Five observations: North Carolina beats ArkansasMarcus Paige lived up to his nickname once again after a subpar shooting performance in the first half. Paige must have been saving his best for the second half, the way we have come to expect. He ended up going 4-of-6 in the second half, and finished with a team-high 22 points. His back-to-back 3-pointers with eight minutes to play opened up a 10-point lead. (ESPN.com)
North Carolina Stays Focused in Victory Over ArkansasNorth Carolina hung on the precipice again with a 10-point lead and about seven minutes to play. Coalescing behind point guard Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels finished off the frenetic Razorbacks with equal parts grit and style and advanced to the West’s round of 16 in Los Angeles next week. Paige scored 22 points, 20 of them in the second half, after going 1 of 8 from the field in the first half. (New York Times)
Video: UNC Post-Arkansas Locker Room CelebrationThe Tar Heels celebrate in the locker room after beating Arkansas in the third round of the NCAA Tournament which means the team will be dancing their way into the Sweet Sixteen next week and play in Los Angeles in the West Regional.
Paige heats up, UNC beats Arkansas to advance to Sweet 16Marcus Paige scored 22 points, including 20 in the second half, and North Carolina beat Arkansas 87-78 in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in three years. The junior guard took over in the second half, scoring 13 of his team's 17 points during a 5-minute stretch that helped North Carolina build a double-digit lead. (ESPN.com)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - ArkansasMarcus Paige watched the disappointing finish of last year's loss to Iowa State repeatedly over the summer. He felt largely responsible for that defeat, including taking a rushed shot late when Carolina was trying to protect a lead. On Saturday night in Jacksonville, Paige erased those memories. The junior scored 20 second-half points in UNC's 87-78 win over Arkansas. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 87, Arkansas 78View the complete box score from North Carolina's 87-78 win over Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 in Jacksonville, Florida. (View Box Score)
Scouting UNC's opponent - ArkansasArkansas has an All-America candidate in 6-foot-11, 242-pound Bobby Portis, who averages 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 73.5 percent from the line. He's even made 13 of his 28 attempts from 3-point range. (Fayetteville Observer)
Roy Williams still coached by mentor Buddy BaldwinThe phone calls usually come in the morning, early, or sometimes when Roy Williams is out recruiting, driving down an interstate somewhere, or through the country, with a desire to hear the familiar voice of the man who in some ways gave him everything. Or gave him, at least, the most important things: confidence and belief and direction. Williams, the North Carolina coach, credits his discovery of those things to his relationship with Buddy Baldwin, his high school coach. (Charlotte Observer)
Tar Heels trying to make this year’s NCAA stay ‘sweeter’ than their recent pastThere was once a time in which the North Carolina basketball team and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament were mutually exclusive. The Tar Heels won at least two games and advanced to the second week of their sport’s signature event for 13 straight seasons between 1981-93. (Wilmington Star News)
What Was His Name? Arkansas EditionThe Razorback teams of the mid-90s were an imposing bunch — big, physical, fast and talented. Arkansas reached back-to-back national title games, defeating Duke in Charlotte in 1994 for the program’s lone championship. The face of the team was Corliss Williamson. “Big Nasty” does not get as much credit as he deserves, but North Carolina fans remember him well. (Tar Heel Depot)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs ArkansasGiven UNC's troubles talking care of the ball, Arkansas' penchant for forcing turnovers, this game is particularly dangerous for the Tar Heels. That being said, Arkansas' willingness to play at UNC's tempo should work in the Tar Heels' favor. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Coaches Williams and Anderson preview UNC-Arkansas NCAA MatchupNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson discuss the NCAA Tournament match up between their teams in 3rd round action from Jacksonville, FL.
Lucas: Extra Possessions Will Be KeyThe Tar Heels committed 17 turnovers against a Harvard team not known for defensive aggressiveness, which translated into a 29-6 deficit in points off turnovers and essentially kept the Crimson in the game. That becomes especially relevant today in the round of 32 against an Arkansas squad that led the SEC in turnover percentage defensively. (GoHeels.com)
Preview & Prediction: #4 UNC vs #5 ArkansasArkansas plays at virtually the same tempo as the Tar Heels, around 70 possessions per game. The average offensive possession for both teams lasts about 15 seconds so this is expected to an up and down affair. This will be a tough game for the Tar Heels but it is winnable if UNC plays at a high level. If not, it could be a third straight Round of 32 exit. Prediction: UNC 85, Arkansas 79 (Tar Heel Blog)
Saturday Round of 32 Preview and PredictionsNo. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 4 North Carolina: This is the odds-on favorite for the most entertaining game of the day with the way UNC and Arkansas like to run the floor. The Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige and Razorbacks’ Michael Qualls will look to go shot for shot, and the Hogs’ Bobby Portis will face an offensive rebounding machine that dominates the paint. Prediction: North Carolina 78-72 (Athlon Sports)
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