Heels roll past Notre Dame, 88-74 to advance to Final Four

Roy Williams
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2015, file photo, North Carolina coach Roy Williams directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland in Chapel Hill, N.C. Williams' No. 7 Tar Heels were ranked No. 1 nationally and entered the season as the ACC favorite. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File0

PHILADELPHIA (WNCT) – Brice Johnson had 25 points and 12 rebounds and top-seeded North Carolina is headed to its 19th Final Four with a 88-74 win over Notre Dame in the East Regional final on Sunday night.

The Tar Heels are in the Final Four for the first time since they won the 2009 national championship. Coach Roy Williams is in the Final Four for the fourth time with North Carolina.

Demetrius Jackson scored 26 for Notre Dame.

The Tar Heels will play Syracuse on Saturday in Houston in an 8:49 pm tip-off. The Orange went on a huge run in the second half to beat top-seeded Virginia 68-62 earlier in the day.

Villanova and Oklahoma are also in the Final Four. They will meet in the first game on Saturday in Houston at 6:09.

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