Justin Jackson Named Sporting News 2017 First Team All-AmericanJustin Jackson - First Team: To become a truly great team, North Carolina needed Jackson to emerge as a reliable first option. That happened not long after the Tar Heels lost at Indiana, and he became comfortable taking a high volume of shots and proved himself a challenge to defend because of his ability to hit from long range, from mid-range and at the rim. (Sporting News)
Turner's Take: Why He SucceedsWith every shot, you take the risk of missing. Joel Berry made five three-point attempts in the first half. Meanwhile, Justin Jackson wasn't hitting his shots, but he did what he could to continue to make an impact. He did what we all should do when things aren't going our way: Step back, take a break, control what you can control and trust the process. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Enter ACC Tournament As Top SeedNorth Carolina enters the 2017 ACC Tournament as the top seed and receives a double bye to Thursday's quarterfinal round. The Tar Heels will open tournament play at noon on Thursday against the winner of No. 8 seed Syracuse and No. 9 seed Miami. The 64th annual ACC Tournament will be played Tuesday through Saturday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. (GoHeels.com)
UNC Basketball's Unfinished BusinessIn the afterglow of Saturday’s victory over Duke, Joel Berry spoke of getting revenge for the loss at Cameron Indoor in February. He also described the regular season finale as an opportunity for UNC to get better as a team, which was a telling comment considering the Tar Heels had cut down the Smith Center nets just moments before. Greater things potentially lie ahead. (Inside Carolina)
NYC neutral court a challenge for Tar Heels looking to repeat ACC titleNorth Carolina’s bid to roll doubles two straight times aside, the most interesting aspect of this week’s ACC basketball tournament in New York should be the neutral-court factor. The Tar Heels won the regular season and then backed it up with the tournament title a year ago in Washington, D.C., just as they did in 2006-07 (Tampa tourney) and 2007-08 (Charlotte tourney). (WRAL Sports Fan)
Art’s Angle – SweetBerry And RolaidsCarolina-Duke games are no fun. Until they are over and your team has won. Most of them are Tums or Rolaids affairs. There are heroes like Joel Berry and villains like Duke’s Grayson Allen who was booed and verbally assaulted when he “drew” a technical foul for burying his left elbow in freshman Brandon Robinson’s face. Welcome to UNC-Duke, B-Rob. (Chapelboro.com)
Joel Berry has night to remember in 28-point performance against DukeBy the time Joel Berry stepped to the free-throw line with 34 seconds in the game, the Tar Heels (26-6, 14-4 ACC) led by five and the 90-83 win was all but sealed. He hit the first from the charity stripe to give him seven points in the game’s final four minutes and 28 for the game. “Joel was unbelievable,” senior forward Isaiah Hicks said. “Something just lit up in him.” (Daily Tar Heel)
North Carolina embarks on postseason journey, this time with less pressureKennedy Meeks was at ease Saturday night, about an hour after North Carolina’s thrilling 90-83 triumph over nemesis Duke. Shortly after delivering an emotional senior-night speech to the contingent of UNC faithful who stuck around for postgame festivities, the Tar Heel big man sat in front of reporters with the Smith Center net around his neck. (FanRag Sports)
Tar Heels embrace latest conquestKennedy Meeks wore the Smith Center net around his neck, a tangible sign of what UNC accomplished in a grueling league praised for its strength and depth all season. The Tar Heels finished two games ahead of anyone else in the ACC standings. And it shows, if anything else, how far North Carolina has come from an ACC-opening loss to Georgia Tech. (Burlington Times News)
ACC to visit the city that helped fuel its rise“Frank McGuire, he’s the key guy,” former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins said. “We all know Everett Case is the godfather of the ACC, but the guy who put it on the map was Frank McGuire with the ’57 (North Carolina) team. That was the first national championship by the ACC, and of course, he then hired Dean Smith who took it to another level.” (Greensboro News & Record)
Jordan Brand expands partnership with UNC footballJordan Brand and UNC have agreed to expand their partnership to make UNC the second collegiate football program to represent the Jumpman on the gridiron. Now a new chapter in this celebrated partnership begins, as Jordan joined UNC football coach Larry Fedora at halftime of the UNC-Duke basketball game to announce plans to bring the Jumpman to Kenan Stadium. (Carolina Blue)
Five ACC tournament storylines to watchWhere does this North Carolina team stack up? Not only is North Carolina aiming to lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and finish off a season in which it’s been the class of the league, the Tar Heels are playing for their place in ACC history. Should it cut down the nets on Saturday night, this group of Tar Heels would join some elite company. (Fayetteville Observer)
Video: Carolina Basketball Class of 2017 Senior VideoA video tribute with interviews and highlights of North Carolina Basketball's 2017 seniors: Stilman White, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt, and Kanler Coker.
Video: Justin Jackson ACC Player of the Year HighlightsNorth Carolina's Justin Jackson was named the ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year on Sunday. View highlights of his outstanding season and see why #44 will soon be hanging in the Smith Center rafters.
Justin Jackson, Joel Berry Receive All-ACC HonorsUNC junior forward Justin Jackson is the 2017 ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Jackson is the 14th Tar Heel to win ACC Player of the Year honors (a total of 15 times). Jackson led North Carolina in scoring in 12 of the 18 ACC games. Junior guard Joel Berry II earned second-team All-ACC honors. Berry is UNC’s second-leading scorer (15.1 ppg). (GoHeels.com)
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