Video: Roy Williams Pre-Sweet 16 Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams speaks to the media prior to the Tar Heels' game against Indiana in the 2016 Sweet 16.
Video: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Pre-Sweet 16 Press ConferenceNorth Carolina's Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson speak to the media prior to the Tar Heels' game against Indiana in the 2016 Sweet 16.
Video: Joel Berry, Justin Jackson Pre-Sweet 16 Press ConferenceNorth Carolina's Joel Berry and Justin Jackson speak to the media prior to the Tar Heels' game against Indiana in the 2016 Sweet 16.
Statistical breakdown: Hoosiers and Tar HeelsIndiana and North Carolina are set to face off Friday night in the Sweet Sixteen, the first meeting between the two teams in the postseason since 1984. This season, the teams have posted similar numbers on both offense and defense, but we’re diving into the numbers a little bit more in advance of Friday’s game. (Carolina Blue)
Sweet 16 coaches are in the bonus, $2,145,001 earned, much more availableNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams Has: $25,000 for NCAA tournament bid, $100,000 for Round of 32 appearance, $150,000 for Sweet 16 appearance; Can get: $200,000 for Elite Eight appearance, $200,000 for Final Four appearance, $250,000 for Winning NCAA title. (USA Today)
Seeding the 16 coaches left in the NCAA tournament2.Roy Williams, UNC: The popular old theory that Williams can only win big with talent and talent alone just no longer flies and hasn’t for at least a couple of years. Brice Johnson will play in the NBA and Isaiah Hicks probably will. Everyone else on his 13th Carolina team is no more than a maybe. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Roy Williams Live: Choosing SidesNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams spoke out against fan criticism during his weekly Roy Williams Live radio show Monday night. “You’re either with us, or you’re not,” said Williams at Top of the Hill Restaurant in regards to a fan that heckled junior forward Kennedy Meeks during a recent game. “Period, the end.” (Inside Carolina)
7 best Brice Johnson celebrationsOne of the best elements of watching UNC basketball games this season was seeing Brice Johnson's reactions throughout the games. Here are a few of my favorite Brice celebrations from this season. (Daily Tar Heel)
Scouting the Tar Heels from an Indiana PerspectiveThere are several things that stand out when looking at UNC’s profile. The Tar Heels play one of the nation’s fastest tempos but take care of the ball. Only 47 teams in the country average more possessions per game than UNC, yet the Tar Heels rank 25th in the country at taking care of the ball (15.4 turnover percent). That’s significantly better than Indiana. (Inside the Hall)
Lucas: Philadelphia StoryBarring something unforeseen, there will be one very big difference between Friday’s regional semifinal matching Carolina and Indiana in Philadelphia and the national championship game 35 years earlier in the same city: in the hours leading up to the game, both sides will be certain the game is going to be played. That wasn’t the case in 1981. (GoHeels.com)
2016 NCAA Tournament: Ranking the Sweet 16 Teams2. North Carolina Tar Heels (30-6): If Kansas is No.1, then the Tar Heels are 1B. Roy Williams’ squad has saved its best and most versatile brand of basketball for March. The Tar Heels disposed of No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast in the opening round and then went small against No. 9 Providence to beat the Friars 85-66 on Saturday. UNC has so many ways to beat you. (Athlon Sports)
Marcus Paige gets to play back home in Iowa after allMarcus Paige is going to get to come back home and play basketball after all. The UNC senior guard and former Linn-Mar all-stater will take part in the ACC Barnstorming Tour that will make a unique stop outside the Tar Heel State. A group of senior players from the ACC, including Paige, will play a team of local high-school seniors April 16 at Linn-Mar. (The Gazette)
Tar Heels savor second halvesNorth Carolina has turned out to be a second-half team through two games in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels outscored both of their opponents — Florida Gulf Coast and Providence — by 15 points in the second halves. North Carolina led by one point and four points at halftime of its two games at Raleigh’s PNC Arena. (Burlington Times News)
College basketball’s 16 most profitable schoolsThe ACC is arguably the best conference in men’s college basketball. Furthermore, the top three most profitable programs in the ACC — excluding Louisville, because of a self-imposed postseason ban — are all in the regional semifinals: Syracuse University ($16 million in profit), Duke University ($13.9 million) and UNC ($13.3 million). (Memphis Business Journal)
Basketball Team Sendoff On WednesdayThe UNC men's basketball team will travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday evening in preparation for Friday night's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game versus Indiana. Tar Heel fans can send off the team from Entrance D of the Smith Center in Chapel Hill at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Parking will be available after 5 p.m. in the lots surrounding the Smith Center. (GoHeels.com)
|(6) North Carolina||14-4||33-7|
|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|