. Williams needs one more win to reach fourth place (Jim Boeheim – Syracuse).

  • Roy Williams will be making his fifth coaching appearance in the Final Four and his third in the last four years. Only five coaches (John Wooden, Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Denny Crum and Adolph Rupp) have more Final Four appearances.

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