North Carolina tops Villanova 78-71 in NCAAs

North Carolina tops Villanova 78-71 in NCAAs

Villanova's Tony Chennault (5) tries to wrestle the ball away from North Carolina's Luke Davis (4) in the first half during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, March 22, 2013. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 9:38 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- P.J. Hairston scored 23 points, James Michael McAdoo added 17 and North Carolina unleashed a flurry of 3-pointers to subdue gritty Villanova 78-71 in the NCAA tournament Friday night, giving coach Roy Williams his 700th career victory.
 
The never-say-die Wildcats (20-14) erased a 20-point deficit that North Carolina built in the first half and then nearly climbed out of a nine-point hole in the final minutes after the Tar Heels hit three consecutive 3s and once again appeared to take control.
 
The victory set up a possible dream matchup in the third round for Kansas fans, who have been jamming the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, about 30 minutes from the Jayhawks' campus. The eighth-seeded Tar Heels (25-10) take on the winner between Western Kentucky and No. 1 seed Kansas, where Williams coached for 15 years and rang up more than 400 wins.

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