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North Carolina rips Michigan State to advance into Sweet 16

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For North Carolina, if it’s in Charlotte for the NCAA Tournament and it’s a game against Michigan State, it usually means victory for the Tar Heels.

Saturday night was no different than history has written for these circumstances, with North Carolina overcoming Michigan State, 85-69, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center to advance to yet another Sweet 16.

RJ Davis, who scored a team-high 20 points, drives past Tre Holloman during North Carolina’s 85-69 win over Michigan State in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Armando Bacot, who scored 18 points, looks to make a move on Carson Cooper during North Carolina’s win. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 1 seeded Tar Heels (29-7) are now 6-0 against Michigan State (20-15) in the NCAA Tournament.

They’re 36-2 in the state of North Carolina in the NCAAs and 14-1 in Charlotte.

Tom Izzo argues a call during Michigan State’s loss. AP

North Carolina, which has the most wins in NCAA Tournament history with 133, was led by its star guard out of White Plains, RJ Davis.

He led all scorers with 20 points and was the engine that ran the game for the Tar Heels.

RJ Davis celebrates during North Carolina’s victory. Getty Images

Armando Bacot, the Tar Heels’ 6-foot-11 man in the middle, scored 18 points and had seven rebounds.

Harrison Ingram scored 17 points and had six rebounds.

Manhattan’s Cormac Ryan scored 14.

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