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Tar Heels in San Antonio: A Conversation with UNC Athletics’ Steve Kirschner (audio)

WCHL’s Matt Oakes had the chance to chat with UNC’s Senior Associate Athletic Director Steve Kirschner as the Tar Heel men’s basketball team gets set to embark on its NCAA Tournament journey Friday night in San Antonio against the Providence Friars. (Chapelboro.com)

Former Tar Heels Are Avid Fans In March

Active or injured, on the court or off, the Tar Heel pros tend to find a way to keep up with their alma mater, particularly this time of year. NBAers who have games like Kendall Marshall seek updates from the stands. Guys with off-nights tend to settle in with remotes. And the guys overseas? They just sleep less. "We're fortunate with the internet, apps on the iPad,'' said Sean May. (GoHeels.com)

Kennedy Meeks Looking to Bounce Back

Kennedy Meeks apologized to his teammates for his recent play following North Carolina’s early exit in the ACC Tournament last weekend. The NCAA Tournament presents an opportunity for redemption that the freshman forward intends to secure with both hands. (Inside Carolina)

Friars need to throw the book at Paige

If there is one very important piece of the scouting report that his assistant coaches have provided to Providence coach Ed Cooley, it is the importance of harnessing Marcus Paige and not allowing the sophomore guard to run rampant up the floor for the Tar Heels. "Transition defense is probably 1-A, 1-B, 1-C, 1-D," said Cooley of the main key for the Friars in their second-round NCAA Tournament game tonight. (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)

Preview & Prediction: #6 UNC vs #11 Providence

The recurring theme in the lead-up to this game has been UNC taking a renewed interest in rebounding. UNC's rebounding was a critical factor in winning twelve straight games. It was an important factor in wins over Louisville and Michigan State. When UNC rebounds and is attentive to detail on defense, the Tar Heels are playing their best basketball. Prediction: UNC 72 Providence 65 (Tar Heel Blog)

No. 6 seed UNC faces 11th-seeded Providence Friday night

The extra time between tournaments gave UNC a chance to go back to its roots and find an intensity lacking from the last few games. Tonight, the Tar Heels face Providence (23-11) , a red-hot team coming off an upset of Creighton in the Big East championship. The Friars boast a top-notch free throw percentage, a dynamic point guard in Bryce Cotton and a shallow, yet tireless rotation. (Daily Tar Heel)

Previewing North Carolina vs. Providence

Playing seemingly every minute of every game, Providence's do-it-all 6-1 point guard Bryce Cotton averages 21.4 points and 5.8 assists and has scored at least 22 points in eight of the last 10 games. North Carolina counters with its own dynamic 6-1 point guard: Marcus Paige, who averages 17.4 points and 4.3 assists. Prediction: Providence by 2. (San Antonio Express-News)

North Carolina out to regroup against Providence

Providence pulled one upset to get to the NCAA tournament. Sticking around will demand another. No. 11 seed Providence makes its first tournament appearance in a decade Friday against sixth-seeded North Carolina, which also remembers 2004: That was the last time the Tar Heels stumbled into the tourney on a two-game slide, and they’re in the same rut again. (Gaston Gazette)

The transformation of UNC’s Marcus Paige

Marcus Paige’s scoring has been a byproduct of his mental mastery of the game – his understanding of when to take it over and when to back off, of how to best attack defenders. Paige spends hours laboring over video, watching clips of himself and his opposition. Asked to name where he’s improved the most, Paige doesn’t talk about scoring. He talks about confidence. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heels focused on task at hand: Providence

The 19th-ranked Tar Heels were eliminated in their opening ACC Tournament quarterfinal game. Whether UNC has a similarly short stay in the NCAA Tournament depends on if it can get past Providence in its opener today at the AT&T Center (7:20 p.m. TNT) — and perhaps the biggest factor in that will be the matchup between Marcus Paige and fellow first-team all-conference point guard Bryce Cotton. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Tar Heels in San Antonio

Follow the Tar Heels in their first 24 hours in San Antonio for the NCAA Tournament. View Video...

UNC's keys vs. Providence: Running and rebounding

Junior point guard Luke Davis said that North Carolina has been focused on two things heading into Friday’s NCAA Tournament game against Providence – running and rebounding. “We’ve gotten away from some things, and rebounding and running have been the point of emphasis, by far,” Davis said. “We’ve talked about those two things more than we have all year.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels Look To Rewrite Narrative

No. 6 seed North Carolina has an opportunity to correct – or cement – its national reputation as an inconsistent team this weekend in the NCAA Tournament's East Regional. The grind of conference coverage overshadowed UNC’s turnaround to some extent nationally. Sure, the Tar Heels finished the regular season ranked No. 19, but the narrative never changed much. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Paige, McAdoo Pre-Providence Press Conference

North Carolina's Marcus Paige and James Michael McAdoo talk to the media before the NCAA Tournament matchup with Providence in San Antonio. View Video...

Previewing Providence

No. 6-seeded North Carolina opens its NCAA Tournament against No. 11-seed Providence, which won the Big East Tournament title behind its star guard Bryce Cotton. Tip-off in San Antonio is set for 7:20 p.m. ET and will be televised by TNT. Providence enters Friday’s contest with a 23-11 (10-8 Big East) record. The Friars dropped four out of five games in February before closing strong. (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Kansas State: 70
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UNC @ Texas
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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Virginia Tech77
at Iowa State99
Georgia Tech52
at Villanova69
at Miami (FL)77
Notre Dame68
at Iowa62
at Texas A&M67
UC Irvine80
at Boston College67
at NC State87
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ACC Basketball Standings
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(12) Virginia0-05-1
(15) Miami0-05-1
(17) Notre Dame0-04-1
Florida State0-04-1
Georgia Tech0-04-2
NC State0-04-2
Wake Forest0-04-2
Virginia Tech0-03-2
Boston College0-03-2

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