GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina had little trouble advancing in the NCAA tournament -- even with John Henson on the sideline wearing a suit. The Tar Heels may not have that luxury much longer.
Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont 77-58 on Friday in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without its shot-blocking and rebound-snatching starter.
Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-5), who pushed ahead by double figures late in the first half and then broke the game open after halftime. The Tar Heels improved to 30-1 in NCAA tournament games played in their home state.
Sandro Carissimo had 11 points for the 16th-seeded Catamounts (24-12), who beat Lamar in one of Wednesday's First Four games. That earned them a trip to Greensboro to face the Tar Heels in front of a home-state crowd wearing plenty of light blue.
The Tar Heels didn't turn in a rousing performa...