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Roy Williams drops signature ‘dadgum’ in Elite 8 press conference

There were more than a few laughs at North Carolina’s press conference before their Elite 8 game against Notre Dame. Top-seeded North Carolina (31-6) will face sixth-seeded Notre Dame (24-11) Sunday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Sitting next to five of his players, coach Roy Williams and the Heels answered questions about their previous meetings with the Irish this season. (WNCN)

Marcus Paige on NCAA tournament and paying players

The ACC is guaranteed close to $40 million from this year’s NCAA tournament. In response to a question, Marcus Paige said: "When you see the amount of money that this tournament makes and that coaches make and that people running this stuff make. I think a little cut wouldn’t be too bad." (Greensboro News & Record)

Final Four trip, not past results, motivate Tar Heels and Irish

UNC has confidence on its side after blowing out Notre Dame by 31 in the ACC tournament semifinals two weeks ago. The Irish has the motivation of making amends for its dreadful showing against the Tar Heels. So who has the advantage when the two teams meet Sunday for the NCAA’s East Region championship? “It kind of cancels out,” Marcus Paige said. (Wilmington Star News)

Passing Jordan no big deal to Paige...but it should be

With his runner in the lane at the 10:35 mark of the first half, Marcus Paige scored his 1,790th career point to pass Michael Jordan for 12th place on UNC’s all-time scoring list. Paige clearly wasn’t as impressed with his latest accomplishment as were those around him. Paige reminded Roy Williams that Jordan achieved his point total in only three seasons. (Wilmington Star News)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Notre Dame

On paper and based on four halves of basketball so far this season, UNC has clearly been the better team. The only time Notre Dame won was the second half in South Bend. In the ACC Tournament, UNC was +19 in the first half and +12 in the second on the way to a 78-47 win. In the NCAA Tournament that might be meaningless. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Game Day: Tar Heels not overlooking Fighting Irish

UNC's strong defense against Notre Dame at the ACC tournament capitalized on sloppy offense from the Fighting Irish. They committed 17 turnovers, one off their season high, prompting Brey to change his starting lineup at the beginning of the NCAA tournament. The move was made to get 6-1 guard Matt Farrell in the lineup as an additional ball-handler. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC's Nate Britt, Villanova's Kris Jenkins share bond beyond basketball

No one wanted to look too far ahead, but suddenly that’s not that far ahead at all. Villanova is two wins away from the NCAA championship game, as is North Carolina. Which means Kris Jenkins and Nate Britt — who are brothers, legally — could face off with a national title at stake. (USA Today)

Nearing Final Four, Roy Williams reflects on UNC influence

At the age of 65, with two national championships, seven trips to the Final Four and the widely held notion that he is both coaching and UNC basketball royalty, Roy Williams has lived something of a charmed basketball existence. Williams is to the doorstep of an eighth Final Four on Sunday as his top-seeded Tar Heels square off against Notre Dame in the East Regional final. (Asbury Park Press)

North Carolina and Notre Dame know each other well

The day before North Carolina and Notre Dame were to meet for a berth in the Final Four, the talk around the Wells Fargo Center was about a game played two weeks ago. That would have been the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, a 78-47 victory for North Carolina over the Fighting Irish. A 31-point blowout just 15 days ago. (Associated Press)

Fun-loving, multi-talented Theo Pinson making presence felt for Tar Heels

He's a versatile defender. A creative passer. A capable ball-handler. He's not a starter, but don't trivialize Theo Pinson's contributions, even as the team comedian. The stakes will be serious Sunday, when UNC deals with the pressures of facing underdog Notre Dame with a Final Four berth on the line. A win keeps UNC's national championship hopes alive. (Fayetteville Observer)

Nate Britt, Kris Jenkins are playing the NCAA tournament together, just on different teams

Thursday night, Nate Britt discovered how much more nerve-wracking it can be to watch an NCAA tournament game than it is to play in one. In Philadelphia with his North Carolina Tar Heels, Britt watched former Gonzaga High teammate Kris Jenkins lead Villanova to a Sweet 16 blowout victory over Miami in Louisville. Britt sent Jenkins a congratulatory text message, a follow-up to their FaceTime chat a day earlier. (Washington Post)

Easy for Jerod Haase to say yes to Stanford, hard to say goodbye to UAB

Brutal. That's the word Jerod Haase used Friday afternoon. Brutal. After Stanford made it official that Haase will be the 18th head coach in school history, after the Cardinal made him an offer he couldn'??t refuse, I asked the fifth coach in UAB history how hard it would be to say goodbye. (AL.com)

Footwear and mindset finally work for Meeks

Whether it was because of his footwear choice or, more likely, a better mindset, it finally clicked Friday night for North Carolina center Kennedy Meeks. Meeks kept changing shoes after every recent bad game, and used his eighth pair for the Tar Heels’ dominating 101-86 victory over Indiana in their East Regional semifinal. (Raleigh & Company)

UNC stopping for nothing on road to Final Four

North Carolina's road to the Elite Eight has included accelerators as well as bumps, and obstacles contributed by outsiders. Now, the Tar Heels face the Fighting Irish for the third time this year as they try to get past the last exit before that road arrives the team in Houston for the Final Four. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Brice Johnson 1-on-1 On Eve of Elite 8

Brice Johnson spoke to ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel about UNC's Elite 8 matchup with Notre Dame. Johnson is looking forward to facing Irish big man Zach Auguste and is so amped up he wasn't able to sleep the night after the Heels' Sweet 16 victory. View Video...

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