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No. 1 seed UNC beats Providence 85-66 to reach Sweet 16

Brice Johnson had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and UNC pulled away from foul-hit Providence 85-66 on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Joel Berry II added 15 points for the East Region's top seed, which found itself in a fight against the Friars' high-scoring duo of Ben Bentil and Big East player of the year Kris Dunn. (Associated Press)

Recap: UNC 85, Providence 66

Brice Johnson recorded his 21st double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebound plus two blocks. Joel Berry and Justin Jackson each had 15 points with Isaiah Hicks chipping in 13 and Marcus Paige going for 12 points. Berry also had five rebounds along with Pinson. UNC wins its 30th game of the season for the first time since 2012. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Providence

Providence had two very good players in the game on Saturday night. Carolina had a much better team. The Friars largely leaned entirely on Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil, who scored the vast majority of their points in the second half. UNC, meanwhile, spread it out and got contributions from across the rotation. Guess which approach worked better? (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 85, Providence 66

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 85-66 win over Providence on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament second round in Raleigh, NC. (View Box Score)

The UNC and Providence bands had an epic dance-off during their March Madness game

We were expecting a good basketball game between North Carolina and Providence, but we weren't expecting an equally amazing dance-off! (SB Nation)

The longevity of Vince Carter

Vince Carter seemed an unlikely candidate to last in the NBA while approaching 40. Kobe Bryant is retiring after this season and he’s 18 months younger than Carter. Carter remains relevant, playing quality minutes for the Grizzlies two months after his 39th birthday. One of the more athletic players in league history, he is now getting by on guile, experience, and some game. (Boston Globe)

Why North Carolina’s Roy Williams won’t say anything nice about his best player

Brice Johnson answered the question almost before it was finished. Who, after North Carolina’s victory Thursday night against Florida Gulf Coast, had the Tar Heels coaches named defensive player of the … “Marcus,” the Tar Heels’ 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward said, referring to teammate Marcus Paige. So Johnson didn’t receive the honor after eight blocks, seven rebounds and … (Washington Post)

UNC vs. Providence matchups

The No. 9 seeded Providence Friars pose many matchup issues for any team. The second round contest against No. 1 seed North Carolina is no different. Providence will have the two best pro prospect on the court on Saturday night in Raleigh's PNC Arena. The Friars' Ben Bentil is a 6-9, 235-pound mobile forward and and Kris Dunn is a 6-4, 220-pound guard who is as good on offense as he is on defense. (Carolina Blue)

Five questions to ponder before tipoff: NCAA second round edition

What will UNC’s small guards do to contain Kris Dunn and Providence’s big backcourt? Six-foot-2 Marcus Paige, 6-1 Nate Britt and 6-0 Joel Berry will have their work cut out for them trying to contain 6-4, 220-pound star Kris Dunn and his Providence teammates Jalen Lindsey and Junior Lomomba — who go 6-7 and 6-5 apiece. (Wilmington Star News)

Marcus Paige, Providence's Kris Dunn reap rewards of staying in college

Out of a mutual respect forged on the AAU circuit and in multiple camps, Marcus Paige and Providence’s Kris Dunn have watched each other from afar over the past four years. They’ve seen each other succeed. And when each player faced the decision of either continuing their collegiate career or taking their talents to the NBA, they made the same choice. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels extract positives in piling up momentum

One 20-minute segment of UNC’s opening victory in the NCAA Tournament can provide building blocks moving forward, with the Tar Heels citing a cherished piece of Dean Smith advice. “Coach always says that Coach Smith taught him that, that you build momentum once you get in the tournament, you can’t rely on what you did in the past,” said Marcus Paige. (Burlington Times News)

Paige's sneaky block skills to come in handy against Providence, Dunn

Justin Jackson won’t admit it. Neither will Isaiah Hicks. Yes, Marcus Paige, top-seeded North Carolina’s 6-foot-1 point guard, blocks guys in practice all the time. But definitely not them. The 6-8 Jackson and 6-9 Hicks denied it through sidelong grins. “I don’t know if he’s ever gotten me,” Jackson said, and looked away and smiled. (Greensboro News & Record)

Saturday NCAA Tournament Second Round Game Times & TV Schedule

The following is a complete list of Saturday's second round NCAA Tournament game times and television networks. UNC tips off against Providence at approximately 9:40 pm in Raleigh. Other ACC teams in action include Miami, Duke, and Syracuse. Read More...

Art’s Angle: Strap ‘Em On Tight!

Let the upsets that have led to the most-ever double-digit seeds (10) remaining after the first round of the NCAA Tournament be a lesson for Carolina before its late-night game against Providence. The Tar Heels should sleep all day in order to be ready to explode from the opening tip sometime after 9:40 p.m. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: Crowd Concerns

It wasn’t Selection Sunday when the Tar Heels earned the right to play in Raleigh. Nope. The Tar Heels earned it in January. And February. And especially March. And that’s why they will have a sizable portion of the crowd at PNC Arena tonight. It’s not because it was somehow gifted to them for no reason. It was earned. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Fri, Nov 24, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(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
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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