5 teams that could challenge UNC in South Region of NCAA TournamentAfter winning the ACC regular-season crown by two games, the North Carolina men's basketball team sits atop the South Region of the NCAA Tournament with a No. 1 seed. The top-seeded Tar Heels (27-7, 14-4 ACC) have their sights set on returning to the Final Four, where UNC beat Syracuse in the 2016 semifinals before falling to Villanova as time expired in the title game. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC quest for redemption aided by No. 1 regional seedingUNC’s semifinal loss to Duke in Brooklyn on Friday cost the Tar Heels a chance at adding a ACC tournament title to the regular season crown it won a week earlier. But it didn’t cost the Tar Heels a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, That’s significant, considering that all four of UNC’s national titles since the advent of seeding in 1978 were won as a No. 1 seed. (North State Journal)
ICTV: Antawn Jamison Q&ANineteen years ago, unanimous National Player of the Year Antawn Jamison was leading North Carolina to back-to-back Final Four appearances. The former NBA All-Star, who was honored as an ACC Legend this weekend in Brooklyn, offered his insights on the Tar Heels as they prepare to open NCAA Tournament play on Friday. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams: 'Use That As Motivation'Motivation isn't difficult to muster this time of year, but just in case, Roy Williams posed a question to his team as it watched the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday. "What’s the most fun you ever had in basketball?" Last year's postseason run to the NCAA title game was the obvious answer. After all, the 2015-16 Tar Heels went undefeated in March. (Inside Carolina)
How to win your NCAA office pool: Take North CarolinaOur Final Four picks leave us with three No. 1 seeds — Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas — and a No. 2 seed in Arizona. Villanova over Arizona in the all-Wildcats semifinal. North Carolina over Kansas in the all-Roy Williams other semifinal. That means a title-game rematch awaits. Villanova vs. North Carolina, once again. Repeat? Nope. This time, UNC wins it all. (Associated Press)
Video: ESPN experts make their Final Four picksJay Bilas, Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg and Rece Davis make their picks for the Elite 8, Final Four and title game picks that features North Carolina and Duke from Tobacco Road on numerous occasions.
It’s Crowded At The Top Of The NCAA TournamentUNC and Kentucky are the top two seeds in the South — and are a tossup to advance from the region according to our forecast (each one has a 30 percent chance). Working in the Tar Heels’ favor: they played one of the toughest schedules in memory, rank ahead of Kentucky in most of the computer rankings and are on the opposite side of the bracket from Wichita State. (FiveThirtyEight)
Tar Heels earn record 16th 1-seed to top NCAA South RegionNorth Carolina's run to the regular-season crown in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference was enough to secure the Tar Heels yet another No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And they're hardly the only blueblood program in a top-heavy South Region. UNC earned a top seed for a national-best 16th time. It marked the second straight No. 1 seed for the Tar Heels. (Associated Press)
Texas Southern to tackle another giant in matchup with North CarolinaTexas Southern doesn't expect to be shell-shocked by the matchup. The program has made waves for winning and for playing all of its non-conference schedule on the road. They had one game in Houston at Rice in November but didn't play a home game until Jan. 14. TSU had one stretch where it played at Louisville, Cincinnati, LSU, TCU and Baylor in consecutive games. (Houston Chronicle)
Video: Watch UNC reaction to being announced as a one seedThe North Carolina Tar Heels earned the number one seed in the South Region and will play Texas Southern on Friday in Greenville, South Carolina. Per tradition, the Tar Heels gathered at head coach Roy Williams home for a viewing party as they learned their fate.
UNC leads blue blood-laden South RegionThe South Region is clearly the sexiest of the four regions, as all three blue bloods in the region, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 UCLA, are among the most decorated teams in college basketball history. Two of the most entertaining games of this season involved those three teams—UCLA’s 97–92 win at Kentucky and Kentucky’s 103–100 victory over UNC. (Sports Illustrated)
Video: Roy Williams, Kennedy Meeks React to UNC's No. 1 SeedNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and senior forward Kennedy Meeks react to the Tar Heels' No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament's South region, which was announced on Sunday.
Roy Williams Comments On UNC's No. 1 NCAA SeedRoy Williams: “I’m very pleased with what our team accomplished, because they don’t give those things [No. 1 seeds] away, you have to earn them. I think we’re a top seed for the body of work during the course of the season, winning the ACC regular season by two full games and playing a very good schedule out of conference. I’m just very pleased for our team.” (GoHeels.com)
Lucas: Real FunThere were two big cheers in Roy Williams’ den on Sunday evening. That’s where the 2017 Tar Heels gathered to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show. The players aren’t bracketologists, but they pay close enough attention to know that if Duke was a two, odds were that Carolina was a one seed somewhere. Their suspicions were confirmed a few minutes later. (GoHeels.com)
Getting To Know Texas SouthernTexas Southern averages 74.2 points per game and shoots 43.1 percent from the field, including 29.6 from 3-point range. They shoot 73 percent from the free throw line, average 12 assists per game, and are minus-2 in rebounding per game. Two Tigers average in double figures but six players average 8.5 or more. Coach Mike Davis led Indiana to the 2002 NCAA title game. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
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