Improved defense, Hubert Davis coaching style, Caleb Love game

North Carolina clinched its first Final Four spot since 2017 in a bang, beating No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s 69-49 on Sunday to set up an unprecedented showdown against arch-rival Duke in the penultimate game. of the tournament.

Armando Bacot took the lead in the national double-doubles rankings (29) scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, which tied Tyler Zeller’s school record for rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game. Bacot also tied Tim Duncan for the ACC single-season record for double-doubles. The junior center moved up to fourth in ACC history for most rebounds in a season (453+). Brady Manek scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Caleb Love added 14 points and four assists.

Head coach Hubert Davis became the first freshman head coach to take his team to the Final Four since fellow Tar Heel Bill Guthridge in 1998.

Inside CarolinaThe Coast to Coast podcast team of analysts Sherrell McMillan, Sean Moran and host Joey Powell sat down to talk about Hubert Davis, improving the team’s defense, the remarkable growth of Caleb Love and fever of emotion before the Duke game.

Listen to the full podcast here and scroll down to read selected quotes.