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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)

Preview & Prediction: #4 UNC vs #1 Wisconsin

Ultimately for UNC to win it will require a full 40 minutes of offensive consistency and the Tar Heels managing some stops on the defensive end against a team that is difficult to stop. It would also help if the Badgers decided to struggle a bit shooting the ball as they did against Oregon on Sunday. In the end, Wisconsin will simply be just better than UNC. Prediction: Wisconsin 71, UNC 65 (Tar Heel Blog)

Top 10 ACC Games in NCAA Tourney History

3.) 1982 Championship Game (North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62) The 1982 National Championship game between UNC and Georgetown provided a snippet of what basketball fans would see for years to come: Michael Jordan being clutch. With 16 seconds left, the North Carolina freshman guard swished a 16-foot jumper from the left side to take a 63-62 lead over the Hoyas. (The ACC)

Sweet 16 run means something more for UNC walk-ons

Come game time, they’ll rarely — if ever — find their names on a box score. They won’t show up in the postgame notes, either. Such is the life of the UNC walk-ons. It’s been this way for years, them serving on the scout team. The system isn’t new. But perhaps what is different this season is how much this Sweet 16 run means to the two active walk-ons, juniors Spenser Dalton and Justin Coleman. (Daily Tar Heel)

Meeks, UNC bracing for Wisconsin

Kennedy Meeks might not play against Wisconsin today (7:47 p.m., TBS). That knee he sprained last weekend during UNC's NCAA Tournament win against Arkansas is bothering him. He practiced Wednesday wearing a knee brace and even participated in drills that involved contact, something he didn't do Tuesday. But the young man's knee still isn't right, not completely. So Meeks' status is iffy. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tokoto-Paige tandem connects Tar Heels to Badgers

J.P. Tokoto wasn’t contriving a plan to play alongside Marcus Paige at North Carolina, even if it appears that way. Paige might not be at UNC if Tokoto hadn't made a glowing recommendation to coach Roy Williams, who took Tokoto’s advice and started recruiting the point guard. And Paige might be at Wisconsin if the Badgers had offered him a scholarship, but they were waiting on a decision from an in-state star. (Fayetteville Observer)

West Regional: Key player for North Carolina Tar Heels

Kennedy Meeks, who is dealing with a knee injury, remains questionable for Thursday's NCAA tournament matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Wisconsin Badgers at the Staples Center. Meeks (11.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG) is important to this team and Thursday's game. But there is no guarantee that he'll be available. "We don't know anything about Kennedy," Roy Williams said on Wednesday during the pregame news conferences. (ESPN.com)

Wisconsin, UNC match-up a reunion for Midwest friends

Guarding one of your best friends in a pick-up game at the playground is fun. Guarding one of your best friends in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament on national TV, well, that is a whole different level. It was in high school when J.P. Tokoto, from Menomonee Falls, Wisc., and Sam Dekker, from Sheboygan, Wisc., suited up for the AAU program Wisconsin Playground Warriors. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Wisconsin

Wisconsin's offensive numbers are incredibly impressive. The Badgers have a highly efficient offense which presently ranks #1 in the country at just a tick under 125. Wisconsin's offensive is so efficient that despite being 346th in tempo, the Badgers manage to score 72.3 ppg. Also of concern for UNC are two numbers that strike at the heart of what UNC needs to do. (Tar Heel Blog)

Backdoor Cuts

When my fellow badgers in the media and I were not asking him questions, Nate Britt had his nose in a notebook. And it wasn't the Tar Heels' playbook, either. I checked. Granted, I didn't understand what was scribbled on those pages. It looked like some complicated math. But it was not Xs and Os on how to beat Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. (Durham Herald-Sun)

A constant target of Roy Williams' anger, Brice Johnson is used to tough love from his dad

Roy Williams will yell at Brice Johnson on Thursday night. Williams realizes this. So does Johnson. So does Johnson’s father, Herman. They all know the drill. Tough dadgum love is how Williams voices his displeasure with Johnson, the second-leading scorer on a North Carolina team that will face Wisconsin in a West Regional semifinal at the Staples Center. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams has little to say during commercial breaks

There are times during the NCAA tournament when it seems like the flow of the television commercials gets disrupted by actually basketball. North Carolina Coach Roy Williams was asked Wednesday about the unhappiness among fans with the lengthy media timeouts. “You think it’s long for fans, it’s even longer for coaches,” Williams said. “What the heck am I supposed to say for 2 minutes and 25 seconds?” (Los Angeles Times)

Video: Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige Pre-Wisconsin Press Conference

Tar Heels Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige meet with the media prior to North Carolina's NCAA Sweet Sixteen matchup with Wisconsin. View Video...

Mavericks guard Raymond Felton stays positive despite difficult season

This has been a trying season for Raymond Felton, in more ways than one. It all started Oct. 18 when Felton suffered a sprained left ankle during a preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the Mavs’ second preseason game, and Felton — in his first season with Dallas — hadn’t yet become accustomed to playing with his new teammates. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

What foul? Wisconsin meticulously trained to avoid unnecessary whistles

“According to him,” Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky says with a smile, “we’ve never fouled before.” No coach in the nation has better odds of being right. The No. 1-seeded Badgers are Big Ten champions and among the final 16 teams alive in the NCAA tournament thanks a comprehensively efficient, methodical style. This includes a guiding philosophy on defense: No foul, no harm. (Sports Illustrated)

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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