The ceiling is the floor for North Carolina when Joel Berry is outNorth Carolina will be a popular pick to win this year’s national championship as fans start filling out their brackets on Selection Sunday. It’s not hard to see why, either. But while UNC is well-rounded enough to win in different ways, there’s one particular piece the Heels can’t survive without: point guard Joel Berry. (FanRag Sports)
A question whispered about Duke and UNC’s legendary coaches: Who’s next?Antawn Jamison, a downright Tar Heels legend, now does some commentary on Los Angeles Lakers games, where Hall of Famer and Carolina hero James Worthy is occasionally his partner. “We talk about it just about every time,” Jamison said. “‘How long do you think Coach Williams got? Who’s going to be next?’” (Washington Post)
Video: ACC Legend Antawn Jamison Discusses Then & NowFormer North Carolina great Antawn Jamison represented the Tar Heels as its ACC Legend on Friday night at the ACC Tournament at Barclays Center. In 1998, Jamison was named ACC Player of the year and was the consensus National Player of the Year. THI caught up with Jamison before UNC's game with Duke, and here is what he had to say: (Tar Heel Illustrated)
ACC’s treasured event gets lost in New YorkI asked the proprietor of my temporary Airbnb home in Brooklyn if she knew that the ACC Tournament was going on. With a confused look, she asked, “What is the ACC?” Do you think that anybody in Greensboro or Charlotte would have been stumped? While both cities embrace the ACC Tournament and are thrilled to be its host, much of Brooklyn seems to be indifferent or unaware. (Raleigh & Company)
UNC’s collapse against Duke shows Berry’s valueIf there ever was a doubt about which player most determines North Carolina’s success, there shouldn’t be after the Tar Heels’ loss Friday in the ACC Tournament semifinals. UNC was sluggish against inferior teams in December when Joel Berry II missed two games with a sprained left ankle and was sick for two others. (Raleigh & Company)
Video: Charlie Scott's 'game-changing' impact still felt 50 years laterFive decades after becoming the first black scholarship athlete at North Carolina, Charlie Scott's impact is still felt on the campus and across the ACC.
Marvin Williams Got In A Time Machine For This Vicious Facial Slam On Bismack BiyomboMarvin Williams isn’t exactly a spring chicken at this point in his NBA career. The former (and controversial) No. 2 overall pick is now 30 years old after entering the league in 2005. On Friday, though, Williams hopped in a time machine and annihilated Bismack Biyombo with a poster-worthy dunk. (UPROXX)
Video: "Glitter Girl" cheers on the Tar HeelsAlex Koszeghy is a Tar Heel like no other. The UNC senior coats herself in Carolina blue glitter for nearly every home sporting event. But Koszeghy's reasoning for sparkling up goes far beyond her love for Carolina sports. The "Glitter Girl" rather embodies the importance of individuality and self-love.
UNC struggles with Berry on the benchFrom the 15:04 mark to the 4:58 mark in the second half, UNC point guard Joel Berry sat on the bench with foul fouls. During that time Duke would go on a 20-4 run, pulling ahead of the Tar Heels, and essentially putting the game out of reach. Duke would go on to win 93-83, sending UNC home early and ending a shot at repeating as ACC Tournament champs. (Carolina Blue)
Justin Jackson needs to rediscover his shot if the Tar Heels want to return to the NCAA ChampionshipACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson is arguably UNC’s most important player. That title is both a blessing and curse for the Jackson, and recently, it’s been more of a burden. Jackson has hit a scoring slump recently, shooting only 37 percent from the floor and averaging only 11 points per game over the last three games. And that trend continued Friday. (Yahoo! Sports)
Justin Jackson takes responsibility for lossRecently crowned ACC Player of the Year, Justin Jackson did not bring his normal consistent offensive game on Friday night. Jackson shot 6-for-22 for the game in the loss to Duke. He was 3-for-15 in the second half. (Carolina Blue)
The 'Ceiling is the Roof' Jordan quote has spawned a thriving T-shirt businessBut Jordan’s brand wasn’t the only one with the idea of embracing Jordan’s spin on “the sky is the limit.” Several spinoff versions of the shirt popped up within hours of Jordan’s halftime speech. Ryan Cocca, an alumnus of UNC and founder of Thrill City, a clothing brand based in Durham, North Carolina, also saw a business opportunity. (Yahoo! Sports)
Duke loss forces soul searching for Tar HeelsWith 2:21 to play in the first half, UNC led Duke by 13 points. Then, just as they did the day before, against Miami, the Tar Heels took their foot off of a downed opponent’s neck. Duke rallied to cut the deficit nearly in half, to seven at the half. Again, just like in the Miami game, UNC came out in the second half and rebuilt its lead. This time, however, Duke had some fight left. (Carolina Blue)
Lucas: Playing Through ItIn a six-minute span following UNC’s loss to Duke, Justin Jackson uttered some variation of the phrase, “That loss was on me,” 18 times. That’s not an exaggeration. “I played terrible. I take full responsibility for that.” That’s just a sampling from the junior, who answered every question for nearly a half-hour after the Tar Heels were eliminated from the ACC Tournament. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Come UndoneThe obvious explanation for No. 1 seed North Carolina’s collapse against Duke on Friday night was a whistle blown with 15:04 to play, which signaled Joel Berry’s fourth foul. The play marked the start of the Tar Heels’ decline. “I couldn’t do nothing about it,” Berry said. “I was frustrated. I put the blame on me.I felt like me not being on the court hurt my team.” (Inside Carolina)
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