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Tar Heels Eager for Next Step

The loss to the Badgers was a talking point, as well as the harsh realization that the 2014-15 season had come to a close, but there was also a willingness, a preference almost, to focus on the positives of the postseason run and the corrections that need to occur for a deeper run next year. Thursday’s loss highlighted a trend that has plagued the Tar Heels all season long: (Inside Carolina)

Unfinished business for UNC's Marcus Paige

UNC guard Marcus Paige didn't deliver a hard yes to say he'd return for his senior season, but the tenor of his talk after the Tar Heels' loss in the Sweet 16 was a strong endorsement that he's got unfinished business in Chapel Hill. "We've got guys in this locker room that [are] going to realize that if they make improvements, we can be a really special team next year, myself included." (Durham Herald-Sun)

Strong showing for Tar Heels adds to pain of Sweet 16 loss

This one hurt. It was painful to the players, who had executed the plan developed by coach Roy Williams well enough to look like the better team for 30 minutes. And it was perhaps more painful to the coaches, who had drawn a high-level effort out of a group that began the 2014-15 season with Final Four aspirations but played with an inconsistency that prevented it from entering the Tournament with a higher seed. (Fayetteville Observer)

Upset Bid Comes Up Short For North Carolina

UNC played as Wisconsin’s equal for the majority of Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup. The Tar Heels, however, were unable to match the Badgers in the final minutes in their 79-72 loss. Wisconsin entered Thursday’s matchup as the nation’s most efficient team offensively, and that quality was evident in the game’s final minutes as the Badgers scored 14 points over their final eight possessions. (Inside Carolina)

Heels upset bid falls short

Every single possession counted in this one. The Sweet 16 matchup between North Carolina and Wisconsin was not all that fast-paced, which goes against the way the Tar Heels like to win games. So Thursday's NCAA Tournament West regional semifinal in STAPLES Center was a nip-and-tuck tussle. Wisconsin, a No. 1 seed, squeezed out a 79-72 win. The Tar Heels were a No. 4 seed. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Williams, Paige, Jackson Post-Wisconsin Press Conference

Roy Williams, Justin Jackson and Marcus Paige met with the media following North Carolina's 79-72 Sweet Sixteen loss to Wisconsin on Thursday in Los Angeles. View Video...

Lucas: Fuel

Walking into the last Carolina locker room of the season is a miserable feeling. There was Roy Williams, always emotional after the final game, choking up as he tried to talk to his team. It is one of the weirdest dichotomies you will find; bleeding into the room are the sounds of pep bands as two more teams await the opportunity to keep playing. Inside the room, though, it’s all over. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Post-Wisconsin Quotes

Roy Williams: "The bond that you have with your players is the strongest, stronger than anything there is, I think. Even when they're knuckle heads, you still have that bond. Losing Coach Smith was tough. Losing Ted Seagroves my best friend. And when you coach kids, you give them everything you can give them. Today it wasn't enough. But I wouldn't trade my kids for anybody." (ASAP Text)

Recap & Analysis: Wisconsin 79 UNC 72

In many ways, UNC did everything it needed to do against a very good Wisconsin team. The Tar Heels kept the turnovers in check, got great contributions from Justin Jackson and Joel Berry with Brice Johnson producing on the interior. However, issues with defensive rebounding and a rough two minute stretch on the offensive end ultimately doomed the Tar Heels' season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Five observations: Wisconsin beats North Carolina

In the end, Wisconsin was too strong. The Badgers are resilient. Sam Dekker played like a top-20 pick. Guys such as Zak Showalter made key plays. Wisconsin isn't a team. It's a program. It came together in a difficult stretch, relied on its experience and overcame a good North Carolina team that should be proud of its effort. (ESPN.com)

Top-seeded Wisconsin hangs on to beat North Carolina 79-72

Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament. Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson scored 15 points each for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-12), who got within one with 4:21 remaining but couldn't retake the lead. (ESPN.com)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Wisconsin

The game changed during a two-minute stretch 32 minutes into the game. Nate Britt's free throws gave Carolina a 60-56 lead with 7:09 left. Carolina went zone defensively, and great Wisconsin ball movement patiently probed that zone before finding Frank Kaminsky for a three-pointer that started a 9-0 Badger run. Wisconsin would never trail again on the way to a 79-72 win that ends the Tar Heel season. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: Wisconsin 79, North Carolina 72

View the complete box score from North Carolina's season-ending loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in Los Angeles: (View Box Score)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions (Halftime Edition)

Solid half of basketball by Carolina to take a 33-31 lead into the break. The Tar Heels turned it over just twice and were able to push the pace just enough to get some easy baskets in transition. Carolina ended the half scoring on six of its final eight possessions. They struggled early to keep Wisconsin off the offensive glass, then cleaned up the box outs for the better part of the half. (GoHeels.com)

Official UNC, Wisconsin accounts adorably battle it out on Twitter before the game

North Carolina and Wisconsin clearly got a bit restless in anticipation of tonight’s NCAA tournament Sweet 16 game. The official Twitter accounts for both schools got competition started early when they got into a very cute Twitter battle that turned into a friendly social media version of “Bring It On.” (Washington Post)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
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Radford: 50
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UNC vs. Tennessee
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UNC vs. Kentucky
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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Duke84
at UVA76
Fort Wayne72
at Notre Dame87
Southern Miss49
at FSU98
S Carolina St46
at Miami82
at Wake Forest91
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ACC Basketball Standings
(23) Notre Dame0-09-0
(5) Duke0-09-1
(7) North Carolina0-08-1
(14) Virginia0-08-1
Florida State0-08-1
(11) Louisville0-07-1
Wake Forest0-07-2
Virginia Tech0-06-1
NC State0-06-2
Georgia Tech0-04-3
Boston College0-04-3

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