Scope of Villanova's rout catches Tar Heels off guardThe severity of Villanova’s 95-51 throttling of Oklahoma in Saturday’s NCAA tournament semifinals caught the college basketball world off guard. Playing against a team that was ranked No. 1 for several weeks this season, and doing so in a dome that’s supposed to be difficult for shooters, the Wildcats shot 71 percent and posted the most lop-sided win in Final Four history. (Fayetteville Observer)
It's defense that wins big games, even at the Final FourUNC scored 83 points against Syracuse but it was the 28 points the Tar Heels allowed in the first half that set the tone for their path to Monday night's championship game. As long as they keep playing basketball, it will always be defense that wins games, especially the big ones. UNC has another game to play because they made it tough on Syracuse's perimeter players. (Associated Press)
Remembering Final Fours of Years PastFinal Fours can cause nightmares and daydreams. Just ask Phil Ford. Ford has a unique perspective on these Final Four trips. After a career as one of the best players in Carolina history, Ford was also part of trips deep into the NCAA Tournament as a member of the Tar Heel coaching staff. (Chapelboro.com)
Thank you, Internet: Best social moments of UNC's Final Four winNorth Carolina advanced to the NCAA men's basketball national championship after knocking out Syracuse 83-66 Saturday in oddly ACC Tournament like setting. As expected, timelines were filling up quick with some amusing videos and Crying Jordan memes. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Marcus Paige shows he knows when North Carolina needs him mostThrough the first 32 games of his senior season with the North Carolina Tar Heels, Marcus Paige had missed 123 shots from 3-point range. If none of those had broken his confidence, then the four more he tacked on Saturday through the first 30 minutes of Final Four basketball against Syracuse were hardly going to leave a scratch. He just needed an opportunity. (Sporting News)
Roy Williams opens presser with tribute to Stuart Scott, Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge, Ted SeagrovesThe last few years have been tough on UNC head coach Roy Williams. The NCAA issues that still loom over the North Carolina athletic department questioned his integrity. To add to that he has been forced to address questions and false statements on his retirement. If that wasn't enough the Hall of Fame coach has recently lost many important people in his life. (Carolina Blue)
Williams, Boeheim done with retirement questionsNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim have shared a rough couple years in the college basketball business. Thanks to NCAA scandal and advanced age, just about every encounter with the media features questions about retirement. So you'd be a bit salty too if those warmed-over questions came up again after the Final Four. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Lucas: Beyond A DreamThere’s only one more game before Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Joel James join the alumni roster. This time next year, they’ll be the old guys. One day, we’ll see them in the stands at an NCAA Tournament game—probably coached by 88-year-old Roy Williams—and remember that incredible 2016 run, the one that ended with…well, we’ll find out. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Locker Room Celebration Post Syracuse - Next Up National Championship!The Tar Heels are onto the National Championship against Villanova after beating Syracuse 83-66 in the national semifinals.
Video: Marcus Paige on What Title Would Mean to Roy WilliamsMarcus Paige was asked what winning the NCAA Championship would mean to head coach Roy Williams, following UNC's win over Syracuse in the Final Four.
Video: Roy Williams 1-on-1 After Final Four Win Over SyracuseNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams spoke to Jeff Fischel of the ACC Digital Network after the Tar Heels advanced to the National Championship game with an 83-66 win over Syracuse.
Turner's Take: May MotivationThe night before Saturday's game, Sean May spoke to the team. “You have to be able to compartmentalize everything else that goes around the Final Four and into a national championship. When you step across those lines, it's just three refs, ten guys and four lines, and that's it. At that moment, it's just about playing. And when the confetti hits, that's when you celebrate.” (GoHeels.com)
Seldom-used senior Joel James provides first-half boost to UNCReserve center Joel James made two shots during a first-half run that helped push UNC to an 83-66 win against Syracuse. He said the outcome mattered more to him than the individual contributions. "I'm happy we won. I don't care if I score two points or 2,000." James scored four points Saturday, posting more than two in a game for only the second time since the end of January. (Fayetteville Observer)
Justin Jackson unleashes his rageIf you’re playing North Carolina basketball bingo, a Brice Johnson rage dunk is the free space in the middle of the board. The flexing and the yelling is going to happen every game, it’s just a matter of when. But a Justin Jackson rage dunk? Now, that’s a rarity, the bingo space that never gets filled in. (NSJ Sports)
Tar Heels Answer Orange’s ChargeSyracuse’s run was coming. The Orange had rallied from seven down against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 before overcoming a 16-point deficit against Virginia in the Elite Eight. Unfortunately for Jim Boeheim’s bunch, North Carolina has made a habit out of answering runs. (Inside Carolina)
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