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FGCU Eagles (21-14)


Tue. 3/1 Thu. 3/3 Sun. 3/6 Tue. 3/15 Thu. 3/17
vs. KSawSt 
W 74-64
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@ NoFla 
W 89-56
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vs. Stet 
W 80-78
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vs. FDU 
W 96-65
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@ UNC 
L 67-83
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No. 1 seed UNC beats Florida Gulf Coast 83-67 in NCAA opener

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) When North Carolina is playing its best, it's a team that can score, defend and rebound at a rate worthy of its No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed.

Fortunately for the Tar Heels, that group showed up at the second half to avoid one of those never-has-happened moments that live on in March lore.

Brice Johnson scored 18 points and North Carolina needed an overwhelming second-half start to put away 16th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 83-67 in Thursday's first round after leading by just one at half.

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Leaders
Points: M. Norelia17.1
Rebounds: M. Norelia9.3
Assists: Z. Johnson3.3
FG%: M. Norelia54.5%
FT%: M. Norelia67.2%
3P%: No qualifiers
Steals: C. Terrell1.2
Blocks: D. Morant1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas33-5
2 Michigan State29-6
3 North Carolina33-7
4 Virginia29-8
5 Oregon31-7
6 Villanova35-5
7 Oklahoma29-8
8 West Virginia26-9
9 Xavier28-6
10 Miami (FL)27-8
10 Kentucky27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova35-5
2 North Carolina33-7
3 Kansas33-5
4 Oklahoma29-8
5 Virginia29-8
6 Oregon31-7
7 Michigan State29-6
8 Miami (FL)27-8
9 Indiana27-8
10 Syracuse23-14
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Atlantic Sun Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
North Florida 10-4 22-12
FGCU 8-6 21-14
NJIT 8-6 20-15
Jacksonville 8-6 16-16
Lipscomb 7-7 12-21
Kennesaw State 7-7 11-20
Stetson 4-10 12-22
USC Upstate 4-10 10-22
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 77.2 (76)
Rebounds: 11.9 (85)
Assists: 13.8 (140)
FG%: 47.9% (23)
FT%: 64.4% (331)
3P%: 35.3% (146)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 70.7 (145)
Rebounds: 28.7 (13)
Assists: 11.9 (85)
FG%: 41.2% (54)
FT%: 68.3% (88)
3P%: 30.4% (12)
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