Tar Heels Set To Open NCAA Regional
No. 1 national seed North Carolina will open the 2013 NCAA Tournament Friday at 6 p.m. when the Tar Heels host Canisius at Boshamer Stadium.
Carolina enters tied for the most wins in the country at 52 along with LSU. The Tar Heels enter the tournament on a five-game winning streak after sweeping through the ACC Tournament for their first tournament title since 2007.
• Carolina owns the most wins since the start of the 2006 season and the Tar Heels have elevated their game in postseason play.
• Since 2006 the Tar Heels are tied with South Carolina for the most NCAA Tournament wins.
• Both the Tar Heels and Gamecocks have recorded 42 wins in the last eight postseasons.
Most NCAA Wins Since 2006
42 - North Carolina, South Carolina
30 - Oregon State
News & Notes
• Carolina is 89-60 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is 26-5 as the host. The Tar Heels 52-28 in NCAA Touranment action under head coach Mike Fox.
• The Tar Heels will be the top overall seed in the tournament for the first time after earning national seeds in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. The previous high was the No. 2 seed in 2008.
• Entering the tournament Carolina has played 31 games against teams in the NCAA Tournament, which ties for the second most of any team in the field.
• Carolina racked up 23 wins against teams in the field during the regular season, the most of any team.
• UNC claimed its sixth ACC Tournament title in school history last weekend to grab the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• Of the 27 conferences with a tournament to determine the automatic bid only eight No. 1 seeds won their tournaments, including the Tar Heels.
• For the 15th time in the 40 ACC Tournaments the ACC regular season champion won the tournament title.
• Consistency has been the key for the Tar Heels in 2013 as Carolina is the only team in the country not to suffer a losing streak. The last time a UNC team did not lose back-to-back games in a full season was 1953.
• UNC ranks among the top five in the country in both scoring and earned run average and would become the fourth team since 1989 to finish among the top five in both categories.
• The gloves have been working for UNC this season as well with the Tar Heels owning a .975 fielding percentage, ranking 32nd in the country. Only one other team in the field (Vanderbilt) ranks among the top 40 in scoring, earned run average and fielding percentage.
North Carolina's NCAA Tournament History
• Carolina will be making its 28th NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday having posted an 89-60 all-time record in the event.
• The Tar Heels are 26-5 as the host in the NCAA Tournament and had a run of 16 straight wins snapped a year ago against St. John's.
• UNC is 5-1 in advancing to the Super Regional round when hosting a regional.
• The Tar Heels own a 24-3 record in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament with the only losses coming in 1982, 1993 and 1998.
• Carolina has won 13 consecutive opening games in the NCAA Tournament.
Going Up Against Some Of The Best
• Carolina played 30 games prior to the NCAA Tournament against teams that earned a spot in the field of 64, the third-highest total in the tournament.
• The Tar Heels posted an NCAA-best 22 wins against teams in the NCAA Tournament and all eight of their losses in 2013 have come against teams in the tournament.
• UNC finished with the fifth-hardest schedule in the country according to Warren Nolan and the second-hardest of any regional host.
Games vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
32 - Mississippi State
31 - North Carolina, Texas A&M
30 - Arkansas
Wins vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
23 - North Carolina
20 - Virginia
19 - LSU
• With the improbable sweep through the ACC Tournament last week, Carolina became the 15th team in the last 40 ACC Tournaments to claim the tournament crown after finishing the regular season atop the standings.
• Carolina opened with a 10-0 run-rule win over Miami before scoring five runs in the ninth inning against Clemson to force extra innings where the Tar Heels secured a 12-7 win in 14 innings.
• The very next night Carolina faced off against NC State and played the longest game in ACC Tournament history as the Tar Heels emerged with a 2-1 win in 18 innings. The 18 inning game will go down as the longest game in UNC history.
• The Tar Heels capped off the week with a 4-1 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday to claim their sixth ACC Tournament title, first since 2007 and second since 1990.
• Carolina is one of eight teams to enter their conference tournament as the top overall seed and win the tournament this season.
• The Tar Heels went 4-0 en route to the ACC Tournament title after posting a league-best 21-7 mark in conference play.
• Joining the Tar Heels as No. 1 seeds to win their conference tournaments are:
Atlantic 10 - Saint Louis, Big Ten - Indiana, Conference USA - Rice, MEAC - Savannah State, NEC - Bryant, Summitt - South Dakota State and SWAC - Jackson State