The fourth-seeded Tar Heels (25-8) face the fifth-seeded Buckeyes (24-10) on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s Greensboro Region.
The Tar Heels have an established identity of running under Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell.
The Buckeyes have a powerful offense that ranks fifth nationally in points per game (80.9) and features the nation’s leading scorer.
The winner will need the three-day break before the regional semifinals.
Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff quipped Sunday that “the shot clock operator tomorrow could probably stay home.”
Ohio State has scored at least 80 points in half of its games this season, compiling a 15-2 record in those contests. The Buckeyes have scored at least 74 points in each of their last eight games and have topped 82 points six times during that span.
They were up to their usual tricks in their 90-80 victory over 12th-seeded James Madison in the first round, shooting 48 percent from the floor as three players scored at least 20 points.
Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell had “only” 23 points in the win, two below her NCAA-leading average, but backcourt mate Ameryst Alston had 28 points and eight assists.
“We like to get the ball up the court as fast as we can,” Alston said. “We’ve been successful that way.”
The Buckeyes, playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012, are seeking their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2011.
The Tar Heels, meanwhile, are trying to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years and the 17th time overall.
North Carolina averages 75.3 points per game, good for 23rd nationally, after finishing in the top 10 in that category in seven of the previous 13 seasons.
The Tar Heels have scored at least 80 points on 11 occasions, going 10-1 in those games.
“They play at a very fast pace, and we’re Carolina basketball,” North Carolina guard Brittany Rountree said. “We’re just as fast or even faster. So I think it will be a great game.”