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Villanova Coach, Players Pre-UNC Press Conference Quotes

Villanova Coach Jay Wright on UNC: "We're going to play a really tough team that's probably playing the best basketball in the country right now. It's going to be a battle of wills because they do some things that we don't. Obviously we're going to have to deal with their size, their length, their rebounding, their inside game. This is going to be a hell of a game." (ASAP Sports)

Smith Center to host championship game viewing party

The Dean Smith Center will be far from quiet as the Tar Heels face Villanova in the NCAA title game on Monday. Carolina Athletics will be hosting a viewing party in the Smith Center for fans in Chapel Hill. The game, which tips off at 9:19 p.m., will be shown on a large projection screen and the Smith Center video boards. Doors for students, faculty and staff will open at 8 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m. for the public. (UNC.edu)

NCAA Championship: Tidbits and Numbers

North Carolina will face Villanova for the seventh time in the NCAA Tournament on Monday night. The Tar Heels are 5-1 against the Wildcats in those games and 3-0 under Roy Williams. UNC's single loss came in the 1985 Elite Eight. UNC has beaten Villanova in every round of the NCAA Tournament except the title game. (Tar Heel Blog)

Historic Final Four blowouts set up an amazing, deserving tourney finale

Villanova owns an average margin of victory of 24.2 points through five tournament games. UNC sits at 16.2. A team getting to even a double-digit average is an incredible blaze to a title game. But these two have blitzed their way to what should be a tremendous finale. I'd be surprised if Monday's game is decided by double digits. (CBS Sports)

Joel Berry is UNC's Confident, Consistent Floor General

Joel Berry hasn’t yet reached the heights of former Tar Heel Raymond Felton, who also wore No. 2, but only 40 minutes from winning a National Championship, he’s following Felton’s 11-year-old point guard championship blueprint – score when needed, lock down on defense and be steady. “He’s been our most consistent player all year," Roy Williams said. (Inside Carolina)

UNC limits celebration, hopes for bigger one ahead

Marcus Paige allowed himself less than a minute to celebrate. As he, Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson, Brice Johnson and Joel Berry II checked out of Saturday’s 83-66 national semifinal win against Syracuse, Paige let himself exhale and take in the surroundings. UNC checked off one more item on the to-do list. But there’s still a big one remaining. (NSJ Sports)

Doubters light a fire under UNC in win over Syracuse

Theo Pinson would like to ask a favor of the doubters and the cynics, the ones who insisted the Tar Heels weren't tough enough and instead were too pretty and too soft to win a national championship. Don't stop being you. Not just yet anyway. "Not until we're done," he said. "We've got one more. So we don't want 'em to stop. We need that edge." (ESPN.com)

Pinson delivers from perimeter for Tar Heels

With Syracuse trying to rally in the second half, the Tar Heels turned to the most unusual of places for a bucket: Theo Pinson on the perimeter. Pinson hadn’t made a three-pointer since February 29. But he took a pass from a driving Joel Berry in stride, pulled up from an open space, and drilled a three to put UNC back up by double digits with 8:17 to play. (Greensboro News & Record)

Patient Tar Heels await NCAA Championship Game

The Tar Heels hear it all the time: "Attack, attack, attack...under control." It's one of Roy Williams' most common instructions. It's also helped the team have the patience through multiple wins in its run to the NCAA Championship. Most recently, UNC used patience to help ward off a second-half run by Syracuse to advance to the title game. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Ready for One Last Game

An old coaching adage suggests that a team should be given until midnight to savor a victory before turning its attention to the next opponent. The Tar Heels didn’t even wait until the final horn sounded in Saturday’s win over Syracuse to look ahead to the national championship game on Monday night. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Syracuse Postgame Notes

The Tar Heels advance to their 10th national championship game. The Tar Heels have won their last four NCAA title games (1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009). UNC is 5-4 national finals. Brice Johnson is the first Tar Heel and 14th player in ACC history with 400 rebounds in a season. His 408 are the 11th most in ACC history. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina and Villanova have a rich tournament history

The Tar Heels and Wildcats have played each other six times in the NCAA Tournament, and four of those games have led to national championships. They're guaranteed to produce another title team in Monday's championship game. In UNC's title runs of 1982, 2005 and 2009, the Tar Heels defeated Villanova each time en route to their national championships. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Scope of Villanova's rout catches Tar Heels off guard

The severity of Villanova’s 95-51 throttling of Oklahoma in Saturday’s NCAA tournament semifinals caught the college basketball world off guard. Playing against a team that was ranked No. 1 for several weeks this season, and doing so in a dome that’s supposed to be difficult for shooters, the Wildcats shot 71 percent and posted the most lop-sided win in Final Four history. (Fayetteville Observer)

It's defense that wins big games, even at the Final Four

UNC scored 83 points against Syracuse but it was the 28 points the Tar Heels allowed in the first half that set the tone for their path to Monday night's championship game. As long as they keep playing basketball, it will always be defense that wins games, especially the big ones. UNC has another game to play because they made it tough on Syracuse's perimeter players. (Associated Press)

Remembering Final Fours of Years Past

Final Fours can cause nightmares and daydreams. Just ask Phil Ford. Ford has a unique perspective on these Final Four trips. After a career as one of the best players in Carolina history, Ford was also part of trips deep into the NCAA Tournament as a member of the Tar Heel coaching staff. (Chapelboro.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
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ACC Basketball Standings
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NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
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