Video: Brice Johnson 1-on-1 On Eve of Elite 8Brice Johnson spoke to ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel about UNC's Elite 8 matchup with Notre Dame. Johnson is looking forward to facing Irish big man Zach Auguste and is so amped up he wasn't able to sleep the night after the Heels' Sweet 16 victory.
UNC Opponent Preview: Notre DameNo. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 6 seed Notre Dame square off for the second time this postseason with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Tip-off at the Wells Fargo Center is set for 8:49 p.m. on Sunday and will be televised by TBS. The Fighting Irish entered the NCAA Tournament as an at-large No. 6 seed. Notre Dame has squeaked by each round of the tournament. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Having Fun WinningTheo Pinson made his way up the steps to the dais 10 minutes into the NCAA’s Elite Eight press conference on Friday, interrupting Roy Williams and UNC’s starting five and bringing levity to a rather comatose media room. Pinson, smiling while peering over his teammates’ shoulders, asked: “Where's my chair at? Where my name at?” The laughter was instant. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: Regional Final NotebookTomorrow’s game is likely to settle somewhere between the two turnover extremes that have already taken place between the Tar Heels and Fighting Irish. In the first meeting, UNC forced just two Notre Dame turnovers. In the ACC Tournament matchup, the Tar Heels forced 17 Irish miscues. That was a completely uncharacteristic performance for Mike Brey’s team. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams, UNC Starters Pre-Notre Dame Press ConferenceOn Saturday afternoon, Roy Williams and the Tar Heels' starting five met with the media to discuss the upcoming Elite 8 game against Notre Dame.
Notre Dame, Players Pre-UNC Press Conference QuotesWhat is it like for you guys to be playing UNC at this point, after you've seen them in the regular season and the ACC Tournament? Demetrius Jackson: I think it's really good. In my career we've played them a bunch of times. So seeing some of the same faces and they've got a great team. So it's going to be a great challenge for us and we're really looking forward to it. (ASAP Sports)
Video: Theo Pinson Crashes UNC's Press ConferenceIn the middle of UNC's press conference prior to Sunday's Notre Dame match up, Theo Pinson walks on stage looking for his chair and name tag...spoiler alert, they weren't there.
Roy Williams, UNC Starters Pre-Notre Dame Press Conference QuotesPreparing for Notre Dame the third time, is it an advantage already having played them twice? Marcus Paige: "Well, I would say it's an advantage, but they also have the advantage of playing us twice as well. So I think it kind of cancels out. I think it is better than not having played a team, because you at least know what to expect." (ASAP Sports)
Marcus Paige gives North Carolina the motor it needsIt is probably a touch of an exaggeration to say the game between UNC and Indiana was over after the first bucket. But only a touch. When Marcus Paige drained a 3-pointer just 35 seconds into the regional semifinal against the Hoosiers on Friday, the tenor of this game was all but decided because, as talented as the Tar Heels are, Paige remains their motor. (ESPN.com)
UNC sure looks like your next national championAs UNC was knocking down 3-pointer after 3-pointer and burying a very good Indiana team in the Sweet 16, a reality started to emerge. The Tar Heels probably are going to win the national championship. “If they play like that, even remotely close to that, then they're going to be very, very hard to beat,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in his postgame press conference. (Sporting News)
North Carolina vs. Notre Dame: Elite Eight viewing guideUNC's win against Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament was the worst offensive performance by Notre Dame since at least 2008. The Tar Heels won 78-47 and held Notre Dame to 0.68 points per possession. The Tar Heels are a buzzsaw offensively right now, and also UNC solved its Notre Dame problem in the ACC Tournament by tweaking its ball screen defense. (Greensboro News & Record)
Tar Heels Finally Follow Script In Sweet 16 WinDespite UNC's success flowing through Brice Johnson and Joel Berry this season, the national media has been waiting for Marcus Paige to complete their narrative about Carolina's chances for NCAA success. It finally happened Friday. UNC finally looked like the team the preseason narrative said they would be in their 101-86 dismantling of Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen. (Tar Heel Blog)
North Carolina Prevails Over Indiana With History in the AirIt might well be the most fearsome college basketball team in the country, but in the vulnerable moments before tipoff, North Carolina relies on a routine of flying elbows and gyroscopic hips. The Tar Heels like to dance. In the tunnel, they form their huddle and turn it into an impromptu dance-off, with two players twirling in the center and the rest clapping and laughing. (New York Times)
Video: UNC Locker Room Celebration Post Indiana - Elite 8 Bound!It's onto the Elite Eight to face Notre Dame after a resounding 101-86 defeat of Indiana. Also, Larry Fedora stops by the congratulate the team and Theo Pinson promptly shows off his impersonation of UNC's football coach.
NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Game Times & TV ScheduleThe following is a complete list of Saturday and Sunday Elite 8 game times and television networks. UNC faces Notre Dame in Philadelphia on Sunday at 8:49 ET on TBS. The winner will advance to the Final Four in Houston and meet the winner of Virginia-Syracuse.
|(6) North Carolina||14-4||33-7|
|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|