Arkansas hurt by controversial calls against North Carolina

Getting past the Bulldogs is far from a given for North Carolina.

Arkansas junior guard Jaylen Barford said he believes the Razorbacks have a good chance to upset North Carolina.

Then they really stuck it to Arkansas.

Hicks' best, and really only, play of the day came with just more than two minutes left. The referees swallowed their whistles, and Berry threw the ball up off the backboard.

After the game head coach Mike Anderson along with many of his players spoke to the media in a press conference and open locker room session about the game, the season and many other topics. It looked like a charge, and if it wasn't, it was a blocking foul that should've required free throws, not a tip-in. UNC was 19 of 25. Berry and Co. also don't have to look back far to remember their last meeting with Butler - a surprise 74-66 win by the Bulldogs in the Bahamas two seasons ago.

Some blocked shots and steals will help North Carolina pick up some points in transition, and Meeks will provide the presence needed down low to lead a surge in the second half and keep Roy Williams' squad dancing. North Carolina came up with 18 offensive rebounds, and Kennedy Meeks was a huge part of that.

Macon bounced back from an ugly game against Seton Hall to lead the team with 19 points.

After the Tar Heels scored the first 4 points of the second half, Arkansas went on to outscore UNC 9-2 to pull to within 2 points. It was 44-42 at the first media timeout with 16:12 to play.

Arkansas went ahead 47-46 with 13:05 remaining, wiping out what had been a 17-point hole and going up by four.

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Meeks led UNC (29-7) with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots and sparked an early run that saw the Tar Heels threaten to run away and hide early.

UNC tied it at 55-55, but a 3-pointer by Daryl Macon put the Hogs back on top. Maybe so, just like Arkansas is unlucky that Beard's last shot was an inch or two deep.

Hicks had the game-clinching free throws with 10 seconds left to put the Heels up five. "You never know how the whistle's going to go", said Berry, who indicated that his injured right ankle began to bother him as the game went on.

And so here was the real-life version of it at Bon Secours Wellness Arena: UNC down five, three minutes to go. Carolina turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 38 percent from the field-the worst shooting percentage in a Tar Heel NCAAT win since a 1967 victory against Princeton.

The Tar Heels made their presence felt in the final minutes, however, grabbing three offensive rebounds and scoring four points off those boards.

With averages of 11.5 points and 6.3 rebounds this year, the 12-year National Basketball Association veteran definitely has a place in our starting five. The Tar Heels won it, meanwhile, by rising in the moment with their season at stake.

The players on the floor might have been different from the first matchup in St. Louis but both teams traded late shots and a freshman-led Kentucky team got a stop on the final possession to advance past Wichita State.

For the Bucks this season, Henson is averaging 6.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and an impressive 1.3 blocks in just under 20 minutes per game.

By the end of North Carolina's 72-65 victory against Arkansas on Sunday, thin streaks of blood covered three of Joel Berry's fingertips on his right hand.