Kennedy Meeks' postgame emotion shows immeasurable impact of Joel James"Honestly, what hurts the most is to see Joel James cry," Kennedy Meeks said. "No matter how many minutes he played or how many shots he had, he’s always been there for our team, he’s always worked him (butt) off to help us improve. For him to lose a National Championship game his senior year, it’s a terrible thing." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Marcus Paige forever a winner despite painful lossIn discussing the final, sudden end to a championship game that will not soon be forgotten, Marcus Paige offered a simple explanation. “The fireworks go off, you want that to be your moment.” Maybe, in a roundabout way, it still was. In the most painful way possible, we saw a young man with the character, poise and wisdom that would make any friend, parent or coach incredibly proud. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Lucas: ProudMichael Jordan addressed the team in the Carolina locker room after the game. He had a simple message for them: sometimes life has adversity, and you have to use it as fuel for the next time. And then he said the perfect thing, because he is Michael Jordan, but also because he is a Tar Heel. He said: “I’m proud of you.” (GoHeels.com)
Turner's Take: It's Supposed To HurtBrice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Joel James will always be Tar Heels. There is strength in that family, as evidenced by the dozens of former Tar Heels who were in the stands on Monday night. The end of a college basketball career is only the beginning of life in the Tar Heel family. This game, this team, this time...it meant something. And it's supposed to hurt. (GoHeels.com)
UNC's Heartbreak in HoustonWhen Marcus Paige knocked down his improbable circus shot, a double-clutch hanging 3-pointer from right of the key, with 4.7 seconds to play, the senior guard was convinced North Carolina was going to win the national championship in overtime. All the Tar Heels had to do was survive those final 4.7 seconds. “You’re so close to that moment,” Paige said in the postgame locker room. (Inside Carolina)
UNC fans: Family even in defeatOrganizers estimated about 10,000 people packed the Dean E. Smith Center to watch UNC fall, 77-74 to Villanova, and most of them lined up on the floor as the seconds ticked away, ready to rush outside to celebrate another national title. After Villanova's buzzer beater shocked them into silence, some were able to find a silver lining. (WRAL.com)
UNC comes up one jumper short in national championship gameUNC’s Isaiah Hicks tried get his hand up and disrupt the decisive shot, but he got there too late. “I saw Ryan come off the screen, so I tried to help Joel just in case. Next thing you know Jenkins comes in. It was my man. I completely forgot about him worrying about Ryan.” Hicks said he hoped the shot wouldn’t go in. His coach knew that wouldn’t happen. (Wilmington Star News)
Villanova Coach, Players Post-UNC Press Conference QuotesVillanova coach Jay Wright: Roy came right up to me and said, I'm really disappointed for our guys, that was a great game, but I'm really happy for you. I know he means that. He's a coach's coach. He's got a great team. Some of those seniors, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, were just great examples of what you want college basketball players to be. (ASAP Sports)
Video: UNC National Championship Postgame Press ConferenceRoy Williams, Marcus Paige, and Joel Berry talk to the media following the Tar Heels' 77-74 loss to Villanova in the national championship game on April 4, 2016.
Video: Marcus Paige - The Four Years Means The World To Me, Wouldn't Trade A ThingMarcus Paige was emotional as he spoke to the media following UNC's 77-74 loss to Villanova in the NCAA Championship Game. Paige said that playing for the Tar Heels was the best experience of his life and he wouldn't change a thing, even the tough losses like this one.
Video: Roy Williams Proud Of His Team After Heartbreaking Loss To VillanovaAn emotional Roy Williams spoke to the media after UNC lost a heartbreaker to Villanova in the National Championship Game, 77-74. Listen to Williams explain how proud he is of his Tar Heel squad.
Welcome Home The Tar Heels On TuesdayFans wishing to greet members of the Tar Heel men's basketball team after their Final Four trip to Houston may welcome the team back to Chapel Hill outside Entrance D at the Smith Center at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Parking will be available in the Manning Lot, Bowles Lot and Craige Deck. (GoHeels.com)
Williams, Paige, Berry Post-Villanova Press Conference QuotesMarcus Paige: This has been the most fun I've had in my entire life with this team, all the way up until that last horn went off. It's hard because at some point tonight I have to take this jersey off and I never get to put it back on. I just have to rely on all the memories I have with my teammates. I'm telling you, this is the most fun year in my entire life. I don't know what else to say. (ASAP Sports)
NCAA Championship: Villanova 77, UNC 74It wasn't meant to be. Nova executed a perfect play getting the ball to Kris Jenkins who drilled a three as time expired to give Villanova the 2016 NCAA Championship. In his final game as a Tar Heel, Marcus Paige scored 21 points and shot 4-7 from three to go with six assists and five rebounds. Joel Berry went for 20 points and four assists. UNC ends the season 33-7. (Tar Heel Blog)
Villanova tops Carolina 77-74 on Jenkins' buzzer-beaterKris Jenkins spotted up and swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer Monday night to lift Villanova to the national title with a 77-74 victory over North Carolina — one of the wildest finishes in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova worked the ball to Jenkins moments after Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch 3 with 4.3 seconds left to draw the Tar Heels even. (Associated Press)
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