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CBB : ATS Matchup
Friday 3/22/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore



IONA (17 - 15) vs. N CAROLINA (27 - 6)
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Friday, 3/22/2019 9:20 PM
NCAA Tournament - First Round - Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
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810N CAROLINA-24.5-22
IONA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games17-15-0.513-1817-1576.834.445.3%34.475.636.444.5%36.5
Road Games9-12-47-1312-976.434.044.8%34.077.736.944.8%37.6
Last 5 Games5-0+5.84-14-180.037.448.0%32.469.431.845.9%32.4
IONA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)76.834.426-5845.3%9-2535.1%16-2174.1%34713177123
vs opponents surrendering7132.825-5644.4%8-2235.5%13-1970.2%35813186133
Team Stats (Road Games)76.434.026-5744.8%9-2535.8%16-2273.7%34713197142
Stats Against (All Games)75.636.427-6144.5%10-2636.8%12-1868.3%36915195134
vs opponents averaging69.632.725-5643.4%8-2234.1%13-1969.2%34813186133
Stats Against (Road Games)77.736.928-6244.8%9-2634.5%13-1967.8%381016196134

N CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games27-6+4.220-1114-1886.142.246.4%43.572.934.641.3%33.9
Road Games13-4+4.812-46-1084.242.146.4%
Last 5 Games4-1+34-12-379.042.841.9%47.071.835.840.5%38.6
N CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)86.142.231-6746.4%9-2436.5%15-2174.2%441119177134
vs opponents surrendering68.932.225-5942.1%7-2232.9%12-1770.5%34913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)84.242.131-6846.4%9-2436.9%13-1870.2%441119187133
Stats Against (All Games)72.934.626-6341.3%9-2732.9%12-1868.3%34814187145
vs opponents averaging74.435.326-5944.9%8-2334.3%14-1971.6%37914176124
Stats Against (Road Games)72.234.426-6341.3%8-2630.4%12-1866.8%35814176135
Average power rating of opponents played: IONA 71.2,  N CAROLINA 83.5
IONA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/31/2019@ MARIST74-78L-2L156U24-5940.7%351425-5843.1%3516
2/13/2019@ SIENA57-52W2W135U21-5240.4%381521-5637.5%3111
2/15/2019ST PETERS62-46W-8W137U23-6038.3%41918-5334.0%3413
2/19/2019@ QUINNIPIAC81-77W-2.5W152.5O27-6045.0%45926-7136.6%396
2/22/2019@ MANHATTAN66-52W-4W130.5U21-5438.9%401320-5635.7%3514
3/1/2019@ RIDER86-79W5W164O29-6048.3%401432-7343.8%4216
3/8/2019*ST PETERS73-71W-7L135.5O24-5444.4%19526-4656.5%3217
3/22/2019*N CAROLINA              

N CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/2/2019@ LOUISVILLE79-69W-2W158.5U29-6942.0%491026-6241.9%3211
2/5/2019NC STATE113-96W-10W165O37-6656.1%411737-7450.0%2711
2/16/2019@ WAKE FOREST95-57W-17W158U38-6162.3%391522-6732.8%3620
2/20/2019@ DUKE88-72W10W166U38-7550.7%461525-7234.7%4120
2/23/2019FLORIDA ST77-59W-7W161U26-6142.6%471018-5930.5%3210
3/2/2019@ CLEMSON81-79W-3.5L147.5O26-6341.3%391427-5747.4%3611
3/5/2019@ BOSTON COLLEGE79-66W-11.5W158.5U32-7642.1%601124-7034.3%358
N CAROLINA: Last season: 26-11, reached second round of NCAA Tournament.
Nickname: Tar Heels.
Coach: Roy Williams.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: The program has lost mainstays from its 2017 national championship winner in point guard Joel Berry II ' a former Final Four most outstanding player ' and swingman Theo Pinson.
Who's back: Forward Luke Maye followed his last-second shot to beat Kentucky in the 2017 NCAA Elite Eight with a star-turning junior season, averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 points to be an Associated Press third-team All-American. He's now a preseason AP All-American and picked as ACC player of the year. Starters Cameron Johnson (12.4 points) and Kenny Williams (11.4) are back on the perimeter, which also has junior point guard Seventh Woods competing to take Berry's job. There's also a rotation of serviceable big men, led by sophomores Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley.
Who's new: The Tar Heels have their best recruiting class in years, perhaps not coincidentally as they emerge from years of uncertainty due to a now-resolved NCAA academic case. Wing Nassir Little is the kind of five-star McDonald's All-American and possible one-and-done talent that shunned the Tar Heels in recent years. There's another McDonald's All-American in Coby White, an top-25 national recruit who will compete to be the new point guard after setting a North Carolina state scoring record with more than 3,500 points in high school. And the 6-foot-7 Rechon "Leaky" Black brings size and versatility to the perimeter.
The Skinny: There's no questioning talent and scoring potential on a team with Maye, Johnson and Williams joined by the touted rookie class. There are two main questions here: the Tar Heels need White or Woods to play well at the point with Berry gone, and that revolving door of big men needs to provide some interior toughness that was lacking at times as UNC leaned heavily on a small-ball lineup last year. If the eighth-ranked Tar Heels resolve both issues, this is a Final Four contender.
Expectations: Las Vegas oddsmakers have UNC at 10-to-1 to win it all, tied with Villanova for the fifth-best odds nationally.
Monumental task faces Iona vs. North Carolina

North Carolina still finds the thrill of going to the NCAA Tournament and holding a high seed.

Iona is happy to be included as well, entered for the fourth straight year.

The teams meet in the first round Friday night in Midwest Region action in Columbus, Ohio.

North Carolina is in its 50th NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels are a No. 1 regional seed for a record 17th time.

"It's special to be a No. 1 seed," coach Roy Williams said. "The most special thing is to see the way our kids reacted when they saw our name as a No. 1 seed, and they put North Carolina up there. I just love the way they were genuinely excited. ... We're playing in the NCAA Tournament, and people think we've had a pretty good year."

Iona (17-15) didn't look much like an NCAA Tournament team for a chunk of the season. But the Gaels own a 10-game winning streak, holding the top seed and winning three times in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. The final of those came against Monmouth, which is coached by former North Carolina point guard King Rice.

Now the task appears more difficult.

"It's a great opportunity to one of the best teams in the country," Gaels coach Tim Cluess said. "I got to watch them on TV the other night against Duke, and we look forward to the challenge."

The Gaels ought to know something about that. Cluess is taking the team to the tournament for the sixth time in eight years. Last year, it was a first-round meeting with Duke.

"You've got to be better for two hours, and everything has to break your way," Cluess said. "You've got to believe you have a chance when it's March. That's what makes basketball fun.

"(North Carolina is) a loaded team, a great basketball team, coached extremely well, that we obviously know. Size-wise they're going to be a challenge. Speed-wise they're a challenge."

Iona's winning streak followed a four-game losing skid. North Carolina hasn't lost consecutive games this season, and the only way that would happen is if it falls to the Gaels on Friday night.

Williams' teams, counting his time at Kansas, are 28-0 in first-round games.

North Carolina has tangled with elite teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including three meetings in barely more than a three-week span against Duke, which was dubbed the NCAA Tournament's overall No. 1 seed. The Tar Heels won two of those matchups, though fell by one point in the ACC tournament semifinal last Friday.

But the Tar Heels have only two losses in the last 17 games.

"We've enjoyed some good moments, and we've had some difficult ones," Williams said. "But at the same time, I love the excitement."

Williams said the Tar Heels have played with the right mindset during the past two months after a humbling blowout home loss to Louisville in January. He doesn't want a drop-off in intensity now.

"I think a couple of things are really simple," Williams said. "We have to respect everyone and fear no one. We have to be ready to play the first day. If you play your tail off the first day, perhaps they'll let you stay around and play somebody else."

North Carolina is 3-1 all-time against Iona, winning the last meeting in November 2007 as part of the Las Vegas Invitational. This is the first clash in the NCAA Tournament.

The Iona-North Carolina winner goes against the Utah State-Washington winner in Sunday's second round.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/19/2019 8:46:21 AM EST

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