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Seldom-used senior Joel James provides first-half boost to UNC

Reserve center Joel James made two shots during a first-half run that helped push UNC to an 83-66 win against Syracuse. He said the outcome mattered more to him than the individual contributions. "I'm happy we won. I don't care if I score two points or 2,000." James scored four points Saturday, posting more than two in a game for only the second time since the end of January. (Fayetteville Observer)

Justin Jackson unleashes his rage

If you’re playing North Carolina basketball bingo, a Brice Johnson rage dunk is the free space in the middle of the board. The flexing and the yelling is going to happen every game, it’s just a matter of when. But a Justin Jackson rage dunk? Now, that’s a rarity, the bingo space that never gets filled in. (NSJ Sports)

Tar Heels Answer Orange’s Charge

Syracuse’s run was coming. The Orange had rallied from seven down against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 before overcoming a 16-point deficit against Virginia in the Elite Eight. Unfortunately for Jim Boeheim’s bunch, North Carolina has made a habit out of answering runs. (Inside Carolina)

Can Tar Heels, Wildcats save an NCAA tournament that has gone downhill?

On Saturday, we watched the Tar Heels and Wildcats drag a pair of carcasses across the court for two halves. This is just the third time in last 50 years that both national semifinals were decided by 15 points or more. We deserve better. You owe us. We're confident you will answer the call. Because UNC and Villanova will decide the best team in America on Monday. (ESPN.com)

UNC to face Villanova in rematch of 2009 Final Four matchup

Villanova relies heavily on 3-point shooting with a lineup that features 6-foot-11 Daniel Ochefu as the only starter taller than 6-6. The top scorers are 6-5 guard Josh Hart (15.3 points), 6-6 forward Kris Jenkins (13.5 points) and 6-3 guard Ryan Arcidiacono (12.3 points), with the 240-pound Jenkins actually leading the team with 94 made 3s in 248 attempts. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: Roy Williams, UNC Players Post-Syracuse Press Conference

Roy Williams, Brice Johnson, Joel Berry, and Kennedy Meeks take questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 83-66 win over Syracuse in the Final Four on April 2, 2016. View Video...

Joel Berry propels UNC with another tone-setting spark

Justin Jackson caught the dump-off pass close to the rim, jumped off two feet and dunked behind the last line of Syracuse's collapsing defense. It's one of the most assertive plays the sophomore has made at North Carolina. His assist-recording, layup-making classmate, Joel Berry, set the aggressive tone with his zone-busting penetration. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC’s atypical approach to building a modern team pays off in Final Four

These Tar Heels are the archetype of the slow burn method of building a modern basketball program, the anti-Kentucky. They have two senior stars, guard Marcus Paige and forward Brice Johnson, a term of which is paradoxical in college basketball. This UNC team has grown up together, and they showcased what makes them the favorite on Monday night. (Sports Illustrated)

Joel Berry's penetration the difference

Syracuse's length within the zone crowded the passing lanes. UNC attempted to find space in the zone, but nothing was effective until point guard Joel Berry decided to take over. "I think I (missed) my first two threes," Berry explained. "So I was like 'you know what? We need to get it inside.' So I just tried to do my best in penetrating." (Carolina Blue)

UNC 83, Syracuse 66: The Storylines

UNC had four players in double figures and did much of its damage in the post but Joel Berry was the straw that stirred the Tar Heel drink. Berry's stat line was two points short of a double-double and three rebounds short of a triple double. The sophomore guard recorded 8 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, just the second time all season he recorded double digit assists. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Basketball's Road To The National Championship Game

UNC basketball is one win away from a 6th National Championship in their storied history after beating Syracuse in the Final Four. Check out the path the Tar Heels have paved on their way to the Championship Game where they'll face Villanova. View Video...

Ol' Roy just wins, baby

Lost amid the folksy drawl, the “aw shucks”, “gee wizzes”, “dadgummits”, and either “frip” or “frick” is the fact that UNC head coach Roy Williams knows how to coach. On Monday night, his latest edition of deep and talented Tar Heels will play Villanova for the 2016 National Championship with a chance to notch the program’s sixth title of the tournament era. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Williams, Meeks, Berry, Johnson Post-Syracuse Quotes

Roy Williams: "I'll get something out of the way first tonight. I really wish Stuart Scott was here tonight. I really wish Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge and my best friend in Chapel Hill, Ted Seagroves, was here. It's been a difficult year and a half because of all of that. They're up there smiling somewhere and having a good time. Stuart is saying Booyah, so I like that." (ASAP Sports)

No. 1 seed North Carolina ends Syracuse's run 83-66

Though timely threes by Marcus Paige and Theo Pinson on consecutive possessions stalled any chance of a Syracuse comeback, UNC is headed to an NCAA championship game clash with Villanova because of its shifty point guard who can make magic in tight quarters, its bevy of tall people who can hit 15-footers, and a defense that might be its best ever under Roy Williams. (USA Today)

North Carolina looks for 6th NCAA title against Villanova

North Carolina will look for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night. The Tar Heels last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985. Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova's was far more of a blowout than UNC's. (Associated Press)

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