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Top-seeded North Carolina ready to run vs. Arkansas in NCAAs

Arkansas struggled Friday against Seton Hall on the boards and now get the national leader in rebounding margin. "It's going to be the ultimate challenge for our team," coach Mike Anderson said. North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he is "hopeful" that point guard Joel Berry II will be ready to play despite an ankle injury that kept him out of practice Saturday. (Associated Press)

UNC-Arkansas: Let the 'chaos' begin

Not many teams try to run with UNC and live to tell about it, but that’s what Arkansas will try to do. The Razorbacks won’t compromise their identity or their gameplan when they meet the Tar Heels in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. “We’re going to worry about what we do,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. (Greensboro News & Record)

Art's Angle: Home Is Where The Heart Is

Now the Tar Heels face a long and talented eighth-seeded Arkansas team without the heavily partisan crowd that would have descended upon Greensboro, and Duke plays what amounts to a road game against the rugged South Carolina Gamecocks. Both high seeds will have their hands full. UNC will get the kind of fast-paced game it favors against the Razorbacks. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Players Pre-Arkansas Interviews

Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with reporters Saturday ahead of Sunday's meeting with Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament second round. Here are their video interviews: Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Theo Pinson, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt, Tony Bradley, Kenny Williams

Matchup Look: Get to know Arkansas

No. 1 North Carolina handled No. 16 Texas Southern with ease in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Now, the Tar Heels have their sights set on a second-round matchup with Arkansas. No. 8 Arkansas defeated No. 9 Seton Hall 77-71 in the first round. The game went down to the wire and Arkansas benefited from a questionable flagrant foul call at the end of the game. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams 'hopeful' about Joel Berry's playing status ahead of NCAA Second Round

Joel Berry was tentative climbing out of bed Saturday morning after North Carolina's NCAA Tournament First Round win. The junior point guard rolled his right ankle about four minutes into the second half of the Tar Heels' (28-7) 103-64 win against Texas Southern and wasn't sure what to expect the first time he put weight on it the next morning. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Joel Berry Expecting to Play vs. Arkansas

Joel Berry was a bit anxious about rolling out of bed and putting weight on the right ankle that stole the spotlight during UNC’s 103-64 dismantling of Texas Southern on Friday. “I feel fine,” Berry said. “It’s still a little sore, but I’ve been doing a lot of treatment, just trying to get back to where I was before I hurt my ankle yesterday. But right now I’m feeling pretty good.” (Inside Carolina)

After 15 years, Greenville was ready for the NCAA

Greenville made it clear the city was ready to host the NCAA tournament again, even if the 2017 opportunity came as a bit of a surprise. Greenville won the bid to host the games after the NCAA pulled postseason play from North Carolina over the state's controversial House Bill 2. A change in venue that affected the North Carolina economy, proved Friday that it would be a boon for Greenville. (Greenville News)

Turner's Take: The Balance

Roy Williams often talks about the fun of the NCAA Tournament. The veterans on this North Carolina team point to last year's championship game run as the most enjoyable part of the season. And here they are again, looking to enjoy the ride. But how to balance that piece of it, the fun of it, with the business at hand, the task of winning six games? (GoHeels.com)

Williams, Berry, Meeks Pre-Arkansas Press Conference Transcript

Roy Williams: "We have no idea if Joel Berry, what his ankle's going to be like in another 30 hours or whatever it is. He's not going to practice today. He's been getting treatment. I'm hopeful that he will play. The bottom line is I can't be Mr. Miyagi and clap my hands and rub it make it better. We'll have to see what it's like. So I'm hopeful that we'll have him." (ASAP Sports)

Why Justin Jackson is the key to UNC potential championship run

North Carolina’s first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against Texas Southern on Friday afternoon wasn’t so much about whether UNC would win, but more about whether or not they’d show promising signs on the way to victory. Having earned ACC Player of the Year honors, Justin Jackson had a lukewarm ACC Tournament before UNC was ousted in the semifinals. (FanRag Sports)

UNC fans say opening round win a ‘great way to start the tournament'

Bons Secours Wellness Arena had a crowd that tilted toward UNC fans as the Tar Heels dominated in their first round match-up in the NCAA Tournament. No.1 seed UNC knocked off No. 16 seed Texas Southern 103-64. Many fans say it was about what they expected from the heavily-favored Tar Heels. Fans described the atmosphere in the arena as “laid back." (WNCN)

Court problems pop up again at Greenville arena

Fifteen years later, NCAA Tournament games were back in this arena and floor problems resurfaced. Repairs were needed on the Bon Secours Wellness Arena court Friday after a board appeared to buckle or crack upward during North Carolina’s rout of Texas Southern. Earlier, UNC’s radio crew attempted to point out the trouble spot to the officials on the court several times. (Burlington Times News)

Alex Stepheson Joins Meralco Bolts in Philippines

Alex Stepheson may not be a lights-out scorer, but he may just be what the doctor ordered for Meralco. The hulking 6-10 Bolts import finished with just 10 points but he hauled down 21 rebounds, blocked three shots and changed many more as Meralco opened its Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner's Cup campaign with a 94-86 win over Mahindra on Friday. (Spin.ph)

Justin Jackson always believes the shots will fall

Justin Jackson’s emergence is a reason the Tar Heels are back in this position, seeded No. 1 in the South and among the favorites to win the national title, one year after coming up just short of delivering UNC’s seventh national title. “I just try to put the work in off the court, away from practice and away from the games, and rely on that preparation that I have,” he said. (Greensboro News & Record)

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