Brendan Haywood talks North Carolina basketballWhich player on the Tar Heels this year has been your favorite to watch and why? Brendan Haywood: Joel Berry. I think he’s the engine of the team. He’s what really makes the team go. We saw earlier in the season when he was hurt, the team just didn’t quite play as well. When he plays well, I think Carolina plays well. So I really like what he’s done this year. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tobacco roadblock: Hogs look to advance to Sweet 16 for 1st time since 1996The No. 8 seed Razorbacks (26-9) play the No. 1 seed Tar Heels (28-7) at 5:10 p.m. today at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, with the winner advancing to the South Regional semifinals in Memphis. North Carolina beat Arkansas 108-77 in 2008 and 87-78 in 2015 in the teams' previous two second-round matchups. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
Sixth tournament meeting between Tar Heels and RazorbacksIt’s March Madness and UNC is in the NCAA Tournament for the forty-seventh time. UNC's first-round win against Texas Southern set up the sixth tournament meeting between the Tar Heels and Razorbacks. Hugh Morton photographed three of those contests in 1990, 1993, and 1995. In the latter two face-offs, the victors continued on to win the national championship. (A View to Hugh)
NCAA out, rabbits in at Greensboro ColiseumWith the NCAA not in town this weekend, the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau says the city is missing out on $14.5 million. Hotels and restaurants are a few of the businesses missing out, but there is one group of people who are benefiting from the tournaments move to Greenville, South Carolina. A rabbit show is taking place at the Coliseum this weekend. (FOX 8 WGHP)
Tip Times and TV Schedule for Saturday, Sunday NCAA Tournament GamesNorth Carolina will face Arkansas in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 19 at 6:10 p.m. in Greenville, South Carolina. The game will be televised on TNT. Here is the complete schedule with tip times and channels for all of Saturday's and Sunday's NCAA Tournament games.
UNC’s Joel Berry enlists cupping therapy to speed recoveryJoel Berry raised his right leg Saturday in the UNC locker room to reveal an assortment of red circles, the remnants of cupping therapy, a recovery method that helps to alleviate pain and promote blood flow. The ankle injury he suffered during the Tar Heels’ opener in the NCAA Tournament has received continual treatment ahead of Sunday’s matchup with Arkansas. (Fayetteville Observer)
Video: Joel Berry Injury Update Before UNC-Arkansas NCAA GameUNC guard Joel Berry injured his ankle in an NCAA 1st round win and did not practice prior to a 2nd round matchup with Arkansas. Roy Williams says he is hopeful Berry can play against the Razorbacks and Berry says he feels pretty good right now.
Video: Justin Jackson's Dedication Key to UNC's SuccessJustin Jackson has taken the reigns as UNC's go-to scorer, but it didn't happen overnight. Jackson spent countless hours working on his game during the off-season and the improvement has paid off. ACCDN host Jeff Fischel talks with Jackson and the Tar Heels about the junior forward's improvement.
Finally healthy, Seventh Woods finding groove in freshman seasonSeventh Woods is starting to find his comfort level at the right time. The former Hammond standout is at a better place both physically and mentally as he nears the end of his freshman season for UNC. Woods is coming off the bench for the Tar Heels, who are the top seed in the South Region and face Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday. (The State)
Tar Heels vs. Arkansas For Sweet 16 BerthNorth Carolina plays Arkansas in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 6:10 p.m. UNC is the No. 1 seed in the South Region. Arkansas is the No. 8 seed. Sunday’s game is the ninth meeting all-time between UNC and Arkansas and the sixth time the teams have met in the NCAA Tournament. UNC leads the series, 5-3, including 3-2 in the Tournament. (GoHeels.com)
After dreams of stardom, how UNC’s Nate Britt found peace with himself and his roleNate Britt imagined what everyone else imagines when they’re being recruited by Roy Williams and North Carolina. Britt imagined a starting role, and stardom, and years of highlights and basketball heroism. He saw those things when he dreamed. Isn’t that the common fantasy for a high school kid headed to Chapel Hill? (Charlotte Observer)
Roy Williams appears in new Jordan Brand spot for NCAA TournamentTo celebrate the Tar Heels upcoming tournament run, Jordan Brand has unveiled a new commercial. Williams is featured in the spot titled “Champions prepare: Roy Williams” which shows the hard work and determination it takes to hang a banner in the Dean Dome. As you can see, Williams describes having the determination needed to achieve your goal. (Keeping It Heel)
Lucas: Carolina Basketball NotebookThe key storyline from Saturday was clearly Joel Berry's medical situation. "I'm feeling pretty good," Berry said. "I'm walking better than I did yesterday. It's just a little sore." However, Berry did not practice on Saturday, and Roy Williams' standard rule has been that players that don't practice, don't play. Of course, standard rules sometimes don't apply during the NCAA Tournament. (GoHeels.com)
Arkansas rare opponent that isn’t shy about running with UNCArkansas guard Daryl Macon predicted that Sunday’s game will be different than Kentucky's 103–100 victory against UNC in December. “I watched that game. There was no defense being played at all,” said Macon. What did Theo Pinson think of that assessment? “That’s funny. I’ll remember that one,” Pinson said. The Razorbacks have a different style than most high-tempo teams. (Raleigh & Company)
UNC vs. Arkansas PreviewNo. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 8 seed Arkansas will clash in an up-tempo affair for a spot in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. Tip time is 6:10 p.m. on Sunday (TNT). In one of the most competitive games of the first round, Arkansas outlasted Seton Hall, 77-71, in the South Region’s 8-9 matchup. The game wasn’t without controversy, though. (Inside Carolina)
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