Maye Family Continues the Carolina ConnectionLike many youngsters growing up in North Carolina, Luke Maye pretended to be a great Tar Heel quarterback when he threw the football around the yard. Unlike most youngsters, that UNC quarterback Maye was emulating was his father, Mark. “I idolized my father,” Luke says. “I wanted to throw the football like he threw it and I wanted to shoot the basketball like he shot it.” (Rams Club)
Video: North Carolina Pre-Sweet 16 Player InterviewsSeveral North Carolina basketball players spoke with reporters on Thursday prior to the Tar Heels' Sweet 16 game against Butler on Friday in Memphis. Here are their video interviews: Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, Stilman White
Update on Joel Berry's ankleJoel Berry answered enough questions on his ankle on Thursday in Memphis to last him a lifetime. The point guard rolled his ankle last Friday in UNC's win over Texas Southern. He played against Arkansas in the second round. Since, Berry has been held out of practice, received treatment, and wore a boot for protective and cautionary purposes. (Carolina Blue)
UNC's focus on rebounding paying offIf you spend enough time around the North Carolina basketball program or coach Roy Williams you realize how important rebounding is. It's fair to say that rebounds are the one thing that Coach Williams and his staff stress the most. And it has paid off. UNC is first in the nation in rebound margin, first in total rebounds, and first in offensive rebounds. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Butler Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball head coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Thursday prior to the Tar Heels' Friday matchup in the Sweet 16 against Butler in Memphis.
Video: Berry, Jackson, Pinson Pre-Butler Press ConferenceNorth Carolina juniors Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, and Justin Jackson spoke with the media on Thursday prior to the Tar Heels' Friday matchup in the Sweet 16 against Butler in Memphis.
Audio: Roy Williams on The Gary Parrish ShowHall of Fame Coach Roy Williams has Carolina back in the Sweet 16. Williams joined the Gary Parrish Show on Tuesday, March 21 to discuss his Tar Heels team, his coaching career, and his love of the Rendezvous restaurant in Memphis. (ESPN929.com)
Lucas: Carolina Basketball NotebookUNC went through a full practice session away from the game arena on Thursday. The big news from that practice was the health of Joel Berry, who suffered an ankle injury in the win over Texas Southern on Friday. “I went through the whole practice,” Berry said. “It feels pretty good. I’m close to 100 percent. There’s still a little bruising but that’s the only thing that’s bothering me.” (GoHeels.com)
Williams, Berry, Pinson, Jackson Pre-Sweet 16 Press Conference TranscriptJoel, how is your ankle feeling, and are you going to practice fully today? Joel Berry: "We had practice already, and I went through the whole practice. It feels pretty good. I'm almost close to 100 percent. Just still a little bruising there, but that's the only thing that's bothering me." Q. When you watch them on film, what's the biggest challenge that Butler poses? (ASAP Sports)
Kamar Baldwin's shutdown D faces toughest task yet vs. UNCIt all starts Friday against the Tar Heels. For Kamar Baldwin, this means another matchup with a high-level point guard. Berry is his team’s best three-point shooter. That means Baldwin will again have to fight over the top of every screen while understanding how dangerous Berry and the rest of the North Carolina offense can be when he turns the corner. (Sports Illustrated)
UNC vs. Butler PreviewThe South Region's top-seeded Tar Heels play No. 4 seed Butler for a spot in the Elite 8 on Friday night off Beale St. The Sweet 16 affair tips at 7:09pm ET on CBS. Chris Holtmann has made this Butler team his own during his first three years in charge.The fourth-seeded Bulldogs kicked off their NCAA Tournament journey with a successful weekend in Milwaukee. (Inside Carolina)
Arkansas senator files resolution to chastise NCAA refs after loss to UNCIn Senate Resolution 19, Sen. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, states that Arkansas' “devastating and grievous loss” in the NCAA Tournament left “children crying, grown men weeping, cows unable to produce milk, chickens ceasing to lay eggs, and lambs lying with lions.” That loss was “aided and abetted” by a referee’s “profoundly poor” call. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
Justin Jackson among 10 best Sweet 16 NBA Draft prospects6. Justin Jackson, North Carolina: It seems like the Tar Heels have one guy every year that blossoms into a star. This was Jackson's year to do so, as he went from inconsistent role player into team leader, scoring 18.2 points and grabbing 4.8 rebounds per game. Jackson shot 50 percent from the field and 39 percent on 3s. He might not be a lottery pick, but he's a first-rounder. (North State Journal)
Say hello to Tyler Lewis...againWhen North Carolina meets up with Butler in the Sweet 16, Roy Williams and the Tar Heels will recognize a familiar face. Former NC State point guard Tyler Lewis, who has made 23 starts this season, is one of the key components of Butler’s rotation. During his two seasons as a member of the Wolfpack, Lewis faced the Tar Heels four times. (ACC Sports Journal)
North Carolina could blow up at any momentIn some ways, North Carolina’s toughest foe is...North Carolina. If UNC can avoid self-inflicted mishaps, it’s hard to imagine any other teams that Roy Williams’ group can’t take down. It was clear when they demolished N.C. State 107-56 on Jan. 8, and again during a 65-41 thrashing of Virginia last month. The problem: That version of UNC isn’t always the one to take the stage. (FanRag Sports)
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