GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Justin Jackson broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help top-seeded North Carolina roll past Texas Southern 103-64 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region.
The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year had made just 20 of 60 shots (33 percent) and 7 of 31 3-pointers (23 percent) in his last four games. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one, helping the Tar Heels (28-7) quickly eliminate any chance of an unprecedented upset.
Jackson, a 6-foot-8 junior, finished 8 of 13 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point range with seven rebounds.
Kevin Scott scored 19 points to lead the 16th-seeded Tigers (23-12), the champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
SWAC player of the year Zach Lofton struggled, finishing with nine points on 2-for-11 shooting.
The Tar Heels lost the chance to open in their home state when the NCAA yanked games from Greensboro due to that state's passage of a law limiting protections for LGBT people.
The games moved to South Carolina -- the state's first chance to host since 2002 -- after it removed the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds in 2015.
The Tar Heels will face eighth-seeded Arkansas -- which beat Seton Hall 77-71 -- in Sunday's second round.
A day after a deadly van attack in Barcelona occurred just outside their hotel, Clemson's basketball team arrived back on campus.
The NCAA vs. UNC case has gone on for more than three years. Almost 15 hours of back-and-forth over two days, as expected, didn't lead to any decisions. But when it comes -- possibly months from now -- it could still hold major implications.
North Carolina has wrapped up a two-day hearing with an NCAA infractions committee panel that will decide whether the school faces penalties tied to its multi-year academic scandal.