A Michael Jordan record falls, plus more from Friday's NCAA tournament games

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Ma scored his first points as a Tar Heel in January against Georgia Tech, an 80-66 win for Carolina. Instead, he uses an incredible arsenal of fake swears to make it absolutely clear what he's thinking without the bleeps and the angry letters from mothers insulted by foul language.

"I was excited all week to come play", Williams said of the Tar Heels' weekend in Charlotte.

North Carolina entered the game ranked 330th in the country in 3-point defense. "We were turning the dadgum ball over".

From forward Rob Marberry: "We're not here just to have fun and shoot around with the UNC team".

North Carolina also got to Lipscomb's high-powered offense and really made them struggle in the second half. "When [Greenberg] first came on staff, he stayed with us for a little bit".

When Joel Berry and Theo Pinson were watching tournament games on Thursday, Berry said he could see the gap closing between the teams near the top and the automatic qualifiers.

The first time the Tar Heels embarked on the NCAA tournament in Williams' freshman year, he was an underclassman sitting deep on the bench buried beneath an even deeper roster.

North Carolina was making their 8th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 14th overall under Roy Williams.

Texas A&M (21-12), the NCAA West Region's No. 7 seed, advanced to the round of 32 with a 73-69 victory over 10th-seeded Providence on Friday. "We're not going to walk out of here with people putting our programs in the same breath.The key is we have to be better than them for 40 minutes one time, that's it".

UNC has long rebounded through its Hall of Fame coach's preferred two-post style, but this year relies on stretch-4 Luke Maye as the defacto big man surrounded by perimeter players with plenty of length.

During their last five games, the Tar Heels have scored an average of 76.2 points per game (5.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.0 points per game (6.9 below their season average).

Indeed, the Bisons (23-10) never drew closer than eight thereafter and trailed by double figures throughout the final 16-plus minutes. Pinson put his hands up as if to say, "Calm down", and then burst into laughter. That includes 12-0 in Charlotte, about 2½ hours southwest of the Chapel Hill campus, after against Lipscomb.

The junior guard led No. 2 UNC (26-10) with 18 points on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the 3-point line. As a Pitt graduate, Johnson was eligible immediately for the Tar Heels and is their third-leading scorer. And we all know a "15 vs. 2" upset is possible.

North Carolina had more second-chance points with 10, compared to Lipscomb's 6. Jesus Christ, son, do you realize what just happened?

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