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Video: Brice Johnson Official Highlights

Brice Johnson finished off his 4-year career at UNC with a season for the ages. He was a Wooden Award finalist, All-American, and led the Tar Heels to a National Championship game appearance. Johnson's thunderous dunks, blocked shots and ferocious yells kept him playing at a high level all season long. View Video...

Tar Heels greeted by hundreds of fans at Smith Center

A huge crowd turned out Tuesday at the Smith Center as the Tar Heels returned from Houston after a heart-breaking loss to Villanova in Monday night’s NCAA championship game. UNC’s plane landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport shortly after 2 p.m. At the Smith Center, more than 1,000 fans were waiting when the team bus rolled up. (WNCN)

North Carolina showed incredible class after Monday's brutal loss

Losing a national championship game is always hard, and losing one in the fashion that UNC did Monday is harder. But in the wake of Villanova's buzzer-beating win in Houston, there's also something to be said for the way the Tar Heels handled about the most devastating defeat imaginable. Marcus Paige was as gracious as could be in his postgame address to the media. (FOX Sports)

UNC Mascot Sucker-Punched After Villanova Buzzer-Beater

As soon as the shot went in and the buzzer sounded, everyone on the court was involved in chaos. During the melee, it seems like the Tar Heels' mascot may have gotten sucker-punched by someone on the court. In the lower left portion of the video you can see the mascot get punched, only to be restrained when he gets back up and tries to go after the person responsible. (Athlon Sports)

Video: Marcus Paige - One Of The Greatest UNC Leaders Ever

Marcus Paige played a valiant second half for UNC against Villanova in the National Championship. Paige's teammates weren't surprised by his effort and gave Jeff Fischel of the ACCDN their fondest memories of the leader of the Tar Heel program for the last four years. View Video...

Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one)

7. North Carolina: Why the Tar Heels are ranked here - We don't think the Tar Heels will lose any underclassmen, which means six of UNC's top eight scorers should be back. So it won't be a suprise if Roy Williams makes his ninth Final Four next season and again takes a run at becoming only the sixth coach in history to win at least three national titles. (CBS Sports)

If regulars all return, Tar Heels will remain a title contender

If the key players all return, the likely first seven in UNC's rotation – Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, Theo Pinson and 6-10 recruit Tony Bradley – should be among the top 10 in the country and perhaps first in the ACC. Replacing Brice Johnson, Marcus Page, and Joel James will not be easy, of course. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Three Plays That Will Haunt UNC Fans

In a game filled with crucial plays and straight up onions on both sides, there are three plays in particular which will generate the most discussion around the water cooler and so much angst and hand-wringing among UNC fans in the days, months, and years to come. Here is a look back at three of the most crucial plays of the game: (Tar Heel Blog)

MIchael Jordan’s words of encouragement little consolation for disappointed Tar Heels

Michael Jordan sat in the stands behind the Tar Heels bench during the game. After Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer sent his alma mater to a heart-breaking 77-74 loss to Villanova, Jordan paid a visit to the locker room to console the disappointed team. “He just said he’s proud of us and he’s proud to be a Tar Heel,” senior forward Brice Johnson said. (Wilmington Star News)

Kenny Smith: UNC team put the program 'back on the map'

“Those kids don’t know what they did for the program,” Kenny Smith said. “Because behind the scenes, there was 20 of us that met together for the first time in a long time. Old Tar Heel players came back. They have reunited the alumni basketball program, and they don’t even know it. So you have put us back on the map, North Carolina basketball.” (Carolina Blue)

Kennedy Meeks' postgame emotion shows immeasurable impact of Joel James

"Honestly, what hurts the most is to see Joel James cry," Kennedy Meeks said. "No matter how many minutes he played or how many shots he had, he’s always been there for our team, he’s always worked him (butt) off to help us improve. For him to lose a National Championship game his senior year, it’s a terrible thing." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige forever a winner despite painful loss

In discussing the final, sudden end to a championship game that will not soon be forgotten, Marcus Paige offered a simple explanation. “The fireworks go off, you want that to be your moment.” Maybe, in a roundabout way, it still was. In the most painful way possible, we saw a young man with the character, poise and wisdom that would make any friend, parent or coach incredibly proud. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Proud

Michael Jordan addressed the team in the Carolina locker room after the game. He had a simple message for them: sometimes life has adversity, and you have to use it as fuel for the next time. And then he said the perfect thing, because he is Michael Jordan, but also because he is a Tar Heel. He said: “I’m proud of you.” (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: It's Supposed To Hurt

Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Joel James will always be Tar Heels. There is strength in that family, as evidenced by the dozens of former Tar Heels who were in the stands on Monday night. The end of a college basketball career is only the beginning of life in the Tar Heel family. This game, this team, this time...it meant something. And it's supposed to hurt. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Heartbreak in Houston

When Marcus Paige knocked down his improbable circus shot, a double-clutch hanging 3-pointer from right of the key, with 4.7 seconds to play, the senior guard was convinced North Carolina was going to win the national championship in overtime. All the Tar Heels had to do was survive those final 4.7 seconds. “You’re so close to that moment,” Paige said in the postgame locker room. (Inside Carolina)

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Barton College
Fri, Oct 27, 7:30 ET

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC vs. Bucknell
Wed, Nov 15, TBD

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