Against UNC, Notre Dame gets another shot at an in-state bluebloodNorth Carolina won't face its biggest rival, but there's still an element of redemption involved. Most importantly, a championship is at stake. Third-seeded Notre Dame, which beat UNC in Chapel Hill during the regular season, defeated Duke on Friday night to advance to an ACC tournament final matchup with the fifth-seeded Tar Heels. (Fayetteville Observer)
Carolina To Face Notre Dame For ACC TitleFifth-seeded North Carolina and third-seeded Notre Dame will meet on Saturday night in Greensboro with the 2015 ACC title on the line. Carolina is making a record 33rd appearance in an ACC final and is 93-43 in ACC Tournament games overall. A Tar Heel win vs. Notre Dame would tie Duke (94-43) for most ACC Tournament victories in conference history. (GoHeels.com)
Preview: UNC vs. Notre Dame, ACC FinalUNC and Notre Dame meet on Saturday night for the championship game of the ACC Tournament. UNC enters the game playing its best basketball of the season. The Tar Heels beat Boston College, Louisville and Virginia to reach the final. Notre Dame handled Miami on Thursday and upset Duke on Friday. Here's a look at the advantages and concerns for each team heading into the rematch. (Carolina Blue)
Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs #3 Notre DameThe ACC Tournament so far has been about revenge games. UNC has exacted revenge for prior losses at Louisville and to Virginia at home. Duke paid NC State back from an early season loss and Notre Dame in turn paid Duke back for a 30 point Blue Devil win. UNC dropped a 71-70 decision to Notre Dame in Chapel Hill. Prediction: UNC 81, Notre Dame 72 (Tar Heel Blog)
Notre Dame-North Carolina an improbable ACC title matchupThe ACC can brag about having two teams deserving of No. 1 seeds when the NCAA tournament bracket is revealed this Sunday. The Virginia Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils, however, will not be playing for the league’s tournament title on Saturday. That privilege belongs to the North Carolina Tar Heels, thanks to their 71-67 win over the Cavaliers, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who beat the Blue Devils 74-64 on Friday. (ESPN.com)
Justin Jackson, from Humble, Tex., leads UNC to ACC title gameIt would be wrong to call Justin Jackson quiet. He’s certainly not the most vocal member of the UNC basketball team, but it’s hard to blame him when he lives with Joel Berry and part-time cheerleader Theo Pinson. But even after a team and career-high 22 points in UNC’s 71-67 upset of top-seeded Virginia in the semifinal of the ACC Tournament, there wasn’t a trace of gloating from the freshman. (Daily Tar Heel)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Notre DameIt has been over two months since these two teams play and in some ways the numbers are the same but also not. Notre Dame continues to be a top notch offensive team with gaudy efficiency numbers and astronomical shooting percentages. The defense for the Irish continues to be a problem though holding Duke to an offensive efficiency below 100 would seem to indicate otherwise. (Tar Heel Blog)
Previewing Notre DameNo. 5 seed North Carolina and No. 3 seed Notre Dame will square off for the ACC Tournament title on Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network. Earlier this season, the Fighting Irish escaped Chapel Hill with a 71-70 win over the Tar Heels on Jan. 5, 2015. (Inside Carolina)
Brice Johnson leaps into crowd, crushes Duke ADCONSPIRACY THEORY: Brice Johnson knew exactly what he was doing here. He could have just stopped with one foot on the table, but caught sight of Duke AD Kevin White and decided he ought to keep going. NON-CONSPIRACY THEORY: This was an accident, the second jump was just to dissipate momentum, and I'm glad everyone's okay. (SB Nation)
Video: Locker Room Celebration Post-VirginiaThe Tar Heels celebrate the upset win against Virginia in the semifinal round of the ACC Tournament. Marcus Paige gets a surprise when he's done with his post game interview on the court.
Video: Williams, Jackson, Paige Post UVA Press ConferenceRoy Williams, Justin Jackson, and Marcus Paige spoke to the media following Carolina's upset victory against top-seeded Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinal round.
Justin Jackson Breaks ThroughWith Virginia’s vaunted defense harassing the North Carolina big men, Justin Jackson’s shooting took down the top-seeded Cavs, 71-67, to send the Tar Heels to the ACC Tournament final. The freshman wing led all UNC scorers with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. On a night where the four Tar Heel big men combined to score 25 points, Jackson gave his team a big lift. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Locker Room Players Post-UVA InterviewsJoel Berry II, J.P. Tokoto, Isaiah Hicks, and Brice Johnson spoke to the media following Carolina's upset victory against top-seeded Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinal round.
Lucas: Patience And PoiseAs Joel Berry bounced the ball 30 feet from the basket with less than two minutes remaining, he heard Roy Williams’ voice in the back of his head. The real Roy Williams was standing just feet away. But the voice Berry heard was the one that’s bounced off the empty Smith Center seats during dozens of practices and in dozens of huddles in the parade of close games the Tar Heels have played this year. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Virginia Postgame NotesCarolina has advanced to the ACC title game for the 33rd time. The Tar Heels are 17-15 in the championship game. This is the third time under Roy Williams that UNC has won three ACC Tournament games in one year – the other two times UNC won the title in 2007 and 2008. UNC has advanced to the championship game six times in 12 years with Roy Williams as head coach. (GoHeels.com)
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