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North Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the West Regional of the 2024 NCAA Tournament and will open play on Thursday in Charlotte against the winner of Tuesday’s game between Howard and Wagner.

The winner of that contest will advance to Saturday’s Round of 32 against the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 8 seed Mississippi State and No. 9 seed Michigan State.

Carolina was the fourth No. 1 seed, behind UConn, Houston and Purdue.

If the Tar Heels win two games in Charlotte, they will advance to the West Regional in Los Angeles starting on Thursday, March 28.

Hubert Davis Q&A:

HD: “I’m really excited for the guys. We’re the number one seed because of the work this team has done this season. I’m proud of how they’ve worked throughout the season, how they’ve played , how he has performed.” Are ready and have been the team they wanted to be since the start of the season. Being given a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament is a huge deal. I know the importance of being able to play close to home, so playing in Charlotte potentially for the first two rounds and being close to our fans is huge for us, but it’s fun to get to the tournament.”

Why: Two years ago, when UNC came in as the eighth seed, you told the players that the seed number didn’t matter.

HD: “I told them again today. It’s great to be seeded number one but it’s an NCAA Tournament. There are 68 accomplished teams so you have to play, no matter what seed you are, wherever you play, so our preparation “It’s the same as 34 games we’ll have to practice and play. We’re excited about the challenge.”

UNC NCAA Tournament Facts and Figures
• The Tar Heels are a No. 1 seed for the 18th time, the most in NCAA history, and the first time since 2019.
• Carolina’s No. 1 seeds include 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2024.
• Carolina’s record as the top seed is 63-12.
• Carolina reached the Final Four as a No. 1 seed 10 times: 1982, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2017.
• The Tar Heels reached the West Region Final Four in 1981.
• UNC’s last five NCAA titles came as a No. 1 seed (1982, 1993, 2005, 2009 and 2017).
• Carolina is making its 53rd appearancethird NCAA Tournament appearance, second in history behind Kentucky’s 61. The Tar Heels’ all-time score in the NCAA Tournament is 131–49.
• UNC has won 131 NCAA Tournament games (most in history) and played in 180 (second most behind Kentucky’s 184).
• Carolina’s NCAA Tournament winning percentage of .728 is second-best in history.
• UNC has made 21 Final Four appearances, the most in tournament history.
• The Tar Heels’ six NCAA championships (1957-82-93-2005-09-17) are the third-most in history behind UCLA’s 11 and Kentucky’s eight.
, Hubert Davis Is the fourth Tar Heel head coach to lead a team to a No. 1 seed (Dean Smith eight times, Roy Williams eight times, Bill Guthridge once).
• This is the eighth time UNC will play in the West Region: 1978, 1981 (2 seed), 1986 (3 seed), 1988 (2 seed), 1999 (3 seed), 2015 (4 seed), 2018 (2 seed). , 2024 (1 seed).
• Carolina has the most wins (131), most Final Fours (21), second-most winning percentage (.728), second-most games played (180) and third-most NCAA Tournament titles (6) in NCAA Tournament history. .
• The Tar Heels are 12-1 in the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte (1-0 in 1975, 1-0 in 1982, 1-0 in 1984, 2-0 in 1987, 2-0 in 2005, 2-0 in 2008). , 2–0 in 2011 and 1–1 in 2018).
• Carolina plays the winner of the Howard/Wagner play-in game. The Tar Heels are 5-0 all-time against Howard (last played on 1/2/2000 in Chapel Hill) and have never played Wagner. Carolina has never played Howard in the NCAA Tournament. UNC played Howard in the 1922 Southern Conference Tournament in Atlanta.

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