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Preview & Prediction: #1 UNC vs #6 Notre Dame

This is a UNC team that is locked into playing its best basketball of the season at the right time. After going through much the season with some offensive inconsistency during the meat of the ACC schedule and questions after the loss to Duke, this team has become everything we thought it could and should be. Prediction: UNC 85, Notre Dame 71 (Tar Heel Blog)

For one North Carolina legend, Wells Fargo Center can provide a history lesson

Brice Johnson didn’t come to Philadelphia for the sightseeing. So focused was he that he didn’t even take a peek at the rafters, where Billy Cunningham’s retired 76ers No. 32 hangs, not far from Bobby Jones’ No. 24. “You definitely notice it up there in the Smith Center,” he said. Alerted that Cunningham’s number was retired, too, in the building in which he was sitting, Johnson was intrigued. (The Times Herald)

One win separates UNC's Justin Jackson from a big-time homecoming

Justin Jackson is one win away from a mid-semester trip home. If UNC plays in Sunday's East Region final like it did in Friday's semifinal, a trip to next weekend's Final Four at Houston's NRG Stadium will be a foregone conclusion. For Jackson, a starting forward for UNC and a Tomball native, such a trip would mean a homecoming on college basketball's biggest stage. (Houston Chronicle)

Lucas: Familiar Defensive Assignment Tonight

It’s only fitting that with an East Regional championship and a trip to the Final Four at stake, UNC’s task against Notre Dame will be one with which they are very familiar: stop the ball. That’s been a season-long storyline for the Tar Heels. “When (Demetrius) Jackson gets into the paint, it breaks down the defense and they have shooters all over the place,” said Justin Jackson. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels vs. Notre Dame For Final Four Berth

Top-seeded North Carolina (31-6) will face sixth-seeded Notre Dame (24-11) in the NCAA Tournament East Regional final on Sunday night in Philadelphia. The Tar Heels and Fighting Irish will take the opening tip at 8:49 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, and Dana Jacobson will call the game for a TBS national TV audience. (GoHeels.com)

Loose Tar Heels having fun, enjoying the ride

Laughing, smiling and hijinks. That’s not exactly the sort of approach you would expect from a team that is about to put its high expectations on the line. But that was the demeanor of a loose North Carolina team that expected to be playing for a regional title on the way to bigger goals, and the Tar Heels are making sure to enjoy the ride. (Raleigh & Company)

UNC Looks to Lock Down Irish Again

Notre Dame’s potent offense has been held below 35 percent shooting only three times this season. UNC is responsible for two of those lockdowns and looks to score the hat trick in Sunday’s East Regional final. The most recent of the meetings – UNC’s 78-47 dismantling in the ACC Tournament semifinals – has been a popular topic this weekend. (Inside Carolina)

Former UNC star Brendan Haywood, Samuel L. Jackson rip Mike Krzyzewski

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski apologized Saturday for comments he made to Oregon forward Dillon Brooks after the Ducks knocked off the Blue Devils in the Sweet 16, but that hasn’t shielded him from criticism. Former North Carolina star Brendan Haywood, now an analyst for CBS Sports Network, didn’t hold back when discussing the incident. (Yahoo! Sports)

King Rice offers declaration for Monmouth's future

Monmouth's offseason wasn't 20 minutes old on Monday when King Rice and three of his players walked into the interview room at the Multipurpose Activity Center. This Hawks season, dotted with landmark achievements, came to an end courtesy of an 87-71 loss to George Washington in the second round of the NIT. (Asbury Park Press)

UNC, Notre Dame dealt with last meeting differently to set up rematch

The Tar Heels gathered Saturday and listened to their coaches’ warnings. The coaches promised Notre Dame, their opponent Sunday in the Elite Eight, would draw motivation and rage from their last meeting. UNC crushed the Irish, 78-47, two weeks ago in the ACC tournament. That win has no meaning, UNC coaches told players, except for an angrier foe Sunday. (Washington Post)

Roy Williams drops signature ‘dadgum’ in Elite 8 press conference

There were more than a few laughs at North Carolina’s press conference before their Elite 8 game against Notre Dame. Top-seeded North Carolina (31-6) will face sixth-seeded Notre Dame (24-11) Sunday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Sitting next to five of his players, coach Roy Williams and the Heels answered questions about their previous meetings with the Irish this season. (WNCN)

Marcus Paige on NCAA tournament and paying players

The ACC is guaranteed close to $40 million from this year’s NCAA tournament. In response to a question, Marcus Paige said: "When you see the amount of money that this tournament makes and that coaches make and that people running this stuff make. I think a little cut wouldn’t be too bad." (Greensboro News & Record)

Final Four trip, not past results, motivate Tar Heels and Irish

UNC has confidence on its side after blowing out Notre Dame by 31 in the ACC tournament semifinals two weeks ago. The Irish has the motivation of making amends for its dreadful showing against the Tar Heels. So who has the advantage when the two teams meet Sunday for the NCAA’s East Region championship? “It kind of cancels out,” Marcus Paige said. (Wilmington Star News)

Passing Jordan no big deal to Paige...but it should be

With his runner in the lane at the 10:35 mark of the first half, Marcus Paige scored his 1,790th career point to pass Michael Jordan for 12th place on UNC’s all-time scoring list. Paige clearly wasn’t as impressed with his latest accomplishment as were those around him. Paige reminded Roy Williams that Jordan achieved his point total in only three seasons. (Wilmington Star News)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Notre Dame

On paper and based on four halves of basketball so far this season, UNC has clearly been the better team. The only time Notre Dame won was the second half in South Bend. In the ACC Tournament, UNC was +19 in the first half and +12 in the second on the way to a 78-47 win. In the NCAA Tournament that might be meaningless. (Tar Heel Blog)

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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. Barton College
Fri, Oct 27, 7:30 ET

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC vs. Bucknell
Wed, Nov 15, TBD

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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