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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)

UNC-Pitt Postgame Notes

Carolina lost in the ACC quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 when Georgia Tech beat UNC 83-82 in Greensboro in Roy Williams' first game as a head coach in the event. UNC had won eight in a row in the quarterfinal round since that defeat. Sophomore guard Marcus Paige led all scorers with 27 points, 20 of which came in the second half. (GoHeels.com)

Boards Beatdown

Jamie Dixon’s goal entering Friday’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal was to outrebound No. 15 North Carolina by 15. While Pittsburgh only managed a plus-eight advantage on the glass, its 21-6 edge in second-chance points along with Talib Zanna’s 21 rebounds were demoralizing enough. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Pitt Press Conference

Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, and James Michael McAdoo talk about the loss to Pitt in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. View Video...

Recap & Analysis: Pitt 80 UNC 75

Despite drawing close enough to permit a potential strong second half start to get back into the game, UNC repeated the offensive ineptitude of the first period giving back the late half gains. Meanwhile, there was no answer for Pitt's Talib Zanna. With 13 minutes left in the game, Zanna had 17 rebounds and finished the game with 21 to go along with 19 points. (Tar Heel Blog)

Talking Points: Bad recipe creates early exit for Heels

North Carolina missed a ton of shots and Pittsburgh came up with defensive rebounds. A simple recipe that created a one-and-done trip to Greensboro for the Tar Heels. It was a heck of a comeback by North Carolina, aided by Pitt's horrendous 21-for-41 performance from the free throw line, but they dug themselves to too deep of a hole to get out. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: UNC-Pittsburgh Game Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 80-75 loss to the Pitt Panthers in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday. View Video...

Pittsburgh beats No. 15 UNC 80-75 in ACCs

Talib Zanna had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to help Pittsburgh beat No. 15 North Carolina 80-75 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday. James Robinson also scored a career-best 19 points for the fifth-seeded Panthers (25-8), who used a dominating start to build a huge lead before having to hold off a late rally by the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (23-9). (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels fall in ACC Quarterfinals

Fifth-seeded Pittsburgh, who just 24 hours earlier had dominated Wake Forest 84-55 in Thursday's Round of 12, picked up right where they left off Friday afternoon, building a commanding double-digit early lead and held on for dear life down the stretch on its way to an 80-75 win over the Tar Heels, which eliminates North Carolina from this year's event. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Kansas State: 70
Tue, Nov 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Maryland
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UNC vs. Davidson
Sun, Dec 6, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

UNC @ Texas
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Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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at Rutgers68
at Minnesota89
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ACC Basketball Standings
(14) Syracuse0-06-0
(7) Duke0-06-1
(24) Louisville0-05-0
(9) North Carolina0-05-1
(10) Virginia0-05-1
(21) Miami0-05-1
Wake Forest0-05-2
Florida State0-04-1
Georgia Tech0-04-2
NC State0-04-2
Notre Dame0-04-2
Virginia Tech0-04-2
Boston College0-03-3

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