Roy Williams dons sideways hat, dances after UNC's winRoy Williams is in a pretty good mood right now. The Tar Heels have run off wins against Duke, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Virginia in their four March contests, entering the NCAA Tournament as ACC Tournament champions. North Carolina has played some of its most complete games at the right time, culminating with a locked-in defensive effort against the Wahoos and 61-57 win. (CBS Sports)
Video: UNC Locker Room Celebration - ACC Champs!Go in the North Carolina locker room following the Tar Heels' 61-57 win over Virginia and celebrate with the ACC Tournament Champions!
UNC 61, Virginia 57: Three ObservationsJoel Berry: Winner. When Joel Berry was in high school his teams won three straight state titles in Florida. His performance in three ACC Tournament games is a reminder that Berry was a big reason for those titles. Berry came out of high school as a player who put up big performances with championships on the line and that mentality has carried over as UNC's point guard. (Tar Heel Blog)
An emotional Roy Williams can take a breath with two titles to UNC's creditRoy Williams recalled being emotional as he talked about his deceased mother, sister and father during his 2007 Hall of Fame induction. He was also emotional about his 1997 Kansas team that took a 34-1 record into a Sweet 16 loss to Arizona. Just as Williams was upset that the seniors from the 1997 team didn't make a Final Four, he didn't want his current seniors to leave UNC without any titles. (Fayetteville Observer)
Lucas: Time To CelebrateIt’s the kind of scene you watch and then you realize your face is hurting because you’ve been smiling without even realizing it. “In that moment, there is so much going on,” said Nate Britt. “First, we’re all jumping around and celebrating. Then they pass out hats and we’re like, ‘Ohhhh, we get hats!’ Then they pass out shirts and we’re like ‘Ohhhhh, we get shirts!’ " (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels make post-title detour to see familyThe family members of the ACC Champion Tar Heels had to wait on the concourse, where the 18,000-plus fans were still making their way out of the arena. When Coach Williams heard about the development, he told his team, “Go see your families, guys.” That was all they needed to hear. Off went the players. (Carolina Blue)
Paige, Berry play smart in ACC Tournament championship victoryThis time, Marcus Paige made the right decision in a tight game with North Carolina needing a bucket. After getting burned earlier in the year with the same tactic, UNC put the ACC tournament title game in the hands of its two best guards, Paige and Joel Berry. The pair delivered in a 61-57 win against Virginia. (Winston-Salem Journal)
UNC seniors stick around for a proper, overdue coronationThe ACC tournament final ended, and confetti fell from the rafters. That’s nothing new, especially to North Carolina seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. This time, the players who stayed in Chapel Hill through four challenging seasons were able to stick around a little bit longer for an actual championship celebration. (Fayetteville Observer)
Marcus Paige rises to the challenge against Brogdon, CavaliersOn a night when Marcus Paige’s backcourt mate, sophomore guard Joel Berry, earned ACC Tournament MVP honors, the defense Paige played on Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon also loomed large. “He’s one of the best five defensive guards that I’ve ever coached,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said of Paige after the game. (Fayetteville Observer)
UNC finally gets over the hump in an ACC tourney finalAfter losing their last four trips to the ACC Tournament championship game over the last five years, the top-seeded Tar Heels ended their futility and cut down the nets after an emphatic 61-57 victory against second-seeded Virginia at Verizon Center. The victory all but ensures coach Roy Williams’ team of a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament. (Wilmington Star News)
Video: ACC Tournament Championship Postgame Press ConferenceRoy Williams, Marcus Paige, Joel Berry, and Brice Johnson answer questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 61-57 win over Virginia in the ACC Tournament Championship on March 12, 2016.
UNC Answers All The Questions With ACC TitleThe Tar Heels have used the last four games to show they are indeed for real. While it was one thing to win against the likes of Pitt or a tired Notre Dame team, it was quite another against a team like Virginia. UNC's 13-2 run and game-long defensive effort was the epitome of toughness and making the big plays when necessary. (Tar Heel Blog)
Roy Williams, Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige, Joel Berry Post-Virginia QuotesRoy Williams: "We're ecstatic about surviving here. Playing Virginia, we knew it was going to be a battle all the way down to the end. I was even dumb enough to tell them about Ali and Frazier when I was a college student going to see that, how we thought it would be that kind of game because we have the greatest respect for Virginia's program." (ASAP Sports)
ACC championship: UNC continues revenge tour, beats VirginiaIt's the first time Roy Williams has been in the spot of winning the regular-season and tournament titles since winning the national title in 2009. Making things even sweeter for UNC is getting back to the top of the ACC by beating the three teams that have had its number in the past two seasons: Duke, Notre Dame and on Saturday in a 61-57 victory, Virginia. (CBS Sports)
Video: Joel Berry Scores 19 in ACC Championship, Named Tournament MVPJoel Berry scored a game-high 19 points (5/8 FG, 3/3 3-pt FG, 6/6 FT) in the ACC Tournament championship game against Virginia and was named the tournament MVP on March 12, 2016.
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|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
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