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How UNC, Villanova match up in the NCAA Championship Game

Villanova and North Carolina have looked like the best teams so far in the NCAA Tournament. Villanova just set a Final Four record with a 44-point win and the best shooting performance since the Wildcats cut down the nets in 1985, and yet Jay Wright's team is still a slight underdog against the No. 1 seed North Carolina team that has been surging. (CBS Sports)

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Players Post-UNC Quotes

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on UNC: "They've got a great basketball team. I thought we battled back again. When you get down 16 against them, usually it goes to 25. We got it back, cut it to seven. We just couldn't quite get to where we could get it in range. We wouldn't have to play a perfect game against them, but we'd have to shoot better than we did tonight." (ASAP Sports)

Syracuse’s miracle comeback never comes in UNC stomping

Syracuse trailed at halftime in the Sweet 16. It was down 14 to Virginia halfway through the Midwest Region final. Saturday’s 11-point deficit was manageable — but the opponent wasn’t. UNC was bigger and stronger, deeper and more athletic, holding the experience edge. And determined to get its seniors to Monday night’s national championship game. (New York Post)

UNC coasts vs. Syracuse, will face Villanova for NCAA Championship

The Tar Heels rolled through Syracuse on Saturday night behind yet another dominant performance from its frontcourt. And outside of a quick run to bring it to single digits midway through the second half, there wasn't really much game pressure ever applied by the Orange as the Tar Heels just carved up the SU zone from the inside. (CBS Sports)

Fans swarm Franklin Street as UNC advances to NCAA championship game

Hundreds of UNC fans took to Franklin Street on Saturday night just after the Tar Heels secured a spot in the NCAA finals — solidly beating Syracuse, 83-66. UNC now takes on Villanova on Monday for the tournament crown. Tar Heels fans on Saturday night converged near Top of the Hill Restaurant at Columbia Street and Franklin Street, which is where most celebrations start. (WNCN)

Inside-outside job lifts Tar Heels to 83-66 win over Orange

Marcus Paige made three 3-pointers in the second half to help North Carolina get on track from long range and stifle a Syracuse rally for an 83-66 victory that moved the Tar Heels one win from the program's sixth title. The Tar Heels (33-6) were 0 for 11 from 3-point range midway through the second half, and Syracuse trimmed a 17-point deficit to seven before Paige found his range. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Final Four

Kennedy Meeks was terrific for Carolina in the paint. Meeks never got more than four or five feet from the rim, but he didn't have to, as he made seven of his nine field goal attempts and was active keeping the ball alive on Tar Heel misses. What made Meeks so effective was that he didn't try to do anything he's not capable of doing. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 83, Syracuse 66

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 83-66 win over Syracuse at the Final Four in Houston, TX on Saturday. (View Box Score)

Final Four Recap: UNC 83 Syracuse 66

Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson led UNC with 16 points. Johnson finished one rebound of a double-double with nine. Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Paige had 13 points, 11 in the second half including a trio of threes. Joel Berry had eight points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. UNC will play Villanova for the national title on Monday night. (Tar Heel Blog)

Syracuse basketball ready for bright lights, big stage of Final Four

When Syracuse players stepped up and onto the court at NRG Stadium Friday afternoon, actual college basketball fans filled a tiny portion of the vast void of seats in the arena. The Orange and every other Final Four team practiced in conditions that simulated the reality of Saturday's big tilt beneath the big top. (Syracuse.com)

UNC has what it takes to beat Syracuse again

I appreciated Roy Williams' response yesterday when asked about the old axiom that 'beating a good team three times is one season is super tough.' Roy: 'I'm not so sure it is. If you're better than me you can probably beat me 20 times.' Roy wasn't suggesting that the Heels will waltz past Syracuse, far from it. (ABC 11)

When basketball is more than a game

But here’s one thing I know: Those guys, they will never quit. They will fight and bleed and sweat and scream. Not for stats. Not for glory. Not even for us. They’ll fight for each other. They’ll fight because this is what they love, and this is what they dream about when their heads hit the pillow. Not of yesterday and not of tomorrow. Of today. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC's Roy Williams sticks to '82 philosophy

Dean Smith's influence remains very visible in North Carolina's program. Through the years, Roy Williams even taught his mentor a thing or two. The top-seeded Tar Heels (32-6) have looked loose in the week leading up to their Final Four showdown with Syracuse, with the winner advancing to face Oklahoma or Villanova on Monday night. (Fayetteville Observer)

Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams share Final Four joy, heartache

When Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams meet in the NCAA Final Hour here on Saturday night, it will be far different than the first time that the two faced each other on college basketball's grandest stage. In 2003, neither Boeheim or Williams had won a national championship. Neither one was in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Both had experienced Final Four heartache on multiple occasions. (Syracuse.com)

Brice Johnson's postseason run could put him on Carolina's pantheon

The trickiest thing about interviewing North Carolina star Brice Johnson on the eve of the Final Four is avoiding his feet. There are cameras aimed his way, more than a dozen reporters crowded around him and iPhones doubling as recorders to catch his every word. Trying to get close enough to hear requires eluding those two enormous sneakers. (Sporting News)

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