After 'torching' teammates regularly, Luke Maye picks right time to deliverIt’s one thing to put in yeoman’s work in a January home game. It’s quite another to earn an ovation like that by hanging a career high 16 points and 12 rebounds in North Carolina’s Sweet Sixteen victory over Butler, as Luke Maye did on Friday. It’s nothing new to UNC’s starters, who have been on the business end of those performances plenty of times. (Greensboro News & Record)
Roy Williams, Tar Heels relish Ole Roy-ismsThe contrast is stark: Cal is hip, Ole Roy is not. More strikingly, the older of the two Naismith Hall of Fame coaches relishes that. Roy Williams referenced Mr. Miyagi when Joel Berry rolled his ankle in the NCAA Tournament First Round, the players didn't understand the reference. When asked about the moment, Justin Jackson explained that it happens all the time. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Video: Roy Williams, the "Duck Master"North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams escorts the famous Peabody Ducks from the lobby of the Peabody Hotel to their overnight roost on the roof on Saturday in Memphis.
Video: John Calipari On What He Learned From Dean SmithJohn Calipari says the way he has designed the Kentucky basketball program and develops players follows from what Dean Smith created at North Carolina. Cal says the legendary Tar Heel coach "was so far ahead of his time."
Roy Williams, UNC Players Pre-Kentucky Press Conference TranscriptRoy Williams: "We're ecstatic we're still here having press conferences. Couldn't think of anything I'd rather be doing right now. But we've already had a little practice, and now we'll get a chance to relax a little bit. This press conference will be very quick. At 5:00 I'm walking the ducks from Peabody's lobby back up to the top, so my butt is getting out of here." (ASAP Sports)
Lucas: Carolina Basketball NotebookAs has been well chronicled, Malik Monk scored 47 points when Carolina and Kentucky met in Las Vegas. As has also been well chronicled, Theo Pinson did not play in that game. "Maybe if Theo was playing, Malik only has 30 points," said Kennedy Meeks. "He's one of our best defenders." Pinson, however, didn't want to get into any discussion of being a Monk-stopper. (GoHeels.com)
Art’s Angle: Come What MayeIf you are worried about the pro-Kentucky crowd here, the Wildcats being at the top of their game with 13 straight wins and how the Tar Heels can stop De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, consider this: Las Vegas has Carolina a 2½-point favorite. Whaaaaat? Must be because Kentucky has Bluegrass but the Tar Heels have blood lines. As in Luke Maye. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Carolina Basketball - Winner StaysThe Tar Heels built a 16-point halftime lead en route to downing Butler in the NCAA South Regional. Watch Roy Williams update the North Carolina locker room whiteboard from "16" to "8" following Friday's big win.
3 Keys: How Kentucky can beat North CarolinaFinding Kentucky’s blueprint to a win over North Carolina might seem simple. Applying lessons from Kentucky’s 103-100 Dec. 17 win over UNC might be a losing proposition, though, as the Wildcats needed a gargantuan effort from star guard Malik Monk to secure the victory. How then can Kentucky reach the Final Four? Here are three keys to a win Sunday. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
John Calipari, Kentucky Players Pre-UNC Press Conference TranscriptKentucky coach John Calipari: "I remember watching [UNC] play and I'm thinking, please don't put them in our bracket, and there they are in our bracket. Somebody said does playing somebody help? Well, it probably helps both of us in preparation. We know we've done it once, but the reality of it is that game was so long ago. Both teams are better; let me say that." (ASAP Sports)
UNC vs. Kentucky PreviewAfter playing in arguably the best game of the regular season, UNC and Kentucky will meet again with a spot in the Final Four on the line. The game tips at 5:05pm ET on Sunday. Kentucky advanced to the South regional final on Friday with an 86-75 win over No. 3 seed UCLA after entering the NCAA Tournament on the heels of its third straight SEC Tournament title. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels To Face Wildcats For Final Four BerthNo. 1 seed North Carolina plays No. 2 seed Kentucky in the South Region championship game on Sunday, March 26th, at 5:05 p.m. Eastern in Memphis. UNC and Kentucky have combined for 244 NCAA Tournament wins. No other game in college basketball history has featured two teams with as many combined NCAA Tournament wins as the 2017 South Regional final. (GoHeels.com)
Prolific and Powerful: UNC's offense rollsIt was one of the more impressive offensive performances for UNC all season. Everything seemed to go right in in the first half as UNC gained a substantial lead through prolific shooting and efficient transition offense. The Tar Heels kept the pedal down in the second half, making big shots after Butler cut the lead while maintaining a double digit lead throughout the game. (Carolina Blue)
Life Advice from Coach George KarlHow does cancer change a man? My whole thing right now is: Life is precious, my time is important, so don’t waste it with your goofball mentalities. This will affect my coaching a little bit. But also I will be more balanced. The thing about basketball is that it’s a game of mistakes as much as it’s a game of success. (Men's Journal)
UNC Basketball's Second Visit to RendezvousIn some respects, the Tar Heels are back where their season began. Roy Williams and Memphis coach Tubby Smith are long-time friends, which made a preseason scrimmage over the last weekend of October a simple agreement. And so when UNC made its way to The Peabody Hotel in the fall, there was little question that Rendezvous would be on the menu. (Inside Carolina)
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|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|