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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)

Thursday UNC Players Q & A from San Antonio

James Michael McAdoo: "Mentally, the team, we're all excited like Marcus said. We didn't really finish the way we wanted to as far as the regular season, but it's the tournament now, and this week has been a great week for us in preparation, physically and mentally. Just getting our minds right for the task ahead, and that happens to be Providence, which is a really good team." (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC-Providence Preview

After putting together a 12-game winning streak, the Heels dropped their last two heading into this Friday's game against Providence. The Friars come into March Madness after winning the Big East conference tournament in New York last week. They also have a potential scandal on their hands as two of their players are being investigated for a sexual assault case. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

DoubleTake: UNC's NCAA Tournament Keys

On paper, it doesn't look like the Friars are going to beat you with their first shot, because they're not a great shooting team. But they appear to be good enough to beat you with their second or third shot, and that's something Carolina has allowed to happen too often during the two-game losing streak. (GoHeels.com)

Will Previous Tourney Experience Help Heels?

As UNC prepares for Friday’s NCAA Tournament game vs. Providence, it is interesting to consider if last season’s two-game run helps or hurts the Tar Heels. Was a win over Villanova in the round of 64 before falling to Kansas in the second round meaningless or harmful for a Tar Heels team that has endured controversy and unexpected roster moves in an overall successful season? (Chapelboro.com)

Today In NCAA History: UNC 86, Washington 83

John Henson spent most of his three seasons making life difficult for opponents trying to inbound the basketball. Never, however, was it as decisive in a key game as it was against Washington in the 2011 round of 32. The Huskies had led by as many as 11 points in the first half and five points in the second. But a Tar Heel rally put UNC ahead with 4:06 left on a Harrison Barnes three-pointer. (GoHeels.com)

Preview: UNC vs Providence

The story of the Providence basketball team is senior Bryce Cotton (Big East Tournament highlight video below). The point guard averages 39.9 minutes per game. He leads the team in points and assists. He shoots 41.3% from the field, 84.9% front the free throw line, and 36.8% from three. Cotton can do everything from the guard position. He is quick, shifty, and has great handles. (Carolina Blue)

Unlikely heroes turn into March Madness villains on parts of Tobacco Road

Before the 1984 summer Olympics, the U.S. men's basketball team, led by then-Indiana coach Bob Knight, held its practices on the Hoosiers' campus. Dan Dakich, a rising senior at Indiana, didn't miss a chance to watch the sessions. During one, Hoosiers' assistant and current Saint Louis coach Jim Crews came up to Dakich to chat. (Fayetteville Observer)

Student-Athletes' Outreach Hours Top Last Year's Total

While representing the University of North Carolina in intercollegiate competition, UNC teams all focus on different numbers: goals scored, assists given, averages raised, rebounds grabbed, routines nailed, PRs run, distances covered. But here’s one impressive number on which they all worked together: 2176. (GoHeels.com)

Danny Green becoming a premier defender

Danny Green shattered Ray Allen's record 22 made threes in NBA Final's history, and the man is only 26 years old. Despite all of the achievements in his monumental track record, what's most notable about Danny Green is his work on defense. Defensively off- and on-ball, Green's more dangerous than ever. (Pounding the Rock)

Roy Williams likes his players’ attitude

The North Carolina Tar Heels arrived at their downtown hotel Wednesday night, with coach Roy Williams toting a few bags and an optimistic attitude about his team’s chances in the NCAA tournament. Williams said his team has had three good days of practice coming into San Antonio. He said he’s been pleased with the attitude and attention to detail. (San Antonio Express-News)

Friars Journal: It’ll be an epic battle at point with Paige

The matchup of Marcus Paige and Bryce Cotton will probably not only be the key to the Providence-UNC NCAA Tournament game Friday night, but it could be one of the best guard showdowns of any game this week. The Tar Heels’ All-ACC point guard is a left-handed version of Cotton. He can shoot with range, scores in bundles, is lightning fast and leads the team in assists. (Providence Journal)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Providence

It is Providence's 28th ranked offense versus UNC's 19th ranked defense. Providence prefers to slow it down, UNC prefers the faster pace. Both teams rebound well on the offensive end. Providence is #1 in the country in free throw shooting while the Tar Heels continue to toil 62.1% and 344th overall. That difference could be crucial. (Tar Heel Blog)

NCAA tournament team previews: North Carolina Tar Heels

Louisville, Michigan State, Kentucky and Duke found out just how good the Tar Heels can be when they are playing at their best. North Carolina beat each of those blueblood programs this season, not bad considering it has had to play the entire season without its best player, shooting guard P.J. Hairston, whose eligibility issues cost him the rest of his North Carolina career. (Sports Illustrated)

Paige declares himself healthy for UNC’s NCAA opener Friday

After a week off to rest and recuperate, Marcus Paige said Tuesday that he’s feeling fine and is not concerned about the lingering effects of a sore left thumb or a deep bruise to his left thigh. As for the thumb, the 6-foot-1 sophomore said he is no longer wearing the wrap he used to protect the injury during the loss to the Panthers. (Wilmington Star News)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Kansas State: 70
Tue, Nov 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Maryland
Tue, Dec 1, 9:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Davidson
Sun, Dec 6, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

UNC @ Texas
Sat, Dec 12, 5:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Kent State76
at Pitt85
Virginia Tech82
at UAB77
Saint Louis57
at Louisville77
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(5) Duke0-05-1
(9) North Carolina0-05-1
(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
Virginia Tech0-04-2
Wake Forest0-04-2
Boston College0-03-2

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