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By game's end, North Carolina had 27 more rebounds, 21 more second chance points, and shot 14 percent better from the field than Texas Southern. "If he tries to sit me, I'm going to try to convince him my best that I want to play and that I'm good".

"You can't go anywhere without seeing that shot", said Berry, who defended Arcidiacono up the court. "Sometimes, I think he should be playing football instead of basketball, because he's a brute".

That mark ranked fourth in the ACC, but isn't quite as good as past year when they led the league in that category by holding teams to just over 40 percent from the floor. "But, overall, all the work I put in after that ACC Tournament, all the preparation, I had more confidence in myself".

If the Gamecocks (23-10) want an NCAA winning streak, they will have to beat No. 2 seed Duke, which blew past Troy 87-65 in an earlier game. If I can put all three of them together and have one player at the end, I wouldn't be that anxious.

North Carolina is slated for a much tougher matchup than their opening game, with 8th-seed Arkansas on tap. "But right now I'm feeling pretty good".

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Jackson's emergence is a reason the Tar Heels are back in this position, seeded No. 1 in the South and among the favorites to win the national title, one year after coming up just short of delivering UNC's seventh national title.

"If I can put all three of them together and have one player at the end, I wouldn't be that anxious", Williams said.

Jackson-the key cog in UNC's perimeter resurgence-has struggled to find his shot in the Tar Heels' recent outings. Credit can also be given to the Tar Heels' increased perimeter efficiency-shooting close to 37 percent as a team from three-point range compared to just under 33 percent a year ago, which was good enough for 268-best in the country.

Of course, Jackson thought this would be the game he broke out of his slump.

Exactly 44 years later, the drought - the Gamecocks were one-and-done in their next five appearances - finally came to end in front of a boisterous, SC crowd who traveled the 2 hours north from Columbia to witness the end of an ugly run they couldn't have imagined would last this long. "We really didn't need any motivation or anything".