UNC-AFA: Game notes

DENVER, Colo -- Interesting facts following Thursday night's game.

  • This was the Tar Heels' 36th appearance (tied for second all-time with UCLA) in the NCAA Tournament. UNC is 82-35 in all-time NCAA tourney action. UNC's 117 games played in the NCAA Tournament are second to Kentucky (131). The Tar Heels' 82 victories are also second all-time to Kentucky's 92 wins. UNC has qualified for an NCAA record 15 Final Fours, winning the national championship on three occasions (1957, 1982 and 1993). The Tar Heels finished as NCAA runner-up in 1946, 1968, 1977 and 1981.
  • From 1975-2001, UNC appeared in the NCAA Tournament a record 27 straight seaons.
  • UNC qualified for an NCAA record 13 consecutive Sweet Sixteens from 1985-1998. In 17 of the Tar Heels' last 21 tournament appearances (not including this year), they have made it to the Sweet Sixteen.
  • In 21 of UNC's last 22 tournament entries the Tar Heels have won at least one game.
  • UNC's only loss in the state of Colorado was in 1989 in Denver versus Colorado State. The Heels are now 2-1 in Colo.
  • USAFA made its third-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2004. USAFA has now posted an NCAA record of 0-3. In 1962, the Falcons lost to Texas Tech (68-66), and in 1960, they lost to DePaul (69-63).
  • The Falcons head coach Joe Scott, in his fourth season at USAFA, qualified for his first NCAA Tournament appearance this season. His career record is now 51-63.
  • UNC coach Roy Williams has the highest winning percentage (.799) among active coaches and fourth all-time with a 437-110 record at UNC and Kansas. Williams' record in NCAA Tourney action is now 35-14 (.714). The 35 wins are the eighth all-time in tournament victories.
  • Williams guided the Jayhawks to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances in 15 seasons, and is now one-for-one in his first season with the Tar Heels. In 15 of his 16 seasons, including 15-straight, he has qualified his teams for the NCAA tourney. Williams first season at Kansas was the only year he did not particpate in the NCAAs as KU was on probation. He has never had a losing season.
  • UNC improved to 4-4 this year when trailing at the half.
  • UNC's 23 first half points equals its lowest output this season (vs. UNC-Wilmington on 12/28/03).
  • USAFA ends its season ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 50.9 points per game.
  • USAFA did not score from 9:35 in the second half to 3:29 (6:06 total) remaining in the game. The Falcons were held without a field goal from 9:35 to 1:16 (8:19 total).
  • USAFA's only offensive rebound of the game came with 11 seconds left to play in the game.
  • Of the Tar Heels' 35 rebounds, 14 were offensive.
  • Jawad Williams tied his season-high for offensive rebounds with five. Jackie Manuel also had a season-high five offensive rebounds.
  • Four USAFA players played the entire game: Kuhle, Welch, Keller and Hood.

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