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North Carolina 84, Notre Dame 51

North Carolina 84, Notre Dame 51

MITCHELL NORTHAM
ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Armando Bacot received a senior-night standing ovation in his ACC-record 162nd conference game and No. 7 North Carolina overpowered Notre Dame 84-51.

The fifth-year player who holds the school’s record for career rebounds and double-doubles checked out with about three minutes remaining. Scoring his last basket at Smith Center on a 3-pointer, Bacot finished the night with 14 points and five rebounds.

RJ Davis, who also might have played his final game at home, had 22 points and six assists for the Tar Heels (24-6, 16-3). He exited the court immediately after Bacot.

Harrison Ingram added 11 points and 14 rebounds.

The Tar Heels’ fifth straight victory clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship, the 33rd for the program.

Tae Davis led Notre Dame (12-18, 7-12) with 11 points.

Notre Dame didn’t connect on a field goal in the second half until J.R. Konieczny’s layup at the 13:56 mark. North Carolina led by as many as 38 points.

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Irish had won five of their last six games entering this contest, but the Smith Center has proven to be a difficult place for opponents. UNC is 14-1 there this season. Meanwhile, the Irish dropped to 2-9 on the road. Dooming Notre Dame was its lack of offensive execution, as the Irish knocked down just five 3-pointers, tying their lowest total in an ACC game this season.

North Carolina: It’s the first time since the 2018-19 season that the Tar Heels have won at least a share of the ACC crown, and they clinched it by playing some of their best defense of the season. It was the fifth time this year North Carolina held a conference opponent to under 35% shooting from the floor. North Carolina also excelled in transition, turning 12 Notre Dame turnovers into 18 points.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

North Carolina athletics press release

March 5, 2024





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