North Carolina eases into Sweet 16
John Henson returned from a three-game hiatus with an injured left wrist to score 13 points and grab nine rebounds, leading North Carolina to the Sweet 16 with an 87-73 victory over Creighton. Henson, his wrist wrapped and still showing signs of soreness, was one of five North Carolina players in double figures and helped the top-seeded Tar Heels reach the regional semifinal for an NCAA-record 31st time. North Carolina (31-5) also got an offensive lift from point guard Kendall Marshall, who made seven-of-eight from the field and scored 18 points, along with 12 assists, to record his fifth double-double in the last six games. Harrison Barnes scored 17 and Reggie Bullock scored 13, with each knocking down three 3-pointers. Tyler Zeller scored 11. Creighton (29-6) got 20 points and nine rebounds from Missouri Valley Conference player of the year Doug McDermott, 12 points and six rebounds from beefy center Gregory Echenique, and 10 points from Josh Jones and Antoine Young.