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Tar Heels savor Kenny Williams' first college 3-pointer

North Carolina coach Roy Williams poked his head in the huddle of reporters surrounding freshman Kenny Williams to ask a question. The top-seeded Tar Heels had just knocked off No. 8 seed Pitt 88-71 in Thursday’s ACC tournament quarterfinal and the coach gave his reserve guard the choice of what the team was going to wear for its short ride back to the hotel. (Fayetteville Observer)

Hot-shooting Tar Heels put away Pitt with defense

Two words that are bound to get the attention of a team with high expectations are “national championship.” After the Tar Heels didn’t defend well enough to suit Roy Williams for most of the first half, Williams reminded the Tar Heels at halftime of how the 2009 national champions turned up the defensive intensity in March. (Raleigh & Company)

UNC's Roy Williams sounds off on schedule strength

Roy Williams used four-letter language to defend his 15th-ranked schedule. North Carolina, the ACC's regular-season champion and No. 1 tournament seed, reached a Friday semifinal against fourth-seeded Notre Dame by winning 88-71 against Pittsburgh on Thursday. After the quarterfinal victory, a reporter asked Williams if having the easiest league schedule helped the Tar Heels claim the No. 1 seed. (Fayetteville Observer)

Brice Johnson a finalist for Karl Malone Award

UNC's Brice Johnson is one of five finalists named Thursday by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for the Karl Malone Award, symbolic of the nation’s top college power forward. Joining him on the list of finalists are Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, Kansas’ Perry Ellis and Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney. (Wilmington Star News)

Previewing Notre Dame

No. 1 seed North Carolina gets its shot at redemption against No. 4 seed Notre Dame, the team that ended its ACC Tournament run in the finals last season. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network. The Fighting Irish have won five of its eight games since beating UNC last month. (Inside Carolina)

Dean Smith’s commemorative mural to be ready by end of the month

Chapel Hill artist and UNC graduate Scott Nurkin is on track to finish a mural commemorating legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith’s life and career by the end of this month. The mural is located at the intersection of Smith Level Road and U.S. 15-501. Nurkin said he began working on the project in February 2015, just two days after Smith’s death. (Daily Tar Heel)

Lucas: Suit And Tie

We’re going to remember Carolina’s 88-71 win over Pittsburgh in Thursday’s ACC Tournament quarterfinals as the Kenny Williams Game, the one when he finally drained a three-pointer after missing the first dozen of his freshman season. But here’s the thing: Williams did much more than just make a shot. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Defensive Stops Fuel Offensive Onslaught

The Tar Heels’ defensive stops fueled its transition game, which served as an energy boost on the defensive end, jumpstarting a vicious cycle of efficiency. “Scoring in the halfcourt is one thing, but when you’re running them, and you keep doing it back to back to back, it takes a lot out of them,” sophomore wing Theo Pinson said. (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: Pressure

Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson frustrated Pitt's Jamel Artis and by extension, his teammates. The Panthers looked for their hot hand and tried to force things that weren't there, leading to long rebounds and run-outs for the Tar Heels. “They wanted to feed him early and he got in a rhythm and stayed in it for a while, and we did a good job on him,” Pinson said. (GoHeels.com)

UNC-Pitt Postgame Notes

Brice Johnson had his 20th double-double of the season with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds and tied his career high with five blocks (also against Pitt in 2014). Joel Berry II led UNC with 20 points. It was his second career 20-point game (he had 21 at Virginia on 2/27). The win was the 776th of Roy Williams’ career. He has the 11th-most Division I wins in NCAA history. (GoHeels.com)

Kenny Williams: UNC’s Surprise Hero

Unexpectedly leading UNC's defensive charge was freshmen shooting guard Kenny Williams, who hit his first three pointer of the season during that second-half stretch. He had been 0-12 coming into the game. Roy Williams said he was impressed with his freshman’s effort defensively on Pitts’ leading scorer Jamel Artis. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC 88, Pitt 71: What We Learned

If Brice Johnson's 20 double-doubles in 32 games isn't consistently great we might need a new word. It is not clear if Joel Berry is playing with a chip on his shoulder about not being nominated by UNC for All-ACC but he certainly looked like he belonged on at least the third team. He carried UNC in the first half. (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams says criticism of UNC's easy ACC schedule is 'horse $&!%'

When asked about the unbalanced schedule after North Carolina's 88-71 win against Pittsburgh in the ACC tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, Roy Williams responded with some colorful language. "You know what we didn't have the benefit of, to make somebody say we didn't have the easy schedule, we didn't get to play North Carolina." (CBS Sports)

Brice Johnson on UNC's team win

Brice Johnson notched his 20th double-double on the season with a 19 point and 10 rebound performance on Thursday. The Tar Heels were impressive in a 88-71 win over Pittsburgh to move to the ACC Tournament semifinals. Johnson, who was named a First-Team All-American by Sports Illustrated today, spoke with reporters following the win. (Carolina Blue)

Marcus Paige on his prolonged shooting slump: ‘It’s mental’

So what’s wrong with Marcus Paige, a kid that was good enough as a junior to earn Preseason Player of the Year accolades? “It’s all between the ears. “Coming off my broken hand, the first couple weeks I was playing like an All-American. I was in my groove. Then for whatever reason, I went through a shooting slump and lost a lot of my confidence.” (NBC Sports)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

UNC vs. TBD
Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

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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