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Here’s why the Tar Heels will only go as far as Joel Berry can take them

Joel Berry II might not be the MVP of this North Carolina basketball team, but I think he's the MEP. That would be “Most Essential Player,” and that is what Berry is for a Tar Heels squad that often takes its cues from its point guard. When Berry plays well, life is good for those who care about Carolina blue. When he plays poorly, life is often bad for UNC. (Charlotte Observer)

Tyler Hansbrough fighting for his career

Without a job since the Hornets chose not to re-sign him after last season, Tyler Hansbrough faced a crossroads at age 31: finish out his career in Europe, where the money would be better but the NBA opportunity distant, or bite the bullet and go the D-League route, where the money is nominal but the exposure to NBA coaches and scouts constant. (1070 The Fan)

Columbia's Seventh Woods raises his volume with Tar Heels

Seventh Woods transitioned from averaging 18.9 points per game as a senior at Hammond School to averaging merely 8.7 minutes per game on the fringe of Roy Williams' rotation. Woods said his most challenging adjustment was not skill. It was speech. “I’ve had to become more of a vocal player,” Woods said. “That’s something I’ve struggled with all my life.” (Greenville Online)

Tar Heels try for 'second chance,' at title in 2017 NCAA Tournament

Only one team enjoyed the last postseason longer, than Roy Williams' team did, but no team had to lose with stakes as high as UNC did to end last season either. Those two ways to look at the final moments of 2016 motivate the 2017 Tar Heels entering this season's NCAA Tournament. "The way that last year ended, I'm hoping that motivated them," WIlliams said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

March Madness magic delivers birthday wish for UNC fan

Tar Heels fan Reva Bagwell pressed her luck and was rewarded Thursday. Bagwell leveraged her birthday to get a meet-and-greet with UNC's Justin Jackson. As the Heels practiced in Greenville, S.C., ahead of their Friday game against Texas Southern, Bagwell's sign read, "My 19th birthday wish is to meet Justin Jackson." Jackson granted that wish. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Joel Berry hopes to win it all for UNC

Joel Berry, North Carolina's star point guard, may go to the NBA after this season, so this quite possibly is his last shot at an NCAA tournament title. View Video...

State politics in Carolinas clash with NCAA Tournament

North Carolina was stripped of tournament games set for Greensboro due to a law limiting protections for LGBT people. Instead, UNC and Duke start play Friday in Greenville, South Carolina. Moving the game to South Carolina wouldn't have been option two years ago due to the presence of a Confederate flag on the state's capitol grounds. But lawmakers took it down in 2015. (Associated Press)

UNC's Redemption

There’s been an obsessive focus by the Tar Heels in their demand for revenge, an unrelenting need to return to the national championship game and make amends for a lost trophy that momentarily grazed their fingertips. Such intensity has proven to be crippling for other teams in other sports as the destination takes on far greater importance than the journey. (Inside Carolina)

How ceiling is North Carolina's roof? We're about to find out in March Madness

Back in the tourney as a one-seed after a heartbreaking loss in last year’s title game, the Tar Heels are telling themselves the ceiling is the roof, as Michael Jordan so eloquently put it. We’ll get back to this gem later. As of now, there is another Tar Heel who has been dropping hot fire on the mic. Roy Williams has been going peak Roy Williams lately. And it has been amazing. (SB Nation)

Lucas: Carolina Basketball Notebook

Seventh Woods was part of annual Tar Heel tradition. As UNC took the floor on Thursday for the team’s open practice, they were led by freshmen Woods, Tony Bradley and Brandon Robinson—and no one else. Williams annually persuades the upperclassmen to trick the rookies into running out alone, and this year’s group of freshmen were some of the most fooled in recent memory. (GoHeels.com)

Fashion Madness: Meet the player behind UNC's custom-made fedoras

Fashion has taken over parts of the sports world; NBA players like Russell Westbrook and NFL stars like Cam Newton have ensured that. Shoes, hats, cropped pants, bright colors — everything is in play. Shea Rush watched those fashionable postgame press conferences and noticed he was drawn to the hats in particular. Rush started making hats in high school. (USA Today)

UNC vs. Texas Southern Preview

No. 1 seed North Carolina opens NCAA Tournament play against No. 16 seed Texas Southern on Friday. The game tips at approximately 4 p.m. from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. The Tigers had the oddest road to clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament, because they secured the SWAC automatic bid before the championship game even took place. (Inside Carolina)

Growth and Experience Motivating UNC Prior to NCAA Tournament Opener

When UNC begins its NCAA Tournament run Friday against Texas Southern, six of its top contributors from last year’s run to the championship game will be back on the court. Although Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson won’t be walking through the door, the rest of this veteran squad will get a chance to show the nation what folks in Chapel Hill have spent all year paying attention to. (Chapelboro.com)

Williams, Jackson, Pinson Pre-Texas Southern Press Conference Transcript

Justin, Roy was telling us the other day that he had made it a point to have a couple of conversations with you about your shooting and maybe trying to get your confidence back. Have those been helpful? Justin Jackson: Yes, sat with Coach in his office and talked to him a little bit. My confidence isn't gone. I mean, it was four games that I have not shot the ball well. And that's all it is. (ASAP Sports)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Texas Southern Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Thursday prior to Friday's opening-round NCAA tournament game against Texas Southern in Greenville, South Carolina. View Video...

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, 5:13 ET CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#5 Kentucky54
at #6 UNC57
8:15 IN 2ND
Adebayo (Kentucky) 13 pts; Meeks (UNC) 7 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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