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Lucas: Leaving Out The Lapses

Roy Williams has a simple instruction for his team as they prepare for Friday’s NCAA Tournament opener against Texas Southern: pay attention. His Tar Heels turned into a defensive juggernaut last March, and he believes this year’s team has the same potential. How far they advance will likely depend on how much they’re able to recapture last year’s defensive spirit. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: NCAA Tourney

Get ready for this weekend's NCAA Tournament action and look back to last weekend's ACC Tournament run in Brooklyn in the latest edition of the Carolina Insider podcast with Jones Angell and Adam Lucas. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas in partnership with Learfield Sports and DGital Media. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, Gonzaga have easiest paths to the Final Four

The 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 March

In 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 Four

It 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 tournament

The 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 philosophy

UNC 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 career

Ty 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 retailer

Over 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 fans

Chapel 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 Philosophy

Roy 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 motivation

North 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 Williams

When 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." Read More...

Turner's Take: The Long Game

Joel 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 Madness

Every 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)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Bahamas All Stars
Fri, Aug 17, 7:30 ET

UNC @ NPBA All Stars
Sun, Aug 19, 3:00 ET

UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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