North Carolina pulls away to beat Notre Dame, reach Final Four

The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels fought off a second half rally from the No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to ultimately pull away and punch a ticket to the Final Four with an 88-74 victory. Brice Johnson led the Tar Heels with 25 points and 12 rebounds as UNC shot an astounding 61.5 percent from the field. As a result, North Carolina is set to play in its fourth Final Four under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams.

And Notre Dame has nobody to blame but themselves for tonight’s loss. Sure, the Fighting Irish had some key moments where they looked strong and they did indeed shoot a highly respectable 55 percent from the field, but also only had 15 rebounds as a TEAM. In the NCAA Tournament, especially when a spot in the Final Four is on the line, that’s unacceptable. Star forward Zach Auguste was held to just five points and three rebounds after averaging 14.3 points and 10.9 boards on the season.

Simply put, Notre Dame was outplayed.

North Carolina will now play for a spot in the national championship game, but will need to get past a red-hot No. 10 Syracuse Orange squad. That game will happen on Saturday night at Houston’s NRG Stadium, so be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from the Final Four!

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