North Carolina punched its ticket for the Elite Eight with a dominating 81-63 victory over Marquette. The Tar Heels powered its way to a 40-15 lead in the first half. Marquette tied the score at 10 apiece early before getting outscored 30-5 over the course of the rest of the half. It was a complete breakdown for Marquette who didn't record an assist in the game until 15 minutes to go in the game.
Credit the Eagles for coming out and playing hard in the second half cutting a 33 point lead down to 18 at one point. They clearly had dug themselves just too big of a hole in the early going.
Tyler Zeller led the way for Carolina with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman Harrison Barnes added 20 points while John Henson had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jimmy Butler led Marquette with 14 points.
North Carolina will play the winner of tonight's game between Kentucky and Ohio State on Sunday.