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King Rice Named ECAC Coach of the Year

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its 2016 Division I Men’s Basketball All-ECAC selections and major award winners. Coach of the Year: King Rice – Monmouth University. In his fifth year at the helm of Monmouth, Rice guided his team to the MAAC regular-season title and a program record 25 overall wins. (MAAC Sports)

Despite struggles, Kennedy Meeks still has a supporter in Roy Williams

UNC’s march to the ACC championship and into the final 16 of the NCAA tournament hasn’t been entirely sweet for Kennedy Meeks. While the Tar Heels are playing their best basketball of the season, the junior center has struggled mightily. But for all the Meeks bashing that has gone on of late — some deserved, some not — his constant ally has continued to be his coach, Roy Williams. (Wilmington Star News)

Ranking each game in Sweet 16: Indiana-North Carolina is No. 1

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Indiana: Save the best for last. The most anticipated game of the regional semifinals will the final tip on Friday. You've got two of the most historic programs in the sport's history going head-to-head. The game has a ton of fun players to watch: Brice Johnson, Yogi Ferrell, OG Anunoby, Marcus Paige, Troy Williams. Gonna be a great one in Philly. (CBS Sports)

Guard-heavy lineup helps No. 1 seed UNC succeed in NCAA tourney

Going smaller is becoming a big deal for North Carolina. The Tar Heels haven't hesitated to go to a lineup with four perimeter players around All-America candidate Brice Johnson or Isaiah Hicks more and more in recent weeks. It's an asset in the NCAA Tournament that allows the East Region's No. 1 seed to juggle lineups and speed up the pace against opponents. (Associated Press)

Video: Isaiah Hicks - The Sleepy Dunker

UNC's Isaiah Hicks has been a key cog for the Tar Heels this season and was named the ACC 6th Man of the Year for his efforts. On the court he is a fierce competitor known for his powerful dunks. Off the court, the energy level drops off considerably. Find out why he's the "Sleepy Dunker." View Video...

Lucas: Deep Thoughts

Roy Williams’ philosophy for his bench is a bit of a paradox: he believes the reserves help the team if they don’t hurt the team. In other words, if there’s no dropoff from the starters to the bench, then he has a pretty formidable squad. That’s been the case so far, as the Tar Heels have received huge contributions from Isaiah Hicks, with timely spot moments from several other players. (GoHeels.com)

Uni Watch: Ranking the Sweet 16 uniforms, from UNC to A&M

1. North Carolina: As good as it gets, right? The Carolina blue, the school name framing the chest number, the argyle trim on the sides -- that's how it's done. They'd be better off without the sublimated design on the back, which often looks like a sweat stain, but that's the only quibble here. Well done. (ESPN.com)

Paige-Ferrell matchup and Indiana injury updates

Indiana Point guard Yogi Ferrell will have another high profile position battle with UNC's Marcus Paige. Ferrell played against Paige in high school on the AAU circuit. Indiana coach Tom Crean described the status of Robert Johnson for Friday’s game as “iffy” after the guard re-injured his left ankle. Indiana's Juwan Morgan (shoulder injury) has been practicing this week . (Inside the Hall)

More to UNC’s 3-point defense than statistics

North Carolina's biggest problem against Indiana might not be a problem at all when the teams meet in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Philadelphia. At least that’s what Marcus Paige’s most recent reading material indicates. As the senior guard sat in the Student Union on Tuesday, he started Googling information about 3-point field goal defense. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fun-loving Tar Heels are as motivated as they are loose

Amid the serious questions about UNC’s East Region semifinal opponent Indiana, 3-point shooting defense and small lineups, we learned that Marcus Paige’s favorite snack is popcorn, Brice Johnson is a lot more laid back in the locker room than he is after a dunk and Theo Pinson “never has to be congratulated, because he’s always congratulating himself.” (Wilmington Star News)

Theo Pinson Leads Tar Heels In Personality

Theo Pinson has been a jack of all trades, giving UNC a mixture of scoring, rebounding, passing and defense. But perhaps his most valuable asset is his mouth, something Justin Jackson said he might use a little too much sometimes. “You do nothing but have fun with him,” Jackson said. “Sometimes you want him to just sit down and not say anything.” (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels’ goals go well beyond Sweet 16

When North Carolina defeated Arkansas to advance to the Sweet 16 last season, there was almost a sense of relief for the Tar Heels. Not a single one of the team’s starters at the time had made it past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. When UNC couldn’t get past No. 1 seed Wisconsin just days later in the regional semifinal, the campaign was still mostly considered a success given that it was the deepest run the program had seen in three years. (Today's U)

Roy Williams Pre-Sweet 16 Press Conference Quotes & Video

How much do emotional players like Brice Johnson and Theo Pinson change the personality of your team? Roy Williams: "I’ve had some weird dudes. Scot Pollard is on that Survivor thing that’s on TV right now. He used to paint his fingernails. Theo is the most enthusiastic player I’ve probably coached in a long time, but I like kids that are different." (Inside Carolina)

Sweet 16 East Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

The Tar Heels needed a half to wake up against Florida Gulf Coast before pulling away. They then showed their depth and talent in a double-digit win over Providence. The key has been the play of Marcus Paige, who has found his shooting stroke which makes him all the more dangerous. If UNC can get past Indiana, a trip to the Final Four shouldn't be an issue. (Athlon Sports)

Tar Heels say they're winners without taking it all

No shortage of guys on college basketball rosters talk about winning the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina actually is put together to pull it off. "We are built to win one," UNC senior Brice Johnson said. "We have to go out with the intensity to show it. We have to play great defense every night. You have to let the defense control the game for you." (NCAA.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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