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Joel Berry visualizing a title for Tar Heels

Every morning, the text comes to Joel Berry’s phone. “Something good will happen today.” It’s a daily affirmation from his father, Joel Sr., and a reminder that good things happen to those who make them happen. It also offers a window into why Joel Berry II has given the UNC basketball team the toughness – and late-game big shots – it needed in 2015-16. (Greensboro News & Record)

Roy Williams: The emotional tolls of Tobacco Road

He eased himself up the stairs, toward the dais, holding onto the aluminum rails with both hands. Damn knees, supposed to be fixed last year; one more thing still unsettled. Roy Williams made it, finally, smiling as he sat and leaned toward a microphone. He began by explaining the things he would not be discussing on this sunny March afternoon. (Washington Post)

Will Indiana make Tar Heels the latest Crying Jordan victim?

Indiana and North Carolina meet again in the Sweet 16 on Friday night in Philadelphia, and while the star power isn't as blindingly brilliant this time, some similarities to that 1984 matchup exist. The Tar Heels are once again a No. 1 seed and tournament favorite, just as they were 32 years ago. Indiana is a No. 5 seed with seven losses; in '84, it was a No. 4 seed with eight losses. (ESPN.com)

Sean May remembers ties to Indiana ahead of UNC's Sweet 16 game against the Hoosiers

Sean May still remembers walking the halls of Bloomington North High School in Bloomington, Ind., the day he committed to North Carolina. He recalls the story in the local newspaper about his decision to choose UNC over hometown favorite Indiana. He can still image the Tar Heel sweatshirt he wore to school. But most of all, he remembers how tough his decision was on his teachers and fellow students, who were almost all Hoosier fans. (Daily Tar Heel)

Lucas: Get Ready To Run

The Carolina-Indiana matchup tonight might have a late tip-off time, but should have plenty of action to keep viewers awake. The game is one of only two Sweet 16 matchup between teams both ranked in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency top ten (Virginia-Iowa State is the other). Carolina ranks fifth in that category, while the Hoosiers are tenth. (GoHeels.com)

Frontcourt differences could shape UNC's matchup with Indiana

While much has been made of Indiana's perimeter play ahead of its Sweet 16 matchup against UNC, there's one area where the Tar Heels could have a sizable advantage. UNC's starting frontcourt is 1.3 inches taller, on average, than the starting frontcourt of Indiana. While that might not seem like a lot, it's part of the reason why the Tar Heels have rebounded 40 percent of their missed field goals. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sweet Sixteen Preview & Prediction: #1 UNC vs #5 Indiana

32 years ago, UNC forced Indiana into 17 turnovers but allowed the Hoosier point guard Steve Alford to score 27 points and the Indiana team to shoot 65%. If the Tar Heels would like to avoid a repeat of history,converting turnovers into points, slowing down Indiana's backcourt and playing solid defense will be the key to doing that. Prediction: UNC 88, Indiana 81 (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels stick to superstitions at Sweet 16

It's North Carolina's Roy Williams who is well-known for his superstitious side. The Hall of Fame coach has a habit of spitting in the Mississippi River for good luck during tournament runs. But Williams isn't the only Tar Heel who ties his practices to performance. “It’s hard to tell what the difference is between a superstition and a routine,” Justin Jackson said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Sources: Stanford expected to hire former UNC assistant Jerod Haase as head coach

Stanford is expected to hire Jerod Haase as its next head coach, sources told ESPN. Haase, 41, has been the head coach at UAB the past four seasons. The Blazers went 26-7 in 2015-16 and won the Conference USA regular-season title before falling in the conference tournament. Prior to UAB, Haase was an assistant coach under Roy Williams at Kansas and UNC for 12 seasons. (ESPN.com)

UNC Tasked with Defending the Hoosiers’ Deep Ball

It’s possible that Indiana’s shooting percentages have been inflated due to the quality of its defensive competition, while the opposite holds true for the Tar Heels. While those details help explain how these teams crafted their stat sheets, they have little to do with Friday’s matchup. Indiana still ranks fifth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage and UNC still has to defend those perimeter looks. (Inside Carolina)

North Carolina: The School That Rocks Basketball Logic

North Carolina is as unusual as Golden State—but in another way altogether. There are 351 teams in college basketball, and the Tar Heels rank 336th in field goals attempted at the rim and 340th in their percentage of shots that are 3-pointers. These are the sport’s most valuable shots, but Carolina essentially ignores them. (Wall Street Journal)

North Carolina-Indiana Game Day notes

Indiana ranks first nationally with an overall field-goal percentage of 50.5. They are fifth nationally in 3-point percentage (41.6) and fifth nationally in 2-point percentage (56.6). The Hoosiers complement their outside shooting with the athleticism of 6-7 wing Troy Williams and the inside presence of 6-10 freshman Thomas Bryant. (Fayetteville Observer)

2016 NCAA Tournament Friday Sweet 16 Preview and Predictions

No. 1 North Carolina vs No. 5 Indiana: The big question for Indiana will be health with several guys banged up entering this one. The other question is will we get a focused effort from UNC for all 40 minutes? The best game of the day is the last one. The winner of the Marcus Paige vs. Yogi Ferrell matchup goes on to the Elite Eight. Prediction: UNC, 80-75 (Athlon Sports)

Brice Johnson Ready To Prove How Far He’s Come

After two strong defensive performances in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, including the game against Florida Gulf Coast when he had eight blocks, there’s no question Brice Johnson has come a long way defensively. While Roy Williams still wants more out of his star forward, it’s hard to deny his play so far. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC vs. Indiana: Position-by-position breakdown

No. 1 seed North Carolina versus No. 5 seed Indiana will have some interesting matchups on Friday. The Hoosiers are known for pushing the ball and nailing threes while the Tar Heels have great interior depth and selfless team play. CarolinaBlue's Ross Martin and Inside Indiana's Alex McCarthy breakdown the individual matchups. (Carolina Blue)

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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

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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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