Brice Johnson "Manned Up" against LouisvilleIt hadn't even been 10 minutes since his team's 70-60 win over Louisville in the quarterfinal of the ACC Tournament, but Roy Williams thought the crowd in the press conference auditorium could use a reminder. "I’d like to introduce you to our two players," he started. "Marcus Paige is the first one. Brice Johnson — he’s the guy who showed up for the second half. Don’t know who was out there for the first half." (Daily Tar Heel)
Lucas: A Joyful NoiseLess than two hours after Roy Williams bristled at Brice Johnson on the Greensboro Coliseum court, they were together again in a happy Carolina locker room. There was the head coach, still in his gray pinstripe suit, jumping around in the middle of the room with his ebullient players. And there, right next to him if perhaps a little higher off the ground, was Johnson. (GoHeels.com)
Previewing VirginiaNo. 5 seed North Carolina will look to upset defending ACC Tournament champion and No. 1 seed Virginia in semifinal action on Friday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network. It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Cavaliers have maintained their dominance over the ACC from start to finish this season. (Inside Carolina)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs VirginiaWith Virginia, it's all about how well UNC can execute offensively against a team that is producing some of the best defensive numbers, efficiency wise, the KenPom rankings have ever seen. Virginia has the ability to lock Marcus Paige down and disrupt the Tar Heels' ability to get the ball inside. The question is how this game will differ from the February 2nd meeting in Chapel Hill won by the Cavaliers? (Tar Heel Blog)
Brice Johnson Answers ChallengeAfter a lackluster start, UNC forward Brice Johnson responded with a big second half as the fifth-seeded Tar Heels battled back to defeat No. 4 seed Louisville, 70-60, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. With Kennedy Meeks still recovering from an illness (he provided 9 points in 19 minutes of play), and Louisville’s defense buckling down, Johnson answered his coaches’ challenge. (Inside Carolina)
UNC-Louisville Postgame NotesRoy Williams passed legendary Kansas Coach Phog Allen with his 747th victory. That moves Williams into 15th place in all-time wins. Henry Iba is 14th with 759. Williams is now 747-200 overall (.789) and 329-99 as UNC’s head coach. Fifth seed UNC beat #4 Louisville today, marking the first time UNC has defeated a higher seed in the ACC Tournament since 2003. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams, Players Post-Louisville Press ConferenceUNC head coach Roy Williams and juniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson spoke to the media following the Tar Heels' 70-60 victory against Louisville in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal round.
Tar Heels Close Out CardinalsSix weeks after coughing up an 18-point lead at Louisville, No. 19 North Carolina executed with precision in the closing minutes to pull away from the 14th-ranked Cardinals, 70-60, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. UNC scored 14 points over its final 10 possessions, while Louisville missed 10 of its 11 field goal attempts over its final 11 possessions, managing just three points. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Meeks, Britt, Berry Post-Louisville InterviewsKennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, and Joel Berry II spoke to the media following the Tar Heels 70-60 victory against Louisville in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal round.
Turner's Take: In The ZoneIt might seem counter-intuitive to move from a man-to-man against players so potent individually, but with J.P. Tokoto in foul trouble, Carolina was able to use multiple defenders within the same possession and frustrate the Cardinal shooters. The result was a fallow stretch for the Cardinals; for nine minutes, between the 11:03 mark and the 2:03 mark, Louisville’s only field goal was a Montrezl Harrell dunk. (GoHeels.com)
Touche Mr. Meeks, I stand correctedSo it came to pass Thursday that the Meeks finally inherited the earth. And rubbed my nose in the dust during the process. When Kennedy Meeks came off the North Carolina bench and helped the Tar Heels ruin Louisville’s first-ever trip to the ACC basketball tournament with a 70-60 quarterfinal win, Tar Heels fans far and near were quick to let me know how incorrect I was just a day earlier. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 70 Louisville 60Brice Johnson led the Tar Heels with 22 points and seven rebounds. 20 of those points came after Roy Williams got in his face and he started the game 1-5 from the floor. The combination of Johnson starting poorly and Williams challenging him raised a question of how he might respond. The answer was a solid second half that included him going 8-8 from the line (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC-Louisville: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: “I’d like to introduce you to our two players, Marcus Paige is the first one, Brice Johnson is the guy that showed up in the second half. I don’t know who was out there in the first half, but Brice was there in the second half, and that was a huge part of our win. I think I told them at halftime I was about as lucky as I ever felt in my life to be down five points." (Inside Carolina)
This Day in Carolina History: Harrison Barnes Drops 40 on Clemson (video)Believe it or not, four years ago today, Clemson almost did the unthinkable: The Tigers almost beat the North Carolina Tar Heels in the state of North Carolina. Harrison Barnes, otherwise known as The Black Falcon, however, had different ideas. Let’s reminisce in all 40 of his points in an ACC Tournament overtime victory for the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Depot)
Video: Awesome entrance by Joel JamesWith Kennedy Meeks out against Boston College in UNC's first ACC tournament game, junior center Joel James got the start. In the opening introductions, James didn't disappoint. Its a must watch. (Carolina Blue)
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