The Tar Heels sweated out an at-large bid after an uncharacteristic seventh-place finish in the ACC before sliding in as the No. 10 seed in the Sacramento Regional. They will open at 10:30 Saturday night in Seattle, against No. 7 seed Gonzaga. The Tar Heels (19-11) will make their 22nd appearance. They're one of six ACC teams in the field, the eighth straight year that the conference has had at least that many.

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