|Villanova||J Pinkston 13.1||M Yarou 7.8||R Arcidiacono 3.5|
|North Carolina||J Michael McAdoo 14.4||J Michael McAdoo 7.4||M Paige 4.7|
No. 8-seeded North Carolina takes on No. 9-seeded Villanova in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center on Friday. It gets started at 7:20 p.m. ET and you can see it on TNT. The Tar Heels last played the Wildcats on Apr. 4, 2009 and won 83-69.
In spite of 28 points from P.J. Hairston, the Tar Heels came up short 87-77 against Miami (FL) on Mar. 17. In addition to his 14.3 points per game, he is also chipping in 4.2 rebounds per game. For the Wildcats, JayVaughn Pinkston put up 21 points in the 74-55 loss to Louisville on Mar. 14. His 13.1 points per game is the highest mark on the team.
North Carolina has a statistical advantage over Villanova in one significant area, scoring, where the Tar Heels have an edge over the Wildcats, 77.2 points per game to 67.8 points per game. One category in which Villanova is especially proficient is free throw rate at 51.2, ranking first in their conference (and first nationally).
- North Carolina has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Villanova (two vs. zero).
- Since 1998, North Carolina has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Villanova (15 vs. one).
- Diaper Dandies love North Carolina. North Carolina has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Villanova (64 vs. 12).
- North Carolina has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (32 percent vs. 46 percent).
- North Carolina has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Villanova (No. 7 vs. No. 51).
- North Carolina has an average margin of victory of 10 over Villanova in seven wins since 1981.
- North Carolina has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Villanova ($17,000 vs. $51,520).
- North Carolina has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (76.2 percent to 61.6 percent).
- The North Carolina scoring leader (James Michael McAdoo, 453 points) has more points than the Villanova scoring leader (JayVaughn Pinkston, 412 points).
- The ACC has 3 teams - Duke (78.4), NC State (77.7), and North Carolina (77.0) - that score more per game than the Big East leader, Louisville (73.5).
- A for effort, but North Carolina has emerged victorious against Villanova the last two times they've played.