The NCAA announced Monday that all 67 men’s basketball tournament games including the Final Four will be played entirely in Indiana in a bid to keep the marquee event from being called off for a second consecutive year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sam Howell passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Josh Downs, for the Tar Heels (8-4). North Carolina was without leading rushers Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, leading receiver Dyami Brown and top tackler Chazz Surratt — all of whom opted out of the bowl game.
UNC running back and Wallace-Rose Hill alum Javonte Williams was named to the AP All-America second team, while his Tar Heel teammates Michael Carter and Dyami Brown made third team. NC State’s Alim McNeill was also picked to the second team.
The Tar Heels claimed both first-team running back positions with Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, while NC State offensive lineman Ikem Ekwonu was voted to the team at both guard and tackle positions after starting at both spots this year.
Jacksonville native and Tar Heel freshman Kennedy Todd-Williams tallies five points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench as the UNC women's basketball team upsets No. 18 Syracuse, 92-68, Thursday night in Chapel Hill.
Sophomore forward Matthew Hurt scored 18 points and three Duke freshmen also cracked double digits as the 21st-ranked Blue Devils opened Atlantic Coast Conference play Wednesday night with a 75-65 win over Notre Dame.