UNC, Gonzaga have easiest paths to the Final FourThe brackets are set but not all roads to the Final Four are paved evenly. The South region is this year’s easiest. That’s good news for the Tar Heels, who should have an easy time getting to the Final Four. The hardest path for No. 1 North Carolina has victories over No. 16 Texas Southern, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 4 Butler, and No. 2 Kentucky. (Washington Post)
Justin Jackson is hoping to provide UNC with a happier ending this MarchIn pursuit of happier endings this spring, North Carolina, the top seed in the South region, will count on Justin Jackson, a sinewy 6'?8" gunslinger who had career highs in scoring (18 points per game) and three-point shooting (38%), to continue to take and make shots. Jackson’s ascension to a starring role has been hard-earned. A go-to guy isn’t built in a day (or a night). (Sports Illustrated)
Mapping out North Carolina's road to the Final FourIt won't be easy for North Carolina to make a second consecutive appearance in the national championship. But while the South Region is likely the most difficult among the four in the NCAA Tournament, at least the Tar Heels are the No. 1 seed. Yes, Kentucky and UCLA are both in the South Region, both of those blue bloods are in the bottom half of the bracket. (Carolina Blue)
Carolina's mood entering the tournamentThe big difference with the 2017 UNC team and the 2016 UNC team heading into the tournament is how they closed the regular season and ACC Tournament. Last year's squad was riding a five game winning streak having beaten Syracuse and Duke to close out the regular season and then won three straight to win the ACC Tournament. (Carolina Blue)
Roy Williams explains why he left Joel Berry on bench so long, timeout philosophyUNC basketball coach Roy Williams was widely criticized for leaving point guard Joel Berry on the bench too long after picking up his fourth personal foul in last Friday’s ACC tournament semifinal loss to Duke. Tuesday, at his pre-NCAA tournament media availability, the Hall of Fame coach offered insight into why he held his star player out of action so long. (North State Journal)
The complicated crossroads of Ty Lawson’s fallen careerTy Lawson has a drinking problem. Or rather, Ty Lawson’s problem is drinking. When Lawson was in Denver, he was a legit star. He was the starting point guard for a Nuggets team that won 57 games, arguably its best player, and putting up All-Star-type numbers. Then the arrests started. On Jan. 23, 2015, Lawson was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Denver. (CBS Sports)
UNC, Duke a win for Greenville retailerOver the next few days in Chapel Hill, NC, Little Rock AR, Milwaukee, WI, Columbia and other cities across the country, people will begin packing their bags for a few days in Greenville. March Madness takes over the city this weekend as eight teams play in the first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. (Greenville News)
Chapel Hill, Durham top list of best cities for college basketball fansChapel Hill and Durham are two of the top three cities in the country for college basketball fans, according to a survey released Monday by WalletHub. The survey included seven key metrics and looked at nearly 300 cities across the country. It ranks cities based on number of teams, size of arenas, social media engagement and winning percentages. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Roy Williams Gets Humorous Explaining Timeout PhilosophyRoy Williams was asked during Tuesday’s press conference at the Smith Center about his philosophy in not calling many timeouts. The reason it came up was because of some criticism Williams has received for not calling a timeout during Duke’s decisive run during the loss to the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament. It led to a fascinating and entertaining response. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
North Carolina using last year's ending as motivationNorth Carolina was just four seconds away from overtime and a chance at a National Championship. Instead, the Tar Heels enter this NCAA Tournament using that shot as motivation, according to Aaron Beard with the Associated Press. "I just think about it all the time," Joel Berry II told the AP. "Four seconds made a difference in my life." (Carolina Blue)
Video: Faces of Fearless - Roy WilliamsWhen legendary North Carolina Basketball coach Dean Smith talks, you listen. Roy Williams discusses the pivotal moment when he decided to accept an assistant coaching position at UNC. "It wasn't about the money. I had Dean Smith, and I had the University of North Carolina."
Turner's Take: The Long GameJoel Berry II could learn a thing or two from Roger Federer. Considered the greatest male tennis player of all time, At 35, Federer has learned how to conserve energy, to play the long game. If dropping a point, a game, a set here or there means he can steel himself to win a match or a tournament, then so be it. Now, what does that have to do with Joel Berry? (GoHeels.com)
Roy Williams’ Timeout Rant Signals Arrival of March MadnessEvery so often, Roy Williams turns a monotonous press conference into a highlight reel with a glorious stream of consciousness with colorful language and comical anecdotes. Tuesday’s pre-NCAA Tournament presser was one of those occasions (Video), as a question about his timeout philosophy turned into a six-minute rant comprised of nearly 900 words. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-NCAA Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Tuesday ahead of the Tar Heels' Friday opening-round NCAA matchup against Texas Southern.
Video: Joel Berry Pre-NCAA Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina point guard Joel Berry speaks with the media on Tuesday ahead of the Tar Heels' Friday opening-round NCAA matchup against Texas Southern.
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