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Roy Williams passes Dean Smith for second-most NCAA tourney wins

UNC recovered from a slow start with a dominant second half against Florida Gulf Coast in their NCAA Tournament opener, not only keeping the undefeated streak of 1-seeds vs. 16-seeds alive but delivering a sentimental victory for their head coach. Roy Williams passed longtime Tar Heels coach and mentor Dean Smith with his 66th career NCAA tournament win. (FOX Sports)

UNC uses strong second half to blow by FGCU

UNC’s 25–6 run over the first 8:30 of the second half put away any hope that history would be made in their 83–67 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday. The win showcased some of the best and worst that UNC has to offer. Their usual breakneck pace on offense and Brice Johnson’s tenacious interior defense withered the Eagles as soon as the second half started. (Sports Illustrated)

No. 1 seed UNC beats Florida Gulf Coast 83-67 in NCAA opener

Brice Johnson scored 18 points and No. 1 seed North Carolina needed an overwhelming second-half start to put away 16th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 83-67 in Thursday's first round of the NCAA Tournament. Isaiah Hicks added 12 points for the Tar Heels, who led by just a point after the opening 20 minutes. But UNC dominated the opening 10 minutes of the second half. (Associated Press)

Recap: North Carolina 83, FGCU 67

The Tar Heels survived a first half scare before opening the game up in the second half for an 83-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast. Brice Johnson led UNC with 18 points, seven rebounds, eight blocks and dished out three assists. Four other Tar Heels joined Johnson in double figures with Joel Berry scoring 14 points to go with six assists. (Tar Heel Blog)

Box Score: North Carolina 83, FGCU 67

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 83-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament East region in Raleigh, NC. (View Box Score)

If any 16-seed was ever going to beat a 1-seed, it would be Florida Gulf Coast over North Carolina

Dunk City is back in the Big Dance. And the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels should be very nervous. I hear you laughing into your coffee. It’s cool, I’ll give you a minute so I can also remind you of the following much-cited stat: In the history of the NCAA Tournament, a 16-seed is 0-124 against a No. 1..But Florida Gulf Coast is no typical 16 seed. (USA Today)

No. 1-seeded North Carolina pranks helpless freshmen before tourney practice

Oh, the humiliation! Before a practice at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Wednesday, the East region's top seed North Carolina pulled the old let-'em-run-out-alone gag on unsuspecting freshmen Kenny Williams and Luke Maye (video above). At least Williams ran out stylishly, pumping high knees. (FOX Sports)

UNC’s ‘odd couple’ Johnson and Paige primed for final NCAA tournament run

The first time Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson met, Paige’s first thought went something like this: man, this guy is quiet. “He just never spoke,” Paige, UNC's senior guard, said on Wednesday. “He was so quiet that I really didn’t have much thought at all. I was like, here’s this guy – he doesn’t speak. I’ve got to live with this guy? This is going to be awkward.” (Charlotte Observer)

NCAA Tournament Preview & Prediction: UNC vs FGCU

The main concern for UNC coming into this game is how they respond after climbing to the top of the ACC mountain last week in Washington, D.C. A slight hangover from that and the fact Florida Gulf Coast has a tournament game under its belt might make this a tad closer early in the contest. Prediction: UNC 90, FGCU 65 (Tar Heel Blog)

Five questions to ponder before tipoff: NCAA first round edition

Can UNC maintain the defensive intensity it found in last week’s ACC tournament? The Tar Heels were a different team in winning the ACC tournament championship than they were during an up-and-down regular season and the difference was defensive intensity. The transformation started in the final three minutes of UNC’s quarterfinal win against Pittsburgh. (Wilmington Star News)

Lucas: Tough Stretch Prepares Tar Heels

Of North Carolina’s last ten games, nine came against opponents that would eventually make the NCAA Tournament (the tenth was at NC State in the same building where the Tar Heels begin NCAA play this evening at 7:20 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast). Carolina finished 7-2 against that slate. That means the Tar Heels are well prepared. (GoHeels.com)

Know Your Opponents: Raleigh Subregional

Welcome back to the spotlight, Dunk City. It was just three short years ago that a little-known school from southwest Florida charged into the Sweet 16 with convincing wins over Georgetown and San Diego State. It wasn't just that a 15 seed had advanced to the second weekend for the first time in history, it was the flair with which the Eagles had done it. (GoHeels.com)

New & Improved Tar Heels

North Carolina has changed since its loss at home to Duke on Feb. 17. The Tar Heels have changed a lot. Whether it’s by design or just the players as individuals doing certain things at a higher level, thus the team is doing those things at a higher level, or just some new wrinkles and additions, Carolina is better and different. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Brendan Haywood makes voice heard as TV analyst

If you’re watching the NCAA tournament this month, and the big guy in the sharp suit and stylish eyeglasses looks familiar, well, he should. Because Brendan Haywood is still one of us. The 7-footer grew up in Greensboro. He won a state title at Dudley. He went to two Final Fours at North Carolina. He won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks. (Greensboro News & Record)

What to know about Florida Gulf Coast, UNC's first-round opponent

FGCU redshirt junior forward Marc-Eddy Norelia paces the Eagles. His 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game lead the team, and his 1.1 steals per game and 54.9 shooting percentage are second on the team. The Tulane transfer is tied for the 25th most double-doubles in the NCAA this season with 15. He has scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games. (Daily Tar Heel)

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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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