Zion in action as NCAA Tournament wraps up first round

Elena Summers
March 23, 2019

After that, it was nothing but 3-pointer after 3-pointer.

As usual, Zion Williamson led the way for the Duke with 10 points. "So it's more about doing what we do, playing with our same edge every single game we've played so far this year rather than just knowing we've got to make up for last year and playing with anxiousness and anger".

"Wow", the 18-year old said he thought to himself in his hotel room a day before the debut, "I'm really here".

That play sparked North Carolina's offensive turnaround.

BRILLIANT BULLS: Buffalo lost just three games, one of them to Marquette, and spent most of the season firmly entrenched in the Top 25. Fifth-seeded Mississippi State will try to avoid an upset at the hands of Liberty in their East Region matchup in San Jose, California, while top-seeded Virginia will try to avoid the sheer embarrassment of losing to another No. 16 seed when it faces Gardner Webb. More people know about who we are and the success we've had and our style of play.

Iona finishes its season with a record of 17-16, while North Carolina advances to the second round, which will be played against the Washington Huskies at a time to be determined later.

It wasn't a pretty first half for the the Tar Heels.

As a team the Tar Heels shot 33 percent from the floor. But the Gaels cooled off in the second half, and the Tar Heels began to heat up.

North Carolina's Cameron Johnson (13) drives to the basket against Iona's E.J. Crawford (2) during the second half on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Johnson lead North Carolina with 21 points in their 88-73 victory over Iona. Roy Williams clapped on the sideline and clenched his fists urging his team on.

He opened the half by driving on two defenders for a layup that drew a foul.

Which is why Barrett, when asked if maybe it wasn't so bad the Blue Devils found themselves under the gun and had to flip the switch before it was too late, was nearly taken aback.

"Once you get behind, there's the confidence level of the other team and the pressure of the game", Krzyzewski said. He was asked about where his son would go after his performance against Marquette and he responded with a question, stating: "Is there anything before 1?" and Jamie Morant answered his question, stating: "Ya zero, let him go zero it's before 1". Creating turnovers helped jump-start the Carolina transition game, which ignited the overall offense as the Tar Heels shot 62.9 percent after halftime. And before the game Coach and all the coaching staff was telling me to be aggressive and get easy buckets on the inside and play inside-out.

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