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Give Roy Williams the Credit He Deserves: UNC Coach Is Best of This Generation

Roy Williams is in the Hall of Fame. He will play in the national championship game for the sixth time in his career Monday and try for his third national title. So what I'm about to write needs to be written. Roy Williams is underrated. Roy Williams is the best coach of the new millennium. Williams wins. But, for whatever reason, he does not win the popularity contest. (Bleacher Report)

David vs. Goliath? Nope: Gonzaga has already closed the gap between it and UNC

Do not be fooled about the dynamic at play on the floor on Monday. This is not Gonzaga’s moment to close the gap between a boutique basketball operation and the college hoops bluebloods. There is no gap. The gap is way gone, bridged by Mark Few’s program both performing and spending at a level commensurate with many of its power conference peers. (Sports Illustrated)

Joel Berry Seeking Shooting Lift

Entering the NCAA Tournament, Joel Berry was shooting a career-best 45 percent from the floor and 42 percent from long range. In five NCAA Tournament games, he is shooting 28 percent from the floor and 24 percent from deep. “My ankles aren’t as strong as they used to be,” Berry said. “I can take as much medicine as I want to, but that doesn’t help the strength at all.” (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels facing 'mirror,' in NCAA Championship

UNC faces something against Gonzaga Monday that it hasn't faced in a long time: a team that plays two true big men the entire game. In fact, the Tar Heels play an opponent with the National Championship on the line that looks a lot like its own team. "They're similar to us, they play two post players and (have) three players on the perimeter," Roy Williams said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Carolina Basketball Notebook

UNC needing to adapt to an opponent that plays a more perimeter-based style has become such a commonplace storyline that it's a little jarring to prepare for the national championship game against a team that utilizes the rare basketball strategy of two post players and three around the perimeter. Gonzaga will present the Tar Heels with a very similar look on Monday. (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: Like A Warrior

Four years ago, he was in a similar situation. In his last high school game, Hicks poured in 34 points and had 30 rebounds to lead Oxford Webb to a 73-70 overtime victory in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A Championship. His final game as a Warrior was legendary. In his final game as a Tar Heel, Isaiah Hicks needs to play like a warrior. (GoHeels.com)

10 things you do not know about UNC basketball on eve of championship game

“It’s hard to recover from missing a free throw short,” Theo Pinson said. “If it’s long, you have a better chance of making the second one. But if it’s short, there’s a good chance that you’re going to miss the second one, and that it’s going to be short, too.” With that on his mind, Pinson gambled on Kennedy Meeks missing short again, timed his leap perfectly and tipped the ball out to Joel Berry. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heels hoping Hicks can turn things around in NCAA final

His shots aren't falling in the NCAA Tournament. His rebounds are down. And UNC's Isaiah Hicks just hasn't looked like the reliable senior starter he's been all year. The Tar Heels can't afford that to continue into the final night of the season, not if they want to beat Gonzaga in Monday's championship game and win the title that slipped away a year earlier. (Associated Press)

UNC-Gonzaga Championship Game Viewing Party

On Monday April 3, fans are invited to watch the Tar Heels play Gonzaga in the NCAA championship game in the Smith Center. Tipoff is at 9:19 p.m. Entry A of the Smith Center will be open for the general public beginning at 8 p.m. Entry C will open for students, faculty and staff at 7:30 p.m. Concessions and merchandise will be available, and parking will be available for $5.00 in the Manning, Bowles, and Craige parking lots beginning at 6 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

Williams, Berry, Pinson Pre-Championship Press Conference Transcript & Video

Joel, how did the ankles respond, and how do they feel today, and do you feel like they'll be better or worse tomorrow than they were yesterday? Joel Berry (Video): "I actually feel better. I woke up this morning and didn't have any stiffness. That was my biggest worry. And I was able to get right up out of bed and just walk normally." (ASAP Sports)

Justin Jackson feeling it from deep

It was the biggest stage of the season and Justin Jackson came to play. The best players step up in the biggest moments and Jackson, who has been incredible all season, did just that. Jackson, UNC's most consistent scorer, was sharp against Oregon. He finished with 22 points on 6-for-13 shooting. He was 4-for-9 from three and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. (Carolina Blue)

North Carolina-Gonzaga: What the Final Four tells us about the national championship game

Joel Berry doesn’t look 100 percent. Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks carried the load against Oregon, in part because Berry scuffled. The junior point guard went 2-for-14 against the Ducks – Berry is playing with two sprained ankles and didn’t show the explosion he typically does. When healthy, Berry is the engine of a lethal transition attack. (NCAA.com)

Mark Few, Gonzaga Players Pre-Championship Press Conference

Mark Few (Video): "I've always followed Roy's teams. My first five, gosh, all the way into Turiaf years -- imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Is that right or wrong or backwards or something? But it's meant the same way. We called it the Kansas break. I ran the Kansas break for my first seven years." (ASAP Sports)

UNC vs. Gonzaga Preview

For the second year in a row, UNC will play for the national championship on Monday night. The Tar Heels will face Gonzaga for the title in Glendale, Arizona. The game tips off at 9:20 p.m. ET on CBS. Gonzaga was able to outlast the overachieving South Carolina Gamecocks, 77-73, en route to the program’s first national championship game berth. (Inside Carolina)

Nate Britt is UNC's latest unsung postseason hero

Nate Britt’s contribution wasn’t as memorable or dramatic as Maye’s career-best 17-point performance against the Wildcats in the NCAA South Region final, an effort punctuated by a last-second game-winning jumper. But by coming in late in the first half to ignite a spark under UNC’s stagnant offense. (North State Journal)

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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