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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)

North Carolina can win a national title thanks to a historically easy path through the bracket

Based on opponent seeding alone, North Carolina will have had the third easiest path to a national championship, behind only the 1990 UNLV team and Louisville in 2013. Here is every national champion, going back to the first 64-team bracket in 1986, ranked by toughest path based on seeding of their opponents. (USA Today)

What a Syracuse upset over North Carolina looks like

Syracuse surprised just about everyone by winning the Midwest region as a No. 10 seed, and now faces the only remaining No. 1 seed in the tournament, the North Carolina Tar Heels. The number crunchers at FiveThirtyEight give the Orange a 30 percent chance to pull off the upset, while Pomeroy is slightly more bearish at 26 percent. ESPN is the least optimistic, giving Syracuse a 20 percent chance. (Washington Post)

North Carolina hopes interior style flourishes in NRG Stadium

UNC players are aware of the reputation NRG Stadium has for stifling shooters, and they are not afraid. The Tar Heels do their best work in the paint, so this could be the one time this season when their inconsistent outside shooting works in their favor. "It might give us a slight advantage, because we get so many of our points at the basket," Marcus Paige said. (ESPN.com)

Roy Williams compliments Tar Heels seniors at news conference before Final Four

Just days before the Tar Heels face off against Syracuse at the Final Four in Houston, UNC Coach Roy Williams and members of the team spoke at a news conference. Williams had high praise for two of his standout seniors, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. Williams described Johnson as "a dominating player." "I've pushed Brice more than any player I've ever coached." (ABC 11)

Where are they now: 2009 UNC NCAA Championship Team

UNC finished the 2009 season with a 34-4 (13-3 ACC) record en route to the program’s fourth national championship. Six players on the 2009 title team were selected in the NBA Draft, five in the first round. To understand the success of the 2009 North Carolina Tar Heels, it’s essential to take a look back at the players who helped the program achieve the ultimate goal. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige's shot returns in time for Tar Heels' Final Four run

Marcus Paige spent two months in an all-out fight with his shot, trying not to let frustration take over with each spun-off-the-rim floater and rattled-out 3-pointer. The senior's shot has come around at just the right time for Final Four-bound North Carolina. Paige has scored in double figures for six straight games and shot 48 percent from behind the arc in the NCAA Tournament. (Associated Press)

NRG Effect Works in UNC's Favor

Roy Williams has often been criticized for his resistance to the changing tides of college basketball that suggest a reliance on 3-point shooting and the scoring efficiency the long ball represents is the future of the game. His skeptics may be forced to reverse course temporarily this weekend at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Inside Carolina)

Sweet & Elite in the City of Brotherly Love

It’s been far too easy for too many fans to moan and gripe about the players and coaches over the past several years. It’s been made even more difficult by an academic ‘scandal’ that most in the national media don’t understand. But for this weekend and the next, it’s been made easier, seeing the men and women who work tirelessly, late into the night, when the cameras are no longer shining brightly, to make it all possible for the Tar Heels. (Chapelboro.com)

Matt Harvey cleared for Opening Day after having clot in bladder

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey is a go for Opening Day on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals after a brief medical scare. "It started with a bladder infection, and it created a blood clot in the bladder," Harvey said Tuesday morning after returning to camp. "I passed it yesterday. It wasn't a great first day [after] my 27th birthday, but we cleared that." (ESPN.com)

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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

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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