Big Game BerryJoel Berry, the guy who won the ACC Tournament MVP and was inches away from a potential Final Four Most Outstanding Player award last season, torched Duke for 28 points in Saturday’s win, including 5-of-5 first-half shooting from behind the arc. Let’s recap how Berry got his scoring opportunities (14 FGAs + 3 trips to the line) against the Blue Devils. (The Secondary Break)
I rushed Franklin Street for the first timeFollowing the buzzer, the frenzy began: thousands of students rushed to Franklin Street, flooding out of the Dean Dome, their apartments and dorms (like me, since a first-year student rarely is granted the luxury of winning the basketball lottery), watch parties, or wherever they viewed the victory. (Daily Tar Heel)
Roy Williams on ‘the ceiling is the roof:’ Michael Jordan can say what he wantsMichael Jordan meant to say that there was no limit to the potential of the UNC football program. Instead Jordan said, “The ceiling is the roof.” Almost immediately, the phrase went viral on social media. Roy Williams, meanwhile, didn’t hear anything about “the ceiling is the roof” until Monday morning, when he woke up and heard someone talking about it on the radio. (Charlotte Observer)
The importance of Isaiah HicksIsaiah Hicks' big game against Duke gives him and this North Carolina team confidence rolling into tournament play. Sure Joel Berry scored 28 points and hit five threes, but potentially the most important mark in UNC's 90-83 win over Duke was Hicks' 21 points and nine rebound line. Hicks is crucial to the Tar Heels' success in March and a deep postseason tournament run. (Carolina Blue)
North Carolina's Justin Jackson leads AP all-ACC TeamUNC forward Justin Jackson is The Associated Press player of the year in the ACC and Georgia Tech's Josh Pastner is its coach of the year. Jackson, one of three unanimous selections to the AP all-ACC team also announced Monday, earned five votes for the top individual honor following a vote of 15 journalists who cover the ACC throughout the league's nine states. (Associated Press)
Video: UNC vs. Duke - A Perfect Night in the Smith CenterFrom the pregame tunnel to Michael Jordan's halftime speech followed by the Tar Heels' win over Duke and a postgame locker room celebration, it was a perfect night in the Smith Center.
Video: Roy Williams Pre-ACC Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Monday prior to the Tar Heels' opening game of the 2017 ACC Basketball Tournament in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday.
Video: Joel Berry, Justin Jackson Pre-ACC Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina's Joel Berry and Justin Jackson speak with the media on Monday prior to the Tar Heels' opening game of the 2017 ACC Basketball Tournament in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday.
Theo Pinson's Savvy Court VisionTheo Pinson has yet to meet a television camera or microphone he didn’t like, and that will once again become evident as the postseason begins and personalities shine brighter. On the court, however, the junior wing doesn’t receive the same manner of attention as his teammates, such as Justin Jackson, Joel Berry and Kennedy Meeks. (Inside Carolina)
2017 ACC tournament forecastThe ACC makes its debut in Brooklyn this week. It appears eight teams have at-large bids lined up with Wake Forest and Syracuse needing to do a little work to feel safe when the bracket is leaked on Sunday. There is a lot of parity at the top of the ACC with not much separating UNC, Louisville, Virginia and to some extent Duke and Miami. The bottom of the conference – not so much. (KenPom.com)
Joel Berry named Cousy Award finalistNorth Carolina point guard Joel Berry has been named one of five finalists for the 2017 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released their list of the five finalists Monday. Joining Berry are Frank Mason III (Kansas), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Lonzo Ball (UCLA), and Nigel Williams-Gross (Gonzaga). (Keeping It Heel)
UNC Basketball Falls One Spot to No. 6 in AP Top 25With UNC’s 31st ACC regular season championship now in hand, it’s easy to forget that Carolina is just one week removed from the worst offensive performance in the Roy Williams era last Monday at Virginia. That loss to the Cavaliers was enough to convince voters for the AP Top 25 to drop the Tar Heels one spot from No. 5 to No. 6 in this week’s rankings. (Chapelboro.com)
Duke at North Carolina: Highest College Basketball Overnight of the Season on Any NetworkDuke at North Carolina delivered a 2.6 overnight on ESPN, the best overnight for a college basketball game this season on any network. The network’s stream averaged 103,000 viewers with a total of 314,000 viewers watching 14,101,000 minutes, ESPN’s highest streaming average minute audience and most unique viewers for weekend college basketball game ever. (ESPN.com)
Justin Jackson Named Sporting News 2017 First Team All-AmericanJustin Jackson - First Team: To become a truly great team, North Carolina needed Jackson to emerge as a reliable first option. That happened not long after the Tar Heels lost at Indiana, and he became comfortable taking a high volume of shots and proved himself a challenge to defend because of his ability to hit from long range, from mid-range and at the rim. (Sporting News)
Turner's Take: Why He SucceedsWith every shot, you take the risk of missing. Joel Berry made five three-point attempts in the first half. Meanwhile, Justin Jackson wasn't hitting his shots, but he did what he could to continue to make an impact. He did what we all should do when things aren't going our way: Step back, take a break, control what you can control and trust the process. (GoHeels.com)
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