Fun Facts: Iowa State-North Carolina

Tar Heels are rotten at the free throw line

Published: March 23 2014 | 9:02 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:02 am in

SAN ANTONIO -- There are a lot of cool cities that start with "San," including this one. There's San Francisco, San Diego ... that's enough for now.

On with the Fun Facts:

1. Iowa State and North Carolina met in the second-round of the NCAA tourney in 1995 and 2005, when the second round really was the second round. Today's second-round game is called a third-round game. The Tar Heels won those games in '95 and '05 handily.

2. North Carolina is 29-7 in the NCAAs under Roy Williams.  His overall NCAA record is 63-21.

3. The Tar Heels began ACC play with a 1-4 record. They finished 13-5.

4. Iowa State hasn't lost to a nonconference opponent this season.

5. The two teams have just one mutual opponent: Texas. The Longhorns beat UNC 86-83 in Chapel Hill. Iowa State and Texas traded wins on their home courts.

6. Junior guard P.J. Hairston left the Carolina program in December when North Carolina announced it wouldn't seek Hairston's reinstatement from the NCAA while he was being investigated for receipt of impermissible benefits. Hairston signed with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, based in Frisco, Texas, four hours from San Antonio. He averages 21 points for the Legends. He scored 28 for the Tar Heels a year ago in the ACC title game.

7. Iowa State beat Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan. North Carolina defeated Big Ten tournament-champion Michigan State.

8. North Carolina ranks 344th of 350 Division I teams in free throw percentage at .626. That's even with Marcus Paige shooting 88.2 percent (127-of-144).  Take away Paige, and the Heels are just 57.7 percent from the line.

9. The last Carolina player to score 35 points in a game was Paige. The last Tar Heel to score 40 was Harrison Barnes. Both are Iowans.

10. North Carolina's campus is 11 miles from North Carolina Central's.

11. Iowa State is one of four teams in the nation with three players averaging 16 points or more (Melvin Ejim, Georges Niang, DeAndre Kane). The others are Delaware, Grand Canyon and Virginia Military Institute.

12. The '95 loss to North Carolina was Fred Hoiberg's last college game. He scored 12 points.

13. Iowa State is 3-16 all-time against ACC teams.

14. UNC has 15 former players currently in the NBA. Iowa State has five (Chris Babb, Diante Garrett, Wesley Johnson, Justin Hamilton and Royce White). White made his NBA debut Friday night, playing the last 51 seconds of Sacramento's game against ... San Antonio.


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