Tar Heels get hot, now take on ’21 champ Baylor


Just a month ago it looked like North Carolina and first-year coach Hubert Davis might be on the wrong side of the NCAA bubble. Now the eighth-seeded Tar Heels are aiming to make some trouble for Baylor.

Knocking off the defending national champion Bears is asking a lot, but there already have been bigger surprises in this tournament and the Tar Heels are hot with wins in seven of their last eight games.

This isn’t uncharted territory for Davis. He played on the eighth-seeded Carolina team that knocked off No. 1 seed Oklahoma in 1990. He also was on Roy Williams’ staff for two national title games.

Davis’ first tournament game as head coach, a 95-63 walkover against Marquette, was the most lopsided meeting ever between Nos. 8 and 9 seeds.

Baylor made fast work of 16th-seeded Norfolk State in an 85-49 first-round win and has won six of its last seven.

Anyone worried about the Tar Heels being overwhelmed by a pro-Baylor crowd in Fort Worth, should relax. Two weeks ago they won at Duke by double digits in front of the “Cameron Crazies” in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game.