UNC teeters, then triumphs over Baylor in March Madness upset

After fifty-three fouls, thirty-two turnovers and nearly three hours of real time, the first No. 1 seed finally went down: there will be no title defense for the Baylor Bears. In the end, maybe that wasn’t all that surprising: they’d led the game for just two minutes and 34 seconds and at one point had trailed North Carolina by 25, but here they were in overtime anyway, having clawed all the way back through a cavalcade of physical play, Tar Heels user error and inconsistent officiating.

It was No. 8 seed Carolina that ultimately sealed a memorable 93–86 win, doing its best to topple Baylor with hot shooting early before pivoting directly into disarray. With 10 minutes left in the second half, the result certainly hadn’t seemed in danger, not even when Tar Heels forward Brady Manek — who had 26 points alone — was ejected, after his left elbow caught Jeremy Sochan’s face with dubious intent on a box-out. UNC was up by 25 points then, bolstered by hot shooting from RJ Davis (who finished with 30 points) and playing better team basketball in all facets. Baylor’s seventh team foul put Carolina in the bonus with 13:53 left in the second half. The Bears hadn’t been scoring or defending or doing much of anything with any consistency.

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