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UNC-Villanova could be a cliffhanger

During this NCAA Tournament, Villanova has shot 58 percent -- and nearly 50 percent from three -- but most television experts think UNC will win Monday. They think UNC can keep Villanova from playing as it has in the previous five NCAA Tournament games? Or that the Tar Heels’ size advantage will negate all that hot shooting? It’s not that simple. (WRAL Sports Fan)

National media discovers 'Ol' Roy' is a thing

Everything is ramped up at the Final Four. More media, more reaction, and more headlines. Stuff like "epic rant" and "Roy Williams transmogrifies reporters in Houston." I'd venture to guess most local media took in Williams' comments with bemusement, but apparently the national folks didn't because a funny thing happened during Sunday's coach and player availability. (WRAL Sports Fan)

North Carolina and Villanova face drastically different expectations ahead of national title game

Villanova and UNC will share a floor Monday, but on the sport's grander stage, they play very different roles. One school needs titles and the other school wants them, and you don't need me to tell you which is which. UNC may be the premier program in the sport. When you think of the Tar Heels, you think about Michael Jordan, Dean Smith and NBA prospects. (Campus Rush)

Roy Williams uses system to select suits

There’s no telling what plaid, checkered or horse-blanket patterned jacket Roy Williams will show up in Monday night, but one thing’s certain: whatever suit ends up on the sideline for the national championship won’t be by happenstance. There’s a system dictated by superstition, but how exactly that system works is top-secret intel. (NSJ Sports)

Brice Johnson's jersey-raising UNC career a rarity, especially with burger-based snub

Brice Johnson is the exception. Since the McDonald’s All-American Game began in 1977, North Carolina has recruited 26 players who joined the Tar Heels and earned the right to have their jerseys retired or honored in the Smith Center. From Al Wood to Marcus Paige, 25 of the 26 made the McDonald’s game. Johnson didn’t. (Fayetteville Observer)

Jimmy V, Coach K And Dean Smith: The 3 Legends Of N.C. Basketball

This was such a perfect storm in the 1980s in the research tribal of three remarkable men who also happened to be great basketball coaches - Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski are on the Mount Rushmore of college coaches. Jim Valvano had a separate niche because he won that remarkable title in 1983. (NPR)

Hand-washed superstition part of postseason run for Marcus Paige, UNC

Hand wash. Hang dry. Repeat. That's student manager Forrest Reynolds' formula for maintaining UNC's postseason win streak and keeping Marcus Paige in a healthy frame of mind. The careful handling of Paige's gray, sleeveless "Carolina Basketball" warmup shirt could be considered a key element to their championship run. (Fayetteville Observer)

NCAA Championship Tale of the Tape: UNC-Villanova

For all the marbles. The championship of college basketball comes down to the two best teams in KenPom and two teams ranked #1 and #2 in offensive efficiency. On the defensive end, Villanova sports a top ten defensive efficiency with UNC at 23rd though the Tar Heels did flirt with the top ten in this metric three games ago. (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams doesn't expect UNC hoops to get 'hit in any way at all' by NCAA sanctions

When asked Sunday during an ESPN interview at the NCAA tournament's Final Four about the chances that North Carolina gets hit by NCAA sanctions, Williams said he would be speculating, but "I don't think we're going to get hit in any way at all. Hard to penalize somebody when you have no allegations against them.'' (ESPN.com)

UNC Opponent Preview: Villanova

Only two teams remain. North Carolina and Villanova meet for the national championship on Monday night at NRG Stadium in Houston. The game tips at approximately 9:19 pm ET and will be televised by TBS. In a game of No. 2 seeds, Villanova throttled Oklahoma, 95-51, in the Final Four on Saturday night. (Inside Carolina)

Watching and winning – with Carolina family

The Tar Heels may have been playing in Houston, but the Smith Center was packed with people like Petrizzi who wanted to watch the Final Four with fellow fans. From families divided in the UNC-Syracuse rivalry to babies visiting the Smith Center for the first time, fans flooded into the Smith Center hours before the game tipped off. (UNC.edu)

Turner's Take: Keepin' It Loose

Last night's win over Syracuse put the Tar Heels in position to play for a national championship. For the fifth time in his career, Roy Williams will be on the sidelines as head coach in a national final on Monday night. And so how did Williams' team lock in on the way back to the hotel? By sitting in silence, alone with their thoughts, replaying the game in their minds? Nah. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams, UNC Starters Pre-Villanova Press Conference

Roy Williams and the five Carolina starters (Johnson, Berry, Paige, Jackson & Meeks) answer questions the day before the Tar Heels take on Villanova in the 2016 National Championship. View Video...

Roy Williams could join coaching royalty with another title

North Carolina is one win from a sixth national championship. Roy Williams is one win from joining coaching royalty. Only five men have won more than two national championships. All are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and immediately recognizable to college basketball fans. (Associated Press)

Lucas: National Championship Notebook

After Saturday’s display in the national semifinals, most observers will believe Villanova has the edge on the perimeter in Monday’s championship game. But if that’s the case, then the Tar Heels probably have the edge in the paint. “We’re going to have to deal with their size, length, rebounding and inside game,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said on Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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