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Art’s Angle: Playing With House Money

In many ways, the Heels are playing with house money. Their season was salvaged with that 12-game winning streak at an advantageous stage of the schedule. Another great coaching job by Roy Williams, the emergence of Marcus Paige as an All-American and J.P. Tokoto with literally lots of upside will be a great foundation for next season. (Chapelboro.com)

David Neal Coaches Apex to 4A State Championship

The Apex Cougars are the 4-A boys' basketball state champions. After trailing by seven points at halftime, the Cougars rallied to tie the game 42-42 entering the fourth quarter. From there, the Cougars played with poise down the stretch and made free throws in the final minute to pull away from the Lake Norman Wildcats and win, 62-59 on the state's biggest stage. (High School OT)

Short tourney runs don't mean disaster for Roy Williams' teams

Roy Williams has been to seven Final Fours and only once did he win a conference tournament beforehand. His 2005 and 2009 national championships at UNC both came after semifinal losses in the ACC Tournament. So Friday’s 80-75 loss to Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals doesn’t necessarily mean the Tar Heels will have a short run when the NCAAs start next week. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Roy Williams Doesn’t Give a ‘Blankety-Blank’ Where the ACC Tournament Is

Some bold reporter asked Roy Williams what he thought of the ACC Tournament moving to Brooklyn in 2017 after UNC lost to Pittsburgh in the ACC quarterfinals on Friday. Wrong question, wrong time. “I mean, we just got our butts kicked,” Williams told reporters. “And we’ve got to get ready for the NCAA Tournament. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a blankety blank where the (heck) they put it." (Zag's Blog)

Lucas: Looking To Rebound

Exactly one week ago, Carolina was one of the hottest teams in the country. This is still that same group. All they've done over the past week is lose two games to two good teams, prove they're not overwhelmingly talented enough to overcome poor play against those same good teams, and remind us that they are, in addition, the same group that started 1-4 in the ACC. (GoHeels.com)

Locker Room 1 in Greensboro Coliseum again proves unlucky for Tar Heels

Locker room 1 was the place where North Carolina once again got a lesson in fragile March mortality. On Friday afternoon, the fourth-seeded Tar Heels suffered an 80-75 loss to fifth-seeded Pittsburgh. It was their second loss in a row and further sapped the momentum generated by their 12-game winning streak. (Fayetteville Observer)

Brendan Haywood likely out for season

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is working under the assumption he won’t have center Brendan Haywood at all this season. Haywood has been out since the preseason when doctors diagnosed a stress fracture in his left foot. Though the prognosis at the time was he’d miss roughly 12 weeks, Haywood has yet to be cleared for weight-bearing activity on the basketball court. (Charlotte Observer)

Did UNC Peak Too Soon?

By now everyone knows the story. UNC, after a roller coaster pre-conference slate with incredibly good wins and inexplicable losses, the Tar Heels started 1-4 in ACC play. Then when all seemed lost UNC embarked on a 12 game winning streak that righted the ship. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels look for silver linings

If you’re a UNC fan looking for a silver lining to your team’s dismissal from the ACC tournament at the hands of Pittsburgh on Friday, here’s one courtesy of coach Roy Williams. “My teams have taken me to seven Final Fours,” he said after the Tar Heels absorbed an 80-75 quarterfinal loss at Greensboro Coliseum. “And only one time did we win the conference tournament.” (Wilmington Star News)

Pitt KOs Tar Heels

North Carolina showed the sense of urgency on every play Friday that Roy Williams has constantly mentioned as the key to the Tar Heels’ turnaround. It just happened way too late to save No. 4 UNC from an early exit against No. 5 Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Tar Heels couldn’t come back from a 20-point deficit with 7:22 remaining and lost 80-75. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Panthers send Tar Heels packing

With the loss to No. 2-seed Duke ending their 12-game win streak nearly a week ago, it seemed as though the fourth-seeded Tar Heels could hit the reset button and go back to the original recipe for success. But instead of rediscovering its winning ways, No. 15 UNC fell 80-75 to unranked fifth-seed Pittsburgh. (Daily Tar Heel)

Pitt too tough for North Carolina

Pittsburgh players entered their locker room for the final time during pregame warm-ups before taking on North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinals Friday when Durand Johnson erupted, yelling to no one in particular as the door closed behind him. “They soft,” said Johnson. North Carolina did little to prove Johnson wrong for most of the Panthers’ 80-75 win. (ESPN.com)

Marcus Paige Dinged Up

Marcus Paige stepped onto the Greensboro Coliseum court for pregame warmups with his left thumb taped up. Less than two hours later, he was sidelined momentarily with a thigh contusion before re-entering UNC’s 80-75 loss to Pittsburgh. Paige told reporters following the game that the tape job on his left thumb was “definitely precautionary.” (Inside Carolina)

UNC may only be given a 5 seed, but it can earn so much more

Most likely, the Tar Heels will be a No. 5 seed. The Tar Heels, though, have no ceiling when it comes to how far they can advance into the NCAA Tournament. Let’s put it this way: The Tar Heels have a much better chance of being one of the final eight teams standing than they do of being one of the top eight seeds. (Sporting News)

Roy Williams Post-Pitt Quotes

Roy Williams opening statement: "Needless to say, it's extremely disappointing to play the way we did the first 30, 32 minutes of the game. You have to congratulate Pittsburgh because they made us play that way. They were really effective. They had a great sense of urgency. They got to the back boards. They got to the loose balls." (Inside Carolina)

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