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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)

Confident Tar Heels know what's ahead with start of tournament

While Justin Jackson and Joel James watched an ESPN Classic showing of a Shaquille O’Neal / Yao Ming matchup, Marcus Paige tried to ignore Stilman White’s GoPro camera inching closer to his face and Kennedy Meeks called to Theo Pinson to verify that Meeks could beat Pinson in a 3-point contest. This is a calm North Carolina team. (Burlington Times News)

Video: Brice Johnson's Sports Illustrated Cover A Dream Come True

Brice Johnson graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, and he can't be happier. Johnson tells ACCDN host Jeff Fischel that being chosen for the cover is a dream come true while his teammates say that the honor is well deserved. View Video...

Thursday NCAA Tournament First Round Game Times & TV Schedule

The following is a complete list of Thursday's first round NCAA Tournament game times and television networks. The Tar Heels tip off at 7:20 pm against Florida Gulf Coast in the East region at Raleigh's PNC Arena. Read More...

Roy Williams Pre-FGCU Press Conference Quotes

Roy Williams: "Coach Smith had a great saying many, many years ago. He said, the other team, they offered scholarships, too. For me, I don't ever concern myself where that other team is seeded, where we're seeded. We're fortunately to have been at a couple Final Fours. We've gone as 4 seed, gone as 3 seed and probably a couple others, too." (ASAP Sports)

Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Pre-FGCU Press Conference Quotes

Marcus Paige: "In the past, if I didn't show up, especially for a big night offensively, then we would struggle. Clearly that has not been the case this year we've been fine in games I have not played well and even better in games I do play well. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself more so than anybody else. I try to ignore it and help my team any way I can." (ASAP Sports)

FGCU Pre-UNC Press Conference Quotes

FGCU Coach Joe Dooley: "They have size, depth and athleticism. They can come at you a number of ways, they can be big and physical, they are long and athletic, protect the basket. Our guys have to be smart. You can't run in there and flip up shots because they have great shot-blocking ability. We have to put them in situations where we can move them around." (ASAP Sports)

Jerry Stackhouse proving a quick study as Raptors assistant coach

Fewer than three years after his retirement, Jerry Stackhouse has his own AAU program, Stackhouse Elite, and is on the coaching staff of the Toronto Raptors. This past off-season the Raptors made significant changes to Dwane Casey’s staff. They needed a coach whom the players could identify with a bit more, and Stackhouse fit that role perfectly. (SportsNet.ca)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Florida Gulf Coast

The numbers largely tilt in UNC's favor with two notable exceptions. FGCU is an excellent defensive rebounding team ranked 59th overall in DRB%. The Eagles also limit teams to just 31% shooting as a team from three. Outside of those two, the rest of the stats are fairly pedestrian. The offensive and defensive efficiency numbers are right at the national average. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Basketball Dunk-Fest at Open NCAA Practice

The Tar Heels went skywalking Wednesday during the open practice before the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. View Video...

UNC's stingy defense starts with guards

North Carolina proved capable of playing high-level defense during its three-game run to an ACC tournament title. UNC point guard Joel Berry accepts responsibility for setting a similar tone at the start of the NCAA tournament. The top-seeded Tar Heels (28-6) open NCAA play Thursday night against 16th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast (21-13). (Fayetteville Observer)

For Tar Heels, playing 'flat' has been the change they needed

After a 2-3 stretch during the regular season that saw UNC consistently exploited by ball screens, the Tar Heels changed their defense. The adjustment helped spark UNC’s late-season defensive surge and is one reason the Tar Heels (28-6) own a No. 1 seed and are Final Four favorites heading into tonight’s first-round game against Florida Gulf Coast. (Greensboro News & Record)

Is UNC peaking at the right time? The players respond

Is UNC peaking at the perfect time? Minutes after they won the ACC title. CarolinaBlue asked the UNC players the same question. "I think so," point guard Joel Berry said. "We went through stretches where we weren't shooting as well, but I think we had the offense keys. I think our biggest emphasis was just peaking at the right time on defense." (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Locked In

Marcus Paige and fellow senior Joel James both emphasized the role of maturity in UNC elevating its play in late February with the postseason on the horizon. “I think we’ve understood the moment better this year than we have in the past.” Maintaining that mindset throughout the NCAA Tournament will prove pivotal in UNC’s desire for something bigger in Houston. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels aim to stay on defensive vs. Eagles in NCAAs

Roy Williams spent most of two seasons pushing — even begging — his team to play with more defensive intensity before the Tar Heels finally provided it in an impressive ACC-title run. The trick now is getting the East Region's No. 1 seed to maintain that intensity in the NCAA Tournament, starting with Thursday's first-round matchup with Florida Gulf Coast. (Associated Press)

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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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