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With Meeks hurting, North Carolina needs Johnson to step up

With Kennedy Meeks questionable for tonight's NCAA Tournament game against Wisconsin , North Carolina faces more questions concerning another forward. Will Brice Johnson display the kind of scoring prowess he exhibited during the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament? Or will Johnson, a junior from Orangeburg , S.C. , remain in his current offensive funk? (Winston-Salem Journal)

Sweet 16 awaits Tobacco Road teams

These are precious days in our state. Sweet days. Days to bask in basketball. Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State have all played their way into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Hope is alive and well on Tobacco Road, with tip-offs tonight and Friday. Our state will stop and watch. (Greensboro News & Record)

Sam Perkins: Road to the Final Four

Some teams may be happy to be there, but if you want to win a championship you have to look at the Sweet Sixteen as just another round. When we were playing we wanted to go all the way, so we didn’t think about it as the Sweet Sixteen, we thought about it as a game against Alabama. That’s the mindset you have to have going in. I’m sure the coaches are all saying the same thing. (Sam Perkins Blog)

Dean Smith remembers players in will

Dean Smith got a chance to thank his players one last time. The former North Carolina coach, who died last month at 83, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every letter winner who played for him during his 36 seasons as head coach at the school. "We never expected anything like this," said Jeb Barlow, who lettered at UNC from 1980-1982. "But it doesn't surprise me that this was done." (ESPN.com)

A Gift from Coach Smith

Shortly after Dean Smith’s passing on Feb. 7, all of his former lettermen received a simple request. “They asked us to update our addresses,” said former UNC guard Terrance Newby, who played at UNC from 1997-00 . “I thought it was so they could keep us informed about the arrangements and anything else going on as far as memorials.” Turns out it was one last gift from Smith to his players. (Inside Carolina)

Dean Smith requested $200 be sent to each of his former players in will

The late Dean Smith, who died last month, willed his trust to send $200 to each of his former North Carolina basketball players, Tim Breedlove, who wrote the letter, confirmed to SI. In the letter Smith's former players received from Miller McNeish & Breedlove, PA, it was revealed that Smith requested each of his former players be sent a $200 check with the message, "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith." (Sports Illustrated)

A Brief History of North Carolina Playing in “Special” Apparel

North Carolina and Jordan Brand attempted to break the Internet with the Tar Heels’ new kicks for the Sweet 16. But, as recent history shows, maybe gimmicked uniforms are a bad idea for Carolina. Here’s a recent timeline of “different” uniforms, and how the Tar Heels played in them. (Tar Heel Depot)

Preview: UNC vs Wisconsin, Sweet Sixteen

The contrasting styles of these two teams has been the major focus of discussion heading into Thursday's matchup. Wisconsin likes to slow the game down, use the majority of the shot clock, and get the right shot. The Badgers take care of the ball and shoot a high percentage. It is a formidable matchup for the Tar Heels who like to push the ball and get the maximum amount of possession. (Carolina Blue)

The Story Behind The Time Michael Jordan Hit His Head Against The Backboard During A Game

The play was called a goaltend, and Johnny Dawkins got two points. But that’s not important. What is important is that Michael Jordan hit his dang head on the backboard trying to block a running hook shot. “Every once in awhile somebody would do something in a game where you’d go, ‘Shoot, I’ve never seen that before.” Former Duke player and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas told UPROXX Sports. (Uproxx)

A young Michael Jordan wanted Adidas for his shoe deal. Adidas passed.

To this day, the Trail Blazers are haunted by their decision not to draft Michael Jordan with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 draft. The team instead went with the prevailing wisdom of the time, that the most important thing a team could have was a star center, and after the Rockets led off with Hakeem (then known as Akeem) Olajuwon, Portland opted for 7-foot-1 Kentucky product Sam Bowie. (Washington Post)

Flashback: UNC-Wisconsin in 2005 (video)

North Carolina and Wisconsin will meet in the Sweet Sixteen in Los Angeles this Thursday night. The game will be the second ever meeting of the two schools in the NCAA Tournament — the first of which was in the Elite Eight in 2005. Thanks to the NCAA’s Video Vault, the game (sans commercials) can be watched in its entirety below. (Tar Heel Depot)

Video: Roy Williams, C.B. McGrath Preview Wisconsin

North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams and Assistant Coach C.B. McGrath discuss the Tar Heels' NCAA Sweet Sixteen match up with the Wisconsin Badgers. View Video...

What Was His Name? Wisconsin Edition

Wisconsin won the national title in 1941, a team I can only assume was also coached by Bo Ryan. The Badgers reached the NCAA Tournament again in 1947, advancing to the regional finals. After that season, Wisconsin would not reach the Big Dance again until 1994. In that span of 47 years, UNC won three national titles, 10 men were elected President, my mother and father were born, and other less important things happened as well. (Tar Heel Depot)

Art’s Angle: Tar Heels Not The Stars

The Tar Heels are looking happy and healthy and apparently alright with not being the center of attention at the West Regional Sweet Sixteen. While Roy Williams did not need any prompting to praise his third-ranked opponent Thursday night, he heaped hosannas not only on Wisconsin but on the other 14 coaches left in all four regional semifinals. Roy said nothing comes easy at this juncture because the competition is so dad-gum good. (Chapelboro.com)

Marcus Paige channeling powers of UConn?

UNC guard Nate Britt, ever the jokester in the ear of Marcus Paige, picked up on the similarities before anyone else. "He was just calling me Kemba Walker, Shabazz [Napier] as a joke," Paige said, laughing at the references to key Connecticut Huskies who stepped up at tournament time. Maybe Britt was inspired by coach Roy Williams, who referenced the 2011 Huskies in a postgame celebration during the Heels’ ACC tournament run. (ESPN.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 4:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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