Video: Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige Pre-Wisconsin Press ConferenceTar Heels Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige meet with the media prior to North Carolina's NCAA Sweet Sixteen matchup with Wisconsin.
Mavericks guard Raymond Felton stays positive despite difficult seasonThis has been a trying season for Raymond Felton, in more ways than one. It all started Oct. 18 when Felton suffered a sprained left ankle during a preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the Mavs’ second preseason game, and Felton — in his first season with Dallas — hadn’t yet become accustomed to playing with his new teammates. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
What foul? Wisconsin meticulously trained to avoid unnecessary whistles“According to him,” Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky says with a smile, “we’ve never fouled before.” No coach in the nation has better odds of being right. The No. 1-seeded Badgers are Big Ten champions and among the final 16 teams alive in the NCAA tournament thanks a comprehensively efficient, methodical style. This includes a guiding philosophy on defense: No foul, no harm. (Sports Illustrated)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Wisconsin Press ConferenceNorth Carolina Coach Roy Williams addresses the media the day before the Tar Heels face Wisconsin the 2015 NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson says he'll play ThursdayDespite being considered a game-time decision for Thursday's Sweet 16 game against North Carolina, Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson said he's '100 percent playing,' reports Yahoo Sports. Jackson has not played since Jan. 11 because of a fractured foot, but he was able to participate in limited team possessions during Tuesday's practice. Jackson is the team's fourth-leading scorer at 9.4 points per game. (CBS Sports)
Previewing WisconsinNo. 4 seed North Carolina’s first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2012 features a matchup with West Region top seed Wisconsin on Thursday. Tip-off at the Staples Center is set for 7:47pm ET and will be televised by TBS. Wisconsin enters Thursday’s contest with a 33-3 record. The Badgers won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and earned the No. 1 seed in the West Region. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams, Players Wednesday Press Conference QuotesRoy Williams: "We're happy to be here and face a tremendous challenge, needless to say, tomorrow. But we worked out over at Southern Cal this morning, and had a decent workout, and came over here and just tried to get used to the surroundings, and hopefully get better health-wise between now and tomorrow. We don't know anything about Kennedy." (Inside Carolina)
Sweet 16 Preview and Predictions: Wisconsin vs. North CarolinaNorth Carolina will win if...Marcus Paige protects the basketball and makes shots. Wisconsin is known for its defense, but this isn’t one of Ryan’s best defensive teams and Paige is coming off a near perfect showing against Arkansas. He knocked down half of his shots (5-of-10) and posted a sterling 61 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Heels' schizophrenic offense goes as Paige goes. (Athlon Sports)
Kennedy Meeks practices, expects to play vs. WisconsinFour days after spraining his left knee, UNC forward Kennedy Meeks was able to participate fully in Wednesday’s practice in Los Angeles ahead of a Sweet 16 match-up against No. 1 seed Wisconsin. Meeks went through all the drills, but elected to sit out the end-of-practice dunk exhibition. He said that he fully expects to play Thursday and estimates he will be at roughly 95 percent. (WRAL Sports Fan)
UNC's Sweet 16 Jordans feature huge Rameses ram mascotEach year, the signature Jordan takes on a different look. Some years, it's a small tweak from a previous iteration. The current shoe — the XX9 — is significantly different from its zip-up predecessor, the XX8. The North Carolina Tar Heels get the latest "big and bold" version of the Air Jordan XX9 for the Sweet 16 featuring Rameses, UNC's mascot, on the side of the shoe. (Sporting News)
UAB announces new long-term contract for Men’s Basketball Coach Jerod HaaseUAB announced Wednesday that Men’s Basketball Coach Jerod Haase has agreed to a new, six-year agreement, reflecting the university’s commitment to the program’s continued success as a strategic priority for Athletics. The agreement calls for UAB to pay Haase, whose Conference USA Championship team reached the Round of 32 in this year’s NCAA Tournament, total compensation of $1 million per year. (UAB.edu)
Video: Michael Jordan reflects on Dean Smith in new Showtime docShowtime Sports will debut a new documentary about former North Carolina coach Dean Smith on Wednesday night, at 9 p.m. ET. The doc is set to include interviews with Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Larry Brown, along with other "former players, coaches, rivals and friends." The documentary began production in early 2014 and touches on all aspects of Smith's career as a coach as well as his role as a "passionate activist with a life-long commitment to social justice." (CBS Sports)
Know Your Opponent: WisconsinBy now you've heard all about Wisconsin's pace. You know the Badgers are the slowest major-conference school not named Virginia. You know that they haven't played a game with more than 65 possessions since Jan. 1, and that their average possession lasts almost six seconds longer than UNC's. You've probably read that they don't foul. Not just that they don't foul, that they foul less than anyone in the country. (GoHeels.com)
UNC, Wisconsin are contrasts in styleThe result was one Coach Roy Williams savored Saturday – a North Carolina victory against Arkansas that sends his team to an NCAA tournament regional semifinal – but he appreciated, too, the way his team won: in a style and fashion that's becoming rarer and rarer these days. (Greensboro News & Record)
Video: Wisconsin's Sam Dekker used to crash on J.P. Tokoto family couchWisconsin's Sam Dekker used out hang out at the Tokoto family home in Menomonee Falls, but now J.P. Tokoto plays for North Carolina as the two prepare for Thursday night's Sweet Sixteen matchup in Los Angeles. (WISN.com)
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