Andrew Carter on North Carolina’s victory over Notre Dame
Brice Johnson, the North Carolina senior forward, will enter the Final Four later this week on quite the individual streak: three consecutive games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
With 25 points and 12 rebounds during the Tar Heels' 88-74 victory against Notre Dame on Sunday night in the NCAA tournament East regional championship game, Johnson made some history. He's the first UNC player with three consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound games in the NCAA tournament.
UNC has played 160 NCAA tournament games. And before the most recent three of them, no player in school history had ever done what Johnson has done: three straight 20/10 games.
Johnson scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds during UNC's victory against Providence in the second round. In the regional semifinal victory against Indiana he had 20 points and 10 rebounds. And now what he did against Notre Dame.
Johnson's 23 double-doubles this season are a school record. In eight of those 23 games, he's finished with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Which doesn't include the 18-point, 21-rebound game he had in UNC's victory at Duke to end the regular season.
Johnson, a first-team All-ACC selection, was named the MVP of the East Region. Marcus Paige joined him on the region's all-tournament team.