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Has UNC basketball already exceeded this season's expectations?

Entering this season, few expected the Tar Heels to win the ACC regular season again. Even fewer anticipated UNC being the last ACC member playing in this year’s Big Dance. Once again, that standard-bearer is North Carolina. But even if the Tar Heels don’t wind up cutting down the nets in Phoenix, UNC has already exceeded expectations this season. (ACC Sports Journal)

Lucas: One Of A Kind

The Tar Heels haven’t had an NCAA Tournament victory like that one—ever. UNC has never trailed by a greater margin with less time to play and still come back to win an NCAA Tournament game. Five points in three minutes may not sound like much. But when you think about some of UNC's signature NCAA Tournament wins, you realize just how dim things looked on Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

The play call that saved the season for UNC men's basketball

Isaiah Hicks starts with the ball at the top of the key. UNC is down three points, 65-62, and the clock is approaching two minutes. He swings the ball to Justin Jackson on the left wing and then trots over to set a pick. Behind him, Kennedy Meeks comes to set a second screen. His man, sitting in the middle of the paint, has to come up with Meeks to prepare for the screen. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina native Tyler Lewis looking forward to another shot at 'Heels

Statesville, N.C. native and Butler guard Tyler Lewis is going to play against his favorite team from his childhood, but certainly not one since he became an adult. Lewis spent his first two college seasons playing at N.C. State. “Once I saw they were on the same side of the bracket, I thought it was special that I might have a chance to play against Carolina in the Sweet 16.” (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

Hicks turns up the volume: Forward refuses to go quietly with Tar Heels in trouble

The stark reality that confronted UNC during its NCAA Tournament escape of Arkansas pulled Isaiah Hicks out of his comfort zone. It was an intensifying tension with the top-seeded Tar Heels in trouble that had the soft-spoken senior talking at a raised volume and his teammates heeding the call. “You could tell the passion in his eyes,” Theo Pinson said. (Burlington Times News)

Compared to South's bluebloods, Butler is a newcomer

The Bulldogs aren’t singing the blues about this Group of Death. No. 4-seeded Butler meets top seed North Carolina in a Friday semifinal in Memphis. The winner advances to meet No. 2 seed Kentucky or No. 3 seed UCLA. If UNC, Kentucky and UCLA made up three-fourths of the Final Four, no one would have been surprised. Now, only one of them can go, unless Butler beats two of them. (Indianapolis Star)

Roy Williams Live: Kennedy Meeks's Big Boards

Kennedy Meeks finished the Arkansas game with 16 points and 11 rebounds, amassing the 12th double-double of the season and 24th of his career. With 1,000 rebounds now in the record books, UNC coach Roy Williams still wants more from Meeks, not only in the final weeks of this season, but also once he begins the next phase of his basketball journey. (Inside Carolina)

UNC turnover problem hurts its Final Four chances

While UNC showed it could grind out a tough win against a Razorback team known for wearing out its opponents in the second half, it advances to the second weekend with plenty of questions. Turnovers, in particular, will be one issue the Tar Heels must address if they are to reach their championship goals. UNC had trouble taking care of the ball throughout the game. (FanRag Sports)

How UNC survived in the tense, tough final minutes against Arkansas

By the end of North Carolina’s 72-65 victory against Arkansas on Sunday, thin streaks of blood covered three of Joel Berry’s fingertips on his right hand. He bites his nails, he said afterward. It’s a bad habit, he said. A nervous habit. Berry had been nervous. “I can’t stop biting them,” said Berry, the Tar Heels’ junior point guard. “I’ve been doing it all my life.” (Charlotte Observer)

Chansky’s Notebook: When All Hope Is Lost

The Tar Heels won on tradition and toughness. Looking at the statistics and flow of the Arkansas game, UNC couldn’t possibly win. Blow a 17-point lead and agree to a dogfight before a hostile crowd. Joel Berry and Justin Jackson shoot 7 for 27. Team commits 17 turnovers. Trails by five with three minutes left. Few programs pull out such a game. Thankfully, UNC is one of them. (Chapelboro.com)

Stilman White's contributions for UNC go way beyond the court

Stilman White has played along some incredible Tar Heels players, from Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes to Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson. He’s played four seasons of college basketball, and in three of them, UNC has earned a No. 1 seed. He’s been to the Final Four, and the national championship game. He’s part of a team that’s itching to get back there again. (USA Today)

UNC players describe the locker room atmosphere after the win over Arkansas

"The locker room was hype," senior point guard Nate Britt said. "Everyone was excited. That is the most fun -- when you win games like this. Gritty games, when it's win or go home. This is why we always said last year was the most fun we ever had. When you win tough games, with everything on the line and for us to be able to advance, that is a great feeling." (Carolina Blue)

Only UNC remains as ACC’s last hope at national title

On Selection Sunday, John Swofford learned nine of his conference’s teams were in the NCAA tournament. They were spread across six different sites, so to catch them all he'd need a fast private jet or a good TV setup. By Sunday night, all he needed to see the remaining ACC teams was a ticket in Greenville. Now it’s UNC in Memphis in the Sweet 16, and that’s it. (Sports Illustrated)

Tar Heels make their own luck in comeback

UNC’s second round game against Arkansas had seen both teams come back from the dead. Carolina led by 17 late in the first half, only to see the Razorbacks cut the lead to five before the break, then come out and wrest the lead away from the Tar Heels. With 3:28 left to play, UNC’s NCAA future seemed murky, as Arkansas led by five points. (Carolina Blue)

Isaiah Hicks ends quiet game with thunderous surge

It had been a quiet game for Isaiah Hicks, but he wasn’t about to let his North Carolina career end quietly. The senior from Oxford scored six of his nine points in the last 2:16, beginning with a thunderous dunk off of a Justin Jackson pass, to help the No. 1 seed Tar Heels escape with a 72–65 over Arkansas on Sunday. Now the Tar Heels face Butler on Friday. (Raleigh & Company)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 72
Arkansas: 65
Sun, Mar 19 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Butler
Fri, Mar 24, 7:09 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-429-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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