Introducing North Carolina: Seven Questions With a Tar Heels Beat ReporterAs the Harvard men's basketball team (22-7, 11-3 Ivy league) prepares to face the University of North Carolina (24-11, 11-7 ACC) Saturday, Crimson staff writer Jacob D. H. Feldman got in touch with a reporter on the Tar Heels beat to learn about this year's Carolina squad. Here's what Ross Martin, a writer/editor for CarolinaBlue.com, had to say. (Harvard Crimson)
Tar Heels riding Jackson, Berry into NCAA TournamentNorth Carolina is playing its best basketball heading into the NCAA tournament, and the Tar Heels’ highly touted freshmen are a big reason why. Justin Jackson and Joel Berry played critical roles in No. 15 UNC’s run to the ACC championship game. Jackson even made the all-tournament team. “It is progress,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. (Greensboro News & Record)
Improving Tar Heels deal with peaks and valleysIn Greensboro, the Tar Heels often performed at a level befitting a team with Final Four aspirations, and their lapses were only punitive in the final game. Another loss ends the season, as fourth-seeded UNC (24-11) takes on 13th-seeded Harvard (22-7) in an NCAA tournament opener Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida. (Fayetteville Observer)
Roy Williams Tuesday Press Conference QuotesRoy Williams: "I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Roy, you’ve done a great job.’ I’m never going to say that. I mean, Jiminy Christmas. Steve [Kirschner] called me and told me I was coach of the decade and I went and got an extra scoop of ice cream. I was at a buffet. I didn’t call anybody. I didn’t get an ornament put on the hood of the car and drive it around the state." (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels aim to clean up miscues for NCAA TournamentMarcus Paige is the primary ball handler for the Tar Heels and leads the team with 161 assists. J.P. Tokoto isn't all that far behind with 148 assists, but it's his team-leading 82 turnovers that need prayer as the Tar Heels head into the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Harvard in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday (7:20 p.m., TNT). (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC Players' NCAA Tournament ExperienceHeading into the NCAA Tournament, UNC has a team made up of primarily juniors and sophomore with three freshman and a couple of little used seniors. Here is how the roster stacks up in terms of previous NCAA Tournament experience. Jackson Simmons leads UNC in games played in the NCAA Tournament, though one of those was less than a minute against Creighton in 2012. (Tar Heel Blog)
Fouls Troubling Tar HeelsThe 2014-15 Tar Heels are currently on pace to become just the third UNC team in school history to attempt fewer free throws than their opponents. During the 2008-09 national championship season, UNC made 112 more free throws than its opponents attempted. This year, the Tar Heels have attempted 27 fewer free throws than its opponents (746-773). (Inside Carolina)
Video: Williams, Paige, Tokoto Tuesday Press Conference RecapRoy Williams, J.P. Tokoto and Marcus Paige answer questions from the media as the Tar Heels prepare to go to Jacksonville, FL for the start of the NCAA Tournament.
Know Your Opponent: Jacksonville Sub-RegionalHarvard features one of the nation's most experienced rosters, a core group that already owns tournament wins over New Mexico in 2013 and Cincinnati in 2014. Senior guard Wesley Saunders leads the Crimson with 16.3 points per game, and he is joined as a double-digit scorer in conference play by senior post Steve Moundou-Missi and junior point guard Siyani Chambers. (GoHeels.com)
Who are the Best Coaches in the 2015 NCAA Tournament?5. Roy Williams, North Carolina (63-22, seven Final Fours, two championships): Roy’s last two trips stalled in the round of 32, but those teams were seeded sixth and eighth. At Carolina, Williams is 3-0 in the Sweet 16 and 2-0 in the national title game. The last major upset for Williams was to 11th-seeded George Mason in 2006. (Athlon Sports)
Video: UNC's Top 5 Moments of the 2014-15 SeasonUNC reached the ACC Tournament Championship game this season and earned a #4 seed heading into this year's NCAA Tournament. Here are the top 5 moments that got the Tar Heels to this point.
March Madness: Four Slam-Dunk College TownsChapel Hill, North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Tar Heels count Michael Jordan as an alum. Top of the Hill Restaurant, Brewery, and Distillery (“Top-o” in localese) tips off a night on the town, with a prime roof deck vantage for watching post-victory partying on Franklin Street. Crook’s Corner elevates classics like shrimp and grits and buttermilk pie. (National Geographic)
NCAA tournament West Region: Dream and nightmare scenariosNo. 4 North Carolina - Best Case: Team that performed really well for the first 152 of 160 minutes in the ACC tournament carries that level of play into the Big Dance. UNC’s length overwhelms Harvard and Arkansas to reach the Sweet 16. Marcus Paige plays like a star against Wisconsin, and Justin Jackson hits a game-winning 3 to carry the Heels to their first Final Four since 2009. (Yahoo! Sports)
Roy Williams Radio Show QuotesRoy Williams on the team watching the selection show at his house on Sunday: “They were very enthusiastic. We had some cameras there so they could see how the kids reacted, they were pleased. As soon as they had given all of the 68 teams I cut it off, because I don’t need to see why somebody didn’t get in or why somebody did get in. We talked to the team and gave them some goals.” (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: Williams Emphasizes DetailsWhen he gathered his team at his home on Sunday night to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show, Roy Williams emphasized three main points for this week’s postseason preparation. They are: Turnovers - Taken as a whole, Carolina’s turnover numbers actually aren’t as bad as you might expect. The Tar Heels have a turnover percentage of 18.2% according to KenPom.com. (GoHeels.com)
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