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. 1-seeded Kansas squares off against No. 8-seeded North Carolina in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center on Sunday. Tipoff is at 5:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS. The Jayhawks defeated the Tar Heels 80-67 the last time they met (Mar. 25, 2012).

In their last outing, behind 17 points and six rebounds from Jeff Withey, the Jayhawks defeated Western Kentucky 64-57 on Mar. 22. On top of his scoring average of 13.7 points per game, he delivers 8.3 rebounds per game. In a 78-71 victory over Villanova on Mar. 22, P.J. Hairston put up 23 points and five rebounds for the Tar Heels. His 14.5 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

Kansas looks to have the advantage over North Carolina in one significant area, blocked shots, where the Jayhawks have an edge over the Tar Heels, 6.7 per game to 3.3 per game.

North Carolina StatSmack

  • Kansas allows fewer rebounds (33.0 allowed per game vs. 36.6 allowed per game) than North Carolina this season.
  • Kansas is better at defending the three (31.0 percent allowed vs. 34.4 percent allowed) than North Carolina this season.
  • The Kansas rebounding leader (Jeff Withey, 266 rebounds) has more rebounds than the North Carolina rebounding leader (James Michael McAdoo, 237 rebounds).
  • Kansas has a better record on the road than North Carolina this season (7-3 vs. 7-6).
  • The Kansas assist leader (Elijah Johnson, 149 assists) has more assists than the North Carolina assist leader (Marcus Paige, 137 assists).
  • Kansas does a better job contesting shots (35.8 percent allowed vs. 41.9 percent allowed) than North Carolina this season.
  • The Kansas blocks leader (Jeff Withey, 124 blocks) has more blocks than the North Carolina blocks leader (Desmond Hubert, 27 blocks).
  • Kansas has a better scoring defense (61.7 allowed per game vs. 68.6 allowed per game) than North Carolina this season.
  • Last year the Big 12 had a better average team RPI than the ACC (81 vs. 95).
  • Last year the Big 12 lost fewer non-conference blowout games than the ACC (two vs. nine).
  • AP voters think more highly of Kansas and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than North Carolina (194 vs. 159).
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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