Tar Heels eager for another shot at CavaliersComing off its first loss and going into a place where it historically hadn’t enjoyed much success, you’d have to say that Virginia’s win at North Carolina in early February was one of its biggest of the season. Virginia’s victory ignited a nine-game winning streak. On Friday, the schools meet again in the ACC Tournament semifinals. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
Tournament Tales: Brendan HaywoodBrendan Haywood’s Tar Heels would reach the Tourney in all four years that he played. Although they were ousted in the first round in Haywood’s sophomore season and the second round as a senior, North Carolina reached the Final Four in Haywood’s freshman and junior seasons. The 12-year NBA veteran took a minute Wednesday to tip off our initial installment of Tournament Tales. (NBA.com)
Cavs, Heels close to getting healthyTwo of the most hobbled teams in the ACC are trying to get back to full strength, just in time to meet in the ACC tournament semifinals. No. 19 North Carolina has seen its roster shortened because of injuries, but the Tar Heels have Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige playing at full strength or close to it. No. 3 Virginia also is happy to have Justin Anderson back in the lineup after a broken finger and an appendectomy. (Greensboro News & Record)
Michael Jordan's '84 shoes to auctionA pair of Nike basketball shoes, believed to be the earliest NBA game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers to ever hit the market, will be auctioned off next month. Khalid Ali, who was a ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1984-85 season, has consigned the Nike shoes he says Jordan gave to him after the Chicago Bulls played the Lakers on Dec. 2, 1984, to SCP Auctions. (ESPN.com)
Video: Dean Smith Painting Focus of Amazing Halftime ShowDan Dunn, creator of "Paint Jam" brings his act to the ACC Tournament to paint a picture of the late Dean Smith. Check out Dunn's frenetic pace as he crafts a masterpiece in mere seconds!
Warriors Recall James Michael McAdoo from Santa CruzThe Golden State Warriors have recalled forward James Michael McAdoo from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced Thursday. McAdoo, who signed with Golden State for the remainder of the season on February 19, has appeared in four games with the Warriors, averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.0 minutes. (NBA.com)
'Roy rage' wakes up Tar Heels, keys victoryRoy Williams had seen enough when he angrily called a timeout in the first half of Thursday's ACC Tournament quarterfinal against Louisville. Williams got nose-to-nose with Brice Johnson about loafing down the court, paused for a moment to kneel down when he got dizzy, and then immediately recalled his anger to get into the face of J.P. Tokoto for a dumb pass. Message received. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Brice Johnson "Manned Up" against LouisvilleIt hadn't even been 10 minutes since his team's 70-60 win over Louisville in the quarterfinal of the ACC Tournament, but Roy Williams thought the crowd in the press conference auditorium could use a reminder. "I’d like to introduce you to our two players," he started. "Marcus Paige is the first one. Brice Johnson — he’s the guy who showed up for the second half. Don’t know who was out there for the first half." (Daily Tar Heel)
Lucas: A Joyful NoiseLess than two hours after Roy Williams bristled at Brice Johnson on the Greensboro Coliseum court, they were together again in a happy Carolina locker room. There was the head coach, still in his gray pinstripe suit, jumping around in the middle of the room with his ebullient players. And there, right next to him if perhaps a little higher off the ground, was Johnson. (GoHeels.com)
Previewing VirginiaNo. 5 seed North Carolina will look to upset defending ACC Tournament champion and No. 1 seed Virginia in semifinal action on Friday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network. It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Cavaliers have maintained their dominance over the ACC from start to finish this season. (Inside Carolina)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs VirginiaWith Virginia, it's all about how well UNC can execute offensively against a team that is producing some of the best defensive numbers, efficiency wise, the KenPom rankings have ever seen. Virginia has the ability to lock Marcus Paige down and disrupt the Tar Heels' ability to get the ball inside. The question is how this game will differ from the February 2nd meeting in Chapel Hill won by the Cavaliers? (Tar Heel Blog)
Brice Johnson Answers ChallengeAfter a lackluster start, UNC forward Brice Johnson responded with a big second half as the fifth-seeded Tar Heels battled back to defeat No. 4 seed Louisville, 70-60, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. With Kennedy Meeks still recovering from an illness (he provided 9 points in 19 minutes of play), and Louisville’s defense buckling down, Johnson answered his coaches’ challenge. (Inside Carolina)
UNC-Louisville Postgame NotesRoy Williams passed legendary Kansas Coach Phog Allen with his 747th victory. That moves Williams into 15th place in all-time wins. Henry Iba is 14th with 759. Williams is now 747-200 overall (.789) and 329-99 as UNC’s head coach. Fifth seed UNC beat #4 Louisville today, marking the first time UNC has defeated a higher seed in the ACC Tournament since 2003. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams, Players Post-Louisville Press ConferenceUNC head coach Roy Williams and juniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson spoke to the media following the Tar Heels' 70-60 victory against Louisville in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal round.
Tar Heels Close Out CardinalsSix weeks after coughing up an 18-point lead at Louisville, No. 19 North Carolina executed with precision in the closing minutes to pull away from the 14th-ranked Cardinals, 70-60, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. UNC scored 14 points over its final 10 possessions, while Louisville missed 10 of its 11 field goal attempts over its final 11 possessions, managing just three points. (Inside Carolina)
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