KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Top-seeded North Carolina’s quest for an eighth nationwide championship in males’s basketball was derailed by the Auburn Tigers, who defeated the Tar Heels, 97-80, within the semifinals of the N.C.A.A. Midwest Region right here on Friday.
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North Carolina (29-7) got here into the event as a No. 1 seed for the 17th time, essentially the most for any group in event historical past. Carolina has been a prime seed eight occasions in 16 seasons below Coach Roy Williams, whose groups have received three nationwide titles, the newest in 2017.
The fifth-seeded Tigers (29-9), one of many nation’s prime Three-point capturing groups, had been making their first look within the spherical of 16 since 2003. Auburn has now received 11 video games in a row and on Sunday will play the winner of the regional’s second semifinal, between second-seeded Kentucky and third-seeded Houston, for a visit to the Final Four.