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Inside-outside job lifts Tar Heels to 83-66 win over Orange

Marcus Paige made three 3-pointers in the second half to help North Carolina get on track from long range and stifle a Syracuse rally for an 83-66 victory that moved the Tar Heels one win from the program's sixth title. The Tar Heels (33-6) were 0 for 11 from 3-point range midway through the second half, and Syracuse trimmed a 17-point deficit to seven before Paige found his range. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Final Four

Kennedy Meeks was terrific for Carolina in the paint. Meeks never got more than four or five feet from the rim, but he didn't have to, as he made seven of his nine field goal attempts and was active keeping the ball alive on Tar Heel misses. What made Meeks so effective was that he didn't try to do anything he's not capable of doing. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 83, Syracuse 66

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 83-66 win over Syracuse at the Final Four in Houston, TX on Saturday. (View Box Score)

Final Four Recap: UNC 83 Syracuse 66

Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson led UNC with 16 points. Johnson finished one rebound of a double-double with nine. Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Paige had 13 points, 11 in the second half including a trio of threes. Joel Berry had eight points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. UNC will play Villanova for the national title on Monday night. (Tar Heel Blog)

Syracuse basketball ready for bright lights, big stage of Final Four

When Syracuse players stepped up and onto the court at NRG Stadium Friday afternoon, actual college basketball fans filled a tiny portion of the vast void of seats in the arena. The Orange and every other Final Four team practiced in conditions that simulated the reality of Saturday's big tilt beneath the big top. (Syracuse.com)

UNC has what it takes to beat Syracuse again

I appreciated Roy Williams' response yesterday when asked about the old axiom that 'beating a good team three times is one season is super tough.' Roy: 'I'm not so sure it is. If you're better than me you can probably beat me 20 times.' Roy wasn't suggesting that the Heels will waltz past Syracuse, far from it. (ABC 11)

When basketball is more than a game

But here’s one thing I know: Those guys, they will never quit. They will fight and bleed and sweat and scream. Not for stats. Not for glory. Not even for us. They’ll fight for each other. They’ll fight because this is what they love, and this is what they dream about when their heads hit the pillow. Not of yesterday and not of tomorrow. Of today. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC's Roy Williams sticks to '82 philosophy

Dean Smith's influence remains very visible in North Carolina's program. Through the years, Roy Williams even taught his mentor a thing or two. The top-seeded Tar Heels (32-6) have looked loose in the week leading up to their Final Four showdown with Syracuse, with the winner advancing to face Oklahoma or Villanova on Monday night. (Fayetteville Observer)

Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams share Final Four joy, heartache

When Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams meet in the NCAA Final Hour here on Saturday night, it will be far different than the first time that the two faced each other on college basketball's grandest stage. In 2003, neither Boeheim or Williams had won a national championship. Neither one was in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Both had experienced Final Four heartache on multiple occasions. (Syracuse.com)

Brice Johnson's postseason run could put him on Carolina's pantheon

The trickiest thing about interviewing North Carolina star Brice Johnson on the eve of the Final Four is avoiding his feet. There are cameras aimed his way, more than a dozen reporters crowded around him and iPhones doubling as recorders to catch his every word. Trying to get close enough to hear requires eluding those two enormous sneakers. (Sporting News)

First Final Four as UNC AD for Bubba Cunningham

The North Carolina Tar Heels are preparing for a matchup against Syracuse on Saturday night in the Final Four. It will be the first time UNC is playing in a Final Four game since winning the national championship in 2009, so this will be the first Final Four experience for many of those associated with the Tar Heel program, including athletic director Bubba Cunningham. (Chapelboro.com)

Know the voice? Wes Durham to handle Tar Heels-themed broadcast

Wes Durham was looking for another experience to add to his growing broadcast career and the ideal opportunity came up with the Final Four. He’ll handle the play-by-play duties for a North Carolina-themed telecast on TNT for tonight’s national semifinal against Syracuse. “For me, it was about a different kind of experience,” Durham said Friday at NRG Stadium, where the Final Four will be contested. (Burlington Times-News)

Diehard Tar Heels make the trek to Houston

More than 16 hours of driving and 1,100 miles between Burlington and Houston aren’t enough to keep a handful of local UNC-Chapel Hill fans from cheering on the Tar Heels in person this weekend. Among those is Shane Brown, a sergeant with the Burlington Police Department, who along with his wife Page left town Friday morning for the long drive to Texas to see the NCAA Final Four game. (Burlington Times-News)

Marcus Paige faces final chapter with Tar Heels

In Marcus Paige’s house back in Chapel Hill, there are a pair of sawed-off nets. One is from Philadelphia and the Elite Eight. One is from Washington, D.C., and the ACC tournament. There also is a small collection of signs, ripped from the walls of the Verizon Center after UNC won the ACC tournament championship. Paige hopes to get them signed by his teammates. (Greensboro News & Record)

Theo Pinson delivers after Roy Williams' vote of confidence

Theo Pinson cracks jokes, crashes news conferences and he’s become a March mouthpiece for No. 1 North Carolina. But for all the things that come out of Pinson’s mouth, it was words from somebody else that helped North Carolina’s best talker spark the Tar Heels into the Final Four. (Greensboro News & Record)

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