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North Carolina trying to get a grip against Arkansas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - North Carolina coach Roy Williams looked at his team during a late-game huddle Thursday against Harvard and saw panic.

    

The fourth-seeded Tar Heels had squandered two double-digit leads - including a 16-point advantage in the second half - turned the ball over 17 times and gave up 29 points off those miscues.

    

There was reason to be alarmed.

    

Now, with No. 5 seed Arkansas (27-8) on tap Saturday and a Sweet 16 berth at stake in the West Region, Williams is trying to make sure his Tar Heels (25-11) don't get downright fearful.

    

The Razorbacks rank seventh in the nation in turnover margin, having forced 551 turnovers in 35 games. They play a frantic, full-court-pressing game that tends to speed up opponents and force mistakes and poor shots.


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