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Final Four: 9-man rotation breakdown of UNC's core unit

The North Carolina Tar Heels — ACC regular-season and tournament champions, and NCAA East Regional victor — have reached the Final Four with a core unit of nine players. Here's a breakdown of that group, plus head coach Roy Williams, in advance of Saturday’s semifinal duel with fellow ACC member Syracuse. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC seniors still keep in touch with former classmate Tokoto

J.P. Tokoto was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of last summer’s NBA draft and was cut before the start of the regular season. Although he is currently playing for the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA’s Development League, his thoughts are still apparently with his former teammates in Houston. (Wilmington Star News)

Bitter taste of defeat led Harrison Barnes to immediate success in NBA

The last time UNC sat on the cusp of the Final Four, the Tar Heels fell to the Kansas Jayhawks, 80-67, in the 2012 Elite Eight. No one took that more to heart than Harrison Barnes, who afterwards sat in the locker room motionless, head in hands, covered by a towel for nearly 20 minutes. "I carried that with me into my rookie year in the playoffs,” Barnes said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Audio: Sean May hoping to serve as good-luck charm for UNC

UNC Director of Player Personnel and former Tar Heel star Sean May made an appearance on The David Glenn Show Tuesday to talk about the team’s upcoming trip to the Final Four. May, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, hopes his presence will bring good luck to the team in the form of a championship. (ACC Sports Journal)

North Carolina's Roy Williams again will be the Final Four's best-dressed coach

The suit had a pattern of tiny Carolina blue checks, a white pocket square and specially crafted necktie, and when he was done designing it, Alexander Julian thought it fit for a national champion. Fortunately, he knew an aspiring one. He called Roy Williams. "Coach," Julian said, "I've got a really good feeling about this one." He wore Julian's design a month later for the 2005 national championship game. (Los Angeles Times)

Video: UNC Men's Basketball Team Leaves for Final Four

On Wednesday night, the Tar Heels had dinner, posed for a picture, and then headed through a sea of UNC fans to fly to Houston for the Final Four. View Video...

Tar Heels to offer support to Roanoke County family devastated by fatal fire

A Roanoke County couple devastated by a fire that claimed their children has garnered support from the Tar Heels community. A social media campaign launched this week to get the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team to make a gesture in support of the family attracted the attention of the school’s athletics department. (Roanoke Times)

Roy Williams prefers ‘dadgum’ to profanity

Not too long ago, the word just came out of Justin Jackson’s mouth. It wasn’t a conscious choice to say what he said. He didn’t necessarily want to say it, either. And yet there it was, slipping out in casual conversation: “Dadgum.” “It kind of scared me at first, whenever I first used it,” Jackson, the North Carolina sophomore forward, said. “Because it was like, ‘Whoa. That’s coach rubbing off.’ (Charlotte Observer)

March 29, 1982: Dean Smith Wins 1st National Basketball Championship

On March 29, 1982, Dean Smith won his first NCAA national championship with the Tar Heels men’s basketball team. The Tar Heels won 63-62 over the Georgetown Hoyas at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. (WFMY)

Pre-Final Four Notebook

North Carolina celebrated its East Region championship for just a few hours after defeating Notre Dame on Sunday night in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t the same as it was after winning the ACC Tournament two weeks earlier. The difference is simple: One championship was at the final point of that specific journey, the one the Tar Heels captured two days ago is part of an on-going process. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Roy Williams disgusted with writer after column on his health

In his Wednesday appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke rather sharply about a recent Washington Post feature which painted him in a light he didn’t appreciate — one of declining health. Williams, 65, has two bad knees, a sore back and has suffered through several bouts of vertigo this season. (247 Sports)

Video: James Worthy, Antawn Jamison Discuss UNC Basketball Legacy

James Worthy and Antawn Jamison discuss the lasting legacy of the late Dean Smith that has created a family atmosphere that will forever reverberate throughout the UNC program. View Video...

Tar Heels Excited To See “Second Half Marcus” Again

UNC's Marcus Paige has scored in double figures every NCAA Tournament game, including having one his best games all year against Indiana, the highest seed the Tar Heels have faced so far. Teammate Joel Berry said the rest of the Tar Heels weren’t surprised to see the Paige fans expected before the season. (Chapelboro.com)

Kennedy Meeks leaving tights at home for Final Four trip

When Kennedy Meeks packs his bags for No. 1 North Carolina’s Final Four trip to Houston, there’s one thing he’s definitely leaving behind — his white tights. Meeks has worn a white pair of athletic tights underneath his uniform for most of the season. But in trying to shake off a funk, Meeks changed up his normal game day garb and went tights-less in the Sweet 16 win against Indiana. (NSJ Sports)

Tar Heels' road to Houston paved by Johnson and Paige decisions to stay

The turning point of this Final Four run for UNC dates back to the end of last season. Only a few days after the 2014-15 Tar Heels completed a so-so (by Carolina standards) 26-12 record with a 79-72 loss to Wisconsin in the West Regional semifinals, then juniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige opted to return to school over pursuing professional careers. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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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

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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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