For more than 30 minutes of Saturday’s game between No. 4 North Carolina and No. 5 Arkansas, it looked like it could come down to a buzzer beater. It took a gutsy effort by UNC to make it to the Sweet 16, advancing with an 87-78 win.
Both Arkansas and North Carolina were able to survive their first game on Thursday by a combined 5 points. Any win in the tourney is a good win though, especially on a first day when four double-digit seeds were able to win. This is a match-up that pits teams that are 16th and 17th in the nation in scoring per game. This looks to be one of the better games of the third round action. The last time the Razorbacks made the tournament was in 2008 when the Tar Heels put them out. The game tips at 8:40 ET on TNT.
The ACC has five teams in the Top 25. The top of the league is very good. But after that? Maybe not so much. With a huge game next week between Duke and North Carolina (isn’t every meeting between those two teams a big deal?), there’s still a lot to be sorted out in one of the strongest conferences in the nation.