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Providence Coach, Players Post-UNC Quotes

Providence Coach Ed Cooley: "You hurt for the players. You want to win so bad for them. I thought we played really hard. But you got to make shots in these tournaments, and we didn't have it. I thought North Carolina played really well. They made shots and we didn't. And I think that was the determinant factor." (ASAP Sports)

Tar Heels to face Hoosiers in Sweet 16

The UNC-Kentucky matchup didn’t materialize. The Tar Heels will still face another one of college basketball’s storied programs in the Sweet 16. Top-seeded UNC advanced to an East regional semifinal by claiming an 85-66 win against Providence Saturday in PNC Arena. Up next is a trip to Philadelphia for a Friday game against fifth-seeded Indiana (Fayetteville Observer)

North Carolina looks unstoppable - and might actually be

The only thing that seemingly can stop North Carolina in this NCAA Tournament might be North Carolina, because the Tar Heels’ best looks better than anyone else’s best. The No. 1 seeded Tar Heels advanced to their 27th Sweet 16 after a 85-66 East Region second-round win over Providence on Saturday before a sold-out Carolina-blue-clad 19,433 at PNC Arena. (New York Post)

Roy Williams' call to go small delivers UNC win over Providence

North Carolina coach Roy Williams doesn’t like to stray from the formula he’s known to work all these years, and that includes tinkering with a traditional lineup. In other words, Ol’ Roy isn’t very big on going small. Yet that’s exactly what was necessary in the Tar Heels' 85-66 NCAA tournament win on Saturday over Providence, especially in the first half. (ESPN.com)

UNC pulls away late to take down Providence, reach Sweet 16

North Carolina defeated a tough Providence team filled with NBA talent and made it look easy. National Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson is averaging 19.5 points in the tournament and has been an absolute difference maker on defense. With Johnson, Marcus Paige and one of the best coaches in the game, UNC has proven why it’s a favorite to win it all. (Sports Illustrated)

No. 1 seed UNC beats Providence 85-66 to reach Sweet 16

Brice Johnson had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and UNC pulled away from foul-hit Providence 85-66 on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Joel Berry II added 15 points for the East Region's top seed, which found itself in a fight against the Friars' high-scoring duo of Ben Bentil and Big East player of the year Kris Dunn. (Associated Press)

Recap: UNC 85, Providence 66

Brice Johnson recorded his 21st double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebound plus two blocks. Joel Berry and Justin Jackson each had 15 points with Isaiah Hicks chipping in 13 and Marcus Paige going for 12 points. Berry also had five rebounds along with Pinson. UNC wins its 30th game of the season for the first time since 2012. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Providence

Providence had two very good players in the game on Saturday night. Carolina had a much better team. The Friars largely leaned entirely on Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil, who scored the vast majority of their points in the second half. UNC, meanwhile, spread it out and got contributions from across the rotation. Guess which approach worked better? (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 85, Providence 66

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 85-66 win over Providence on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament second round in Raleigh, NC. (View Box Score)

The UNC and Providence bands had an epic dance-off during their March Madness game

We were expecting a good basketball game between North Carolina and Providence, but we weren't expecting an equally amazing dance-off! (SB Nation)

The longevity of Vince Carter

Vince Carter seemed an unlikely candidate to last in the NBA while approaching 40. Kobe Bryant is retiring after this season and he’s 18 months younger than Carter. Carter remains relevant, playing quality minutes for the Grizzlies two months after his 39th birthday. One of the more athletic players in league history, he is now getting by on guile, experience, and some game. (Boston Globe)

Why North Carolina’s Roy Williams won’t say anything nice about his best player

Brice Johnson answered the question almost before it was finished. Who, after North Carolina’s victory Thursday night against Florida Gulf Coast, had the Tar Heels coaches named defensive player of the … “Marcus,” the Tar Heels’ 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward said, referring to teammate Marcus Paige. So Johnson didn’t receive the honor after eight blocks, seven rebounds and … (Washington Post)

UNC vs. Providence matchups

The No. 9 seeded Providence Friars pose many matchup issues for any team. The second round contest against No. 1 seed North Carolina is no different. Providence will have the two best pro prospect on the court on Saturday night in Raleigh's PNC Arena. The Friars' Ben Bentil is a 6-9, 235-pound mobile forward and and Kris Dunn is a 6-4, 220-pound guard who is as good on offense as he is on defense. (Carolina Blue)

Five questions to ponder before tipoff: NCAA second round edition

What will UNC’s small guards do to contain Kris Dunn and Providence’s big backcourt? Six-foot-2 Marcus Paige, 6-1 Nate Britt and 6-0 Joel Berry will have their work cut out for them trying to contain 6-4, 220-pound star Kris Dunn and his Providence teammates Jalen Lindsey and Junior Lomomba — who go 6-7 and 6-5 apiece. (Wilmington Star News)

Marcus Paige, Providence's Kris Dunn reap rewards of staying in college

Out of a mutual respect forged on the AAU circuit and in multiple camps, Marcus Paige and Providence’s Kris Dunn have watched each other from afar over the past four years. They’ve seen each other succeed. And when each player faced the decision of either continuing their collegiate career or taking their talents to the NBA, they made the same choice. (Daily Tar Heel)

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
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Fri, Oct 27, 7:30 ET

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
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UNC vs. Bucknell
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