NCAA Tournament Predictions: Texas A&M vs. North Carolina 3/18/18


Kenny Williams scored 18 points and defending national champion North Carolina took its time before opening up, beating Lipscomb 84-66 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. As excited as Williams might be about Woods' return to the PGA Tour, Williams will be thrilled if the Tar Heels can handle the Aggies' size and advance to the Sweet 16. "I'd find five guys that would".

They'll definitely have to hit some outside shots, though, and play tough interior defense on a Texas A&M team that has a clear advantage in the painted area.

The Aggies' run in the 2018 NCAA Tournament continues Sunday evening inside Charlotte's Spectrum Center when Texas A&M faces North Carolina at 4:15 p.m. (CT) during March Madness' second round. The men (9-seed) play 1-seed Xavier.

Williams grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds while Davis pulled down nine. They single-handedly out-rebounded undersized Providence in Friday's first round (29 combined rebounds to the Friars' team total of 26).

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy's NCAA tournament record is now 4-3 - compiled at schools, including Southeastern Louisiana and Murray State.

"People knew what was coming", Williams said. "It's going to be a different way to guard them". "I told the guys when we were doing our warmups that today was going to be a good day". Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Texas A&M 47 (R.Williams 13), North Carolina 36 (Maye 11).

The Tar Heels were a very different team than last year's title victor, namely in the way they leaned on a small-ball lineup. They had allowed 340 of 888 attempts (38.3 percent).

"We were beating ourselves", said Carolina's Kenny Williams, a junior guard from Midlothian.

"Just play with energy and effort", he said said.

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Pinson is back and playing like he did before the Virginia game. The lone loss came in 1999, when No. 3 seed UNC lost to No. 14 Weber State in its first game.

Indeed, the Bisons (23-10) never drew closer than eight thereafter and trailed by double figures throughout the final 16-plus minutes.

Cooper made three three-pointers and topped the Bisons with 14 points. "They've done so much and I really hate for it to end like this for them".

"We can rely on them a little bit for a couple minutes at a time", the coach said. "I can always remember that I passed him on the scoring list".

Both of Florida State's teams have one more game to reach the Sweet 16.

The Seminoles have their own injury worries.

Michigan's here because of a thrilling, last-second win in the second round. Coach Leonard Hamilton said Mann was sore Friday night, then had an MRI exam and visited with a doctor Saturday.

"It's one of the worst performances we've had from the three", Maye said.

The thing about Lipscomb who's making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance is that they play similar basketball as North Carolina.