The Tar Heels joined Kentucky, Syracuse, and Michigan State as top-seeded teams to reach the Sweet 16, after an 81-73 dismantling of Creighton which wasn’t nearly as close as the score may indicate. However, it was learned after the game that starting point guard Kendall Marshall suffered a broken wrist on his non-shooting hand. His status for the remainder of the tournament was unknown as of this writing.
Five Tar Heels scored in double-figures, with Marshall’s 18 points and 11 assists leading the way. Naismith Award nominee Doug McDermott led Creighton with 20 points and 8 rebounds. North Carolina will meet the winner of South Florida-Ohio in the Sweet 16.
Gary Cohen and Reid Gettys called the action on the Westwood One Radio Network.