North Carolina vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview

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North Carolina vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview
North Carolina
(25-10, 7-7 away)
(3) Kansas
(30-5, 23-2 home)
Venue: Sprint Center
5:15PM ET / 2:15PM PT, March 24, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
North Carolina P Hairston 14.5 J Michael McAdoo 7.3 M Paige 4.6
Kansas B McLemore 16.2 J Withey 8.3 E Johnson 4.7

No. 8-seeded North Carolina battles No. 1-seeded Kansas in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center on Sunday. It takes place at 5:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Tar Heels last met the Jayhawks on Mar. 25, 2012 and lost 80-67.

In their last outing, behind 23 points and five rebounds from P.J. Hairston, the Tar Heels defeated Villanova 78-71 on Mar. 22. At 14.5, he paces the team in points per game. For the Jayhawks, Jeff Withey put up 17 points and six rebounds in the 64-57 win over Western Kentucky on Mar. 22. With 8.3 rebounds per game and 3.9 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

In reviewing statistical differences between the teams, Kansas appears to have an edge in one significant area, blocked shots, where the Jayhawks have the upper hand over the Tar Heels, 6.7 per game to 3.3 per game. Kansas ranks second in their conference in effective field goal percentage at 53.3, which also places them 27th in the country.

Kansas StatSmack

  • The ACC has had one more Final Four team than the Big 12 over the past 5 years.
  • The ACC has had nine more NBA Draft picks than the Big 12 over the past 10 years.
  • North Carolina has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Kansas (two vs. one).
  • The North Carolina three-point leader (Reggie Bullock, 76 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Kansas three-point leader (Ben McLemore, 62 three-pointers).
  • The worst team in the ACC has a much higher RPI than the worst team in the Big 12 (No. 175 vs. No. 229).
  • North Carolina has an average margin of victory of 9 over Kansas in three wins since 1980.
  • Since 1998, North Carolina has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Kansas (15 vs. five).
  • The North Carolina steals leader (James Michael McAdoo, 47 steals) has more steals than the Kansas steals leader (Travis Releford, 37 steals).
  • The ACC has 2 teams - NC State (49.4 percent) and Duke (47.9 percent) - that shoot a better field goal percentage than the Big 12 leader, Kansas (47.3 percent).
  • Kansas has to pay up to win. The coach for North Carolina has a much lower base salary than Kansas ($1,563,938 vs. $3,375,656).
UNC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Reggie Bullock 31 14 6 3 1 0 1
B+ P.J. Hairston 22 14 4 1 1 0 1
B+ J. McAdoo 30 15 8 1 2 0 3
B Marcus Paige 29 8 3 5 1 0 3
B- D. Strickland 27 8 2 4 1 0 1
C Leslie McDonald 18 7 2 1 1 0 1
C Brice Johnson 11 6 4 0 0 1 1
C- J.P. Tokoto 10 3 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Joel James 10 3 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Jackson Simmons 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Desmond Hubert 10 1 2 0 0 1 0
D James Manor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Wade Moody 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Denzel Robinson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Frank Tanner 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Luke Davis 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Jeff Withey 31 14 9 1 1 4 2
A Ben McLemore 32 16 5 2 1 1 2
B+ Travis Releford 33 12 4 3 1 0 2
B Kevin Young 23 8 7 1 1 1 1
B Elijah Johnson 31 10 3 5 1 0 3
C+ Perry Ellis 13 5 4 0 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 19 5 2 3 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 10 2 2 0 1 1 1
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ A. White III 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Tyler Self 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Niko Roberts 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
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