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Lucas: Picture This

The shot captured Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry, Brice Johnson, Roy Williams and senior associate athletic director Steve Kirschner in a holding room while the players and head coach waited to go to the podium and address the media. It was a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at UNC basketball. It was also reminiscent of one of the most famous such shots in program history. (GoHeels.com)

National Championship features perfect best-of teams

National Championships don't always feature the two best teams – it's part of what makes March madness. Monday's NCAA Final does feature the best two teams though. "I don't think anybody would disagree that we're the two teams playing the best basketball over the course of this month," Marcus Paige said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Franklin Street Businesses Reaping Benefits of UNC Basketball Success

Sunday was a very bright day in Chapel Hill -- not because the weather was beautiful, but because everyone there is so excited about Monday night's national championship game between the Tar Heels and Villanova! Time Warner Cable News reporter David Ivey has more on how basketball success for UNC is also leading to slam dunks for Franklin Street businesses. (TWC News)

Brotherly battle between Jenkins, Britt for national title

Kris Jenkins and Nate Britt, brothers in every way except blood, are giving each other the silent treatment for about 48 hours. Maybe they will exchange a "good luck" or a fist bump before Jenkins and Villanova (34-5) face Britt and North Carolina (33-6) on Monday night in the NCAA Tournament championship game. Otherwise, "Nah," Jenkins said, "no talking." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy Williams Winning His Way

Forty minutes. That’s all that separates Roy Williams from a third national championship. That’s one more than Dean Smith won, and it’s one that would elevate Williams into an exclusive class of coaches that includes names such as Wooden, Knight and Krzyzewski. (Inside Carolina)

Dean Smith, An NCAA Champion Coach With Integrity And Preparation

Dean Smith was already a winner, but going into the 1981-82 season the one thing he didn’t have on his resume was an NCAA basketball title. His principles of teamwork, unselfishness, flawless execution, diligent practice makes perfect, and character had already made him a stellar head coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, a position he’d held since the 1961-62 season. (Investor's Business Daily)

There will be a Durham on the call for national championship game

It seems fitting that there will be a familiar voice doing the play-by-play for Monday’s NCAA championship game between UNC and Villanova. Wes Durham, a son of Woody Durham, will be on hand in Houston calling the action on television station TNT. Woody Durham, 74, was the radio voice for the Tar Heels on the previous four titles in 1982, ‘93, 2005 and 2009. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC vs. Villanova: NCAA Tournament Championship Preview and Prediction

It’s no fluke that Villanova and North Carolina are the last two teams standing. No other teams have churned out excellent performances on both offense and defense as often during this year’s NCAA Tournament. This title game has all of the makings of an instant classic and should go down to the final minute. Prediction: Villanova 78, North Carolina 74 (Athlon Sports)

How former Tar Heel Pat Sullivan helped save "One Shining Moment"

In 1992, a Tar Heel state duo saved the inspiring montage "One Shining Moment" from the cutting room floor. “The sixth year it ran, it was going to be the last time we were going to run it. They thought it was getting stale." Jim Nantz saved One Shining Moment from the sword of Damacles, and with the efforts of Pat Sullivan, made it a college hoops tradition. (The Sports Bank)

UNC-Villanova could be a cliffhanger

During this NCAA Tournament, Villanova has shot 58 percent -- and nearly 50 percent from three -- but most television experts think UNC will win Monday. They think UNC can keep Villanova from playing as it has in the previous five NCAA Tournament games? Or that the Tar Heels’ size advantage will negate all that hot shooting? It’s not that simple. (WRAL Sports Fan)

National media discovers 'Ol' Roy' is a thing

Everything is ramped up at the Final Four. More media, more reaction, and more headlines. Stuff like "epic rant" and "Roy Williams transmogrifies reporters in Houston." I'd venture to guess most local media took in Williams' comments with bemusement, but apparently the national folks didn't because a funny thing happened during Sunday's coach and player availability. (WRAL Sports Fan)

North Carolina and Villanova face drastically different expectations ahead of national title game

Villanova and UNC will share a floor Monday, but on the sport's grander stage, they play very different roles. One school needs titles and the other school wants them, and you don't need me to tell you which is which. UNC may be the premier program in the sport. When you think of the Tar Heels, you think about Michael Jordan, Dean Smith and NBA prospects. (Campus Rush)

Roy Williams uses system to select suits

There’s no telling what plaid, checkered or horse-blanket patterned jacket Roy Williams will show up in Monday night, but one thing’s certain: whatever suit ends up on the sideline for the national championship won’t be by happenstance. There’s a system dictated by superstition, but how exactly that system works is top-secret intel. (NSJ Sports)

Brice Johnson's jersey-raising UNC career a rarity, especially with burger-based snub

Brice Johnson is the exception. Since the McDonald’s All-American Game began in 1977, North Carolina has recruited 26 players who joined the Tar Heels and earned the right to have their jerseys retired or honored in the Smith Center. From Al Wood to Marcus Paige, 25 of the 26 made the McDonald’s game. Johnson didn’t. (Fayetteville Observer)

Jimmy V, Coach K And Dean Smith: The 3 Legends Of N.C. Basketball

This was such a perfect storm in the 1980s in the research tribal of three remarkable men who also happened to be great basketball coaches - Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski are on the Mount Rushmore of college coaches. Jim Valvano had a separate niche because he won that remarkable title in 1983. (NPR)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

UNC vs. Portland
Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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