March Madness: No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 1 North Carolina

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Kennedy Meeks had 16 points and a huge tip-in with 44.2 seconds left to help North Carolina barely avoid a huge upset by rallying to beat Arkansas 72-65 in Sunday's second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Justin Jackson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (29-7), including the dunk that capped a game-closing 12-0 run by the South Region's No. 1 seed to help it survive a wild game.

North Carolina led by 17 points after a dominating start, blew that lead and trailed 65-60 with about 3 1/2 minutes left then came up with a response befitting its veteran experience.

Isaiah Hicks came up big late, too, with a dunk and four free throws in the final 2 minutes to help UNC survive.

Daryl Macon scored 19 points to lead the eighth-seeded Razorbacks (26-10), who did everything right in the second half except close out the Tar Heels.

Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts
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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts after being defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-65 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Daryl Macon #4 and Dustin Thomas #13 of
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Daryl Macon #4 and Dustin Thomas #13 of the Arkansas Razorbacks react after being defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-65 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks celebrates during the second
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North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks celebrates during the second half in a second-round game against Arkansas in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts
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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts after being defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-65 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar
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Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 72-65 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Manuale Watkins #21 of the Arkansas Razorbacks battles
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Manuale Watkins #21 of the Arkansas Razorbacks battles for a loose ball with Isaiah Hicks #4 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar
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Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the second half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Anton Beard #31 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts
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Anton Beard #31 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts after suffering an injury in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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North Carolina's Tony Bradley (5) reaches for the
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North Carolina's Tony Bradley (5) reaches for the ball as Arkansas' Adrio Bailey (2) closes in during the second half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina
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Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 72-65 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

North Carolina's Justin Jackson, left, and Isaiah Hicks,
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North Carolina's Justin Jackson, left, and Isaiah Hicks, right, battle Arkansas' Moses Kingsley, center for a rebound during the second half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts
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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts after being defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-65 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar
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Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the second half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Adrio Bailey #2 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives
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Adrio Bailey #2 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives to the basket in the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks dunks
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Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks dunks the ball in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Anton Beard #31 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives
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Anton Beard #31 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives to the basket against Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

North Carolina's Justin Jackson, left, is trapped by
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North Carolina's Justin Jackson, left, is trapped by Arkansas' Moses Kingsley, right, and Manuale Watkins, back, during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Arkansas' Manuale Watkins (21) and North Carolina's Isaiah
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Arkansas' Manuale Watkins (21) and North Carolina's Isaiah Hicks (4) chase a loose ball during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts
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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts in the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Arkansas' Daryl Macon, center, shoots against North Carolina
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Arkansas' Daryl Macon, center, shoots against North Carolina during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks dribbles
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Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks dribbles around Tony Bradley #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Theo Pinson #1 of the North Carolina Tar
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Theo Pinson #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels rebounds the ball against Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar
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Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels battles for a rebound with Manuale Watkins #21 and Dustin Thomas #13 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar
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Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels battles for the ball with Manuale Watkins #21 and Jaylen Barford #0 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks is
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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks is fouled as he drives against Joel Berry II #2 and Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina
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Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina
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Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Tony Bradley #5 of the North Carolina Tar
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Tony Bradley #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reats in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Head coach Mike Anderson of the Arkansas Razorbacks
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Head coach Mike Anderson of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts in the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives
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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives to the basket against Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina
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Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks shoots
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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks shoots the ball against Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Head coach Mike Anderson of the Arkansas Razorbacks
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Head coach Mike Anderson of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts in the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar
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Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina
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Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

North Carolina's Theo Pinson (1) grabs a rebound
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North Carolina's Theo Pinson (1) grabs a rebound over Arkansas's Moses Kingsley (33) during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar
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Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels handles the ball in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Arkansas's Moses Kingsley, right, knocks the ball from
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Arkansas's Moses Kingsley, right, knocks the ball from North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks, left, during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives
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Dusty Hannahs #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives against Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Manuale Watkins #21 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives
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Manuale Watkins #21 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives to the basket against Justin Jackson #44 and Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Manuale Watkins #21 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives
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Manuale Watkins #21 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drives against Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar
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Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels battles for the ball with Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar
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Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels loses the ball in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar
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Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels battles for the ball with Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar
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Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels shoots the ball in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar
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Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels handles the ball in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar
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Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels handles the ball against Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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