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The Tar Heels' X-factor? Theo Pinson

Theo Pinson's role for the Tar Heels goes beyond points and boards, as the country learned last week when the self-described prankster hijacked two press conferences and mugged for cameras. In an NCAA tournament rife with upsets—North Carolina is the only No. 1 seed still alive—he keeps UNC loose and laughing. (Campus Rush)

Scouts' Takes: How to defend & attack against each Final Four team

When the Tar Heels have the ball: The key is transition defense. They love to get up and down. And you’ve got to send as many guys as you can to block out. It has to be a collective effort because they’re sending three, maybe four to the offensive glass every possession. Are you going to take away the perimeter, or are you going to make the big guys kick it out? (Sports Illustrated)

Hostel hopping while covering Heels hooping

This called for a hostel approach. March Madness has another meaning when you’re a lowly freelance Internet writer covering tournaments because you have to pay all of your travel expenses. With one son in college and the other headed there next year, I had to find ways to make it work and not be so expensive if I was going to cover UNC on multiple weekends. (Raleigh & Company)

UNC and Oklahoma are locked in a heated battle over a Warriors shooting drill

UNC and Oklahoma have gone back and forth in a 3-point shooting competition inspired by Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. The challenge is to make as many threes possible before missing two in a row. The record started at 142 from Oklahoma's Buddy Hield. That was promptly eclipsed by Marcus Paige of UNC, who made 156. And then came Joel Berry. (FOX Sports)

Lucas: Hoosier Dome Hysteria

No matter what happens on Saturday in Houston, it’s almost impossible that it could be any weirder than what occurred in Indianapolis 25 years ago today. The Tar Heels faced Kansas in the day’s first game. It was a senior-laden UNC team led by King Rice, Pete Chilcutt, and Rick Fox, who had gotten Dean Smith back to the Final Four for the first time since 1982. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Final Four Event and Viewing Guide

Want to know the times and places for various events surrounding UNC's trip to the Final Four in Houston? Here you go. Team Send-off to Houston - Wednesday, March 30th, 6:30 PM, Dean Smith Center, Entrance D; National Semifinal Viewing Party - Saturday, April 2nd, 5:30 PM (5:00 PM for UNC students, faculty and staff), Dean Smith Center, Entrance A (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Roy Williams Addresses Criticism on the Dan Patrick Show

Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show, Final Four-bound North Carolina Coach Roy Williams discussed his reaction to a recent Washington Post article that questioned his health. Needless to say, Williams has some strong words for Washington Post Writer Kent Babb. View Video...

Sports Illustrated picks for Saturday’s Final Four games

Luke Winn: North Carolina over Syracuse - Is the Tar Heels’ offense peaking heading into the Final Four, or have they just lit up a series of bad defenses on their way to Houston? The answer is some of both, but the way they’ve been scoring on the interior bodes well for their chances of carving up Syracuse’s zone. (Sports Illustrated)

Roy Williams: "We have no allegations against men's basketball"

Roy Williams is heading into the Final Four with a touch of laryngitis, a sinus infection, a head cold and a cut hand from his scissors incident on Sunday night. Along with all of that, the UNC coach knows he will be asked in Houston about the NCAA's investigation into the academic scandal that occurred at UNC. "We have no allegations against men's basketball," Williams said Wednesday on Mike & Mike. (Zag's Blog)

UNC’s Final Four run helps Ol’ Roy silence critics

There was a little extra pep in Roy Williams’s step as he scooted up that ladder in Philadelphia on Sunday, bum knee and all, to cut down another championship net. You’d think that after seven trips to the Final Four and two national championships, celebrations like that could become old hat for UNC’s Hall of Fame basketball coach. Apparently not. (Wilmington Star News)

Everything is bigger for Justin Jackson in Texas

Though NRG Stadium is a 45-minute drive from his home, Justin Jackson is no stranger to the big city. The sophomore wing practiced in downtown Houston throughout high school. But Jackson has traveled to Texas just once in his collegiate career — an 84-82 loss to Texas in Austin on Dec. 12. And after falling in the Sweet 16 a season ago, Jackson is making his first trip to the Final Four. (Daily Tar Heel)

Next up is Final Four: Tar Heels figure they're far from finished in tournament

Qualifying for the Final Four isn’t intended to be the end-all for UNC. But reaching this stage of the season might have created better-than-expected feelings for some members of the team. “I savored that win a lot more than I thought I would,” senior guard Marcus Paige said Tuesday, referring to the East Regional final against Notre Dame two nights earlier. (Burlington Times News)

Final Four-bound Tar Heels enjoy good vibes during brief stop home

In the two days since UNC’s men’s basketball team has spent on campus since punching a ticket to the Final Four, the Tar Heels have noticed an uptick in excitement. “There’s a lot of positive vibes going around campus right now,” said senior guard Marcus Paige said. “More people come up to you and shake your hand or clap as you walk by.” Clapping as you walk by? (Fayetteville Observer)

Brice Johnson Is A Consensus First-Team All-America

The Associated Press named UNC senior Brice Johnson a first-team All-America, which clinches consensus first-team All-America honors for the Tar Heel standout. Johnson has earned first-team All-America honors from the AP, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United States Basketball Writers of America, and third-team honors from the Sporting News. (GoHeels.com)

More All-America Honors for Brice Johnson

I think that "C" word you are looking for isn't "complementary" but "consensus" Brice Johnson added even more All-America accolades to the list with the NABC, Associated Press and Wooden Award naming him to their teams. In the case of the NABC and AP, Johnson was named to the first team. (Tar Heel Blog)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Barton College
Fri, Oct 27, 7:30 ET

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC vs. Bucknell
Wed, Nov 15, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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