Villanova beats No. 14 North Carolina 83-81 in OT, advances to title game at Battle 4 Atlantis

by Michael Nguyen
Villanova vs North Carolina Basketball

In the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals, Villanova triumphed over the 14th-ranked North Carolina with an 83-81 overtime victory, led by Justin Moore’s crucial five points in overtime and Eric Dixon’s impressive career-high of 34 points and 10 rebounds. Villanova, now with a 5-1 record, is set to face Memphis in the final, following Memphis’ win over No. 20 Arkansas. North Carolina, standing at 4-1, will compete against Arkansas for the third-place position.

The game was tied at 68 in the closing moments of regular play when Cormac Ryan of North Carolina successfully made a three-pointer, thanks to Elliot Cadeau’s assist. Villanova’s Moore then made a play for Dixon, who narrowly missed a three-pointer. North Carolina’s attempt at a winning shot was unsuccessful, pushing the game into overtime.

In the extra session, Moore’s three-point play put Villanova in the lead, a position they maintained until the end. Mark Armstrong contributed 10 points to Villanova’s victory. The Wildcats excelled at free throws, making 32 out of 36, and played a physical game that led to three North Carolina players fouling out. The game was marked by a high number of fouls from both teams, totaling 52, with 30 attributed to North Carolina.

For North Carolina, RJ Davis was the top scorer with 23 points, followed by Harrison Ingram with 20 points. Ingram fouled out late in the game. Ryan added 18 points, while Armando Bacot made a significant contribution with eight points and 18 rebounds.

Dixon’s outstanding performance was evident from the first half, where he scored 20 points, including flawless three-point and free-throw shooting.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Villanova vs North Carolina Basketball

Who won the semifinal match in the Battle 4 Atlantis between Villanova and North Carolina?

Villanova triumphed over North Carolina with an 83-81 victory in overtime, advancing to the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

What was Eric Dixon’s performance in the Villanova vs North Carolina game?

Eric Dixon had a standout performance with a career-high 34 points and 10 rebounds for Villanova.

What are the next matches for Villanova and North Carolina in the Battle 4 Atlantis?

Villanova will play against Memphis in the championship game, while North Carolina will face Arkansas for third place.

Who were the key players for North Carolina in their game against Villanova?

For North Carolina, RJ Davis led with 23 points, Harrison Ingram added 20 points, and Armando Bacot contributed eight points and 18 rebounds.

How did the game between Villanova and North Carolina reach overtime?

The game was tied at 68 after North Carolina’s Cormac Ryan hit a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, leading to overtime.

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TarHeelForever November 24, 2023 - 9:28 am

tough loss for UNC, but we’ll bounce back. Always do! That last shot in OT was so close…

SportsJunkie98 November 24, 2023 - 2:48 pm

Did anyone else think the refs were a bit whistle-happy? 52 fouls is crazy.

MemphisManiac November 24, 2023 - 4:52 pm

Can’t wait to see how we stack up against Villanova in the final. Gonna be a good game for sure.

BasketballFanJoe November 24, 2023 - 8:55 pm

wow, Dixon really showed up this game! 34 points is huge, Villanova’s looking strong this season.

CollegeHoopsFan November 25, 2023 - 1:46 am

Eric Dixon is a beast! He was on fire the whole game, especially in the first half. Villanova’s lucky to have him.


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