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Lucas: Final Four Notebook

Count Roy Williams among the people who don’t necessary believe in the “hard to beat a team three times” axiom. “With the close games we’ve had, those things don’t mean anything,” the head coach said. “In college basketball, it’s different…I’m not telling my guys it’s difficult. I’m telling them it had nothing to do with it.” (GoHeels.com)

Art’s Angle: Back-To-Back

Carolina’s appearance here marks the 14th time that one Triangle Area college team has followed another to the Final Four the next year. Fourteen times among UNC, Duke and N.C. State. Pretty amazing. It began when Duke played in its third Final Four of the decade in 1966. The next year, Dean Smith’s Tar Heels made the first of three consecutive trips. (Chapelboro.com)

One of the many hats Sean May wears for North Carolina has a camera attached

Like the rest of North Carolina’s basketball staff, Sean May, the Tar Heels’ director of player personnel, wore Nike warm-up gear in various shades of blue to Friday’s open practice at the Final Four. But clipped to his backward baseball cap, he had one unique accessory. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams, Mark Emmert voice displeasure over House Bill 2

Making his fourth appearance at the Final Four as North Carolina head coach, Roy Williams is the most prominent Tar Heel in Texas this week. On Thursday, he told reporters that the controversial law that put his home state in the news nationwide this week doesn’t line up with his beliefs or the values of the university he represents. (Fayetteville Observer)

Watch: UNC’s Marcus Paige dunks through the legs at practice

Did you know Marcus Paige could get up like this? The North Carolina point guard is talented, for sure, but he’s not known as an in-game leaper, much less a dunker. The Final Four brings out the best in people, though, and here’s Paige at UNC practice getting up impressively and finishing a dunk that most people probably did not know he could do. (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Williams, Paige, Johnson Pre-Final Four Press Conference

Roy Williams, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson speak to the media before Friday's open practice as the Tar Heels prepare to face Syracuse in the Final Four. View Video...

5 reasons to hop on North Carolina's Final Four bandwagon

So your team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament or maybe it wasn’t in the field of 68 at all. No worries. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Final Four. We’re making the case for you to jump on the bandwagon for each of the four teams left standing. Here’s my pitch for the favorites to win it all, North Carolina… (USA Today)

Williams, Johnson, Paige Pre-Final Four Press Conference Quotes

Q. I spoke with Brad Daugherty this week. If you could confirm that you coached him in peewee basketball, is that correct? Roy Williams: Started in the fourth grade. Let's confirm one thing, too. When I left, he was an eighth grader. He was 5'11", overweight kid, that didn't care very much. Five years later, he was one of the great prospects and great players there was. (ASAP Sports)

Dad Gets To Watch 2 Sons Play in Final Four

Nathaniel Britt is about as happy as a Final Four dad can be. “To me, we’ve already won,” said Britt. “I think they’re doing an outstanding job and I’m very proud of them.” Britt is proud of his son Nate Britt who sports the number zero for the UNC Tar Heels, and Kris Jenkins, the young man he calls his second son who wears number two for Villanova. (WFMY)

Roy Williams’ motivational tools sound familiar to two Tar Heels on 2009 title team

Roy Williams is making the most of a motivational tool this March that sounds pretty familiar to a pair of players who were part of UNC’s 2009 national-championship team. Tyler Zeller, in his fourth NBA season, remembers Williams preaching to the team about the intangibles possessed by the 2005 NCAA title team that the 2009 team would need in order to also win a championship. (Raleigh & Company)

5 X-Factors for UNC-Syracuse Final Four Matchup

All season long, Carolina has looked like a national title contender. The Tar Heels have a Hall of Fame coach, great guard play, fantastic big men, depth, and multiple ways to hurt you offensively. So now, we have the Final Four matchup between two college basketball blue bloods. Here are five X-factors to keep an eye on while you’re watching on Saturday night. (Athlon Sports)

Lucas: The Rule Of Three

No one knows exactly when he first said it. But he most definitely said it. At some point during Dean Smith’s Hall of Fame career, he first uttered the phrase, “It’s hard to beat a good team three times.” That’s remained ingrained in the collective Carolina fan base memory, reinforced by instances during Smith’s legendary tenure. (GoHeels.com)

Memory of mom fuels UNC’s Brice Johnson

There’s a greater force that motivates All-American forward Brice Johnson as he and the Tar Heels prepare for their Final Four matchup with Syracuse on Saturday. As is the case with his more passive off-the-court demeanor, it’s not one often seen in public. It’s the memory of his mother. Renee Johnson died on Oct. 11, 2008 after an 18-month battle with cancer. (Wilmington Star News)

Ranking every NCAA tournament championship team

8. North Carolina Tar Heels, 1957 (32-0): Famed for winning what's reputed to be the greatest NCAA title game of them all, North Carolina became only the second team to go undefeated in the tournament era and win the national championship. In the title game, Frank McGuire's Tar Heels won 54-53 in triple-overtime over Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas. (ESPN.com)

Marcus Paige has helped fuel a Final Four run by letting others come to the forefront

UNC is here precisely because it did not go as Marcus Paige goes. At the most important juncture of his basketball career, the 6' 2" guard is, by some measures, the least important he has been to this program since he was a freshman. In the year of the senior, it could be a formerly budding star—not one at his peak—who is one of the last left standing. (Campus Rush)

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