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Isaiah Hicks an unquestioned hero to hometown girl - and NC State fan

The small town of Oxford, N.C. is one divided into may athletic allegiances. But Oxford does have a favorite son, Isaiah Hicks. Hicks led Webb High School to the team's only State Championship in school history in 2013. Before that championship run, Hicks became friends with young Meghan Bunn who was facing an uphill medical battle. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Opponent Preview: Syracuse

North Carolina and Syracuse meet for the third time this season in the Final Four at NRG Stadium in Houston. The game tips on Saturday at approximately 8:49 pm ET and will be televised by TBS. Syracuse became the first 10-seed to ever make the Final Four after shocking the Midwest Region’s top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers, 68-62, in the Elite Eight. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Kenny Smith - UNC Basketball Tradition Is Like Having Cousins In Every City

Kenny Smith was a consensus 1st-team All-American guard for the Tar Heels and knows all about UNC's family tradition. ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel spoke with the popular basketball analyst about the Tar Heel family, philosophies that the legendary coach Dean Smith passed on to Roy Williams, and UNC's chances of cutting down the nets in Houston. View Video...

'We need to do this together'

The senior stars of the North Carolina men’s basketball team, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, didn’t know success before this year. Before an ACC regular season crown, and then an ACC Tournament title, and now a spot in this year’s Final Four in Houston. “They’ve been through a lot,” Joel Berry said. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Game Day: Heels look to penetrate Orange defense

Senior guard Trevor Cooney will be a dangerous 3-point threat against UNC, but Syracuse's most productive, versatile option is 6-7 point guard Michael Gbinije. A Duke transfer, he's averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the NCAA tournament. He also made the ACC’s all-defensive team. (Fayetteville Observer)

Difficult shooting setting in Houston could pay dividends for inside-oriented UNC

This year’s Final Four venue is adjacent to the Astrodome. At 1.9 million square feet, NRG Stadium dwarfs what was once dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” “I've never seen anything like it,” said North Carolina guard Joel Berry, who is from Apopka, Florida. “I think this place might be bigger than my whole town put together.” (Fayetteville Observer)

Kenny Smith: "Carolina has every element you need"

"We don't play horseshoes, we play to win," Kenny Smith told a collection of media on Friday inside Houston's NRG Stadium. Smith was referencing his Tar Heels. A former First Team All-American, Smith, who played point guard at UNC from 1983–1987, is now a NBA basketball analyst for TNT. "Carolina has every element you need," "The Jet" said about the Tar Heels. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Key: Solving Syracuse's Zone

North Carolina will have to solve Syracuse’s matchup zone for the third time this season to advance to the national championship game on Monday night. UNC's ability to penetrate and execute against Syracuse's matchup zone will be a determining factor in Saturday's Final Four nightcap. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams pranks Tar Heels on April Fools

On a team as loose as North Carolina, there’s gotta be a couple of April Fools’ pranks, right? Duh. But this time the prankster wasn’t Theo Pinson or Brice Johnson. Nope, it came from a collaboration between the head honcho himself and a team manager. (NSJ Sports)

Roy Williams' suggestion to Dean Smith -- and it worked

Roy Williams remembers his first Final Four trip with UNC, and coach Dean Smith's "whole philosophy was to keep everybody away." That was 1981, Williams' third season on Smith's staff. The Tar Heels were playing in Philadelphia, and stayed "on the other side of Villanova." They beat Virginia in the national semifinal game but lost to Indiana in the championship game. (Associated Press)

UNC, Syracuse vastly different but familiar Final Four foes

UNC likes to run, and Syracuse prefers to walk. These two teams that do things very differently are also very familiar with each other, having already played twice this season. Except this isn't another ACC game. The conference rivals, with their veteran coaches who have both been here multiple times before, are playing each other in the Final Four. (Associated Press)

Carolina keeps plan the same against familiar Orange foe

Amidst all the Final Four hoopla, there is one focus for the Tar Heels in North Carolina versus Syracuse round three: Roy Williams is, "trying to figure out how in the dickens (UNC) can get enough baskets against Syracuse's zone." The Orange defense still plays with its signature, although it is playing the style differently than in the last two meetings with the Tar Heels. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Audio: Jerod Haase on UNC's Final Four chances - "They've got the right coach"

Stanford head coach and former North Carolina assistant Jerod Haase dropped by The David Glenn Show on Thursday to talk about his new job with the Cardinal, the challenges of coaching and his breakdown of the Final Four. Haase, who was an assistant with UNC from 2003-12, likes the Tar Heels to move forward in the NCAA tournament and explained why. (ACC Sports Journal)

Video: UNC Basketball - Best Dunks From Final 4 Practice

The Tar Heels are getting ready for the Final Four and a matchup against ACC foe Syracuse. The Heels took some time during practice once again to showcase their high-flying dunks for fans on hand. View Video...

Roy Williams values special bonds with Baldwin, Paige

Sitting on the stage in the interview room at the NRG Stadium a few days before his team was set to play Syracuse in the national semifinal, UNC coach Roy Williams was asked about his relationship with senior Marcus Paige. Their days together are numbered. After this weekend, their relationship defined in the roles of coach and player will come to an end. (NSJ Sports)

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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

UNC vs. Portland
Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(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
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23


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