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Final Four predictions, breakdown from only man who's coached against each team

Nobody else knows what it’s like to deal with Justin Jackson, Dillon Brooks, Nigel Williams-Goss and Sindarius Thornwell. Nobody else played 14 games against teams that made this NCAA Tournament and concluded the following even before the Final Four was set: “The two best teams we played all year were Gonzaga and North Carolina,” Rick Barnes said. (CBS Sports)

Cayson Collins knows UNC's linebackers can improve

Carolina returns most of their linebacking corps that outperformed expectations last year. Underclassmen Cole Holcomb and Andre Smith led the team in tackles with 115 and 113 respectively. Rising senior Cayson Collins added 60 total tackles of his own but knows his unit can improve in 2017. "Tackling," Collins said. "Getting off the block and tackling.” (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams thrilled to share Final Four stage with Gonzaga’s Mark Few

UNC’s Roy Williams, entering the ninth Final Four of his coaching career, sounds happy for the three coaches who are each entering his first this weekend. But Gonzaga’s Mark Few hits close to his heart. “I’m happy for all of them, (but) probably really more stressed about Mark (Few) because he’s had such great teams and came so close,” Williams said Monday. (FOX Sports)

Memphis Grizzlies' Vince Carter making age a timeless number

Vince Carter has gone viral on the internet over the past week just going through his regular routine. The 40-year-old, who now is in the Grizzlies’ starting lineup, twice made a half-court shot and followed with a mesmerizing dunk. The first was a spinning slam, while the latest compelled ESPN to replay with a caption that Carter has forgotten his place in time. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

New and old faces form UNC's defensive line

The North Carolina Tar Heels have quite a few new faces manning the defensive line at practice this spring. Nazair Jones and Mikey Bart (graduated) are pursuing NFL dreams, and UNC has a new coach on the defensive line, former ECU defensive line coach Deke Adams. On top of that, UNC added a trio of freshman in Jake Lawler, Jordon Riley and Xach Gill. (Carolina Blue)

Mets righthander Matt Harvey has his best start of spring

t wasn’t vintage Matt Harvey, but it was good enough to be a huge sigh of relief for the Mets. Hours after the team announced that lefty Steven Matz was scratched from his start because of elbow tenderness, Harvey went out and had his best performance of the spring. The righthander is coming off surgery to remove one of his ribs to improve the circulation to his hand. (New York Daily News)

Video: Justin Jackson Junior Season Highlights

Justin Jackson has emerged as the Tar Heel go-to scorer, setting a UNC single-season record for 3-point field goals. The ACC Player of the Year and 1st-team All-American has been one of the primary reasons UNC has returned to the Final Four. Check out his highlights from the ACC Digital Network. View Video...

Franklin Street welcomes UNC fans’ traditions during March Madness

As the Tar Heels make their second consecutive run to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four, students and fans have brought their traditions and superstitions to bars and restaurants on Franklin Street. Even during the earlier games, March Madness has been one of the most popular times for eateries, always filling seats with eager fans. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Miserable Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Had To Wear A UNC Jacket After Losing Bet To Marvin Williams

Kentucky and UNC have a ton of players in the NBA, and we had at least one pair of teammates make a bet on this weekend’s Elite Eight game: Hornet wings Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The two players each won national championships in their single collegiate seasons, Williams at UNC in 2005 and Kidd-Gilchrist at Kentucky in 2012. (The Spun)

How Luke Maye, UNC's surprising star, went from afterthought to hero

Luke Maye's breakthrough in basketball came in his sophomore season when Hough beat a West Charlotte High team led by current Tar Heels teammate Kennedy Meeks in the state playoffs. Despite being two years younger Maye was one of the few players who could box out Meeks, who finished with 12 points while Maye turned in 19 points and 14 rebounds. (Sports Illustrated)

Chansky’s Notebook: Phil Knight and Nike vs. M.J.

It’s the Nike billionaire versus the man who made him one. The second Final Four game Saturday has an interesting sub plot. Not only is it Oregon versus UNC, but also Nike founder Phil Knight against the basketball GOAT, Michael Jordan. MJ, The kid from Carolina who pulled Nike from near bankruptcy and made it the athletic shoe, apparel and equipment giant. (Chapelboro.com)

A Different Shade of Blue Blood

When Luke Maye channeled Christian Laettner to stun Kentucky, the last of this year’s great freshman class was knocked out of the NCAA tournament. The first 10 picks in the upcoming draft could be one-and-done players, and none of them will be playing in the Final Four. In the NCAA tournament, experienced players often outplay guys more talented than them. (The Ringer)

Transforming a Football Stadium Into a Final Four Court

University of Phoenix Stadium is no newbie when it comes to hosting a Big Game. It set the stage for the New York Giants' stunning victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and has hosted college football's national championship. Now this 63,000-seat stadium is getting ready for the NCAA Final Four, which requires a lot of creative engineering. (Popular Mechanics)

The Man Responsible for the Iconic Tar Heels' Uniforms

Alexander Julian is the man responsible for the Tar Heels’ iconic basketball jerseys. In the late 1980s Julian, a designer on a business trip in London, received a call from Dean Smith. “Being born and raised in Chapel Hill, to have Coach Smith call you and ask you to do new uniforms for the Tar Heels was like God calling and asking for new halos for the archangels.” (WFMY)

2017 Final Four: UNC's revenge, Frank Martin, legitimacy of Zags top storylines

1. North Carolina’s redemption tour: A year after losing in the championship game as the final buzzer sounded, the Tar Heels are back in Final Four by doing to Kentucky what Villanova did to them. This is already a played-out story (they have a group-text chat named “Redemption”!), but get prepared for a lot more of it, especially if UNC makes it to Monday. (CBS Sports)

Redemption? Back-to-back Final Four runs ought to be enough

A popular theme throughout UNC’s NCAA Tournament run has been the phrase "Tar Heel redemption." But why? Ror my two cents worth, this is not about redemption and certainly not for last season’s loss to Villanova in the championship game. The Heels have no need to seek atonement. It was one of the best games in college basketball history. (WRAL Sports Fan)

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

75. Brandon Harris, UNC: Replacing Mitch Trubisky won’t be easy. But the Tar Heels landed a potential impact transfer this spring. LSU graduate Harris threw for 2,756 yards and 20 TDs during his three years with the Tigers and has one season of eligibility remaining. Nathan Elliott and redshirt freshmen Chazz Surratt and Logan Byrd round out UNC's depth chart. (Athlon Sports)

Lucas: Ready Reserves

The difficult part of being a reserve is they never know for certain when they might be needed. It’s entirely possible that Isaiah Hicks could be terrific on Saturday, and Luke Maye’s role might decrease for an evening. Maybe Joel Berry’s ankle feels great this week, and Stilman White never takes off his warmups. Or maybe they’ll make some of the biggest plays of the game. (GoHeels.com)

Final Four Saturday Viewing Party At The Dean Dome

On Saturday April 1, fans are invited to watch the Tar Heels play Oregon in the Smith Center. The Carolina Basketball Museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Doors will remain open all day, so fans may come and enjoy volleyball prior to watching both semifinal games on a large projection screen. Concessions and merchandise will be available. (GoHeels.com)

Why each Final Four team will (or won't) walk away with the title

Why North Carolina will cut the nets down: It's unstoppable in the paint. UNC is the most dominant program in the Final Four. Sunday's effort against Kentucky offered an abundance of evidence to support that idea. The Tar Heels scored 34 points in the paint against Kentucky, the highest tally the Wildcats had surrendered in the NCAA tournament. (ESPN.com)

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Today In UNC History
March 29, 1982
Final Four MVP James Worthy scores a game-high 28 points and Michael Jordan hits the game-winning shot from the left wing with 17 seconds to play as Carolina beats Georgetown, 63-62, in one of the Final Four’s greatest championship games ever played. Worthy makes 13 of 17 shots from the floor and has three steals, including one at the end of the game that seals the victory. Jordan scores 16, and the win gives Dean Smith his first of two NCAA championships.

March 29, 1994
The UNC women's basketball team defeated Louisiana Tech 60-59 at the Richmond (VA) Coliseum to win the 1994 NCAA Tournament on a 3 point shot by Charlotte Smith as time expired. The ball was inbounded with only 0.7 seconds left on the clock, making it one of the most exciting finishes in tournament history. It was Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell's first national championship and the first year that the NCAA women's tournament included 64 teams.

March 29, 2008
Tyler Hansbrough has 28 points and 13 rebounds and is named East Regional MVP as UNC beats Louisville to reach its 17th NCAA Final Four.

March 29, 2009
Ty Lawson, the 2009 Bob Cousy Award winner, scores 21 points and earns South Regional MVP honors as No. 1 seed UNC beats No. 2 seed Oklahoma, 72-60, in Memphis, Tenn., to send the Tar Heels to their record 18th Final Four.

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