UNC-Duke Gets a Third ChapterSo tomorrow, in what will be a much tamer setting than the previous two games, the Blue Devils and Tar Heels of Tobacco Road will clash heads for one last time this season (probably). It only makes sense, to be honest. In a season where both teams got their respective wins on their home court, it feels like there is still something to be decided this year. (Evan Chronis)
UNC-Duke to take center stage in NYC in rare ACC tournament clash of rivalsIn a little more than 24 hours, the rivalry that has long electrified a state, a region and the entire college basketball world would be temporarily relocated from its permanent home in central North Carolina to provide a jolt to the biggest city in the country, and it was making those who were already giddy with anticipation do and say some strange things. (Sports Illustrated)
Analyzing the offenses of the NCAA tournament's likely No. 1 seedsThe Tar Heels own the offensive glass, by grabbing 42.4% of their missed shots—the highest offensive board rate by a UNC team since Tyler Hansbrough's junior season of '07-08. Kennedy Meeks, Tony Bradley, Luke Maye and Isaiah Hicks are a four-headed monster, as Roy Williams prefers to play big and have two of them on the floor at almost all times. (Sports Illustrated)
UNC vs. Duke PreviewThe first two matchups between these heated rivals were so good a third encounter seemed necessary. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will play once again for a spot in the ACC Tournament finals. Game tips at 7 p.m. on Friday (ESPN). In their second game in as many days, No. 5 seeded Duke rallied from a 12-point deficit to upset No. 4 seed Louisville, 81-77. (Inside Carolina)
UNC's Defensive SpringboardA year ago, top-seeded North Carolina found its defensive identity in the second half of its ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over Pittsburgh. On Thursday, the Tar Heels may have done the same, holding No. 9 seed Miami to 30 percent shooting after halftime in their 78-53 victory. UNC won the ACC regular season title in part by holding league opponents to 43 percent shooting. (Inside Carolina)
UNC flips switch to postseason mode with strong tourney openerUNC clicked into postseason mode by turning up the defensive intensity and rolling to a 78-53 beating of Miami in its ACC tournament opener. The win sends the Tar Heels into a semifinal matchup with Duke that will have much more at stake than a rubber match between rivals. It was a complete reversal from the first time the Tar Heels played Miami. (North State Journal)
UNC turned things around on Miami on day a pass turned into a 3When an alley-oop pass swishes in for a 3-pointer, you know it’s your day. UNC had a bad day in January when Miami’s zone defense frustrated a team without Theo Pinson that had little success inside. The Tar Heels were befuddled. The only befuddled look from them Thursday was on Pinson’s face when his pass (or would you call it a shot?) went in from outside the arc. (Raleigh & Company)
Lucas: No VacationRoy Williams wants his team to have a quality experience. But he doesn’t want them to be too comfortable. That’s why the coach stopped Wednesday’s practice with a pointed message for his team. “This is not a vacation,” he barked. “Nobody better be here for a vacation.” They looked a little like tourists in the first half of Thursday’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal against Miami. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Miami Postgame NotesThis was the 2,200nd win in UNC history. Only Kentucky and Kansas have also won that many games. Nate Britt and Isaiah Hicks played in their 59th ACC win; the most ACC wins in UNC history. The previous record was 58 by Danny Green and Tyler Hansbrough. Justin Jackson has made 87 three-pointers this year which ties him for fifth in UNC single-season history. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Miami Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 78-53 win over Miami in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
Video: Jim Larrañaga Post-UNC Press ConferenceMiami basketball coach Jim Larrañaga speaks with the media following the Hurricanes' 78-53 loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
Turner's Take: Off And RunningBy dictating the tempo from the defensive end, the Tar Heels were able to wear down the Hurricanes. Even in their half-court offense, Carolina took advantage of tired Hurricanes, finding holes in the defense for easy baskets. Active hands turned into turnovers and rebounding allowed the Tar Heels to run into the ACC Tournament semifinal. (GoHeels.com)
Roy Williams on Donald Trump: ‘Our president tweets out more bulls*** than anyone I’ve ever seen’Roy Williams has a way with words. The North Carolina coach gave the world another memorable quote on Thursday afternoon after his Tar Heels pounded Miami in their first game at the ACC tournament. The ACC tournament is in Brooklyn this season after years in Greensboro, N.C. Williams was asked about the impact of the move to New York. (SB Nation)
Hicks, UNC Surge Past Miami in Second Half, Move On to ACC SemifinalsUNC forward Isaiah Hicks stepped up in a big way Thursday during the Tar Heels' 78-53 win over Miami in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Hicks led UNC with 19 points while grabbing six rebounds and committing just one foul. In a bit of poetic justice, Hicks did most of his damage offensively as a result of getting fouled–sinking all nine of his free throw attempts. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: UNC Players Post-Miami InterviewsSeveral North Carolina basketball players spoke with reporters following the Tar Heels' 78-53 win over Miami on Thursday in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. Here are their video interviews: Isaiah Hicks, Theo Pinson, Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt
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