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UNC Ready for One Last Game

An old coaching adage suggests that a team should be given until midnight to savor a victory before turning its attention to the next opponent. The Tar Heels didn’t even wait until the final horn sounded in Saturday’s win over Syracuse to look ahead to the national championship game on Monday night. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Syracuse Postgame Notes

The Tar Heels advance to their 10th national championship game. The Tar Heels have won their last four NCAA title games (1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009). UNC is 5-4 national finals. Brice Johnson is the first Tar Heel and 14th player in ACC history with 400 rebounds in a season. His 408 are the 11th most in ACC history. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina and Villanova have a rich tournament history

The Tar Heels and Wildcats have played each other six times in the NCAA Tournament, and four of those games have led to national championships. They're guaranteed to produce another title team in Monday's championship game. In UNC's title runs of 1982, 2005 and 2009, the Tar Heels defeated Villanova each time en route to their national championships. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Scope of Villanova's rout catches Tar Heels off guard

The severity of Villanova’s 95-51 throttling of Oklahoma in Saturday’s NCAA tournament semifinals caught the college basketball world off guard. Playing against a team that was ranked No. 1 for several weeks this season, and doing so in a dome that’s supposed to be difficult for shooters, the Wildcats shot 71 percent and posted the most lop-sided win in Final Four history. (Fayetteville Observer)

It's defense that wins big games, even at the Final Four

UNC scored 83 points against Syracuse but it was the 28 points the Tar Heels allowed in the first half that set the tone for their path to Monday night's championship game. As long as they keep playing basketball, it will always be defense that wins games, especially the big ones. UNC has another game to play because they made it tough on Syracuse's perimeter players. (Associated Press)

Remembering Final Fours of Years Past

Final Fours can cause nightmares and daydreams. Just ask Phil Ford. Ford has a unique perspective on these Final Four trips. After a career as one of the best players in Carolina history, Ford was also part of trips deep into the NCAA Tournament as a member of the Tar Heel coaching staff. (Chapelboro.com)

Thank you, Internet: Best social moments of UNC's Final Four win

North Carolina advanced to the NCAA men's basketball national championship after knocking out Syracuse 83-66 Saturday in oddly ACC Tournament like setting. As expected, timelines were filling up quick with some amusing videos and Crying Jordan memes. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige shows he knows when North Carolina needs him most

Through the first 32 games of his senior season with the North Carolina Tar Heels, Marcus Paige had missed 123 shots from 3-point range. If none of those had broken his confidence, then the four more he tacked on Saturday through the first 30 minutes of Final Four basketball against Syracuse were hardly going to leave a scratch. He just needed an opportunity. (Sporting News)

Roy Williams opens presser with tribute to Stuart Scott, Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge, Ted Seagroves

The last few years have been tough on UNC head coach Roy Williams. The NCAA issues that still loom over the North Carolina athletic department questioned his integrity. To add to that he has been forced to address questions and false statements on his retirement. If that wasn't enough the Hall of Fame coach has recently lost many important people in his life. (Carolina Blue)

Williams, Boeheim done with retirement questions

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim have shared a rough couple years in the college basketball business. Thanks to NCAA scandal and advanced age, just about every encounter with the media features questions about retirement. So you'd be a bit salty too if those warmed-over questions came up again after the Final Four. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Beyond A Dream

There’s only one more game before Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Joel James join the alumni roster. This time next year, they’ll be the old guys. One day, we’ll see them in the stands at an NCAA Tournament game—probably coached by 88-year-old Roy Williams—and remember that incredible 2016 run, the one that ended with…well, we’ll find out. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC Locker Room Celebration Post Syracuse - Next Up National Championship!

The Tar Heels are onto the National Championship against Villanova after beating Syracuse 83-66 in the national semifinals. View Video...

Video: Marcus Paige on What Title Would Mean to Roy Williams

Marcus Paige was asked what winning the NCAA Championship would mean to head coach Roy Williams, following UNC's win over Syracuse in the Final Four. View Video...

Video: Roy Williams 1-on-1 After Final Four Win Over Syracuse

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams spoke to Jeff Fischel of the ACC Digital Network after the Tar Heels advanced to the National Championship game with an 83-66 win over Syracuse. View Video...

Turner's Take: May Motivation

The night before Saturday's game, Sean May spoke to the team. “You have to be able to compartmentalize everything else that goes around the Final Four and into a national championship. When you step across those lines, it's just three refs, ten guys and four lines, and that's it. At that moment, it's just about playing. And when the confetti hits, that's when you celebrate.” (GoHeels.com)

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