Tar Heels take top seed in South Regional, will play Texas Southern

Tar Heels take top seed in South Regional, will play Texas Southern

From UNC 

CHAPEL HILL—North Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament South Regional, earning a top seed for a record 16th time and a seventh time in 14 seasons under head coach Roy Williams.  The NCAA released its tournament bracket on Sunday evening.

The Tar Heels will open play on Friday at approximately 4 p.m. in Greenville, S.C., against No. 16 seed Texas Southern.  No. 8 seed Arkansas will play No. 9 seed Seton Hall at 1:30 p.m., to be followed 30 minutes later by UNC-Texas Southern. TNT will televise the game.

Carolina will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in Greenville.

The winner of Friday's contest will advance to Sunday's second-round game betwen No. 8 seed Arkansas and No. 9 seed Seton Hall in Greenville.  UNC beat Arkansas in the second round in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2015.

The winner of that second-round contest will move on to the NCAA regionals the following weekend in Memphis.  Other top seeds in the South Regional include No. 2 seed Ketucky (which beat Carolina, 103-100, in December in Las Vegas), No. 3 seed UCLA and No. 4 seed Butler.

Other No. 1 seeds nationally include Villanova (East), Kansas (Midwest) and Gonzaga (West).

Carolina is making its 48th NCAA Tournament appearance, second-most in NCAA history behind Kentucky's 56.

The Tar Heels are a No. 1 seed for an NCAA-record 16th time: 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017. Duke is second with 13 all-time No. 1 seeds. Carolina has advanced to the Final Four nine times as a No. 1 seed (1982, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2016) and is 55-11 as a top-seeded team.

Roy Williams has led his teams to No. 1 seeds in NCAA play 12 times in 29 seasons as a head coach, second-most in NCAA history behind Mike Krzyzewski's 13.  Williams is seeking his third NCAA championship and the sixth in Carolina annals.