NCAA Update: Greetings from JacksonvilleThe Daily Tar Heel NCAA crew — Senior Writer Aaron Dodson, Sports Editor Grace Raynor and Senior Photographer Halle Sinnott — all arrived in Florida Wednesday morning to kick off our coverage of the NCAA Tournament. UNC's first opponent is Harvard, whom they will matchup with on Thursday at 7:20 p.m. Eastern Time. (Daily Tar Heel)
Jordan's 'I'm back' fax, 20 years laterWhen Michael Jordan announced his return to basketball 20 years ago today, he did so in a manner that was very much 20 years ago. He sent out a fax. "It was a sign of the times," recalls Jordan's agent, David Falk. (ESPN.com)
Harvard-North Carolina PreviewHarvard's Tommy Amaker is more than familiar with North Carolina from his days as a standout player and assistant coach at Duke, although that won't make it any easier going against the Tar Heels in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 13th-seeded Crimson are in the tourney for the fourth straight season as Ivy League champions and have won their opening game the past two seasons. (Yahoo! Sports)
Ready To Roll: UNC opens NCAA Tournament on ThursdayIt was March 24, 2013, and a teary-eyed Marcus Paige slumped into his chair in the corner of North Carolina’s locker room at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. The Tar Heels just blew a nine-point halftime lead in a 70-58 loss to Kansas, cutting their postseason short in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. (Carolina Blue)
Avoiding CinderellaHarvard has wins over a No. 3 seed and a No. 5 seed in the last two NCAA Tournaments. UNC will look to avoid becoming the missing No. 4 seed in the Crimson’s checklist of upsets on Thursday. When asked to describe Harvard’s 68-62 upset over No. 3 seed New Mexico in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Crimson guard Wesley Saunders, then a sophomore, picked one adjective: “Jubilation.” (Inside Carolina)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Harvard Press ConferenceUNC coach Roy Williams spoke with the media about the Tar Heels upcoming NCAA Tournament second round matchup with Harvard in Jacksonville, FL.
Video: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Pre-Harvard Press ConferenceCarolina juniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson meet with the media ahead of the Tar Heels' NCAA Second Round matchup with Harvard.
Harvard's Amaker set for familiar foe in UNCHarvard head coach Tommy Amaker is very aware of the UNC basketball program. The former Duke player and assistant coach has faced-off against the Tar Heels 34 times since 1984. On the eve of match-up No. 35, though, Amaker is insistent that it’s not about him, it’s about his Harvard team that is making their fourth consecutive trip to the big dance. “I try to keep my history out of it,” Amaker said. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Roy Williams NCAA Tournament Press Conference QuotesRoy Williams: "We just got in late last night. We've already practiced off-site, had a good practice, good workout. We'll go out and shoot it around a little bit and try to get used to the surroundings, feel ecstatic about being here, and so far have made it through the first practice we've had today without anybody getting hurt, so we're feeling good." (Inside Carolina)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs HarvardAs a team Harvard shoots 35% from three but has just two players who hits them consistently. Leading scorer Wesley Saunders is at 42% but has only taken 69 threes in 30 games. Corbin Miller has hit 35% of his threes on 159 attempts. Harvard has posted some fairly solid rebounding numbers but the caveat there is Harvard doesn't face many teams with UNC's size. (Tar Heel Blog)
Lucas: UNC Basketball NotebookTempo could be the key storyline on Thursday night when Carolina faces Harvard (7:20 p.m., TNT) in Jacksonville. The Crimson have one of the slowest adjusted tempo ratings in the nation according to KenPom.com; the only ACC teams that rank below them are Pittsburgh and Virginia. Harvard coach Tommy Amaker believes his team taking care of the ball will be the key to playing at a slower pace. (GoHeels.com)
Harvard aims to match UNC's talent with experienceHarvard's basketball players had their game faces on this afternoon when talking about their second-round NCAA Tournament matchup with North Carolina. Harvard is the No. 13 seed in the West Region of the tournament. UNC is the No. 4 seed. Those squads play here Thursday (7:20 p.m., TNT) in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Previewing HarvardNo. 4 seed North Carolina opens the 2015 NCAA Tournament against No. 13 seed Harvard on Thursday. Tip-off at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is set for 7:20pm and will be televised by TNT. Harvard enters the NCAA Tournament with a 22-7 (11-3 Ivy League) record. This is the fourth year in a row that coach Tommy Amaker has led Harvard to the NCAA Tournament. (Inside Carolina)
UNC Among the Best Non 1-2 Seed Contenders to Reach Final 4North Carolina (4) – Everyone loves talking about Wisconsin or Arizona giving Kentucky a run in the Final Four? What about a team with a) size to match the Wildcats (won offensive rebound battle 18-11 in 1st meeting) and b) the revenge factor (84-70 loss at Rupp in December)? But the Tar Heels are hit and miss (lost to Butler, Iowa) and prone to late-game collapses (Duke, Notre Dame). (The Big Lead)
Tar Heels To Meet Harvard ThursdayNorth Carolina (24-11, 11-7 ACC) is the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament West Regional and will face No. 13 seed Harvard (22-7, 11-3 Ivy League) on Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. The Tar Heels and Crimson will tip off at 7:20 p.m. in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The winner will advance to Saturday’s third round against the winner of No. 5 seed Arkansas vs. No. 12 seed Wofford. (GoHeels.com)
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