CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -North Carolina might lose its top ranking after falling in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but the Tar Heels are keeping the No. 1 they really want at this time of year.
North Carolina earned the No. 1 seed in the South Region and will play 16th-seeded Radford in Thursday's first round. The Tar Heels came into the year as the preseason pick to win the national championship and will begin that quest in Greensboro, about an hour west of the Chapel Hill campus.
North Carolina (28-4) earned a top seed for the 13th time, the most of any school. It also was the fourth time in five years that the Tar Heels have been a No. 1 seed.
``Our body of work for the season has been very good and we appreciate that the NCAA selection committee recognized and rewarded us for that,'' coach Roy Williams said in a statement. ``Playing in Greensboro is great for our fans and students, but now we have to play well no matter where or when we play.
the tournament. North Carolina played both games without point guard Ty Lawson, the ACC player of the year who sat out with an injured right big toe.
North Carolina will see at least one familiar face in Greensboro. Duke also plays there as the No. 2 seed in the East Region, marking the first time the rivals have been at the same site since starting the 2005 tournament in Charlotte.
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