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Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Arkansas

Marcus Paige watched the disappointing finish of last year's loss to Iowa State repeatedly over the summer. He felt largely responsible for that defeat, including taking a rushed shot late when Carolina was trying to protect a lead. On Saturday night in Jacksonville, Paige erased those memories. The junior scored 20 second-half points in UNC's 87-78 win over Arkansas. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 87, Arkansas 78

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 87-78 win over Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 in Jacksonville, Florida. (View Box Score)

Scouting UNC's opponent - Arkansas

Arkansas has an All-America candidate in 6-foot-11, 242-pound Bobby Portis, who averages 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 73.5 percent from the line. He's even made 13 of his 28 attempts from 3-point range. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams still coached by mentor Buddy Baldwin

The phone calls usually come in the morning, early, or sometimes when Roy Williams is out recruiting, driving down an interstate somewhere, or through the country, with a desire to hear the familiar voice of the man who in some ways gave him everything. Or gave him, at least, the most important things: confidence and belief and direction. Williams, the North Carolina coach, credits his discovery of those things to his relationship with Buddy Baldwin, his high school coach. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heels trying to make this year’s NCAA stay ‘sweeter’ than their recent past

There was once a time in which the North Carolina basketball team and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament were mutually exclusive. The Tar Heels won at least two games and advanced to the second week of their sport’s signature event for 13 straight seasons between 1981-93. (Wilmington Star News)

What Was His Name? Arkansas Edition

The Razorback teams of the mid-90s were an imposing bunch — big, physical, fast and talented. Arkansas reached back-to-back national title games, defeating Duke in Charlotte in 1994 for the program’s lone championship. The face of the team was Corliss Williamson. “Big Nasty” does not get as much credit as he deserves, but North Carolina fans remember him well. (Tar Heel Depot)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Arkansas

Given UNC's troubles talking care of the ball, Arkansas' penchant for forcing turnovers, this game is particularly dangerous for the Tar Heels. That being said, Arkansas' willingness to play at UNC's tempo should work in the Tar Heels' favor. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Coaches Williams and Anderson preview UNC-Arkansas NCAA Matchup

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson discuss the NCAA Tournament match up between their teams in 3rd round action from Jacksonville, FL. View Video...

Lucas: Extra Possessions Will Be Key

The Tar Heels committed 17 turnovers against a Harvard team not known for defensive aggressiveness, which translated into a 29-6 deficit in points off turnovers and essentially kept the Crimson in the game. That becomes especially relevant today in the round of 32 against an Arkansas squad that led the SEC in turnover percentage defensively. (GoHeels.com)

Preview & Prediction: #4 UNC vs #5 Arkansas

Arkansas plays at virtually the same tempo as the Tar Heels, around 70 possessions per game. The average offensive possession for both teams lasts about 15 seconds so this is expected to an up and down affair. This will be a tough game for the Tar Heels but it is winnable if UNC plays at a high level. If not, it could be a third straight Round of 32 exit. Prediction: UNC 85, Arkansas 79 (Tar Heel Blog)

Saturday Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 4 North Carolina: This is the odds-on favorite for the most entertaining game of the day with the way UNC and Arkansas like to run the floor. The Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige and Razorbacks’ Michael Qualls will look to go shot for shot, and the Hogs’ Bobby Portis will face an offensive rebounding machine that dominates the paint. Prediction: North Carolina 78-72 (Athlon Sports)

Preview: UNC vs. Arkansas, Round of 32

No. 4 seed North Carolina and No. 5 seed Arkansas meet Saturday evening (8:40 p.m., TNT) with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Neither team enters the game hot. The Tar Heels withstood a second-half run by Harvard to win 67-65 in the Round of 64. Arkansas beat No. 12 seed Wofford 56-53 on Thursday night. Here is what each team has going for it heading into Saturday's contest. (Carolina Blue)

Kennedy Meeks can't play meekly against Arkansas

Tonight during the third round of the tournament, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson will have a guy on his roster named Bobby Portis. “If I'm not mistaken, I think I heard [Thursday] night on the broadcast that he was SEC player of the year,” Roy Williams said. It's not a rumor. The reality of it will set in when Portis and the rest of the fifth-seeded Razorbacks get after it with the fourth-seeded Tar Heels. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Lakers’ Wayne Ellington channeling grief from father’s death into productive season

The Lakers guard stared at his shoes as he put them on his feet. Wayne Ellington once wrote “WRE” on his shoes. Those were the initials of his dad, who shared his love for sports, his friendly personality, and his name. But after Wayne Robert Ellington Sr. was murdered on Nov. 9, 2014 at the age of 57 in downtown Philadelphia, his son’s pre-game ritual has taken on a new twist. (Long Beach Press-Telegram)

UNC practices with new attitude before facing Arkansas' relentless pressure

A day after a sloppy victory against Harvard, North Carolina returned to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena with a better attitude about Saturday’s third round game in the NCAA Tournament. An improved outlook and greater attention to detail will be critical for UNC against a more-relentless, more-talented Arkansas team if it hopes to advance to the West Regionals in Los Angeles next week. (Jacksonville.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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