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Brandon Riley Named ACC Baseball Player of the Week

UNC’s Brandon Riley has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Week. Riley hit .600 in four games last week as No. 10 North Carolina went 3-1 with a win at East Carolina and a series victory over Miami. The sophomore outfielder tallied nine hits, eight RBIs, two home runs, five runs scored, and reached base safely in 10 of 16 plate appearances. (The ACC)

UNC-Kentucky Postgame Notes

Luke Maye’s final shot was UNC’s first game-winner in the final second since Marcus Paige beat NC State, 85-84, on a driving layup with 0.9 seconds to play in Raleigh on 2/26/14. It was the first time a Tar Heel scored a game-winning shot in the last 10 seconds of an NCAA Tournament game since Rick Fox banked in the winner against No. 1 Oklahoma in the 1990 second round. (GoHeels.com)

Memphis and Maye

Luke Maye. Of course. Who else would hit the winner in this city? Not any of the one-and-dones, or the McDonald’s All-Americans, or the future lottery picks. The underdog. The kid with the chip on his shoulder. The player Roy Williams first tried to recruit as a walk-on. So the ball found Maye. And Maye found a permanent place in North Carolina basketball history. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

How Kennedy Meeks earned UNC’s first net after the win over Kentucky

When North Carolina cut down the nets after beating Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional Final, head coach Roy Williams put the first net on the head of senior Charlottean Kennedy Meeks. “His rebounds were great, his blocks were crucial and overall he had a solid game,” said Joel Berry II about Meeks’ seven-point, 17-rebound game against Kentucky. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heels have heroes to spare in Elite Eight win

You want heroes? There are heroes. There was Joel Berry II. “Let’s talk about Joel Berry,” said coach Roy Williams. The junior guard sprained his right ankle in Greenville during the tournament’s opening weekend.Then seemingly reaggravated it each subsequent game. “We didn’t say anything about it, but he sprained it again during practice, yesterday,” Williams said. (Carolina Blue)

Chansky’s Notebook: Cool Hands All Around

Cool Hand Luke Maye won it, along with tournament MVP, but not without help of his teammates. Joel Berry rolls his left ankle after playing with an already sprained right ankle. Stilman White comes off the bench to draw two fouls on Kentucky’s star guard and makes a nifty reverse layup. Kennedy Meeks bags 17 rebounds and Justin Jackson fights for 19 points. (Chapelboro.com)

Before the big shot, Kennedy Meeks made a big impact on the boards

Luke Maye finished with 17 points, including the game-winning jumper. And Theo Pinson was the man who found him, sucking defenders into the lane before kicking it out. But without a career-high 17 rebounds, four blocks and stout low-post defense from Kennedy Meeks, the Tar Heels likely wouldn’t have found themselves in that situation in the first place. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

How crazy would it be if Tar Heels, Gamecocks meet in NCAA title game?

An all-Carolinas national final in the NCAA tournament could be only a week away. Can you wrap your mind around it? Just think: Gamecocks vs. Tar Heels. Charleston vs. Asheville. Peaches vs. tobacco. Refrigerator Perry vs. Michael Jordan. Barbecue vs. barbecue. David Pearson vs. Richard Petty. Vanna White vs. Andy Griffith. Darius Rucker vs. James Taylor. (Charlotte Observer)

L.A. Clippers Assign Brice Johnson to Salt Lake City Stars

The L.A. Clippers announced today they have assigned rookie forward Brice Johnson to the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA Development League. This is Johnson’s second NBA Development League assignment. Johnson appeared in three games for the Stars on his last assignment (March 10-15), averaging 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 14.1 minutes. (Salt Lake City Stars)

Warrior Joel Berry II played with two sprained ankles, and now UNC is Final Four bound

Joel Berry was playing on two bad ankles. The UNC point guard sprained his left ankle early in the first half Sunday, and coach Roy Williams revealed after the game that Berry had aggravated his injured right ankle in Saturday’s practice. Berry sprained his right ankle in the first round, but played against Arkansas and declared himself to be “close to 100%” before the Sweet 16. (USA Today)

UNC's Luke Maye Attends 8 A.M. Class After Hitting Game-Winner vs. Kentucky

Luke Maye is the absolute definition of a student-athlete. After burying the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats with a game-winning jumper Sunday night, the North Carolina Tar Heels sophomore forward made it back from the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, in time for an 8 a.m. class Monday. Oh, and he sat in the front row and received a standing ovation. (Bleacher Report)

This Year’s Final Four Is Built On Defense

For this UNC team, the Elite Eight matchup became a showcase of one more way it could win big games. The Tar Heels can dominate with offense, like they did when they scorched Butler in the Sweet 16, but it’s clear now that they can lock down an elite scoring team on defense, too. It’s a combination that’s sure to keep Oregon’s Dana Altmanup at night. (FiveThirtyEight)

Christian Laettner celebrates UNC’s Luke Maye to poke fun at Kentucky

Former Duke star Christian Laettner poked a little fun at Kentucky – and he celebrated a UNC player to do it. "Luke my son...May the force of the #32 be with you. #uncdownsthecats #theshotlives" Twenty five years ago, Laettner, wearing No. 32, took a three-quarter court pass from Grant Hill, and hit a game-winning shot against Kentucky to earn a berth in the Final Four. (Charlotte Observer)

Kris Jenkins celebrates with UNC family year after breaking Heels' hearts

He saw what happened from a different vantage point this time, with UNC the exuberant winner rather than the heartbroken loser, but the common thread in the two most decisive jump shots of the Tar Heels’ past two seasons was that Kris Jenkins was delighted by both of them. That’s odd, but it’s true. This year, he sat behind the UNC bench cheering for his brother, Heels guard Nate Brit. (Sporting News)

Justin Jackson: 'A little friendly banter' with Malik Monk

Social media buzzed as UNC's Justin Jackson and Kentucky's Malik Monk exchanged pleasantries during UNC's win over Kentucky. It was "just a little friendly banter," Jackson said. "I was assigned the duty of trying to slow him down, and so you can get fired up a little bit. That's rare for me, but at this stage of the season, I feel like there's really nothing that you should keep in." (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Video: Luke Maye Sends UNC to the Final Four

North Carolina sophomore forward Luke Maye drains a 20-foot jump shot with 0.3 seconds remaining to down Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional finals in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday. View Video...

Video: UNC Locker Room Post-Kentucky Celebration

Go behind the scenes and join the Tar Heels in the locker room as they celebrate their 75-73 Elite 8 win over Kentucky on Sunday in Memphis. View Video...

Joel Berry: UNC's Tough Little Nut

The tears flowed once Joel Berry reached the locker room not long after North Carolina’s Elite Eight classic with Kentucky began. After battling the previous 10 days through a right ankle injury to help his team reach this final NCAA Tournament day of March, the junior point guard sprained his left ankle on a drive less than five minutes into the game. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's 7 seconds of brilliance was years in the making

So much goes into a play such as Luke Maye’s 18-foot jumper to give the Tar Heels a 75-73 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament South Region final. It started with the basics, and moved quickly into the kind of nuance that decides who gets to play on college basketball’s grandest stage and who must live with a most sudden and impactful defeat. (Sporting News)

Diamond Heels Fall Short of a Sweep, Miami Takes Sunday Series Finale

As well as the 10th-ranked UNC baseball has played in the early portion of the ACC season–winning each of its first three series against conference opponents–the Tar Heels have yet to secure a series sweep. The Miami Hurricanes kept that streak alive Sunday afternoon with a 6-2 victory at Boshamer Stadium, scoring more runs than any team has all season against the dominant UNC pitching staff. (Chapelboro.com)


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Senior forward Al Wood torches Virginia for 39 points in the Final Four. Wood sets a national semifinal scoring record. Sam Perkins holds National Player of the Year Ralph Sampson to three field goals and 11 points.

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Cincinnati’s Nick Van Exel scores 21 first-half points and the Bearcats lead Carolina by as many as 15 in the first half. Then Derrick Phelps clamps down on Van Exel and East Regional MVP George Lynch scores 21 and grabs 14 rebounds in a 75-68 overtime win to send Carolina to the Final Four.

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