The Tar Heels (26-10), seeded second in the West Region, kicked off their NCAA tournament campaign in anticipated fashion with an 84-66 win against No. 15 Lipscomb (23-10), but it exposed weakness that No. 7 Texas A&M (21-12) could exploit in Sunday's second-round game.
UNC had won 12 of 13 NCAA Tournament games dating to its 2016 finals run before Sunday.
There is one caveat, as Jordan only played three years in Chapel Hill before going to the National Basketball Association and Berry is finishing off his fourth year, but passing Jordan who many consider as the greatest of all-time is certainly something to celebrate. As UNC continues tournament play against No. 7 seed Texas A&M on Sunday, their contributions in the starting lineup and off the bench will become even more important. He noted the Tar Heels' 2005 first- and second-round success in Charlotte against Oakland and Iowa State in Charlotte, winning by 25-plus-point margins in each contest as they went on to win the whole thing. The Tar Heels will attempt to offset the Aggies' size and strength with their speed and perimeter shooting. "And as you saw, once we got going, we got going".
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy's NCAA tournament record is now 4-3 - compiled at schools, including Southeastern Louisiana and Murray State.
Davis takes over early: A&M leaned on junior center Tyler Davis during the team's big first half run. Davis, along with junior forward D.J. Hogg and sophomore big man Robert Williams, provide a formidable front for just about any team in the nation. "That's the biggest thing", said Pinson, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Despite a number of setbacks for the Aggies this season, including a handful of injuries to multiple players, Davis helped lead the team to 20 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Bison played very nice in the first half and UNC was a little sloppy. Wilson was averaging 9 points and 4 assists per game. "We really wanted them to not shoot a good percentage from the 3-point line". "Nobody wants to box out all game, if somebody says that they're lying to you". The biggest comeback was perpetrated by Texas A&M against Penn previous year. If he's able to connect on a three-pointer or two in the first half, it could pull Aggies' defenders out beyond their comfort zone and open up lanes for UNC's guards to drive.
North Carolina was out-rebounded 50-34, and only had two players reach double figures in scoring. Overall, Ken Pomeroy's advanced statistics rank the Aggies as the sixth-tallest team in the nation.
North Carolina has been much closer to home than Brooklyn this week, playing as one of the top seeds in Charlotte along with Virginia.
North Carolina is now 30-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament since the field expanded in 1985.
Manley's 10 rebounds were the highest total he's posted since the second game of the season, while he has flashed the ability to score with four double-figure games.