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John Henson ejected for taunting Matt Barnes, then Barnes ran after him into Bucks’ locker room

The Bucks-Grizzlies game was all but over on Thursday night until John Henson swatted a layup attempt by Matt Barnes with five seconds left. From here, things got crazy. Henson stared down Barnes after the block, and Barnes made a move toward the Bucks big man. The two were awarded technicals. Since it was Henson’s second technical of the game, he was ejected. (USA Today)

Lucas: The Beginning

And now for the really terrible news: That wasn’t even the close one. I know. That doesn’t seem possible, does it? Not after UNC led Florida Gulf Coast by just one point at halftime before eventually meandering to an 83-67 victory. But if this thing works out the way we want it to, you won’t even remember how stressed you were around 8:15 on Thursday night. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Shakes Off Poor Start in NCAAT Opener

For whatever reason, the ACC Champion Tar Heels failed to play up to their No. 1 seed status until the second half at PNC Arena on Thursday. UNC overpowered Florida Gulf Coast in the second half with the same blend of defensive intensity and offensive execution that produced its first ACC Tournament title since 2008 last weekend. (Inside Carolina)

Isaiah Hicks enjoys some bright moments during uncharacteristically rough night

Isaiah Hicks tried to dunk over a Florida Gulf Coast defender from roughly 10 feet away, missing badly as he threw the ball down at the rim. The play resembled Tyler Hansbrough's comical dunk attempt against Oklahoma's Blake Griffin during UNC's national championship run seven years earlier, but Hicks didn't catch any grief from his teammates. (Fayetteville Observer)

How Roy Williams’ halftime rant helped UNC avoid historic loss

How mad was Roy Williams after watching his No. 1 seeded Tar Heels allow FGCU to shoot 60 percent and outrebound them by seven boards in the first half? "He was definitely upset,’’ said UNC senior Brice Johnson, who had 18 points and a school-NCAA-record eight blocked shots. “He was probably turning more pink than we’ve ever seen him." (New York Post)

Turner's Take: A Switch On The Pick-And-Roll

Roy Williams yelled at his team at halftime. That was clear both from what his players said after Thursday's first-round NCAA Tournament win against Florida Gulf Coast, and how those players responded to begin the second half. Ahead by a single point at intermission, the Tar Heels outscored the Eagles 25-6 in the next eight minutes and 28 seconds and never looked back. (GoHeels.com)

UNC takes the dunks and aggression to Dunk City

It took a half to seize control, but top-seeded UNC finally pulled away from the 16th-seeded Eagles and won 83-67 in its NCAA tournament opener. Well-executed, committed defense made the difference in three ACC tournament victories last week, but Roy Williams’ team reverted to some bad habits before showing its championship-level form in the final 20 minutes. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC-Florida Gulf Coast Postgame Notes

The Tar Heels are 51-10 as a No. 1 seed, 32-1 in NCAA Tournament games in the state of North Carolina and 12-0 vs. No. 16 seeds. Head coach Roy Williams moved into second place in all-time NCAA Tournament wins with victory No. 66. He passed Dean Smith, who won 65 at UNC. Brice Johnson set a UNC NCAA Tournament record with eight blocks. (GoHeels.com)

Ross' Reactions: UNC vs. FGCU

The Eagles shot 60.0% from the field in the first half and out-rebounded UNC 21-14. But the bracket-busting dream was not to be. UNC started the second half with a fury. At one point the Tar Heels were up 23 in the second period and finished the game comfortably. After the game, the Tar Heels players said the locker room at halftime was very serious. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Roy Williams, Players Post-FGCU Press Conference

Roy Williams, Brice Johnson, and Isaiah Hicks answer questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 83-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. View Video...

UNC 83, FGCU 67: Three Observations

Two years ago Florida Gulf Coast got the reputation for dunks with a group of athletic players that took a #15 seed into the Sweet Sixteen for the first time, earning the nickname "Dunk City" along the way. In this game the Eagles didn't have a single dunk. The real story was not dunks but blocks and UNC's Brice Johnson had eight. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Player Post-FGCU Quotes

Theo Pinson on Roy Williams at halftime in locker room: "Coach didn’t come in and yell at us. He just said we have to pick it up if we want to play the next game. We’ve been through so much this season and it was a little adjustment of picking it up on the defensive end. The coaches gave us something to try in the second half and we did a good job with it." (GoHeels.com)

Stellar half not enough for FGCU in 83-67 loss to UNC

After 20 minutes of smart, strong, inspired, fundamentally pure basketball, Florida Gulf Coast ultimately was overwhelmed by North Carolina’s superior size and length once the East Region top seed matched FGCU’s effort in the second half, rolling to an 83-67 victory in Thursday’s first round in PNC Arena. (Fort Myers News-Press)

FGCU Post-UNC Quotes

FGCU Coach Joe Dooley: "First thing I would like to do is congratulate Coach Williams and North Carolina on a terrific effort. I thought the start of the second half obviously dictated the result. Really proud of our guys. I thought we played as hard as we could. I think Carolina, looking down the road, they will contend for a national title; they're so good. I am proud of our guys." (ASAP Sports)

Dean Smith’s career displayed through collage

Photographer Robert Crawford of Winston-Salem never had to worry about getting too close to Dean Smith during Smith’s legendary coaching career at North Carolina. Crawford, a 1970 graduate, played on the freshman team in the late 1960s and got to know Smith, who died in February of 2015 at the age of 83. (Winston-Salem 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

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