Video: Williams, Paige, Tokoto Tuesday Press Conference RecapRoy Williams, J.P. Tokoto and Marcus Paige answer questions from the media as the Tar Heels prepare to go to Jacksonville, FL for the start of the NCAA Tournament.
Know Your Opponent: Jacksonville Sub-RegionalHarvard features one of the nation's most experienced rosters, a core group that already owns tournament wins over New Mexico in 2013 and Cincinnati in 2014. Senior guard Wesley Saunders leads the Crimson with 16.3 points per game, and he is joined as a double-digit scorer in conference play by senior post Steve Moundou-Missi and junior point guard Siyani Chambers. (GoHeels.com)
Who are the Best Coaches in the 2015 NCAA Tournament?5. Roy Williams, North Carolina (63-22, seven Final Fours, two championships): Roy’s last two trips stalled in the round of 32, but those teams were seeded sixth and eighth. At Carolina, Williams is 3-0 in the Sweet 16 and 2-0 in the national title game. The last major upset for Williams was to 11th-seeded George Mason in 2006. (Athlon Sports)
Video: UNC's Top 5 Moments of the 2014-15 SeasonUNC reached the ACC Tournament Championship game this season and earned a #4 seed heading into this year's NCAA Tournament. Here are the top 5 moments that got the Tar Heels to this point.
March Madness: Four Slam-Dunk College TownsChapel Hill, North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Tar Heels count Michael Jordan as an alum. Top of the Hill Restaurant, Brewery, and Distillery (“Top-o” in localese) tips off a night on the town, with a prime roof deck vantage for watching post-victory partying on Franklin Street. Crook’s Corner elevates classics like shrimp and grits and buttermilk pie. (National Geographic)
NCAA tournament West Region: Dream and nightmare scenariosNo. 4 North Carolina - Best Case: Team that performed really well for the first 152 of 160 minutes in the ACC tournament carries that level of play into the Big Dance. UNC’s length overwhelms Harvard and Arkansas to reach the Sweet 16. Marcus Paige plays like a star against Wisconsin, and Justin Jackson hits a game-winning 3 to carry the Heels to their first Final Four since 2009. (Yahoo! Sports)
Roy Williams Radio Show QuotesRoy Williams on the team watching the selection show at his house on Sunday: “They were very enthusiastic. We had some cameras there so they could see how the kids reacted, they were pleased. As soon as they had given all of the 68 teams I cut it off, because I don’t need to see why somebody didn’t get in or why somebody did get in. We talked to the team and gave them some goals.” (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: Williams Emphasizes DetailsWhen he gathered his team at his home on Sunday night to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show, Roy Williams emphasized three main points for this week’s postseason preparation. They are: Turnovers - Taken as a whole, Carolina’s turnover numbers actually aren’t as bad as you might expect. The Tar Heels have a turnover percentage of 18.2% according to KenPom.com. (GoHeels.com)
West Region PreviewThe lowest-seeded school to make the Sweet 16 will be … North Carolina. This is the least fun possible pick, but I really do believe we'll see chalk in this region. Yeah, there are a lot of individual players that could cause issues in this region, but overall your four best teams are the top four seeds, and they have pretty solid matchups through their pods. (CBS Sports)
Tyler Zeller Embracing Opportunity, Surprise Success Amid Celtics’ Hot StreakThe Celtics continued their home-court dominance Monday night at TD Garden, and Tyler Zeller again was the one leading the offensive charge. The Boston big man poured in a career-high 26 points in a 108-89 blowout of the Philadelphia 76ers, pacing the Celtics in scoring for the second time in as many games. Zeller has 44 points on 19-of-25 shooting over his last two games. (NESN)
Short break could help Tar Heels going into NCAAsNow there have been a couple of days without a game for the North Carolina men’s basketball team and that can be a good thing even at a time of the year when playing more games means there has been some success. Simply the rest ought to work in the Tar Heels’ favor after playing four games in four days last week in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. (Burlington Times News)
Harvard’s Amaker familiar with UNC basketball teamHarvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker played at Duke for Coach Mike Krzyzewski from 1983-87. Amaker also served as Coach K's assistant for seven seasons and his associate head coach for two years from 1988-97. Now, after Harvard’s 53-51 defeat of Yale on Saturday earned the team an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, Amaker’s Crimson will face his once greatest adversary. (Daily Tar Heel)
Players to Watch: NCAA West RegionA pre-season First Team All-American, many found Marcus Paige’s season to be disappointing, and though his numbers, other than points per game, were very similar. Paige is a solid scorer, and his second-half heroics have been a treat over the past few seasons. A 39 percent three-point shooter, Paige has close to NBA range already, and the lefty is capable of hitting off the catch or dribble. (Yahoo! Sports)
Harvard’s hopes tied to UNC miscuesEven though Steve Moundou-Missi shoots ball for a school for smart guys, beaucoup brainpower wasn’t necessary to understand what his Harvard squad has to deal with in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The eye test was the the only exam the young man had to take. “[The Tar Heels are] real long and athletic,” Moundou-Missi said. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Jerod Haase's UAB Blazers may be outmanned against Iowa State, but they'll be preparedHaase played under Roy Williams at Kansas. He coached under Williams at North Carolina. He even beat the boss during a 2013-14 season that included victory against Nebraska. "It's going to be like you're looking at a Carolina team," Sadler said. "Everything that Carolina does, Jerod does. They'll play man-to-man. There won't be much switching. It's just what you'd expect for a guy that played for Roy and who worked for Roy." (Des Moines Register)
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