UNC practices with new attitude before facing Arkansas' relentless pressureA day after a sloppy victory against Harvard, North Carolina returned to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena with a better attitude about Saturday’s third round game in the NCAA Tournament. An improved outlook and greater attention to detail will be critical for UNC against a more-relentless, more-talented Arkansas team if it hopes to advance to the West Regionals in Los Angeles next week. (Jacksonville.com)
George Karl sets vision for KingsThe best coaches excel at getting the most out of their players’ talents while masking their weaknesses. Kings coach George Karl is still trying to figure out what he has as he closes out this season and looks forward to molding the Kings for next season. (Sacramento Bee)
Heels, Razorbacks both ready to push the paceArkansas guard Michael Qualls thought for a second, and his face lit up. What Qualls has been looking for is a team willing to run with Arkansas, and he believes he has found that elusive running mate in North Carolina, just in time for the NCAA's round of 32. "That slow tempo is boring," he said. "We've finally found someone willing to get up and down with us." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Fast Pace Could Be Boom Or Bust For UNC vs. ArkansasWhen No. 5 seed Arkansas beat No. 12 seed Wofford late Thursday night, the common notion was that North Carolina actually caught a break by drawing the higher-rated team. That train of thought had little to do with talent — the Razorbacks have the SEC Player of the Year and a roster more gifted than Wofford’s from the top down. It was all about the pace the two teams prefer to play. (Carolina Blue)
Tar Heels Hoping To Clean Up Act Against ArkansasAfter surviving Harvard’s upset bid Thursday night, the fourth-seeded UNC men’s basketball team turns its attention to fifth-seeded Arkansas for a Round of 32 meeting Saturday night at 8:40 p.m. in Jacksonville. 17 turnovers. That’s a stat that’s had Roy Williams scratching his head since the Harvard great escape. But it’s not a new dilemma. (Chapelboro.com)
Tar Heels Must Get A GripWith No. 5 seed Arkansas on tap Saturday and a Sweet 16 berth at stake in the West Region, UNC coach Roy Williams is trying to make sure his Tar Heels don't repeat Thursday's sloppy performance. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels turned the ball over 17 times and gave up 29 points off those miscues against Harvard. The Razorbacks rank seventh in the nation in turnover margin, having forced 551 turnovers in 35 games. (Inside Carolina)
Tales from the HuddleWith 3:39 to play and Harvard back within three points on Thursday, Roy Williams huddled his team during the final media timeout and told the story of the 1982 squad’s narrow 52-50 NCAA Tournament win over James Madison. “I didn't like the look on our guys' faces last night when they sat down in front of me at that timeout,” Williams told reporters on Friday, “like they were about to panic." (Inside Carolina)
Previewing ArkansasNo. 4 seed North Carolina must get past No. 5 seed Arkansas on Saturday to reach its first Sweet 16 since 2012. Tip-off at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is set for approximately 8:40pm and will be televised by TNT. Arkansas enters Saturday’s contest with a 27-8 (13-5 SEC) record. The Razorbacks finished the season ranked No. 21 in the AP poll. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Arkansas Press ConferenceRoy Williams spoke to the media about the upcoming third round NCAA Tournament match-up with Arkansas on Friday. The Tar Heels tip off against the Razorbacks at 8:40p on Saturday, March 21st.
Video: Justin Jackson, J.P. Tokoto Pre-Arkansas Press ConferenceJustin Jackson and J.P. Tokoto meet with the media Friday, the day before North Carolina's NCAA third round match up with Arkansas.
Roy Williams NCAA Tournament Friday Press Conference QuotesYou are one win behind Coach Smith in NCAA Tournament wins. Does that number mean anything to you? Roy Williams: "Well, it does now. I didn't know it beforehand. Wow. You know, the other night after a game in the ACC Tournament, they told me that we had passed or tied Coach Allen, Dr. Allen, and I didn't realize that, and I didn't realize this about Coach Smith." (Inside Carolina)
Recent wave of sports deaths all too real for Sam PerkinsThe calls have become disturbingly normal. Too many times this year, Sam Perkins has answered his phone, learned of a death from his basketball past and mourned, realizing his own mortality during this never-ending grieving process. Dean Smith, his legendary college coach at North Carolina, a man he revered and helped win a national championship in 1982, died on Feb. 7. (Seattle Times)
NCAA tournament preview: North Carolina vs. ArkansasCan North Carolina put together a complete 40 minutes? The Tar Heels were the superior team against Harvard, pulling out to a 16-point lead in the second half. But then they seemed lackadaisical with their effort as Harvard started to chip away at the lead. Such lapses cannot continue into the tournament if UNC wants to make a run at a national championship. Arkansas poses its own challenges because of its press. (ESPN.com)
Tar Heels Face Arkansas For Sweet 16 BerthNorth Carolina is the No. 4 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament West Regional and beat No. 13 seed Harvard, 67-65, in the second round on Thursday evening in Jacksonville. The Tar Heels advance to face No. 5 seed Arkansas on Saturday at approximately 8:40 p.m. in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Razorbacks beat Wofford, 56-53, on Thursday night. (GoHeels.com)
Saunders' last-second miss seals win for UNCRoy Williams had his eye on Wesley Saunders, the Harvard guard who was the Crimson’s only player this season to boast a double-digit scoring average. The one who, before UNC’s eventual 67-65 win over the Crimson Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, accounted for 40 percent of Harvard’s total offense. “He was a load, and we knew that,” said Roy Williams of Saunders. (Daily Tar Heel)
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