UNC Gets No. 4 Seed, Opens with Harvard

North Carolina earned the No. 4 seed in the West region of the 2015 NCAA Tournament and will open with No. 13 Harvard on Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:20pm on TNT.

If UNC wins its opener, it'll face Arkansas or Wofford on Saturday.

"I was hoping we could slide into the third slot because that means you have achieved more, that means we would’ve won the (Notre Dame) game yesterday," Roy Wiliams said. "But at the same time it’s a four, that’s what it is, we go play."

Harvard defeated Yale, 53-51, in the Ivy League’s play-in game on Saturday to clinch its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Senior guard Wesley Saunders leads the Crimson with 16.3 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting.

Harvard’s success has come with solid defense – the Crimson is holding its opponents to 39.9 percent shooting, good for 48th nationally – despite struggles shooting the ball (43.5 percent, 171st).

"I really, really enjoy and like (Harvard head coach) Tommy Amaker," Williams said. "We competed against him when he was at Duke and I was an assistant here. I talk to Tommy on the road all the time; I think he’s a marvelous person. He’s done a really nice job there. Our team will be focused on Harvard. We won’t be looking past them.”

UNC (24-11) played 19 of its 35 games this season against teams that made the NCAA Tournament field.

“Two things get me a little excited about this year’s team heading into the NCAA Tournament," Williams said. "One, we are getting healthier which always makes it easier, and the other thing is we gained something during the ACC Tournament. I think at times we played very, very well. (We) showed some toughness. We played four games in four days and I think we were fresh on the fourth game because we wanted to be fresh mentally so I like the toughness of it, too.

"The story all year long is we have to cut down on the turnovers and stop making the silly fouls and make sure we do a much better job on the backboards."

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