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Macon fuels burst but flame runs out

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Daryl Macon's four-point play with 5:08 remaining in the opening half was one of few positives for Arkansas early in its second-round matchup with top-seeded North Carolina.

What they’re saying about UA-UNC

DUSTY HANNAHS

Arkansas Razorbacks

I’m sorry. I gave y’all ever single ounce I had left in my body. Thanks for having me Razorback Nation.

JONATHAN JONES

Sports Illustrated

North Carolina’s redemption tour almost came to a halt Sunday at the hands of Arkansas. The Tar Heels’ 72–65 win against the Razorbacks ensures that one half of last year’s epic national title game will be in the Sweet 16.

SETH DAVIS

CBS Sports

Truly an inspired effort by the Hogs. Just didn’t make the plays down the stretch. March happens.

SCOTT FOWLER

Raleigh News & Observer

The Tar Heels won’t win like they did against Arkansas again. If they shoot 38 percent again for a game and make 17 turnovers, they will lose in a hurry.

SAM COOPER

Yahoo.com

North Carolina, which moves on to face No. 4 seed Butler on Thursday in Memphis, had to win this one ugly. The Heels proved Sunday that they can win ugly if they have to, but a much better offensive showing is necessary if they want to make it back to the Final Four and beyond.

CHIP PATTERSON

CBSSports.com

UNC looked shook on offense, didn’t shoot the ball well and turned the ball over 17 times. But when it was time to go and win the game they did so with lockdown defense, closing out the final three minutes on a 12-0 run. One thing is for sure, it wasn’t UNC’s best performance.

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