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Chapel Hill prepares for national championship

Carolina pride is at a fever pitch ahead of the NCAA championship game. Chapel Hill stores have been inundated with fans looking for UNC gear and dozens of students are camping outside of the Top of the Hill to learn if they won a coveted table at the popular Franklin Street restaurant. Students started filing into line around 5:30 Sunday evening. (ABC 11)

Mark Few on mentor and friend Roy Williams

On Sunday afternoon deep inside University of Phoenix Stadium during the National Championship media availability Gonzaga head coach was asked a lot about North Carolina. It made sense. The Zags take on the Tar Heels on Monday at 9:20 PM ET. But Few also spoke about Carolina head coach Roy Williams, a person and coach he is friends with and deeply admires. (Carolina Blue)

NCAA notebook: Big bodies could merge in the middle

There should be no problem filling the lane in tonight’s national championship game between North Carolina and Gonzaga. UNC senior Kennedy Meeks has been a force in the lane in the NCAA Tournament. At 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, he’s tough around the basket. But Gonzaga will have 7-1, 300-pound senior Przemek Karnowski patrolling the middle. (Fayetteville Observer)

Joel Berry gives everything he has to UNC men's basketball before title game

Joel Berry’s ankles aren’t what they used to be. After spraining his left one early in the season, the junior point guard entered the NCAA Tournament with a relatively clean bill of health. But in the first game against Texas Southern, he twisted his right ankle. A week later, he sprained it in practice. Then he sprained the left. (Daily Tar Heel)

Turner's Take: Still Dancing

When North Carolina takes the basketball court tonight against Gonzaga with the national championship on the line, they will do so without a player who started 22 of the season's first 26 games. Kenny Williams flourished to begin his sophomore season, averaging better than 6 points as an outside threat and becoming perhaps the team's best perimeter defender. (GoHeels.com)

Odell Beckham Jr. Explained Why He’s Such A Big UNC Basketball Fan

The North Carolina Tar Heels are going to the NCAA Championship game for the second year in a row after eking out a one-point victory over a feisty Oregon Ducks team. UNC fans are on cloud-nine, of course, and that includes NFL superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr., despite the fact that he is both a Baton Rouge native and played college ball at LSU. (UPROXX)

Another chance: Tar Heels try to author different ending

The time to write that happy ending is now. One year later, after waiting out the passage of 364 days, UNC is back in the NCAA final, facing Gonzaga on Monday night with the title on the line and the opportunity to complete its long-sought quest for a measure of championship redemption. The haunting memory from April 4 of last year has been a motivating force. (Burlington Times News)

Meeks peaks: Senior finds top form on Tar Heels' tournament ride

It seems that Kennedy Meeks has saved his best for last. The North Carolina senior forward, he of the monster recent performances, reaches his college basketball finale Monday night, the 144th game of his career arriving framed by national championship stakes against Gonzaga. “He’s leaving it all out there,” Tar Heels swingman Theo Pinson said Sunday (Burlington Times News)

Gonzaga vs. North Carolina: Who has the edge?

Do not let anyone fool you: This is not David vs. Goliath. Gonzaga is like a distant relative of David’s, perhaps only connected by marriage on its second cousin’s side. The Bulldogs are not some cute upstart, some overwhelmed underdog. They are — and have been for some time — the best team in the country, according to KenPom’s efficiency ratings. (USA Today)

Tar Heels repeating (coincidental) history from previous title runs?

UNC’s path to a second straight national championship game looks familiar: The Tar Heels won the Maui Invitational before winning the 2005 and 2009 national titles, and won this year’s event in November. They were a No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament before losing in the semifinals in 2005 and 2009. The top-seeded Tar Heels lost in the semifinals last month. (Associated Press)

Vince Carter Is Excited To Wear This Shirt Of Him Posterizing Donald Trump

Players, coaches, the media, and other league personnel have been unapologetically vocal in their dissent of President Trump since taking office. Grizzlies forward Vince Carter joined the fray recently by taking arguably the most iconic poster dunk of his career and making Donald Trump the victim of his aerial wrath on this glorious new graphic t-shirt. (UPROXX)

The biggest criticism of Roy Williams is actually proof he’s one of college basketball’s best

He’s not a great basketball mind, his critics will tell you, he’s a recruiter that wins because he gets the best players. Only one of those statements is factual. What makes Roy Williams great, the reason that he may very well be the greatest college basketball coach of this generation, is that he’s good enough at what he does that he can just roll the ball out and let his guys go. (NBC Sports)

Title game's biggest matchup features players whose bodies once stood in their way

Monday’s national title tilt will feature a bevy of talent (the understatedly excellent Justin Jackson, the game-controlling Nigel Williams-Goss, the ascendant Zach Collins) and two mastermind coaches. But eyes will be drawn to the two biggest bodies on the sport’s biggest stage, a pair of imposing post players who are essential to arranging their teams’ meeting. (Sports Illustrated)

Final Four 2017: Roy Williams in awkward position to pass mentor Dean Smith with one more win

Roy Williams goes to work in a building named for the man who made him what he is today, and that is exactly the way he wants it. He won’t even pull his car into Coach’s parking place, even though it is technically his space now. Williams is well into his second decade as the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Dean Smith left the job not quite 20 years ago. (Sporting News)

UNC seniors prepare for final ride ahead of national title game

The seniors on this North Carolina men’s basketball team, like all those who have come before them, say they don’t talk about it. That they don’t think about it. That, in spite of the reality about to smack them all at once, they’re not concerned with the idea that Monday’s national championship game will be their last as Tar Heels. Well, they’re lying. (Daily Tar Heel)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

UNC vs. TBD
Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(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 Tech8-1021-16
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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