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North Carolina defeats Michigan State in the NCAA tournament

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Michigan State Spartans 85-69 in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday night, March 23, 2024.

The Tar Heels’ balanced attack was too much for the Spartans in the second half with strong performances from RJ Davis, Harrison Ingram and Armando Bacot.

Check back after the game for more photos by photojournalist Robert Willett.

North Carolina's Harrison Ingram (55) shoots against Michigan State's Carson Cooper (15) and Tyson Walker (2) during the first half Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.  , North CarolinaNorth Carolina's Harrison Ingram (55) shoots against Michigan State's Carson Cooper (15) and Tyson Walker (2) during the first half Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.  , North Carolina

North Carolina’s Harrison Ingram (55) shoots against Michigan State’s Carson Cooper (15) and Tyson Walker (2) during the first half Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. , North Carolina

North Carolina's Armando Bacot (5) shoots against Michigan State's Mady Sissoko (22) and Coen Carr (55) during the first half Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.  , North CarolinaNorth Carolina's Armando Bacot (5) shoots against Michigan State's Mady Sissoko (22) and Coen Carr (55) during the first half Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.  , North Carolina

North Carolina’s Armando Bacot (5) shoots against Michigan State’s Mady Sissoko (22) and Coen Carr (55) during the first half Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. , North Carolina

North Carolina coach Hubert Davis reacts as his team takes the lead during the first half against Michigan State on Saturday, March 23, 2024 during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina .North Carolina coach Hubert Davis reacts as his team takes the lead during the first half against Michigan State on Saturday, March 23, 2024 during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina .

North Carolina coach Hubert Davis reacts as his team takes the lead during the first half against Michigan State on Saturday, March 23, 2024 during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina .

North Carolina's Jalen Washington (13) defends Michigan State's Mady Sissoko (22) during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NCNorth Carolina's Jalen Washington (13) defends Michigan State's Mady Sissoko (22) during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC

North Carolina’s Jalen Washington (13) defends Michigan State’s Mady Sissoko (22) during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC

North Carolina's Cormac Ryan (3) shoots a three-point attempt against Michigan State during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.North Carolina's Cormac Ryan (3) shoots a three-point attempt against Michigan State during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

North Carolina’s Cormac Ryan (3) shoots a three-point attempt against Michigan State during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

North Carolina's RJ Davis (4) drives to the basket against Michigan State's Jaden Akins (3) and Tyson Walker (2) during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.  , North CarolinaNorth Carolina's RJ Davis (4) drives to the basket against Michigan State's Jaden Akins (3) and Tyson Walker (2) during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.  , North Carolina

North Carolina’s RJ Davis (4) drives to the basket against Michigan State’s Jaden Akins (3) and Tyson Walker (2) during the first half on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. , North Carolina