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Shakeel Rashad talks linebackers, defense

CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad after practice this week about the new defense and defensive coaching staff: "I've loved it so far. That's not to say I disliked the coaches last year but the new coaches, new defense, new position for me, I've loved everything about it." Where are you in the defense? "Outside linebacker. In some of the stuff I'm with the ones and then in our nickel package I'm a two." (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Grow in Late Season Success, Final Loss

North Carolina played some of its best basketball at the end of the season. Justin Jackson finally emerged as the player many had hoped, and Joel Berry gave outstanding versatility in the backcourt. The ongoing development of Nate Britt, Theo Pinson, and Isiah Hicks gives UNC quality depth and when healthy, Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks, and Brice Johnson can be a formidable threesome. (Tar Heel Blog)

Jamie Cherry earned chance at dream shot

Jamie Cherry has long dreamt of playing basketball for the University of North Carolina. That's something any kid, boy or girl, can understand. I'm sure Jamie often dreamed of nailing a buzzer-beater for the Tar Heel women. That became a reality over the weekend as Cherry sank a long 2-pointer to defeat Ohio State in the women’s NCAA Tournament. (New Bern Sun Journal)

Lions anticipate 'significant rise' in Eric Ebron's play

We might have identified the man who will be the Detroit Lions' proverbial offseason hype bunny: Eric Ebron. Coach Jim Caldwell said he sees big things coming from the tight end after the No. 10 overall pick struggled his rookie season, catching just 25 passes. "I'm going to tell you something," Caldwell said, per the team's official website. "His offseason to this point has been pretty impressive." (NFL.com)

Donations pour in after Chapel Hill shooting

Muslims across America and abroad have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food to aid those in need since the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill. Police said the homicide was motivated by a parking dispute, but many have claimed that the triple homicide was motivated by religious hate. (Daily Tar Heel)

Bentley Spain Moves Up

Even with all five starters returning from last season, there has been movement along the North Carolina offensive line as sophomore Bentley Spain has moved ahead of incumbent John Ferranto at the starting left tackle position. Unlike the UNC defense, which has seen its world turned upside down with a new staff and scheme, the offense has remained totally intact. All five starting offensive linemen were healthy and accounted for. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels to use loss as fuel, talk returning next season

A disappointing loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen brings the 2014-2015 UNC basketball season to a close. The Tar heels led by as much as seven in the second half, but a late run by the Badgers and clutch free throws separated the No. 1 seed as they pulled out the 79-72 win. The attention now turns to the 2015-2016 Tar Heel campaign where UNC is likely to return all five starters. (Carolina Blue)

Sweet 16 game: a run cut short

A one-point deficit is cruel and deceiving. But for this team, it’s fitting. It embodies how the Tar Heels have lived and died this season: almost, but not quite there. That’s been the team’s misfortune of a mantra. Marcus Paige certainly knows this. He admits it was all he could think about near the end of fourth-seeded UNC’s 79-72 Sweet 16 loss to West Region No. 1 seed Wisconsin on Thursday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sweet 16 stage not too big for freshmen Justin Jackson, Joel Berry

The score was close, an Elite Eight berth was at stake and North Carolina was running against slow-paced Wisconsin. Two freshmen were leading the fastbreak. UNC doubled its lead when point guard Joel Berry fed Justin Jackson for a layup, a sequence that connected the college newcomers during a strong showing in a 79-72 loss to the Badgers. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels Eager for Next Step

The loss to the Badgers was a talking point, as well as the harsh realization that the 2014-15 season had come to a close, but there was also a willingness, a preference almost, to focus on the positives of the postseason run and the corrections that need to occur for a deeper run next year. Thursday’s loss highlighted a trend that has plagued the Tar Heels all season long: (Inside Carolina)

Unfinished business for UNC's Marcus Paige

UNC guard Marcus Paige didn't deliver a hard yes to say he'd return for his senior season, but the tenor of his talk after the Tar Heels' loss in the Sweet 16 was a strong endorsement that he's got unfinished business in Chapel Hill. "We've got guys in this locker room that [are] going to realize that if they make improvements, we can be a really special team next year, myself included." (Durham Herald-Sun)

Strong showing for Tar Heels adds to pain of Sweet 16 loss

This one hurt. It was painful to the players, who had executed the plan developed by coach Roy Williams well enough to look like the better team for 30 minutes. And it was perhaps more painful to the coaches, who had drawn a high-level effort out of a group that began the 2014-15 season with Final Four aspirations but played with an inconsistency that prevented it from entering the Tournament with a higher seed. (Fayetteville Observer)

Upset Bid Comes Up Short For North Carolina

UNC played as Wisconsin’s equal for the majority of Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup. The Tar Heels, however, were unable to match the Badgers in the final minutes in their 79-72 loss. Wisconsin entered Thursday’s matchup as the nation’s most efficient team offensively, and that quality was evident in the game’s final minutes as the Badgers scored 14 points over their final eight possessions. (Inside Carolina)

Heels upset bid falls short

Every single possession counted in this one. The Sweet 16 matchup between North Carolina and Wisconsin was not all that fast-paced, which goes against the way the Tar Heels like to win games. So Thursday's NCAA Tournament West regional semifinal in STAPLES Center was a nip-and-tuck tussle. Wisconsin, a No. 1 seed, squeezed out a 79-72 win. The Tar Heels were a No. 4 seed. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Williams, Paige, Jackson Post-Wisconsin Press Conference

Roy Williams, Justin Jackson and Marcus Paige met with the media following North Carolina's 79-72 Sweet Sixteen loss to Wisconsin on Thursday in Los Angeles. View Video...

Lucas: Fuel

Walking into the last Carolina locker room of the season is a miserable feeling. There was Roy Williams, always emotional after the final game, choking up as he tried to talk to his team. It is one of the weirdest dichotomies you will find; bleeding into the room are the sounds of pep bands as two more teams await the opportunity to keep playing. Inside the room, though, it’s all over. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Post-Wisconsin Quotes

Roy Williams: "The bond that you have with your players is the strongest, stronger than anything there is, I think. Even when they're knuckle heads, you still have that bond. Losing Coach Smith was tough. Losing Ted Seagroves my best friend. And when you coach kids, you give them everything you can give them. Today it wasn't enough. But I wouldn't trade my kids for anybody." (ASAP Text)

Recap & Analysis: Wisconsin 79 UNC 72

In many ways, UNC did everything it needed to do against a very good Wisconsin team. The Tar Heels kept the turnovers in check, got great contributions from Justin Jackson and Joel Berry with Brice Johnson producing on the interior. However, issues with defensive rebounding and a rough two minute stretch on the offensive end ultimately doomed the Tar Heels' season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Five observations: Wisconsin beats North Carolina

In the end, Wisconsin was too strong. The Badgers are resilient. Sam Dekker played like a top-20 pick. Guys such as Zak Showalter made key plays. Wisconsin isn't a team. It's a program. It came together in a difficult stretch, relied on its experience and overcame a good North Carolina team that should be proud of its effort. (ESPN.com)

Top-seeded Wisconsin hangs on to beat North Carolina 79-72

Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament. Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson scored 15 points each for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-12), who got within one with 4:21 remaining but couldn't retake the lead. (ESPN.com)

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Big game for us tonight. Sweet 16! North Carolina vs South Carolina. If you aren't at the coliseum tonight then tune in to ESPN at 7:15!
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March 27, 1971
Bill Chamberlain scores 34 points and has 10 rebounds as UNC beats Georgia Tech, 84-66, to win the NIT. The Tar Heels also beat Julius Erving and Massachusetts in the first round, Providence and Duke (in the semifinal), all in Madison Square Garden.

March 27, 1982
Sam Perkins scores 25 points and grabs 10 rebounds. Michael Jordan drops in 18 as UNC beats Houston, 68-63, in the Final Four semifinal in New Orleans.

March 27, 2005
Sean May earns Syracuse Regional MVP honors with 29 points and 12 rebounds in an 88-82 win over Wisconsin that sends Roy Williams to the Final Four for the first time as UNC's head coach. Rashad McCants hits a go-ahead three-pointer late and blocks a Badger three-point attempt to preserve the win.

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