Meet Lipscomb: the 15 seed that scores, loves Fortnite and will play UNC on FridayThey hail from a private Christian college in Nashville with an enrollment of 4,585. They have won eight games in a row, and 12 of their last 13. Their leading scorer is a junior criminal justice major who, along with the rest of his team, loves to play Fortnite: Battle Royale. These are the 15th-seeded Lipscomb Bisons, in their first ever NCAA Tournament. (Daily Tar Heel)
Strong ACC Tournament showing sets UNC up for NCAA madnessThe Tar Heels tip off Friday in Charlotte against Lipscomb. The Bisons are to be commended for making their first-ever NCAA Tournament, but they aren't expected to challenge UNC. It’s OK for me to say that, but not the Tar Heels. As far as they’re concerned, Friday is an opportunity to get started on the right foot and to determine their NCAA Tournament identity. (WRAL Sports Fan)
No One More Important to UNC than Theo PinsonNorth Carolina has more talented players than Theo Pinson. The Tar Heels have better shooters than Theo Pinson. But they have no one more important than Theo Pinson, one of the more unique players in UNC’s recent history. As the Tar Heels enter the NCAA tournament Friday trying to make a run to a third straight Final Four, Pinson as usual will be in the middle of it all. (Charlotte Observer)
UNC’s Kenny Williams in key role, a year after injuryA year later, Kenny Williams finds himself in a key role for North Carolina as it begins a quest for the 2018 championship here Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels (25-10), a No. 2 seed in the West Regional, will open their defense against No. 15 Lipscomb (23-9) from the Atlantic Sun Conference at The Spectrum Center. (Fayetteville Observer)
Luke Maye Loves CharlotteAs UNC finished its open practice Thursday and players dispersed across the Spectrum Center to sign autographs, most fans navigated toward one corner in particular. Unsurprisingly, that's where Luke Maye was heading. And if the Huntersville, N.C., native didn't feel at home already, he certainly did then, with the crowd around him constantly growing. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Begins Run For 3rd Straight Final FourUNC will begin its defense of the 2017 National Championship this week. But the players are hungry for another deep run in the tournament. The Tar Heels are looking for their 3rd straight Final Four, a mark the program has only achieved once before in the late 1960s under the leadership of Dean Smith.
Video: UNC Players Pre-Lipscomb Locker Room InterviewsNorth Carolina's locker room Thursday was loose, fun and confident. The Tar Heels spoke about Friday's first-round NCAA Tournament game versus Lipscomb, their mindset entering the big dance, what they learned in Brooklyn last week, and more. Here is what Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye, Theo Pinson, and Joel Berry had to say: (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Theo being Theo: Stats, wins and smiles fill Pinson's Carolina careerFrom the career-best numbers to the endless quotes hitting Twitter, that’s just Theo being Theo. And through the great days and tough days, he’s thankful for the chance. “I think about this literally every single day,” Theo Pinson told Roy Williams during his senior night speech. “I don’t know if there’s another coach in the country that would let me be Theo.” (Greensboro News & Record)
Tar Heels ready for another long March missionLuke Maye is excited to be back in Charlotte. Genuinely excited. He's usually a pretty stone-faced interview, but Luke lit up when he got that inevitable question Thursday. He went home last night to visit his folks, said his grandma actually lives downtown (for the nightlife, I'm guessing) and just generally gleamed about playing here for the weekend. (ABC 11)
It's March, and it's Roy Williams' and Carolina's timeNorth Carolina, the defending national champion, continues its quest Friday with a lot of people doubting the Tar Heels can get back to the Final Four. That’s in part because it’s so hard to do, much less two straight years. Roy Williams' team is trying to do it three straight years. That’s, indeed, a rarity in NCAA history. Only eight schools have done it, including UNC. (Greensboro News & Record)
Tar Heels Refuse to Overlook No. 15 Seed Lipscomb in NCAA First Round MatchupAs UNC gets set to open its NCAA Tournament run Friday afternoon in Charlotte against the No. 15 seed Lipscomb Bisons, head coach Roy Williams refuses to overlook his team’s first-round opponent—which is a good thing considering Lipscomb has similarities to Wofford, a team that pulled off a major upset against the Tar Heels earlier this season. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: UNC Dunks At NCAA Tournament Open Practice In CharlotteNorth Carolina put on a show during open practice for its NCAA Tournament opener against Lipscomb in Charlotte. The Heels showed off their athleticism for the crowd on hand, including an incredible Dunk Contest-worthy slam by Seventh Woods.
UNC vs. Lipscomb PreviewNorth Carolina senior Theo Pinson will be playing against former high school teammate Michael Buckland when Lipscomb and UNC take the court on Friday. The Tar Heels opened as a 19.5-point favorite in its first round matchup. Carolina has been this heavy of a favorite five times this season - vs Portland, Tulane, Western Carolina, Wofford and Pittsburgh. (Inside Carolina)
Cameron Johnson Practices, ‘Full Go’ for FridayCameron Johnson was a full participant in North Carolina's offsite practice at Queens College on Thursday. The 6-8 graduate transfer forward told Inside Carolina that he fully expects to play on Friday when the Tar Heels take on the Lipscomb Bisons at 2:45 p.m. "We're pretty much getting back to a normal state, right now," Johnson said. (Inside Carolina)
Q&A With Wes MillerOn Thursday, former North Carolina guard Wes Miller will return to the NCAA Tournament, this time as the head coach of UNCG. The Spartans, the No. 13 seed in the West Region, face No. 4 seed Gonzaga in Boise, Idaho. Before Thursday's game, Miller spoke with GoHeels.com columnist Pat James about his team's season, his time at UNC and more. (GoHeels.com)
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