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Roy Williams is poised to do the unthinkable at UNC: Move past Dean Smith

Roy Williams goes to work in a building named for the man who made him what he is today, and that is exactly the way he wants it. He won’t even pull his car into Coach’s parking place, even though it technically is his space now. Williams is well into his second decade as the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Dean Smith left the job not quite 19 years ago. (Sporting News)

Lucas: Priceless

Roy Williams had done plenty of scouting for Sunday. Of course he had. He couldn’t leave something this important to chance. We’re talking, of course, about Easter eggs. Sunday morning was the morning of the East Regional championship game between UNC and Notre Dame, but it was also Easter morning. The NCAA Tournament is a big deal to Roy Williams. But so is Easter. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams keeps bleeding, North Carolina keeps winning

UNC’s run to Houston may wind up being detrimental to Roy Williams’ well being. As the Tar Heels cut down the nets following their 88-74 Elite Eight win over Notre Dame, Williams – who is no stranger to using scissors on a basketball court – sliced open his left pinky finger. “He should be used to cutting nets,” Marcus Paige said. “It’s something he’s done several times.” (Yahoo! Sports)

Why one night 18 years ago still makes UNC’s Roy Williams cry

Roy Williams didn’t want Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige to have to endure the pain Paul Pierce and Jacques Vaughn once had to. And he didn’t want to have to face himself in the mirror this week the way he did in the aftermath of ’97. “I’m going to keep kicking at that door,” he said. “And one of these days, I’m going to kick that sucker down.” He’s kicked the sucker down. Again. (New York Post)

UNC’s Brice Johnson embraces being favorite: We’re not ‘scared’

They were tuned in and, like most everyone else, expected the large deficit would stick. “We were watching the game — I’m not going to lie,” said Theo Pinson, North Carolina’s fun-loving sophomore swingman. “We were watching the Syracuse game. We saw they were down, but we all agreed as a team to turn the TV off and just focus on our game.” (New York Post)

Turner's Take: A Magic Trick

Notre Dame would lead for only 21 seconds of the second half, as the Tar Heels settled down, imposed their tempo and ran away. Carolina answered with a 12-0 run of their own. Our play of the game comes in the middle of that run. Here now is an oral history of the play of the game from the players on the court and the coach and players off of it. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams, UNC seniors enjoy reward four years in the making

When Roy Williams stood still long enough to talk, his voice thick with postgame emotion, there was no trying to mask what he was feeling behind a silly grin. “This team has been my salvation. People have questioned my integrity for the first time in my life and this team has made me..." And then he paused to gather himself. “It’s been really good," he said. (ESPN.com)

Angry Brice returns to fuel UNC’s win

Brice Johnson didn’t fold. His play in the closing minutes of the game helped solidify UNC’s 88-74 victory and ensure a trip to Houston for the Final Four. “Brice Johnson — can he just miss one?” asked Notre Dame coach Mike Brey after Johnson’s 25-point, 12-rebound game sent his team back to South Bend, Ind. “Can he just help us a little bit?“ (Daily Tar Heel)

Brice Johnson overcomes blunder, earns regional MVP award

The East regional MVP was benched. Even now, as a standout senior, Brice Johnson tests North Carolina coach Roy Williams' patience and sanity. Johnson was named the MVP after scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in top-seeded UNC's 88-74 victory against sixth-seeded Notre Dame in an Elite Eight game Sunday night. (Fayetteville Observer)

Their patience tested, these Tar Heels take rewarding next step

Brice Johnson gave fellow senior Marcus Paige the same treatment as the East regional championship trophy. He hoisted both into the air. Joel James had a tougher job. He picked up the 6-foot-10 Johnson, the regional MVP. Returning to the Final Four, a huge weight was lifted for North Carolina and its painstakingly patient veterans. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC looks to go 3-0 against Syracuse in all-ACC semifinal

Two all-ACC regional finals have set up a Final Four matchup between league rivals. For the first time since 1983, ACC teams faced each other in the Elite Eight. Syracuse rallied to post a 68-62 win over Virginia on Sunday night in Chicago, and UNC claimed an 88-74 victory against Notre Dame to complete the Final Four field. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: UNC Basketball Post-Notre Dame Press Conference

UNC's Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, Theo Pinson, and Roy Williams answer questions after the Tar Heels' 88-74 win against Notre Dame in 2016 Elite 8 on March 27, 2016. View Video...

Roy Williams cuts hand cutting down net after Tar Heels win

Roy Williams cut down the nets numerous times throughout his illustrious coaching career. But the North Carolina head coach wasn't paying attention to detail Sunday night. As the Tar Heels were celebrating their record 19th trip to the Final Four, Williams apparently cut his finger while cutting down the net after UNC dispatched Notre Dame. (FOX Sports)

Theo Pinson Crashes Press Conference Then Crushes Notre Dame's Hopes

The Tar Heels saw a double digit lead against Notre Dame vanish in a matter of minutes. North Carolina's toughness and poise would once again be tested. Enter Theo Pinson. Marcus Paige's layup put UNC back in front but after that, Pinson's play proved critical in fueling UNC's own 12-0 run. For his effort, Pinson got his spot in the postgame press conference. (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams, UNC Players Post-Notre Dame Press Conference Quotes

Marcus, in the last minute, was it tough to not crack? I know a couple times you almost broke into a smile. Marcus Paige: Yeah, it was tough. We've seen some crazy things happen in this tournament. So you want to stay in the moment and make sure that what you're seeing is going to happen. But I think with 34 seconds left, I started tearing up. (ASAP Sports)

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