Video: Post-Providence Locker Room Celebration & David Robinson VisitRoy Williams and the Tar Heels celebrate the tight win over Providence in the NCAA Tournament. And David Robinson stops by to congratulate the team.
Tar Heels Advance Past FriarsDespite the Tar Heels' running an array of defenses aimed at slowing him down, Bryce Cotton raced his way to a game-high and career-high 36 points---almost single-handedly pushing the Friars into the Round of 32. But UNC stubbornly found a way to pull through, as James Michael McAdoo converted a pair of clutch free throws in the final five seconds to push UNC to a 79-77 triumph. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: J.P. Tokoto Breakaway Spin & Dunk vs ProvidenceJ.P. Tokoto finishes the steal with a big two-handed slam in the first half of the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament win against Providence.
North Carolina survives scare by ProvidenceJames Michael McAdoo sank two free throws in the final 3.5 seconds, and No. 6 seed North Carolina rallied to beat 11th-seeded Providence 79-77 Friday night. Providence's Bryce Cotton scored a career-high 36 points and made one dazzling shot after another down the stretch. But he also fumbled a long rebound in the final moments, robbing the Friars of a chance for a last-second miracle. (ESPN.com)
North Carolina survives Providence, Bryce Cotton's 36 pointsProvidence senior guard Bryce Cotton played the entire second-round NCAA tournament game against No. 6 North Carolina on Friday night and was superb, scoring a career-high 36 points and collecting eight assists. But the Tar Heels grabbed key offensive rebounds in the final seconds and survived 79-77 against 11th-seeded Providence. (USA Today)
North Carolina survives Providence's Bryce CottonWhat happened to sixth-seeded North Carolina in their East regional opener at the AT&T Center on Friday? They survived Bryce Cotton, that's what. Providence's diminutive senior guard put on a show, scoring 36 points, but North Carolina held on to defeat the 11th-seeded Friars 79-77. (Yahoo! Sports)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - ProvidenceNot sure what you can say about Bryce Cotton, who was everything Carolina had heard he was, and probably a little more. Once he heated up in the second half, the Tar Heels threw a bushel of defenses at him and a little bit of trapping. The Tar Heels defeated him, though, with a balanced attack that put five players in double figures for the seventh time this season. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 79, Providence 77View the complete box score from North Carolina's 79-77 win over Providence in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 on Friday in San Antonio, Texas. (View Box Score)
J.P. Tokoto breakaway spin and dunk vs. ProvidenceJ.P. Tokoto hit Providence with a sweet spin move and then divine dunk on the fast break. Tokoto has had a few breakout games this season, and the Tar Heels will need him to produce if they’re to get by Providence (up 39-36 at the half) and definitely in the next round against the offensive juggernaut that is Iowa State. (The Big Lead)
UNC's Williams, NCCU's Moton share special bondOne is a Hall of Famer for his accomplishments as a college coach. One is a Hall of Famer for what he did as a player at North Carolina Central. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton are also Hall of Fame friends. "That's my guy man, he's an incredible guy," said Moton of Williams. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Lucas: A Marquee MatchupTonight around 9 p.m. Eastern time, Marcus Paige is likely to find himself in a position that will be entirely new to him: he will be better-rested than the opposing point guard. At 35.6 minutes per game, Paige is on pace to easily play the most minutes of any player in the Roy Williams era. But that probably sounds downright leisurely to Providence's Bryce Cotton. (GoHeels.com)
P.J. Hairston starts over as UNC basketball team moves onIn his old life, back at North Carolina, people would have come early just to watch P.J. Hairston and his teammates warm up. They might have aimed their iPhones at him and taken some video, and kids wearing Carolina blue might have sat in awe while he made shot after shot. In his new life, no one really seemed to pay attention to him. He warmed up in anonymity. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Video: North Carolina-Providence PreviewNorth Carolina takes on Providence in the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament 2014 opener in San Antonio, Texas. GoHeels.com provides a preview of the game, which tips off Friday at 7:20 pm Eastern on TNT.
Marcus Paige, Bryce Cotton's similar styles pay dividendsOf all the intriguing individual matchups in this weekend's NCAA tournament, expect the showdown at AT&T Center on Friday between Providence's Bryce Cotton and UNC's Marcus Paige to be the most compelling. Both are quicksilver 6-1 guards who can shoot, score and can dish out assists with ease. If you want to search for differences between the two offensive catalysts, good luck. (USA Today)
Tar Heels Face Providence In NCAA Opener TonightNorth Carolina is the No. 6 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament East Regional and will face No. 11 seed Providence on Friday in San Antonio, Texas. The Tar Heels and Friars will tip off at 7:20 p.m. Eastern in the AT&T Center. The winner will advance to Sunday's third round against the winner of the contest between No. 3 seed Iowa State and No. 14 seed N.C. Central. (GoHeels.com)
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