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Extra Points: Train Wreck

Railroad accidents often occur when two trains are headed at warp speed in the same direction and some imbecile in the conductor’s seat runs his train into the side of another on merging tracks. That’s the idea behind “Train Wreck,” a ball stripping-and-recovery drill favored by new Tar Heel defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and his staff that’s been a mainstay halfway through spring practice. (GoHeels.com)

Dean Smith requested $200 be sent to each of his former players in will

The late Dean Smith, who died last month, willed his trust to send $200 to each of his former North Carolina basketball players, Tim Breedlove, who wrote the letter, confirmed to SI. In the letter Smith's former players received from Miller McNeish & Breedlove, PA, it was revealed that Smith requested each of his former players be sent a $200 check with the message, "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith." (Sports Illustrated)

A Brief History of North Carolina Playing in “Special” Apparel

North Carolina and Jordan Brand attempted to break the Internet with the Tar Heels’ new kicks for the Sweet 16. But, as recent history shows, maybe gimmicked uniforms are a bad idea for Carolina. Here’s a recent timeline of “different” uniforms, and how the Tar Heels played in them. (Tar Heel Depot)

Preview: UNC vs Wisconsin, Sweet Sixteen

The contrasting styles of these two teams has been the major focus of discussion heading into Thursday's matchup. Wisconsin likes to slow the game down, use the majority of the shot clock, and get the right shot. The Badgers take care of the ball and shoot a high percentage. It is a formidable matchup for the Tar Heels who like to push the ball and get the maximum amount of possession. (Carolina Blue)

The Story Behind The Time Michael Jordan Hit His Head Against The Backboard During A Game

The play was called a goaltend, and Johnny Dawkins got two points. But that’s not important. What is important is that Michael Jordan hit his dang head on the backboard trying to block a running hook shot. “Every once in awhile somebody would do something in a game where you’d go, ‘Shoot, I’ve never seen that before.” Former Duke player and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas told UPROXX Sports. (Uproxx)

Upscale nightclub replaces Players on Franklin Street

The longtime nightclub space above Sutton’s Drug Store will celebrate a grand opening today after a complete transformation. Remodeling the space, owners George Draper and Michael Rosenbacher wanted to start a new chapter with the opening of The Strowd, an upscale bar and nightclub that overlooks East Franklin Street. The Strowd’s opening follows the closure of Players nightclub in June. (Daily Tar Heel)

A young Michael Jordan wanted Adidas for his shoe deal. Adidas passed.

To this day, the Trail Blazers are haunted by their decision not to draft Michael Jordan with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 draft. The team instead went with the prevailing wisdom of the time, that the most important thing a team could have was a star center, and after the Rockets led off with Hakeem (then known as Akeem) Olajuwon, Portland opted for 7-foot-1 Kentucky product Sam Bowie. (Washington Post)

Flashback: UNC-Wisconsin in 2005 (video)

North Carolina and Wisconsin will meet in the Sweet Sixteen in Los Angeles this Thursday night. The game will be the second ever meeting of the two schools in the NCAA Tournament — the first of which was in the Elite Eight in 2005. Thanks to the NCAA’s Video Vault, the game (sans commercials) can be watched in its entirety below. (Tar Heel Depot)

Video: Roy Williams, C.B. McGrath Preview Wisconsin

North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams and Assistant Coach C.B. McGrath discuss the Tar Heels' NCAA Sweet Sixteen match up with the Wisconsin Badgers. View Video...

UNC offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic talks O-line depth, spring ball

CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic following Tuesday's spring practice. Among the topics discussed were the depth of the line, spring football, and right guard Landon Turner's pro prospects. (Carolina Blue)

What Was His Name? Wisconsin Edition

Wisconsin won the national title in 1941, a team I can only assume was also coached by Bo Ryan. The Badgers reached the NCAA Tournament again in 1947, advancing to the regional finals. After that season, Wisconsin would not reach the Big Dance again until 1994. In that span of 47 years, UNC won three national titles, 10 men were elected President, my mother and father were born, and other less important things happened as well. (Tar Heel Depot)

Art’s Angle: Tar Heels Not The Stars

The Tar Heels are looking happy and healthy and apparently alright with not being the center of attention at the West Regional Sweet Sixteen. While Roy Williams did not need any prompting to praise his third-ranked opponent Thursday night, he heaped hosannas not only on Wisconsin but on the other 14 coaches left in all four regional semifinals. Roy said nothing comes easy at this juncture because the competition is so dad-gum good. (Chapelboro.com)

Marcus Paige channeling powers of UConn?

UNC guard Nate Britt, ever the jokester in the ear of Marcus Paige, picked up on the similarities before anyone else. "He was just calling me Kemba Walker, Shabazz [Napier] as a joke," Paige said, laughing at the references to key Connecticut Huskies who stepped up at tournament time. Maybe Britt was inspired by coach Roy Williams, who referenced the 2011 Huskies in a postgame celebration during the Heels’ ACC tournament run. (ESPN.com)

Preview & Prediction: #4 UNC vs #1 Wisconsin

Ultimately for UNC to win it will require a full 40 minutes of offensive consistency and the Tar Heels managing some stops on the defensive end against a team that is difficult to stop. It would also help if the Badgers decided to struggle a bit shooting the ball as they did against Oregon on Sunday. In the end, Wisconsin will simply be just better than UNC. Prediction: Wisconsin 71, UNC 65 (Tar Heel Blog)

Top 10 ACC Games in NCAA Tourney History

3.) 1982 Championship Game (North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62) The 1982 National Championship game between UNC and Georgetown provided a snippet of what basketball fans would see for years to come: Michael Jordan being clutch. With 16 seconds left, the North Carolina freshman guard swished a 16-foot jumper from the left side to take a 63-62 lead over the Hoyas. (The ACC)

Carolina for the Kids dances its way to fundraising record

Months of planning, recruiting and fundraising culminated with 24 hours of standing — and $570,561 raised for N.C. Children’s Hospital. Carolina for the Kids exceeded the $550,000 mark for the second year in a row and beat the 2014 fundraising record by almost $20,000 at its 17th annual dance marathon. “It shows what people can accomplish when they all rally behind one cause,” said Evan Sherwood, executive director of Carolina for the Kids. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sweet 16 run means something more for UNC walk-ons

Come game time, they’ll rarely — if ever — find their names on a box score. They won’t show up in the postgame notes, either. Such is the life of the UNC walk-ons. It’s been this way for years, them serving on the scout team. The system isn’t new. But perhaps what is different this season is how much this Sweet 16 run means to the two active walk-ons, juniors Spenser Dalton and Justin Coleman. (Daily Tar Heel)

Meeks, UNC bracing for Wisconsin

Kennedy Meeks might not play against Wisconsin today (7:47 p.m., TBS). That knee he sprained last weekend during UNC's NCAA Tournament win against Arkansas is bothering him. He practiced Wednesday wearing a knee brace and even participated in drills that involved contact, something he didn't do Tuesday. But the young man's knee still isn't right, not completely. So Meeks' status is iffy. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tokoto-Paige tandem connects Tar Heels to Badgers

J.P. Tokoto wasn’t contriving a plan to play alongside Marcus Paige at North Carolina, even if it appears that way. Paige might not be at UNC if Tokoto hadn't made a glowing recommendation to coach Roy Williams, who took Tokoto’s advice and started recruiting the point guard. And Paige might be at Wisconsin if the Badgers had offered him a scholarship, but they were waiting on a decision from an in-state star. (Fayetteville Observer)

Adam Warren runs away from the field

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman grew up around racehorses -- he grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and his late father, John, is in the Standardbred Racing Hall of Fame -- so when he chooses the kind of analogy he used on Wednesday to describe the kind of spring Adam Warren has had, you can safely bet the race for the No. 5 starter's job is over. (ESPN.com)

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March 28, 1981
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.

March 28, 1993
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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