It was a classic underdog tale as No. 16 seeded Vermont travelled to Greensborough, N.C. to compete in the second round of the NCAA tournament to face No. 1 seeded North Carolina. In NCAA tournament history, the No. 1 seed is 108-0 against No. 16 seeds.
The game began with Vermont and UNC neck and neck. With 11:27 remaining in the first period, sophomore Clancy Rugg hit a three making the score 11-9 with UNC on top. In response to the three, first-year James Michael McAdoo shook the building with a dunk at 9:23. UNC began pushing the score in their favor as the clock ticked away and the half finished 37-25.
The second period was a different story as the Tar Heels earned a sizeable lead over the twenty-minute half. Senior Tyler Zeller came off the court with 3:50 remaining having earned 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 blocks. McAdoo followed behind Zeller as a top performer with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist. UNC topped Vermont 77-58.