Double-digit not Cinderella for Syracuse; UNC last No. 1The Orange had lost five of six games, including their ACC Tournament opener, when the 68-team NCAA Tournament field was announced. Now they are in the Final Four and facing the only remaining No. 1 seed, North Carolina, their conference rival that beat them twice this season. "It's a reminder that we can't take them lightly," Tar Heels guard Joel Berry said. (Associated Press)
Watch claymation Michael Jordan win the 1982 championshipWhether it was Michael Jordan's game-winning shot or James Worthy's game-sealing steal, the 1982 North Carolina Tar Heels went on a magical run to win the national championship over Georgetown. And to celebrate UNC's second championship, the ACC Digital Network re-imagined the final moments of the Tar Heel's 63-62 win over the Hoyas with a claymation video. (NCAA.com)
Video: 68 Seconds of Ol' Roy Saying Ol' Roy ThingsThe follow-up to Andrew Carter of the News and Observer's article on Roy Williams' vocabulary. Definitely worth its own post. (Tar Heel Blog)
Joel James overcomes rough, late start to get to Final FourWhen they were younger, Kai James followed her older brother, Joel, everywhere. Through dangerous streets that were made safer by his presence. She followed him to the Northwood Youth Empowerment Center, a haven for kids who grew up in the worst part of West Palm Beach, Fla., in a neighborhood, Kai said, where there were “different gangs that were literally right on our front door.” (Charlotte Observer)
Williams, Boeheim and Emmert on NCAA investigationsWith the NCAA investigating both Syracuse and UNC in the last couple of years for serious infractions, it feels nearly every other question directed at coach Jim Boeheim, coach Roy Williams and NCAA President Mark Emmert at the first day of Final Four availability involves the investigations, punishments (or lack thereof) and benefits to cheating. (NSJ Sports)
North Carolina has had the most chatter on Twitter throughout the NCAA tournamentSince Selection Sunday, according to the data wizards at Twitter, there’s one team that’s garnered far more chatter than the others: The University of North Carolina. According to the map, Syracuse has dominated Twitter mentions only in the state of New York and surrounding Northeast states. Villanova’s ruled its home state of Pennsylvania and Delaware. (USA Today)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Final Four Press ConferenceOn Thursday afternoon, North Carolina coach Roy Williams met with the media in Houston to answer questions about the Tar Heels.
Roy Williams Pre-Final Four Press Conference QuotesRoy Williams: "Ecstatic to be here. We've already practiced an hour and a half out on the court. Thought we had a good practice. Need to have a good film session later today. We need to have a good practice tomorrow. But I think our kids are enjoining themselves. People at the hotel have been fantastic. People here at the arena have been fantastic. The media are always fantastic, so I'm ready (smiling)." (ASAP Sports)
Justin Jackson's Final Four JourneyLloyd and Sharon Jackson rarely look at their phones during UNC games. This past Sunday was different. In the final minutes of UNC’s East Regional final win over Notre Dame, they both picked up their phones to take pictures and video, to capture a once-in-a-lifetime moment – the moment they knew their son Justin Jackson would be playing in the Final Four. (Inside Carolina)
Video: The All-Time Starting 5 From Tar Heels' Championship TeamsUNC Basketball has been graced with phenomenal talent throughout its existence. The ACC Digital Network presents you with the all-time starting five from UNC's NCAA Championship teams.
Correcting Media Inaccuracies on UNC InvestigationIn today’s media world of hot takes, facts often fall by the wayside. However, opinions are only valid and should only be published for public consumption when such commentary is based upon a factual understanding of the topic material. That’s not always the case when it comes to the complexity surrounding the UNC case. (Inside Carolina)
Rivals eager for UNC to be punished for scandal are getting what they want, slowlyYou want UNC to suffer, and you want it now. Well, maybe not you, personally, but someone you know wants UNC to feel it. Or, at the very least, someone you’ve encountered through social media. Nothing positive happens with Tar Heels basketball without someone on Twitter taking a snarky swipe at the glacial pace of the NCAA’s examination of the university’s athletic program. (Sporting News)
Final Four Links: Calm Before the Storm EditionIt's Thursday of Final Four week which constitutes the last day before business picks up on Friday with open practice and then the games on Saturday. Here are a few links floating around the internet regarding North Carolina's trip to Houston. (Tar Heel Blog)
Comparing Brice Johnson to UNC big men legendsBrice Johnson is the most recent in a line of talented big men under Coach Roy Williams at UNC. Sean May, Tyler Hansbrough, and Tyler Zeller's jerseys are all in the Dean Dome rafters. Johnson's will join them soon. Hansbrough was the National Player of the Year, a First Team All-American, ACC Player of the Year, and MVP of NCAA Champions (Carolina Blue)
A Tar Heel Fan's Guide To HoustonWe're going to assume that it's Thursday, and if you're going to Houston, you already have travel arrangements. It's not exactly the kind of place you can just swing by. Why can't everything be in Greensboro? If you're still pondering a last-minute trip, though, consider flying into San Antonio or Dallas. Both are roughly three-hour drives from Houston and airfares were more reasonable. (GoHeels.com)
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