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Facing finality, Carolina set for super 'Nova

The road really does end here. The only unknown is the outcome. How do we prepare and cope with the finality? North Carolina's Marcus Paige tried to process playing his final college game. "Each time you put on that jersey (in the NCAAs), you're wondering if it's your last game," he said. "There will be a lot of emotions, particularly if we win." (WRAL Sports Fan)

NCAA Championship Preview & Prediction: #1 UNC vs #2 Villanova

This team has found that extra something. They can drop the hammer with a big offensive run to win the game. This was something UNC teams in 2005 and 2009 knew how to do, and over the past 10 games, UNC has found that ability as well. In a game that portends to be a nip and tuck affair, UNC may need that ability to grab a sixth NCAA title. Prediction: UNC 83, Villanova 79 (Tar Heel Blog)

Michael Jordan, Other Former UNC Stars To Attend Tonight’s Title Game

It looks like some former UNC stars will be on-hand to take the national championship game. Harrison Barnes reportedly claims that Michael Jordan will be in attendance for the game. Barnes also said that Vince Carter, James Michael McAdoo, John Henson, Kendall Marshall, Reggie Bullock, Brandan Wright and Justin Watts will be there as well. (College Spun)

So, where does Roy Williams really compete?

The North Carolina Tar Heels return to the NCAA Championship title game tonight against Villanova, where Roy Williams hopes to do at UNC what neither Dean Smith nor Frank McGuire could do – win three national titles at Carolina. But where does Roy Williams really feels he gets to compete? (Pinehurst Resort)

UNC excels with and without Brice Johnson on the court

Brice Johnson is a large reason why the North Carolina men’s basketball team will compete in the national championship Monday night against Villanova. He’s a first-team All-American. He’s improved dramatically from his junior season in every major category: scoring, rebounding, free-throw shooting, blocking and stealing. He’s having an all-time great season for a North Carolina player. (Daily Tar Heel)

Meet two historically great tournament offenses

It wasn’t until I started finding incredible player stats from the past five games that I realized something very weird has been afoot here. With only a minor exception here and there, every single player in this national championship game is having a phenomenal tournament on offense. You don’t see that every year on Monday night. In fact I can’t recall ever seeing it. (John Gasaway)

Chapel Hill removes street signs ahead of NCAA title game

If UNC wins its sixth national championship on Monday night, the students on the Chapel Hill campus will doubtless be in a celebratory mood. And Chapel Hill city officials are concerned with one very specific kind of potential public nuisance: that revelers will take down street signs and ride them like surfboards, like they did when the Heels won it all seven years ago. (Carolina Blue)

North Carolina-Villanova Could Make College Basketball Great Again

In many ways, this year has felt like a punch of the reset button. The move to the 30-second shot clock, the rules facilitating more fluid play, the unprecedented level of parity, the rise of charismatic upperclassmen. And this is why I'm hopeful that a throwback NCAA championship game, UNC-Villanova, will solidify the sense that we are about to launch into yet another golden era. (VICE Sports)

Jawad Williams: Preparation, Before the Prize

One day this summer, we all met up to play our normally scheduled pick up games. I was on the sideline getting dressed and here comes Marcus Paige who sits besides me and asks “Wad how do you lead, and get everyone to follow you”? First off, I was honored that he came to me for advice; he was the All American, not me, but I was one of the senior leaders/ captains of a super talented team. (Wad's World)

Williams, Tar Heels have followed program's time-tested blueprint

Win or lose against Villanova in the NCAA championship game, UNC's basketball program has followed its time-tested path to the opportunity to win a sixth national title. From Frank McGuire’s undefeated 1957 champs through Roy Williams’ winning team in 2009, the Tar Heels always have done it with teams dominated and led by veteran players. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Picture This

The shot captured Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry, Brice Johnson, Roy Williams and senior associate athletic director Steve Kirschner in a holding room while the players and head coach waited to go to the podium and address the media. It was a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at UNC basketball. It was also reminiscent of one of the most famous such shots in program history. (GoHeels.com)

National Championship features perfect best-of teams

National Championships don't always feature the two best teams – it's part of what makes March madness. Monday's NCAA Final does feature the best two teams though. "I don't think anybody would disagree that we're the two teams playing the best basketball over the course of this month," Marcus Paige said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Franklin Street Businesses Reaping Benefits of UNC Basketball Success

Sunday was a very bright day in Chapel Hill -- not because the weather was beautiful, but because everyone there is so excited about Monday night's national championship game between the Tar Heels and Villanova! Time Warner Cable News reporter David Ivey has more on how basketball success for UNC is also leading to slam dunks for Franklin Street businesses. (TWC News)

Brotherly battle between Jenkins, Britt for national title

Kris Jenkins and Nate Britt, brothers in every way except blood, are giving each other the silent treatment for about 48 hours. Maybe they will exchange a "good luck" or a fist bump before Jenkins and Villanova (34-5) face Britt and North Carolina (33-6) on Monday night in the NCAA Tournament championship game. Otherwise, "Nah," Jenkins said, "no talking." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy Williams Winning His Way

Forty minutes. That’s all that separates Roy Williams from a third national championship. That’s one more than Dean Smith won, and it’s one that would elevate Williams into an exclusive class of coaches that includes names such as Wooden, Knight and Krzyzewski. (Inside Carolina)

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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 ACCNE

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, 7:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Bucknell
Wed, Nov 15, TBD ACCN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(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
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23


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