Roy Williams, Players Pre-Sweet 16 Press Conference QuotesHow do you plan on facing Yogi Ferrell? Marcus Paige: "That's not going to be my initial matchup. I think it will be Joel Berry, but I'll spend some time on him throughout the game. Just try to keep him in front of me. He's really explosive and quick and he can also shoot a pretty nice pull-up jumper. Just gotta contest everything and keep him out of the paint." (ASAP Sports)
Indiana Coach, Players Pre-Sweet 16 Press Conference QuotesIndiana coach Tom Crean: "Well, it's a great challenge, because I mean they don't put anybody out on the court that can't defend at a high level or score at a high level. And I think one of the things that separates this Carolina team so much is the way they pass the ball. So it all starts with your transition, because they get out and run." (ASAP Sports)
Video: UNC-Indiana Pre-Sweet 16 Press ConferencePlayers and coaches from both North Carolina and Indiana share their thoughts on the upcoming Sweet 16 matchup prior to Friday night's game in Philadelphia.
Lucas: A Loss Beyond WordsTom McKinnon stood on his front lawn watching his house burn to the ground and realized he had to go back inside to try and save his children. Imagine what you would do. No, don't. Just go hug your kids, right now. Tell somebody who needs to know that you love them, and hey, there's a Carolina game tomorrow night, and you want to watch it together? Because you never know. (GoHeels.com)
ACC has had many players succeed on both the hardwood and the gridironNorth Carolina: Julius Peppers. The future All-Pro end/linebacker averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in two seasons as a walk-on basketball player from 1999-2001. For the Tar Heels football team, Peppers became a unanimous All-American in 2001. Peppers had a future NFL teammate on both teams. Oakland Raiders receiver Ronald Curry was a UNC quarterback and point guard. (ESPN.com)
What Indiana can expect from North CarolinaIf Indiana is going to impose its offensive will on UNC, the Hoosiers are going to need to be smart around the basket and find open shooters on the perimeter. The Tar Heels are very good defending 2-point field goals (23rd nationally) and with Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, can block shots. Both teams like to run, but UNC plays even more uptempo than Indiana. (Inside the Hall)
Take it from Roy Williams: Dean Smith would have loved Marcus PaigeIn three short years, North Carolina senior guard Marcus Paige went from All-ACC first-team his sophomore season to second-team as a junior and honorable mention as a senior. But don’t begin to suggest Paige’s stature among the Tar Heels ever slipped. (Today's U)
Tar Heels carry different tone this tournamentNorth Carolina’s heads to Philadelphia on Wednesday with a level of confidence and something the Tar Heels didn’t carry with them a year ago to the Sweet 16. They’re clearly one of the favorites in the NCAA Tournament. “Now we’re the team that is expected to make the run and expected to win,” senior guard Marcus Paige said. “This (is) needing to be done instead of hoping to.” (Burlington Times News)
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Game Times & TV ScheduleThe following is a complete list of Thursday and Friday Sweet 16 game times and television networks. UNC faces Indiana in Philadelphia on Friday at 9:57 ET. Virginia, Notre Dame, and Syracuse are also in action Friday while Miami and Duke play Thursday in their respective games.
A look back at UNC's 1984 NCAA Tournament game versus IndianaUNC meets Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday night. It will be the first postseason meeting between the two teams since 1984. That season a 28-2 Tar Heel team which included Michael Jordan, Kenny Smith, Sam Perkins, Matt Doherty and Brad Daugherty was ranked #1 and the top seed in the East Region. Indiana was the #4 seed led by Steve Alford. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: How three iconic North Carolina coaches helped shape a state’s athletic legacyMarch Madness has arrived once more -- and yet again, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels are in the hunt for a national championship. A new book by sportswriter John Feinstein takes an inside look at one of UNC’s legendary coaches and the two other iconic state basketball figures with whom he formed unique trio. (PBS)
Roy Williams has bad memories of past NCAA matchups with IndianaAs the top seed in the NCAA’s East Region, UNC will be favorite when it takes on fifth-seeded Indiana on Friday at Wells Fargo Center. History, however, may be on the Hoosiers’ side. Not only do they lead the all-time series 8-5, but they’ve also beaten the Tar Heels in four of their six neutral site meetings — including both previous matchups in the NCAA tournament. (Wilmington Star News)
UNC fans send off Tar Heels to Sweet 16A swath of North Carolina basketball fans packed the area outside the Dean Smith Center Wednesday in Chapel Hill as the men’s team left for the Sweet 16. The Tar Heels boarded a bus around 6:30 p.m. as they made their way to Philadelphia. The No. 1 seed Tar Heels play five-seed Indiana Friday at 9:57 p.m. for a birth in the Elite 8. (WNCN)
Video: UNC Men's Basketball Team Leaves for PhiladelphiaOn Wednesday night, the Tar Heels had dinner in the Bowles Room and headed to RDU Airport for a flight to Philadelphia where they will face Indiana Friday night in the Sweet 16.
Senior season a wild "Phantom" ride for UNC's Joel JamesA plane transported the Tar Heels to Philadelphia for their Sweet 16 matchup against Indiana. The "Phantom" remains parked inside a quiet Smith Center. The start of March Madness has meant more off-campus travel for UNC and less on-campus activity for 6-foot-11, 280-pound senior Joel James, who often rides an all-black, appropriately nicknamed bicycle to class or practice. (Fayetteville Observer)
|(6) North Carolina||14-4||33-7|
|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|