GREENVILLE, S.C. — After a 39-point rout of Texas Southern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the North Carolina men's basketball team faces its next challenge Sunday against Arkansas in the Round of 32.
The No. 1 seed Tar Heels (28-7) and No. 8 seed Razorbacks (26-9) have met in the second round in each of Arkansas' past two tournament appearances: two UNC wins in 2008 and 2015.
But the Razorbacks are coming off a 77-71 win over Seton Hall and are looking for their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1996 — which came a year after beating North Carolina in the Final Four.
How do they play?
For Arkansas, it's all about possessions. The Razorbacks will likely try to push the pace to create opportunities for their high-efficiency offense, which is careful with the ball and rebounds 32.2 percent of its misses.
Defensively, Arkansas is stout inside and outside the arc and aggressively denies opportunities in the paint, thanks to 6-foot-10 forward Moses Kingsley. The Razorbacks are prone to sending teams to the free-throw line — but with a lineup that legitimately goes nine deep, Mike Anderson's squad can afford to take chances on defense and go up-tempo on the offensive end.