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The top 50 March Madness players you should know

5. Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina Justin Jackson was a McDonald’s All-American out of high school and a solid starter his first two years at North Carolina. There was only one problem: His inability to consistently hit three-pointers was something of a fatal flaw in his skill set. Jackson has finally found his stroke as a junior and it unlocked his game. (SB Nation)

How Greenville came to host the Big Dance

So long as the Confederate flag flew prominently on South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, the NCAA would not allow its billion-dollar showcase anywhere in the state. It's been a long walk in the wilderness, but now the flag has been relegated to a museum, and turmoil over another divisive issue in the other Carolina has helped bring the tournament back to Greenville. (Greenville News)

UNC Ranked No. 6 in Final AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 Poll

The AP released its final men’s college basketball top 25 of the season Monday, the day after NCAA Tournament brackets were released. UNC finished at No. 6 in the poll, despite earning one of four No. 1 seeds in the big dance. Defending national champion Villanova–the tournament’s top overall seed–checked in as the nation’s top-ranked team. (Chapelboro.com)

Los Angeles Clippers Recall Brice Johnson From D-League

Brice Johnson was recalled from the D-League on Monday. The rookie out of North Carolina has appeared in only one game for the Clippers after dealing with a herniated disc in his back, and he's unlikely to be an impact player over the final month of the regular season. In three games for the Salt Lake City Stars, Johnson averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds. (CBS Sports)

Guard play will be key for ACC's NCAA tournament success

Joel Berry is the key to the tournament for the Tar Heels, seeded No. 1 in a South Regional that also includes Kentucky and UCLA. Berry provides most of the ball handling and lot of the points. At his best, Berry is a star. But he’s also occasionally out of control and prone to forcing shots in close games. Nate Britt’s relief appearances will be important, too. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Surprise, Surprise

It’s not very often that Roy Williams will admit that very much surprises him about his basketball team. As he correctly notes, he devotes his life to UNC basketball. If something surprises him, that means he wasn’t prepared, and if he wasn’t prepared, then he doesn’t believe he’s doing a good job. When you’re a Hall of Famer, it’s fair to say you’ve done a pretty good job. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: It Wasn’t the TO’s, Baby!

Timeouts did not put North Carolina out of the ACC tournament. Even though Roy Williams contributes to his own reputation by joking he will have time-outs left when he dies, his not calling enough TOs, baby, against Duke in Brooklyn didn’t cost his team the game. More so, poor management of Joel Berry’s foul problems did. (Chapelboro.com)

5 teams that could challenge UNC in South Region of NCAA Tournament

After winning the ACC regular-season crown by two games, the North Carolina men's basketball team sits atop the South Region of the NCAA Tournament with a No. 1 seed. The top-seeded Tar Heels (27-7, 14-4 ACC) have their sights set on returning to the Final Four, where UNC beat Syracuse in the 2016 semifinals before falling to Villanova as time expired in the title game. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC quest for redemption aided by No. 1 regional seeding

UNC’s semifinal loss to Duke in Brooklyn on Friday cost the Tar Heels a chance at adding a ACC tournament title to the regular season crown it won a week earlier. But it didn’t cost the Tar Heels a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, That’s significant, considering that all four of UNC’s national titles since the advent of seeding in 1978 were won as a No. 1 seed. (North State Journal)

ICTV: Antawn Jamison Q&A

Nineteen years ago, unanimous National Player of the Year Antawn Jamison was leading North Carolina to back-to-back Final Four appearances. The former NBA All-Star, who was honored as an ACC Legend this weekend in Brooklyn, offered his insights on the Tar Heels as they prepare to open NCAA Tournament play on Friday. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams: 'Use That As Motivation'

Motivation isn't difficult to muster this time of year, but just in case, Roy Williams posed a question to his team as it watched the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday. "What’s the most fun you ever had in basketball?" Last year's postseason run to the NCAA title game was the obvious answer. After all, the 2015-16 Tar Heels went undefeated in March. (Inside Carolina)

How to win your NCAA office pool: Take North Carolina

Our Final Four picks leave us with three No. 1 seeds — Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas — and a No. 2 seed in Arizona. Villanova over Arizona in the all-Wildcats semifinal. North Carolina over Kansas in the all-Roy Williams other semifinal. That means a title-game rematch awaits. Villanova vs. North Carolina, once again. Repeat? Nope. This time, UNC wins it all. (Associated Press)

Video: ESPN experts make their Final Four picks

Jay Bilas, Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg and Rece Davis make their picks for the Elite 8, Final Four and title game picks that features North Carolina and Duke from Tobacco Road on numerous occasions. Read More...

It’s Crowded At The Top Of The NCAA Tournament

UNC and Kentucky are the top two seeds in the South — and are a tossup to advance from the region according to our forecast (each one has a 30 percent chance). Working in the Tar Heels’ favor: they played one of the toughest schedules in memory, rank ahead of Kentucky in most of the computer rankings and are on the opposite side of the bracket from Wichita State. (FiveThirtyEight)

Tar Heels earn record 16th 1-seed to top NCAA South Region

North Carolina's run to the regular-season crown in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference was enough to secure the Tar Heels yet another No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And they're hardly the only blueblood program in a top-heavy South Region. UNC earned a top seed for a national-best 16th time. It marked the second straight No. 1 seed for the Tar Heels. (Associated Press)

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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

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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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