NCAA Basketball

Iona Gaels (17-16)


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@ Rider 
W 86-79
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vs. StPete 
W 73-71
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@ Siena 
W 73-57
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vs. Monm 
W 81-60
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@ UNC 
L 73-88
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Top-seeded UNC overcomes slow 1st half to beat Iona in NCAAs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ��� North Carolina completed a perfect first round for top seeds in this NCAA Tournament, but not before Iona became the latest No. 16 seed to show these matchups are no sure thing.

Cameron Johnson scored 21 points, and North Carolina quickly erased a five-point halftime deficit to hot-shooting Iona, going on to win 88-73 on Friday night.

The Tar Heels (28-6), who came into the tournament as a top seed for a record 17th time, advanced to play Washington in the second round of the Midwest Region on Sunday. They're hoping to reach their 11th Final Four.

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Leaders
Points: E. Crawford17.7
Rebounds: T. Agee8.0
Assists: R. McGill4.8
FG%: E. Crawford50.4%
FT%: E. Crawford81.6%
3P%: B. Perez39.4%
Steals: R. McGill2.4
Blocks: N. Nikolic0.9
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke32-6
2 Virginia35-3
3 North Carolina29-7
4 Gonzaga33-4
5 Michigan State32-7
6 Tennessee31-6
7 Kentucky30-7
8 Michigan30-7
9 Texas Tech31-7
10 Florida State29-8
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Virginia35-3
2 Texas Tech31-7
3 Michigan State32-7
4 Duke32-6
5 Auburn30-10
6 Gonzaga33-4
7 Kentucky30-7
8 Purdue26-10
9 North Carolina29-7
10 Tennessee31-6
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Metro Atlantic Athletic Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Iona 12-6 17-16
Rider 11-7 16-15
Quinnipiac 11-7 16-15
Siena 11-7 17-16
Canisius 11-7 15-17
Monmouth 10-8 14-21
Manhattan 8-10 11-21
Marist 7-11 12-19
Niagara 6-12 13-19
Saint Peter's 6-12 10-22
Fairfield 6-12 9-22
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 76.7 (73)
Rebounds: 8.6 (277)
Assists: 13.1 (201)
FG%: 45.2% (130)
FT%: 74.5% (47)
3P%: 35.1% (136)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 76.0 (288)
Rebounds: 25.5 (159)
Assists: 15.1 (316)
FG%: 44.5% (228)
FT%: 68.4% (70)
3P%: 36.6% (310)
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