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Notes from the UNC Tar Heels win over Oklahoma Sooners, 86-62

Posted Monday, March 30, 2009

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Memphis, TN - Ty Lawson scored 19 points and Danny Green added 18 to lead the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 72-60 win over Oklahoma on Sunday in the South Regional final. The North Carolina Tar Heels (32-4) advanced to the Final Four for the second straight year and will play the Villanova Wildcats in the national semifinals.

General Notes

  • Today's Elite Eight game was the second meeting between North Carolina and Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament and just the third meeting overall. UNC now leads the all-time series 3-0. In the 1990 NCAA Tournament eighth-seeded UNC upset No. 1 OU by a score of 79-77. UNC also downed OU 77-69 during the 1982-83 season in the Rainbow Classic.
  • Carolina was making its 24th Elite Eight appearance and third consecutive while OU was appearing for the fifth time.
  • Carolina is now 100-39 (.719) all time in the NCAA Tournament, while Oklahoma falls to 35-26 (.574).
  • UNC's 100 NCAA Tournament wins are a new all-time record (Kentucky, 98).
  • UNC improves to 12-2 in NCAA Tournament play in the last three seasons and 19-4 in the tournament under head coach Roy Williams, advancing to four regional finals, three Final Fours and winning the 2005 National Championship.
  • No. 2 seeds are now 22-24 (.478) in NCAA Tournament Elite Eight play since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
  • Carolina has now won 17 of its last 18 games in NCAA Tournament regional play.
  • UNC is now 18-6 all-time in NCAA regional finals. Carolina has won nine of its last 10 regional finals.
  • The Tar Heels are 4-3 in regional final games matching No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.
  • Roy Williams is 7-2 in NCAA Tournament Elite Eight games as a head coach (4-1 at Kansas, 3-1 at UNC)
  • Williams will be guiding a team into the Final Four for the fifth time in the last eight seasons. Only John Wooden (12), Dean Smith (11) and Mike Krzyzewski (10) have been to more Final Fours than Williams.
  • Williams is the fifth coach to guide UNC to a Final Four and is the 11th head coach to lead two different programs to the Final Four.
  • North Carolina will be making its ninth Final Four appearance in an 18-season span. Only seven other programs have played in more Final Fours in their entire histories than UNC has in that 18-season span.
  • UNC will be making its 18th Final Four appearance in program history. Since the 1990-91 season, Carolina has reached the Final Four in 1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2009, winning the National Championship in 1993 and 2005.

North Carolina Notes

  • UNC improves to 32-4 on the year. The team has reached the 30-win plateau for three consecutive seasons and 10 times overall.
  • UNC has won 30 games in three straight seasons for the first time ever.
  • The Tar Heels began the game on a 13-2 run and led by as much as 12 points in the first half. Danny Green had five points (3-pointer and 2 FTs) during the opening surge. Carolina would go on to lead by as much as 21 points in the game.
  • Tyler Hansbrough finished the game with eight points, which tied his season low output. (8 - at Florida State and at Miami). It was only the third time all season he had scored in single digits.
  • Hansbrough now has 2,836 career points to extend his UNC and ACC career scoring mark. The 2,236 points are good for 13th all-time on the NCAA Division I scoring chart. He needs just 16 points to pass Larry Bird (Indiana State 1976-79, 2,850) and move into 12th place.
  • Hansbrough extended his UNC record for career NCAA Tournament points (288). He is in 11th-place all time and is just one point behind Notre Dame's Austin Carr (289) for 10th place on the all-time list.
  • Ty Lawson led UNC with 19 points. It was the ninth time he has led Carolina in scoring this season and the 13th time he has done so in his career. He has registered double figures in scoring 29 times this season and 76 times in his career.
  • Lawson added five assists and five rebounds. It was the 31st time he has led his team in assists this season and the 80th time he has done so in his career.
  • Danny Green chipped in with 18 points, while Deon Thompson added 10. Green now has 24 double digit scoring games this season and 61 in his career.
  • Thompson has scored in double figured 22 times this season and 38 times in his career.
  • Carolina held a 22-15 advantage in points off turnovers and a 9-8 advantage in fast break points. For the season, the Tar Heels hold a 694-426 lead in points off turnovers against all of their opponents this season.
  • The Tar Heels improved to 10-1 in neutral site games this season.

Oklahoma Notes

  • Oklahoma concludes its season at 30-6 and is now 35-26 (.574) all-time in the NCAA Tournament
  • The Sooners were making their third Elite Eight appearance in the last eight seasons.
  • Blake Griffin led all scorers with 23 points and added a game-high 16 rebounds. It was his 30th double-double on the season, both school and Big 12 records. It was his 16th double-double in his last 16 full games played.
  • Griffin has recorded a double-double in each of the last eight games, tying his eight-game streak from earlier in the season for the fourth-longest double-double streak in OU history.
  • Griffin has recorded 15 games of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds this season, more than any player nationally since at least the 1996-97 season.
  • Griffin's 504 rebounds are the most for an NCAA Division I player since Houston's Akeem Olajuwon grabbed 500 boards in 1983-84.
  • Griffin has scored at least 20 points in four straight games, six times in his last nine games and in 24 of his 35 games played this season.
  • Griffin has led OU in scoring and rebounding 24 times this season and in OU's last seven games.
  • Willie Warren scored 18 points, the fifth time in the last six games that he has registered double digits.
  • Oklahoma's 23 first half points were a new low for points in a half (26 second half vs. Tulsa, 12/7).
  • The Sooners were 0-of-9 from distance in the first half and finished the game 2-for-19, the teams least amount of 3-pointers made this season.
  • The Sooners' 10.5% from distance was the team's lowest percentage of the season.
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