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Marcus Paige, Providence's Kris Dunn reap rewards of staying in college

Out of a mutual respect forged on the AAU circuit and in multiple camps, Marcus Paige and Providence’s Kris Dunn have watched each other from afar over the past four years. They’ve seen each other succeed. And when each player faced the decision of either continuing their collegiate career or taking their talents to the NBA, they made the same choice. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels extract positives in piling up momentum

One 20-minute segment of UNC’s opening victory in the NCAA Tournament can provide building blocks moving forward, with the Tar Heels citing a cherished piece of Dean Smith advice. “Coach always says that Coach Smith taught him that, that you build momentum once you get in the tournament, you can’t rely on what you did in the past,” said Marcus Paige. (Burlington Times News)

Paige's sneaky block skills to come in handy against Providence, Dunn

Justin Jackson won’t admit it. Neither will Isaiah Hicks. Yes, Marcus Paige, top-seeded North Carolina’s 6-foot-1 point guard, blocks guys in practice all the time. But definitely not them. The 6-8 Jackson and 6-9 Hicks denied it through sidelong grins. “I don’t know if he’s ever gotten me,” Jackson said, and looked away and smiled. (Greensboro News & Record)

Saturday NCAA Tournament Second Round Game Times & TV Schedule

The following is a complete list of Saturday's second round NCAA Tournament game times and television networks. UNC tips off against Providence at approximately 9:40 pm in Raleigh. Other ACC teams in action include Miami, Duke, and Syracuse. Read More...

Art’s Angle: Strap ‘Em On Tight!

Let the upsets that have led to the most-ever double-digit seeds (10) remaining after the first round of the NCAA Tournament be a lesson for Carolina before its late-night game against Providence. The Tar Heels should sleep all day in order to be ready to explode from the opening tip sometime after 9:40 p.m. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: Crowd Concerns

It wasn’t Selection Sunday when the Tar Heels earned the right to play in Raleigh. Nope. The Tar Heels earned it in January. And February. And especially March. And that’s why they will have a sizable portion of the crowd at PNC Arena tonight. It’s not because it was somehow gifted to them for no reason. It was earned. (GoHeels.com)

NCAA Tournament Preview & Prediction: UNC vs Providence

UNC didn't treat Thursday's game as a loss but they didn't think it was anything to hold in high regard. The disappointment was evident and UNC this season has shown they respond to that sort of thing very well in the next game. Providence is a tough out but if UNC plays angry and focused, the Tar Heels are headed to Philadelphia. Prediction: UNC 85, Providence 73 (Tar Heel Blog)

Carolina vs. Providence For Sweet 16 Berth

Top-seeded North Carolina (29-6) will face ninth-seeded Providence (24-10) on Saturday in Raleigh, looking to make its record 33rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. The Tar Heels and Friars will tip at approximately 9:40 p.m. at PNC Arena. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Lewis Johnson will call the game for TBS. (GoHeels.com)

Providence Pre-UNC Press Conference Quotes

Providence Coach Ed Cooley: It's been a long night. Really excited that we were able to advance. Watched a lot of film of Carolina over the last 12 hours. Great team, well-coached, incredibly balanced, athletic and long. That's the reason why they're a No. 1 seed. They've earned it and we're excited about the challenge and see what we can do to try to advance. (ASAP Sports)

UNC vs Providence: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview and Prediction

Providence has the players and talent with Rodney Bullock, Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn to make this an excellent contest, but UNC's depth and length will likely be too much for the Friars to overcome. The Friars don't seem to have a person who can slow down Brice Johnson inside, and that will be a huge problem. Prediction: UNC 81, Providence 70 (Athlon Sports)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Providence

What jumps out about Providence's numbers is the poor shooting percentages and an almost comparable defensive efficiency. Starting with the latter, the defensive efficiency is 95.8 with the 42nd best defensive turnover rate at 20.6 and the 54th ranked 3P% defense at 32.4. The problem for the Friars is those statistical areas do not play well against UNC. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC looking to get into right mindset for Providence

UNC will tip-off against Providence around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday. Heading into that matchup, the top seed in the East will be looking to build off its second half from Thursday night during which it had its way with the Eagles. “I think you build your momentum once you get in a tournament,” Roy Williams said. “Coach (Dean) Smith always believed that and still believe it to this day.” (Today's U)

Marcus Paige set for his final game in PNC Arena

The final chapter of "PNC" Paige will be written Saturday night, when top-seeded UNC (29-6) faces ninth-seeded Providence (24-10) at approximately 9:40 p.m. in PNC Arena. Marcus Paige, who plays at a Nike school, has shared that his favorite basketball to shoot is the Wilson ball, which is used at N.C. State home games. (Fayetteville Observer)

Providence's Jeff Battle familiar with North Carolina

When Providence's name appeared in a Raleigh bracket near the East regional's top seed Sunday night, head coach Ed Cooley made an immediate scouting assignment for assistant Jeff Battle. "You've got Carolina," Cooley said.Battle, who has close family ties to Fayetteville, is well-versed in breaking down the Tar Heels. (Fayetteville Observer)

Providence will need superhero efforts to take down Tar Heels

There are a few givens on Providence College’s scouting report for its showdown with top-seeded North Carolina on Saturday night. One will be the need for huge games from Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil. Another will be keeping both stars out of foul trouble. Finally, the continued strong play of Rodney Bullock could be a difference maker. (Providence Journal)

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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. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

UNC vs. Portland
Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(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
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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