From limbo to lethal: How guard Kenny Williams led UNC win over LipscombKenny Williams was in limbo for UNC’s 2017 NCAA championship run – part of it and yet not part of it, on the bench cheering with a torn-up knee when he wanted to be on the court. So while North Carolina’s 84-66 win over Lipscomb Friday at the Spectrum Center was fairly routine as far as first-round NCAA tournament wins go, for Williams it was anything but. (Charlotte Observer)
Theo being Theo gets UNC past lethargic start against LipscombTheo Pinson doing something contrary to what coaches want him to is not new. His rebellious nature makes him a more unconventional veteran, but he's been invaluable to North Carolina just the same. Roy Williams hasn't always seen eye to eye with Pinson. But each year, Pinson's instincts have meshed more and more comfortably with Williams' system. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Roy Williams savors family time with his grandson before UNC's win over LipscombRoy Williams had a burp cloth on his shoulder and his 5-month-old grandson in his arms. It wasn’t the normal pregame routine for the UNC coach but sometimes you have to enjoy the moment. That’s what Williams did before the Tar Heels’ 84-66 win over Lipscomb on Friday in the NCAA tournament. Kayson Newlin had a frontrow seat with his famous grandfather. (Charlotte Observer)
Video: Roy Williams, Theo Pinson, Kenny Williams Post-Lipscomb Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams, senior Theo Pinson, and junior Kenny Williams speak with the media following the Tar Heels' 84-66 win over Lipscomb on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte.
Video: Roy Williams Coaches Theo Pinson & Kenny Williams During Postgame Press ConferenceRoy Williams never stops coaching, as put on display during the postgame press conference following the Tar Heels' First Round win over Lipscomb in the NCAA Tournament. Williams interrupted Theo Pinson to explain why a shot Kenny Williams took during the game was a bad shot.
Video: UNC Players Post-Lipscomb Locker Room InterviewsNorth Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday by defeating Lipscomb, 84-66, at Spectrum Center and is now one game away from the Sweet 16 of the West Region. Here is what Kenny Williams, Sterling Manley, Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Garrison Brooks, and Cameron Johnson had to say after the game: (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Roy Williams, Kenny Williams, Theo Pinson Post-Lipscomb Press Conference TranscriptRoy Williams: I'm not going to start by telling you how Tiger stands because I don't know how Tiger stands. I'm very appreciative of these guys up here with me and very appreciative of the guys in the locker room. We didn't play our best. Lipscomb was more active than we were early. We have five guys in double figures. We shoot almost 52 percent, hold them to 36 percent." (ASAP Sports)
Lipscomb Coach Casey Alexander, Players Post-UNC Press Conference TranscriptLipscomb Coach Casey Alexander: "Congratulations to Carolina. Everybody knows it takes a magical performance from somebody like us to beat somebody like them and we didn't get that, and so we were fighting uphill all afternoon. So, I thought our guys really competed and continued to play all 40 minutes. Just tip our hat and we'll go home and start over." (ASAP Sports)
Joel Berry Passes Michael Jordan’s Points Record With Win Over LipscombKenny Williams scored 18 points and North Carolina took its time before beating Lipscomb 84-66 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UNC's Joel Berry II hit a milestone during the game against Lipscomb. He passed Michael Jordan's all-time scoring list for a career high of 1790 points. Theo Pinson had 15 points and flirted with a triple-double. (WFMY)
Defending champ North Carolina opens up, tops Lipscomb 84-66Kenny Williams scored 18 points and defending national champion North Carolina took its time before opening up, beating Lipscomb 84-66 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Theo Pinson had 15 points and flirted with a triple-double for the Tar Heels, the No. 2 seed in the West. UNC won its 12th NCAA game in 13 tries going back to the 2016 tournament. (Associated Press)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. LipscombCarolina will need to play much better than that on Sunday against a rugged, big Texas A&M team. The Tar Heels played well enough to beat Lipscomb, but that was about it. All five UNC starters finished in double figures as Carolina spread out the scoring. Theo Pinson had his seventh double-double in his last 16 games, coupling his scoring (15 points) with ten boards. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 84, Lipscomb 66View the complete box score from North Carolina's 84-66 win over Lipscomb on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte, NC. (View Box Score)
Roy in the ValleyIt was July of 1973 when Jim LeVine, the head football coach at Charles D. Owen High in Black Mountain, was wrapping up a summer conditioning workout with a couple dozen football players. He pulled several aside and told them the school had a new basketball coach and they should stop in the gym and introduce themselves. “His name is Roy Williams.” (Rams Club)
The North Carolina Basketball Record Book (Pre-NCAA Tournament Edition)Should North Carolina advance to the Final Four, Joel Berry will likely become just the second Tar Heel to ever make 100+ three-pointers in a single season (Justin Jackson is the other). Should Carolina advance to the Final Four, Luke Maye will likely become just the second Tar Heel to ever grab 400+ rebounds in a single season (Brice Johnson is the other). (Armchair All-Americans)
Chansky’s Notebook: 33-1 Ain’t Too Bad!Playing in Charlotte is a big boon to Roy Williams’ team, which will enjoy a highly partisan crowd at the Spectrum Center cheering for the light blue, which got there by virtue of beating Duke in the ACC tournament for a second win over the Blue Devils this season. A loss and UNC would have been in Pittsburgh instead of the Dukies. The Tar Heels are peaking. (Chapelboro.com)
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