Carolina's mood entering the tournamentThe big difference with the 2017 UNC team and the 2016 UNC team heading into the tournament is how they closed the regular season and ACC Tournament. Last year's squad was riding a five game winning streak having beaten Syracuse and Duke to close out the regular season and then won three straight to win the ACC Tournament. (Carolina Blue)
Roy Williams explains why he left Joel Berry on bench so long, timeout philosophyUNC basketball coach Roy Williams was widely criticized for leaving point guard Joel Berry on the bench too long after picking up his fourth personal foul in last Friday’s ACC tournament semifinal loss to Duke. Tuesday, at his pre-NCAA tournament media availability, the Hall of Fame coach offered insight into why he held his star player out of action so long. (North State Journal)
The complicated crossroads of Ty Lawson’s fallen careerTy Lawson has a drinking problem. Or rather, Ty Lawson’s problem is drinking. When Lawson was in Denver, he was a legit star. He was the starting point guard for a Nuggets team that won 57 games, arguably its best player, and putting up All-Star-type numbers. Then the arrests started. On Jan. 23, 2015, Lawson was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Denver. (CBS Sports)
UNC, Duke a win for Greenville retailerOver the next few days in Chapel Hill, NC, Little Rock AR, Milwaukee, WI, Columbia and other cities across the country, people will begin packing their bags for a few days in Greenville. March Madness takes over the city this weekend as eight teams play in the first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. (Greenville News)
Chapel Hill, Durham top list of best cities for college basketball fansChapel Hill and Durham are two of the top three cities in the country for college basketball fans, according to a survey released Monday by WalletHub. The survey included seven key metrics and looked at nearly 300 cities across the country. It ranks cities based on number of teams, size of arenas, social media engagement and winning percentages. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Roy Williams Gets Humorous Explaining Timeout PhilosophyRoy Williams was asked during Tuesday’s press conference at the Smith Center about his philosophy in not calling many timeouts. The reason it came up was because of some criticism Williams has received for not calling a timeout during Duke’s decisive run during the loss to the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament. It led to a fascinating and entertaining response. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
North Carolina using last year's ending as motivationNorth Carolina was just four seconds away from overtime and a chance at a National Championship. Instead, the Tar Heels enter this NCAA Tournament using that shot as motivation, according to Aaron Beard with the Associated Press. "I just think about it all the time," Joel Berry II told the AP. "Four seconds made a difference in my life." (Carolina Blue)
Video: Faces of Fearless - Roy WilliamsWhen legendary North Carolina Basketball coach Dean Smith talks, you listen. Roy Williams discusses the pivotal moment when he decided to accept an assistant coaching position at UNC. "It wasn't about the money. I had Dean Smith, and I had the University of North Carolina."
Turner's Take: The Long GameJoel Berry II could learn a thing or two from Roger Federer. Considered the greatest male tennis player of all time, At 35, Federer has learned how to conserve energy, to play the long game. If dropping a point, a game, a set here or there means he can steel himself to win a match or a tournament, then so be it. Now, what does that have to do with Joel Berry? (GoHeels.com)
Roy Williams’ Timeout Rant Signals Arrival of March MadnessEvery so often, Roy Williams turns a monotonous press conference into a highlight reel with a glorious stream of consciousness with colorful language and comical anecdotes. Tuesday’s pre-NCAA Tournament presser was one of those occasions (Video), as a question about his timeout philosophy turned into a six-minute rant comprised of nearly 900 words. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-NCAA Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Tuesday ahead of the Tar Heels' Friday opening-round NCAA matchup against Texas Southern.
Video: Joel Berry Pre-NCAA Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina point guard Joel Berry speaks with the media on Tuesday ahead of the Tar Heels' Friday opening-round NCAA matchup against Texas Southern.
Video: Kennedy Meeks Pre-NCAA Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks speaks with the media on Tuesday ahead of the Tar Heels' Friday opening-round NCAA matchup against Texas Southern.
How to pick North Carolina in your 2017 bracketThis year I’m not telling you how to pick UNC in your bracket so they have the most realistic path. I’m not picking the funniest matchups. I’m still too angry about last year to do that. Instead, I'm telling you how to pick North Carolina in your bracket in the most vengeful way possible. How UNC can win six games leaving a trail of retaliatory carnage in its wake. (Raleigh & Company)
5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2017The stage is set for the Tar Heels to begin their quest through the gauntlet that is March Madness. In the immortal words of the greatest Tar Heel of them all, “The ceiling is the roof” for a North Carolina team that appears to have everything in place to make another run at a national championship in 2017. Here are five reasons why the Tar Heels will be cutting down the nets. (Athlon Sports)
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