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Lucas: Extra Possessions Will Be Key

The Tar Heels committed 17 turnovers against a Harvard team not known for defensive aggressiveness, which translated into a 29-6 deficit in points off turnovers and essentially kept the Crimson in the game. That becomes especially relevant today in the round of 32 against an Arkansas squad that led the SEC in turnover percentage defensively. (GoHeels.com)

Preview & Prediction: #4 UNC vs #5 Arkansas

Arkansas plays at virtually the same tempo as the Tar Heels, around 70 possessions per game. The average offensive possession for both teams lasts about 15 seconds so this is expected to an up and down affair. This will be a tough game for the Tar Heels but it is winnable if UNC plays at a high level. If not, it could be a third straight Round of 32 exit. Prediction: UNC 85, Arkansas 79 (Tar Heel Blog)

Saturday Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 4 North Carolina: This is the odds-on favorite for the most entertaining game of the day with the way UNC and Arkansas like to run the floor. The Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige and Razorbacks’ Michael Qualls will look to go shot for shot, and the Hogs’ Bobby Portis will face an offensive rebounding machine that dominates the paint. Prediction: North Carolina 78-72 (Athlon Sports)

Preview: UNC vs. Arkansas, Round of 32

No. 4 seed North Carolina and No. 5 seed Arkansas meet Saturday evening (8:40 p.m., TNT) with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Neither team enters the game hot. The Tar Heels withstood a second-half run by Harvard to win 67-65 in the Round of 64. Arkansas beat No. 12 seed Wofford 56-53 on Thursday night. Here is what each team has going for it heading into Saturday's contest. (Carolina Blue)

Kennedy Meeks can't play meekly against Arkansas

Tonight during the third round of the tournament, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson will have a guy on his roster named Bobby Portis. “If I'm not mistaken, I think I heard [Thursday] night on the broadcast that he was SEC player of the year,” Roy Williams said. It's not a rumor. The reality of it will set in when Portis and the rest of the fifth-seeded Razorbacks get after it with the fourth-seeded Tar Heels. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Lakers’ Wayne Ellington channeling grief from father’s death into productive season

The Lakers guard stared at his shoes as he put them on his feet. Wayne Ellington once wrote “WRE” on his shoes. Those were the initials of his dad, who shared his love for sports, his friendly personality, and his name. But after Wayne Robert Ellington Sr. was murdered on Nov. 9, 2014 at the age of 57 in downtown Philadelphia, his son’s pre-game ritual has taken on a new twist. (Long Beach Press-Telegram)

UNC practices with new attitude before facing Arkansas' relentless pressure

A day after a sloppy victory against Harvard, North Carolina returned to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena with a better attitude about Saturday’s third round game in the NCAA Tournament. An improved outlook and greater attention to detail will be critical for UNC against a more-relentless, more-talented Arkansas team if it hopes to advance to the West Regionals in Los Angeles next week. (Jacksonville.com)

George Karl sets vision for Kings

The best coaches excel at getting the most out of their players’ talents while masking their weaknesses. Kings coach George Karl is still trying to figure out what he has as he closes out this season and looks forward to molding the Kings for next season. (Sacramento Bee)

Heels, Razorbacks both ready to push the pace

Arkansas guard Michael Qualls thought for a second, and his face lit up. What Qualls has been looking for is a team willing to run with Arkansas, and he believes he has found that elusive running mate in North Carolina, just in time for the NCAA's round of 32. "That slow tempo is boring," he said. "We've finally found someone willing to get up and down with us." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Fast Pace Could Be Boom Or Bust For UNC vs. Arkansas

When No. 5 seed Arkansas beat No. 12 seed Wofford late Thursday night, the common notion was that North Carolina actually caught a break by drawing the higher-rated team. That train of thought had little to do with talent — the Razorbacks have the SEC Player of the Year and a roster more gifted than Wofford’s from the top down. It was all about the pace the two teams prefer to play. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Hoping To Clean Up Act Against Arkansas

After surviving Harvard’s upset bid Thursday night, the fourth-seeded UNC men’s basketball team turns its attention to fifth-seeded Arkansas for a Round of 32 meeting Saturday night at 8:40 p.m. in Jacksonville. 17 turnovers. That’s a stat that’s had Roy Williams scratching his head since the Harvard great escape. But it’s not a new dilemma. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels Must Get A Grip

With No. 5 seed Arkansas on tap Saturday and a Sweet 16 berth at stake in the West Region, UNC coach Roy Williams is trying to make sure his Tar Heels don't repeat Thursday's sloppy performance. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels turned the ball over 17 times and gave up 29 points off those miscues against Harvard. The Razorbacks rank seventh in the nation in turnover margin, having forced 551 turnovers in 35 games. (Inside Carolina)

Tales from the Huddle

With 3:39 to play and Harvard back within three points on Thursday, Roy Williams huddled his team during the final media timeout and told the story of the 1982 squad’s narrow 52-50 NCAA Tournament win over James Madison. “I didn't like the look on our guys' faces last night when they sat down in front of me at that timeout,” Williams told reporters on Friday, “like they were about to panic." (Inside Carolina)

Previewing Arkansas

No. 4 seed North Carolina must get past No. 5 seed Arkansas on Saturday to reach its first Sweet 16 since 2012. Tip-off at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is set for approximately 8:40pm and will be televised by TNT. Arkansas enters Saturday’s contest with a 27-8 (13-5 SEC) record. The Razorbacks finished the season ranked No. 21 in the AP poll. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Arkansas Press Conference

Roy Williams spoke to the media about the upcoming third round NCAA Tournament match-up with Arkansas on Friday. The Tar Heels tip off against the Razorbacks at 8:40p on Saturday, March 21st. View Video...

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 4:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
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(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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