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North Carolina fends off Providence's upset bid in 79-77 win
North Carolina fends off Providence's upset bid in 79-77 win

SAN ANTONIO — James Michael McAdoo sank two free throws in the final 3.5 seconds, and No. 6 seed North Carolina rallied to beat 11th-seeded Providence 79-77 Friday night. Providence's Bryce Cotton scored a career-high 36 points and made one dazzling shot after another down the stretch. But he also fumbled a long rebound in the final moments, robbing the Friars of a chance for a last-second miracle. Had North Carolina (24-9) lost, it would've been the first time since 1979 the Tar Heels and rival Duke lost on the same day of the tournament. 2014 NCAA tournament bracket The Blue Devils fell earlier to 14th-seeded Mercer, and the Friars nearly handed North Carolina a...

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