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Tyler Zeller: The Celtics' unexpected streak buster

And even if you thought the stretch might end, chances are you wouldn't have picked fourth-year center Tyler Zeller to be the streak buster. Thrust into elevated minutes when the injury-depleted Milwaukee Bucks leaned on bigger lineups, Zeller responded by matching his career high with a team-best 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go along with four blocks, three rebounds and two assists over 25 minutes in a 124-109 triumph at TD Garden. (ESPN.com)

On Marcus Paige, Chapel Hill, and why we care so much: Here's to the team we'll never forget

Roy Williams let them be free, suppressing their fears instead of their individuality, and this all made this run to the Final Four so much fun. How will we ever forget Theo’s barges into press conferences, or Joel James’ invisible cereal eating, or Joel Berry II’s strongmans and guts? How will we ever forget Roy remembering those lost, and Brice honoring his mother in everything he does? (Medium)

Joel Berry to Remain at UNC for Junior Season

The allure of making a return trip to the Final Four outweighed the urgency to become a professional for Joel Berry. UNC’s starting point guard is returning for his junior season, his father confirmed to Inside Carolina on Friday morning. "We talked briefly about what he wanted to do and I always told him 'Don't rush the journey,'" Joel Berry Sr. said. (Inside Carolina)

Johnson, Paige look to find spot at next level

With their college basketball careers over, seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson look to catch the eye of pro scouts before the NBA Draft. UNC underclassmen, like Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks, have until April 24 to enter their names into the draft. As of now, Johnson and Paige are the only Tar Heels who are expected to move on to an NBA career. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Far-Too-Early Look at 2017 UNC Basketball

It’s hard to envision what a UNC basketball team without Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson will look like. But the talent well will not run dry for the Tar Heels when the next rendition of the men’s basketball team takes the court. Assuming that all of the underclassmen from UNC return, there will be a lot of what Roy Williams likes on next year’s roster – experienced talent. (Chapelboro.com)

Joel Berry, Justin Jackson will lead UNC in 2016-17

With Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige on the way out, Roy Williams will be tasked with replacing his most productive big man in four years as well as one of the best on-court leaders in school history. But while the Heels may take a slight step back, the returning group has enough pieces to stay competitive on the national level next season. (Today's U)

Kenny Williams undergoes successful knee surgery

UNC freshman basketball guard Kenny Williams underwent successful surgery on his right knee Thursday to repair a torn meniscus. Williams suffered the injury during the 2015-16 season, in which he appeared in 30 games. Williams is expected to miss six to eight weeks of basketball action but should be fully cleared in time for the start of practice in the fall. (Carolina Blue)

Way Too Early top 25 for 2016–17 season

8. North Carolina: The runner-up team is losing seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, but they still have a strong corps or returnees led by sophomore point guard Joel Berry II and junior forward Isaiah Hicks. Incoming freshmen Tony Bradley, a 6' 10" forward from Florida, and 6' 2" guard Seventh Woods will have a chance to earn minutes right away. (Sports Illustrated)

Your 2016 kPOY: Brice Johnson

Congratulations to the winner of 2016 kenpom.com player of the year award, North Carolina’s Brice Johnson. The senior forward finished the season with a 127 offensive rating, which was third in the country among players that used at least 24 percent of their team’s possessions. He got there by making 61 percent of his field goal attempts and 78 percent of his free throws. (KenPom.com)

Tobacco Road players compete in Barnstorming Tour exhibition

The 2016 ACC Barnstorming Tour made its first stop in Rockingham on Wednesday. Two Tar Heel players — point guard Marcus Paige and center Joel James — were on hand to compete. Brice Johnson was scheduled to appear but wasn’t able to attend due to taking a class. Paige said that after he graduates, he will find an agent and start preparing for the NBA Draft. (Laurinburg Exchange)

What It’s Like to Make the Shot Before the Buzzer-Beater Everyone Remembers

North Carolina guard Marcus Paige made one of the greatest shots in NCAA basketball history Monday night, a leaping, split-legged, double-clutch three-pointer to tie up Villanova, 74–74, with just seconds remaining in the NCAA championship game. (Slate)

Who’s going, who’s coming and who’s staying in ACC basketball

The college basketball silly season has begun. Already the movement of coaches is well underway and the list of transfers is starting to grow. And with the new NBA draft rules, more players than ever are bound to declare. Here then is the scorecard of all the goings, comings and even a few that are staying among ACC players. (Wilmington Star News)

Danny Green still feeling Carolina blues

Spurs guard Danny Green touched down in Utah Tuesday, in plenty of time to make tipoff against the Jazz. He had spent the evening before at NRG Stadium in Houston, having his heart ripped out alongside thousands of other UNC fans. Nearly 24 hours later, he was still stunned by the buzzer-beater that gave Villanova — and not his Tar Heels — the NCAA championship. (San Antonio Express-News)

Marcus Paige's Shot Deserved Better

A truly remarkable sports play can meet no crueler fate than to have its significance snuffed out by an even bigger play moments later. Marcus Paige’s game-tying three with four seconds left joins Tim Duncan’s prayer and Jermaine Kearse’s circus catch in the sad fraternity of indelible but ultimately meaningless acts of sports brilliance. (Deadspin)

UNC's 2016 Season By The Numbers

The Tar Heels fell just short of winning the national title, however, the season was still an unqualified success. UNC won the ACC regular season and tournament titles, played its best basketball in March and April but faced a Villanova team that was just little bit better. That shouldn't make UNC season any less impressive, especially as you dig into the numbers. (Tar Heel Blog)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Hawaii
Fri, Nov 18, TBD

UNC @ Indiana
Wed, Nov 30, TBD

UNC vs. Kentucky
Sat, Dec 17, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(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
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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