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Davis, Tigers face tough time with Tar Heels

Sunday was a good news/bad news day for former Wichita Falls Texan player and coach Mike Davis. The good news came when the Texas Southern coach and his team saw their names as the 16th seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. The bad new followed when the Tigers found out their first-round opponent was the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Wichita Falls Times-Record-News)

North Carolina Blues: How HB2 cost hoops-crazed state NCAA tournament games

This year, the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils are among the favorites to win the NCAA tournament. Often their path to a national championship has begun in their shared home state, which has hosted NCAA tournament games 30 times in the past 38 years. This year was supposed to be the 31st time, but the paths for UNC and Duke took an unexpected detour last fall. (Sports Illustrated)

This Day in UNC Basketball History: Dean Smith Wins No. 877

Dean Smith started the 1996-97 season with 851 wins, 25 behind Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp, who held the all-time mark. It was obvious that if the record came that season, it would come in March, when the stakes were the highest. This was one of Smith’s youngest and thinnest teams. Carolina relied on a six-man core. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels hope links to past can predict future

A common thread connecting Roy Williams’ two NCAA championship teams at UNC is that neither of their postseason paths included an ACC Tournament title. The Tar Heels won it all in the 2005 and 2009 national tournaments after bowing out of the ACC’s semifinal round during each of those seasons, both times as the top seed in the league tournament. (Burlington Times News)

UNC's Three Keys to a Final Four Run

Villanova forward Kris Jenkins’s 25-footer has been a basket of motivation for the top-seeded Tar Heels ever since they left their NRG Stadium locker room in Houston last April. Four wins separate North Carolina from a return trip to the Final Four, this time in Phoenix, although there are three primary factors that will determine the likelihood of such a journey. (Inside Carolina)

Obama Picks UNC to Beat Duke in NCAA Championship Game

While current president Donald Trump elected to skip out on making an NCAA Tournament bracket, the president before him decided to maintain the tradition. Barack Obama's entire bracket can be viewed on his website, but we'll capture the highlights. Obama predicts a rivalry in the title game with North Carolina beating Duke to bring home a sixth championship. (Sporting News)

Not Quite Like Mike

It’s about a year later, and Marcus Paige and Ryan Arcidiacono are still going at it, but in a very different arena. In fact, “arena” is overselling it. It’s the Salt Lake City Community College gym, and the fans number not in the tens of thousands, nor even in the thousands, but in the hundreds. Paige is a guard for the NBA D-League’s Salt Lake City Stars. (Bleacher Report)

Well Said Podcast: Eric Montross and March Madness

It’s time for March Madness. With North Carolina’s tipoff a few days away, we’re talking with former All-American and starting center of the Tar Heels’ 1993 national championship team Eric Montross, who currently serves as a commentator for UNC Basketball. (UNC.edu)

Vince Carter Believes He Would’ve Beaten Michael Jordan In A Dunk Contest

Michael Jordan was once considered the greatest dunker in NBA history. That is, until Vince Carter came along and forever altered our view of what’s possible. But as a two-time dunk champion (regardless of the controversial nature of his second win over Dominique Wilkins), His Airness still holds one of the top spots in the pantheon of all-time greatest dunkers. (UPROXX)

Charlotte Hornets’ Marvin Williams, rolling on offense, takes defense ‘personally’

As well as Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams has been playing offense recently, he still feels responsible when things aren’t going as well on the other end of the floor. “When our defense comes and goes, I take it personally,” Williams said Saturday after the Hornets dropped a 125-122 overtime decision to the New Orleans Pelicans in Spectrum Center. (Charlotte Observer)

Plenty to do while NCAA tournament is in Greenville

About 14,000 fans will be watching first and second round NCAA tournament games in Greenville, South Carolina. The 2017 games were moved to Greenville after the NCAA decided to pull postseason play from North Carolina over the state's controversial House Bill 2. A Greenville committee already are in the process of bidding for future tournament games. (Greenville News)

2017 NCAA Tournament: Fatal flaw for every national title contender

South No. 1 North Carolina: Foul trouble for the big men. Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks combine to commit 9.3 fouls per 40 minutes. Without those guys on the floor, the Tar Heels remain a top-15 team but no longer a title contender. And with its two front-court players vulnerable to hacking, the Tar Heels have floated in and out of the great-team conversation. (CBS Sports)

Chansky’s Notebook: Longevity Plus

Did you see what Vince Carter did the other night? Carter launched six triples. They all went in. He took eight shots in all, and made every one. He added 2 of 2 free throws for 24 points, plus 5 rebounds, two assists and three steals. The game he has continued to play with a combination of longevity and love, adds another level of meaning to the nickname Vinsanity. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: Leaving Out The Lapses

Roy Williams has a simple instruction for his team as they prepare for Friday’s NCAA Tournament opener against Texas Southern: pay attention. His Tar Heels turned into a defensive juggernaut last March, and he believes this year’s team has the same potential. How far they advance will likely depend on how much they’re able to recapture last year’s defensive spirit. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: NCAA Tourney

Get ready for this weekend's NCAA Tournament action and look back to last weekend's ACC Tournament run in Brooklyn in the latest edition of the Carolina Insider podcast with Jones Angell and Adam Lucas. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas in partnership with Learfield Sports and DGital Media. (GoHeels.com)

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, 5:05 ET CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#5 Kentucky0
at #6 UNC0
Sunday 5:05 PM
Monk 20.4 ppg, 2.4 apg; Jackson 18.1 ppg, 2.7 apg;
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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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