Roy Williams pranks Tar Heels on April FoolsOn a team as loose as North Carolina, there’s gotta be a couple of April Fools’ pranks, right? Duh. But this time the prankster wasn’t Theo Pinson or Brice Johnson. Nope, it came from a collaboration between the head honcho himself and a team manager. (NSJ Sports)
Roy Williams' suggestion to Dean Smith -- and it workedRoy Williams remembers his first Final Four trip with UNC, and coach Dean Smith's "whole philosophy was to keep everybody away." That was 1981, Williams' third season on Smith's staff. The Tar Heels were playing in Philadelphia, and stayed "on the other side of Villanova." They beat Virginia in the national semifinal game but lost to Indiana in the championship game. (Associated Press)
UNC, Syracuse vastly different but familiar Final Four foesUNC likes to run, and Syracuse prefers to walk. These two teams that do things very differently are also very familiar with each other, having already played twice this season. Except this isn't another ACC game. The conference rivals, with their veteran coaches who have both been here multiple times before, are playing each other in the Final Four. (Associated Press)
Carolina keeps plan the same against familiar Orange foeAmidst all the Final Four hoopla, there is one focus for the Tar Heels in North Carolina versus Syracuse round three: Roy Williams is, "trying to figure out how in the dickens (UNC) can get enough baskets against Syracuse's zone." The Orange defense still plays with its signature, although it is playing the style differently than in the last two meetings with the Tar Heels. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Audio: Jerod Haase on UNC's Final Four chances - "They've got the right coach"Stanford head coach and former North Carolina assistant Jerod Haase dropped by The David Glenn Show on Thursday to talk about his new job with the Cardinal, the challenges of coaching and his breakdown of the Final Four. Haase, who was an assistant with UNC from 2003-12, likes the Tar Heels to move forward in the NCAA tournament and explained why. (ACC Sports Journal)
Video: UNC Basketball - Best Dunks From Final 4 PracticeThe Tar Heels are getting ready for the Final Four and a matchup against ACC foe Syracuse. The Heels took some time during practice once again to showcase their high-flying dunks for fans on hand.
Roy Williams values special bonds with Baldwin, PaigeSitting on the stage in the interview room at the NRG Stadium a few days before his team was set to play Syracuse in the national semifinal, UNC coach Roy Williams was asked about his relationship with senior Marcus Paige. Their days together are numbered. After this weekend, their relationship defined in the roles of coach and player will come to an end. (NSJ Sports)
Lucas: Final Four NotebookCount Roy Williams among the people who don’t necessary believe in the “hard to beat a team three times” axiom. “With the close games we’ve had, those things don’t mean anything,” the head coach said. “In college basketball, it’s different…I’m not telling my guys it’s difficult. I’m telling them it had nothing to do with it.” (GoHeels.com)
Art’s Angle: Back-To-BackCarolina’s appearance here marks the 14th time that one Triangle Area college team has followed another to the Final Four the next year. Fourteen times among UNC, Duke and N.C. State. Pretty amazing. It began when Duke played in its third Final Four of the decade in 1966. The next year, Dean Smith’s Tar Heels made the first of three consecutive trips. (Chapelboro.com)
One of the many hats Sean May wears for North Carolina has a camera attachedLike the rest of North Carolina’s basketball staff, Sean May, the Tar Heels’ director of player personnel, wore Nike warm-up gear in various shades of blue to Friday’s open practice at the Final Four. But clipped to his backward baseball cap, he had one unique accessory. (Fayetteville Observer)
Roy Williams, Mark Emmert voice displeasure over House Bill 2Making his fourth appearance at the Final Four as North Carolina head coach, Roy Williams is the most prominent Tar Heel in Texas this week. On Thursday, he told reporters that the controversial law that put his home state in the news nationwide this week doesn’t line up with his beliefs or the values of the university he represents. (Fayetteville Observer)
Watch: UNC’s Marcus Paige dunks through the legs at practiceDid you know Marcus Paige could get up like this? The North Carolina point guard is talented, for sure, but he’s not known as an in-game leaper, much less a dunker. The Final Four brings out the best in people, though, and here’s Paige at UNC practice getting up impressively and finishing a dunk that most people probably did not know he could do. (Sports Illustrated)
Video: Williams, Paige, Johnson Pre-Final Four Press ConferenceRoy Williams, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson speak to the media before Friday's open practice as the Tar Heels prepare to face Syracuse in the Final Four.
5 reasons to hop on North Carolina's Final Four bandwagonSo your team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament or maybe it wasn’t in the field of 68 at all. No worries. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Final Four. We’re making the case for you to jump on the bandwagon for each of the four teams left standing. Here’s my pitch for the favorites to win it all, North Carolina… (USA Today)
Williams, Johnson, Paige Pre-Final Four Press Conference QuotesQ. I spoke with Brad Daugherty this week. If you could confirm that you coached him in peewee basketball, is that correct? Roy Williams: Started in the fourth grade. Let's confirm one thing, too. When I left, he was an eighth grader. He was 5'11", overweight kid, that didn't care very much. Five years later, he was one of the great prospects and great players there was. (ASAP Sports)
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