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)
Dad Gets To Watch 2 Sons Play in Final FourNathaniel Britt is about as happy as a Final Four dad can be. “To me, we’ve already won,” said Britt. “I think they’re doing an outstanding job and I’m very proud of them.” Britt is proud of his son Nate Britt who sports the number zero for the UNC Tar Heels, and Kris Jenkins, the young man he calls his second son who wears number two for Villanova. (WFMY)
Roy Williams’ motivational tools sound familiar to two Tar Heels on 2009 title teamRoy Williams is making the most of a motivational tool this March that sounds pretty familiar to a pair of players who were part of UNC’s 2009 national-championship team. Tyler Zeller, in his fourth NBA season, remembers Williams preaching to the team about the intangibles possessed by the 2005 NCAA title team that the 2009 team would need in order to also win a championship. (Raleigh & Company)
5 X-Factors for UNC-Syracuse Final Four MatchupAll season long, Carolina has looked like a national title contender. The Tar Heels have a Hall of Fame coach, great guard play, fantastic big men, depth, and multiple ways to hurt you offensively. So now, we have the Final Four matchup between two college basketball blue bloods. Here are five X-factors to keep an eye on while you’re watching on Saturday night. (Athlon Sports)
Lucas: The Rule Of ThreeNo one knows exactly when he first said it. But he most definitely said it. At some point during Dean Smith’s Hall of Fame career, he first uttered the phrase, “It’s hard to beat a good team three times.” That’s remained ingrained in the collective Carolina fan base memory, reinforced by instances during Smith’s legendary tenure. (GoHeels.com)
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