Big Badger Kaminsky to test mettle of UNC's WilliamsSince leaving Greensboro, the Tar Heels have gone to Jacksonville and won two games in the NCAA Tournament to earn a Sweet 16 matchup against Wisconsin in Los Angeles on Thursday (7:47 p.m., TNT). The Badgers have big Frank Kaminsky, who leads Wisconsin with both 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. There's not a Tar Heel who can handle him, Roy Williams said. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Danny Green on Meeting Obama, San Antonio's Chances in NBA Playoffs, and March Madness (video)San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green talked to Gospel Herald in an exclusive interview about meeting the president of the United States in the White House, how his team could fare in the upcoming NBA playoffs, and his experience in the NCAA Tournament known as March Madness. (Gospel Herald)
Video: UNC Basketball Team Leaves for Los AngelesThe Tar Heels are headed to the City of Angels to take on No.1 seed Wisconsin in the West Regional on Thursday March 26th in Los Angeles at roughly 7:47 p.m. EST.
Roy Williams Updates Meeks' StatusOn Monday afternoon, Roy Williams said at his regularly scheduled press conference he would have more information about the extent of Kennedy Meeks' injury later in the day. The news he relayed on his radio show Monday night was not especially positive. "It's not good," the head coach told Jones Angell. "He did not practice today. We don’t know what it will be later in the week. We’ll just have to wait and see.” (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - WisconsinRoy Williams and Marcus Paige talk about Kennedy Meeks, preparing for Wisconsin, and playing in Los Angeles in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Roy Williams, UNC Respond to SI ArticleA local columnist milled about the media room on Friday, doing his due diligence by asking UNC beat writers for clarification of the AFAM academic scandal. The foundation of his understanding was not the Wainstein Report, but rather S.L. Price’s recent Sports Illustrated piece. The Jacksonville columnist would later ask Roy Williams during his press conference on Friday if UNC had in fact lost its way, as suggested by Price. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams Press Conference: Meeks Status Still UnclearIf you were looking for a definitive status on Kennedy Meeks for UNC's Sweet Sixteen match-up against Wisconsin on Thursday you will be sorely disappointed. Roy Williams had little information on Meeks' injury to his right knee other than to say it was still being called a sprain and the Charlotte sophomore was due to consult with the doctor to discuss the results of the MRI some time after 2:00 PM on Monday. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tracking the Big Six Tournament CoachesWith UNC's two wins in Jacksonville to return to the Sweet Sixteen, Roy Williams notched his 750th career victory, becoming only the 14th Division I coach to do so. Meanwhile Williams won his 65th NCAA tournament game, which ties him for second place all-time with his mentor, Dean Smith. It was also Williams' 30th and 31st NCAA wins at UNC, and Williams ran his first-round NCAA record to an incredible 25-0. (Tar Heel Blog)
North Carolina, Roy Williams savoring trip to Sweet 16Roy Williams is not a silly man. Or at least it wouldn’t appear that way to anyone who has ever watched a UNC basketball game. But after the Tar Heels beat Arkansas on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 after opening-weekend exits in each of the last two NCAA tournaments, the often ornery coach let his guard down and conducted himself like a man who was not the Roy Williams we all think we know. (FOX Sports)
Grantland's Mark Titus: I can’t believe so many people think Roy Williams is bad at his jobWilliams is 25-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament, he’s tied with Dean Smith for second all-time in tournament wins, he’s won two national titles, and now he’s salvaged one of his most miserable seasons in recent memory with a Sweet 16 berth. Here’s a scary thought: People who think Williams is a bad coach get to vote in elections, and their votes count the same as yours and mine. (Grantland)
Triangle sends trio to Sweet 16For much of the winter, basketball divides the Triangle into camps of red, light blue and dark blue. Area teams save their best efforts, and fans their greatest enmity, for their closest rivals. But the success of the Wolfpack, Tar Heels and Blue Devils over the weekend provoked a shared response – joy and pride, for the Triangle will send all three local men's college basketball teams to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. (WRAL Sports Fan)
SMU coach Larry Brown talks about Dean Smith, John McLendon (video)SMU coach Larry Brown's resume is longer and more complicated than any of the 64 men who will lead teams into the NCAA Tournament this week. But dig deep, and there is a fascinating connection between the Hall of Famer and former Cleveland State coach John McLendon that gives Brown a link to the historical father of basketball, John Naismith. (Cleveland.com)
Paige puts demons to rest, feels liberated with Tar Heels advancingAs satisfying as the securing of a West Regional semifinal appearance felt for UNC, there were deeper emotions at work for Marcus Paige during the aftermath of Saturday’s victory. His 22 points, 20 of which were supplied in the final 14 minutes to play the leading role in subduing Arkansas, became liberating with the Tar Heels advancing past the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32, where each of their last two seasons had ended. (Burlington Times News)
‘Second-Half Marcus’ Back For Sweet Sixteen TripUNC guard Marcus Paige went off in Jacksonville, scoring 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Carolina scoring charge. Yes, ‘Second-Half’ Marcus is back! “I think it was more the media that pegged that name on me. My teammates went along with it after it got some notoriety. I just try to help my team win. In big moments, I feel like I get put into positions to succeed by my teammates." (Chapelboro.com)
How they got to the Sweet 16: North CarolinaThe Tar Heels had a close game early against Arkansas. But this time around, the Tar Heels did not have to sweat out a last-second victory, the way they did against Harvard in the previous round of the NCAA tournament. After the teams battled back and forth for the first 30 minutes of the game, UNC pulled away behind another terrific second-half performance from Marcus Paige. (ESPN.com)
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