Hand-washed superstition part of postseason run for Marcus Paige, UNCHand wash. Hang dry. Repeat. That's student manager Forrest Reynolds' formula for maintaining UNC's postseason win streak and keeping Marcus Paige in a healthy frame of mind. The careful handling of Paige's gray, sleeveless "Carolina Basketball" warmup shirt could be considered a key element to their championship run. (Fayetteville Observer)
NCAA Championship Tale of the Tape: UNC-VillanovaFor all the marbles. The championship of college basketball comes down to the two best teams in KenPom and two teams ranked #1 and #2 in offensive efficiency. On the defensive end, Villanova sports a top ten defensive efficiency with UNC at 23rd though the Tar Heels did flirt with the top ten in this metric three games ago. (Tar Heel Blog)
Roy Williams doesn't expect UNC hoops to get 'hit in any way at all' by NCAA sanctionsWhen asked Sunday during an ESPN interview at the NCAA tournament's Final Four about the chances that North Carolina gets hit by NCAA sanctions, Williams said he would be speculating, but "I don't think we're going to get hit in any way at all. Hard to penalize somebody when you have no allegations against them.'' (ESPN.com)
UNC Opponent Preview: VillanovaOnly two teams remain. North Carolina and Villanova meet for the national championship on Monday night at NRG Stadium in Houston. The game tips at approximately 9:19 pm ET and will be televised by TBS. In a game of No. 2 seeds, Villanova throttled Oklahoma, 95-51, in the Final Four on Saturday night. (Inside Carolina)
Watching and winning – with Carolina familyThe Tar Heels may have been playing in Houston, but the Smith Center was packed with people like Petrizzi who wanted to watch the Final Four with fellow fans. From families divided in the UNC-Syracuse rivalry to babies visiting the Smith Center for the first time, fans flooded into the Smith Center hours before the game tipped off. (UNC.edu)
Turner's Take: Keepin' It LooseLast night's win over Syracuse put the Tar Heels in position to play for a national championship. For the fifth time in his career, Roy Williams will be on the sidelines as head coach in a national final on Monday night. And so how did Williams' team lock in on the way back to the hotel? By sitting in silence, alone with their thoughts, replaying the game in their minds? Nah. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams, UNC Starters Pre-Villanova Press ConferenceRoy Williams and the five Carolina starters (Johnson, Berry, Paige, Jackson & Meeks) answer questions the day before the Tar Heels take on Villanova in the 2016 National Championship.
Roy Williams could join coaching royalty with another titleNorth Carolina is one win from a sixth national championship. Roy Williams is one win from joining coaching royalty. Only five men have won more than two national championships. All are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and immediately recognizable to college basketball fans. (Associated Press)
Lucas: National Championship NotebookAfter Saturday’s display in the national semifinals, most observers will believe Villanova has the edge on the perimeter in Monday’s championship game. But if that’s the case, then the Tar Heels probably have the edge in the paint. “We’re going to have to deal with their size, length, rebounding and inside game,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said on Sunday. (GoHeels.com)
Heels Didn't Need A 3 Until They Needed A 3With 9:26 left in Saturday’s national semifinal game between North Carolina and Syracuse, Orange freshman Malachai Richardson drained his team’s sixth 3-pointer of the night cutting a 17-point Tar Heels lead to 7, yet Carolina still hadn’t seen a 3 fall through the cylinder. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Theo Pinson Crashes Another Press ConferenceTheo Pinson crashed UNC basketball's press conference prior to the National Championship Game. Roy Williams takes it all in stride, calling Pinson "Roy, Jr." and laughing off the distraction.
Roy Williams, UNC Players Pre-Villanova Press Conference QuotesWhen you won in 2009 for your second title to match Dean, you said something along the lines of, Roy Williams and Dean Smith don't belong in the same sentence. Tomorrow if you win three, do you still believe so? Roy Williams: I know he was a heck of a lot better. I really believe that. I don't think I'm in the same league with Coach Smith, and I never will. (ASAP Sports)
Video: Marcus Paige - The Leader Of UNC Basketball From Day OneMarcus Paige will lead UNC into the National Championship game against Villanova Monday night. ACCDN host Jeff Fischel takes a closer look at the senior's road to the National Championship game and finds out from his coaches what that road was like for the point guard.
Video: Theo Pinson 1-on-1 After Final Four WinTheo Pinson told Jeff Fischel of the ACC Digital Network that it's been one heck of a journey and the guys on this team make it all worth it, after UNC advanced to the Championship Game to face Villanova.
Villanova Coach, Players Pre-UNC Press Conference QuotesVillanova Coach Jay Wright on UNC: "We're going to play a really tough team that's probably playing the best basketball in the country right now. It's going to be a battle of wills because they do some things that we don't. Obviously we're going to have to deal with their size, their length, their rebounding, their inside game. This is going to be a hell of a game." (ASAP Sports)
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