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Lucas: Revival

“Can I get an Amen?” Roy Williams shouted. Of course he could. He got an amen in the locker room and an amen in Chapel Hill and amen wherever you watched the game. Thirty-two, in case you can’t follow Williams’ math, goes to 16, which is where you will find Carolina next Thursday in Los Angeles. They did it largely on the back of Marcus Paige, who pumped in 20 second-half points. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels advance by going small

UNC's post players were struggling and the Tar Heels needed capable ball-handlers to beat the Arkansas press, so Roy Williams went with a small lineup for most of the last 15 minutes of an 87-78 win Saturday. A strategy invoked as much by necessity as choice, it worked well enough to push UNC to a Sweet 16 matchup with either Wisconsin or Oregon on Thursday in Los Angeles. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige Post-Arkansas Press Conference

Marcus Paige scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the 2nd half to lead the Tar Heels to the 87-78 win over Arkansas in the 3rd round of the NCAA Tournament. Paige talks about his nickname and the expectations of winning it all. UNC coach Roy Williams also talks about tying Dean Smith with 65 tourney wins and how it's been a very emotional season. View Video...

Kennedy Meeks Sprains Left Knee

Kennedy Meeks sprained his left knee with 3:15 to play in UNC’s 87-78 win over Arkansas on Saturday and was unable to return to the game. The sophomore forward was injured in the aftermath of a play in which Nate Britt drove into the lane was called for a charge. Meeks collapsed to the floor and immediately grabbed his knee. There was no indication as to the severity of Meeks’s injury following the game. (Inside Carolina)

Recap & Analysis: UNC 87 Arkansas 78

In a game where Arkansas' pressure defense was supposed to give UNC problems, it was Razorback miscues that gave the Tar Heels an edge and a 87-78 win to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The expectation going into this game was the pace would be fast. Right off the bat, the game did not disappoint. The pace was frenetic and at times it may have been too quick. (Tar Heel Blog)

Marcus Paige's big second half leads UNC over Arkansas

Because Marcus Paige couldn't seem to miss in the second half, the Tar Heels are headed to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012. The junior point guard scored 20 of his team-leading 22 points after halftime – including 14 in a decisive six-minute stretch to lead the fourth-seeded Tar Heels to an 87-78 victory against No. 5 Arkansas. (Wilmington Star News)

Five observations: North Carolina beats Arkansas

Marcus Paige lived up to his nickname once again after a subpar shooting performance in the first half. Paige must have been saving his best for the second half, the way we have come to expect. He ended up going 4-of-6 in the second half, and finished with a team-high 22 points. His back-to-back 3-pointers with eight minutes to play opened up a 10-point lead. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina Stays Focused in Victory Over Arkansas

North Carolina hung on the precipice again with a 10-point lead and about seven minutes to play. Coalescing behind point guard Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels finished off the frenetic Razorbacks with equal parts grit and style and advanced to the West’s round of 16 in Los Angeles next week. Paige scored 22 points, 20 of them in the second half, after going 1 of 8 from the field in the first half. (New York Times)

Video: UNC Post-Arkansas Locker Room Celebration

The Tar Heels celebrate in the locker room after beating Arkansas in the third round of the NCAA Tournament which means the team will be dancing their way into the Sweet Sixteen next week and play in Los Angeles in the West Regional. View Video...

Paige heats up, UNC beats Arkansas to advance to Sweet 16

Marcus Paige scored 22 points, including 20 in the second half, and North Carolina beat Arkansas 87-78 in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in three years. The junior guard took over in the second half, scoring 13 of his team's 17 points during a 5-minute stretch that helped North Carolina build a double-digit lead. (ESPN.com)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Arkansas

Marcus Paige watched the disappointing finish of last year's loss to Iowa State repeatedly over the summer. He felt largely responsible for that defeat, including taking a rushed shot late when Carolina was trying to protect a lead. On Saturday night in Jacksonville, Paige erased those memories. The junior scored 20 second-half points in UNC's 87-78 win over Arkansas. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 87, Arkansas 78

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 87-78 win over Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 in Jacksonville, Florida. (View Box Score)

Scouting UNC's opponent - Arkansas

Arkansas has an All-America candidate in 6-foot-11, 242-pound Bobby Portis, who averages 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 73.5 percent from the line. He's even made 13 of his 28 attempts from 3-point range. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams still coached by mentor Buddy Baldwin

The phone calls usually come in the morning, early, or sometimes when Roy Williams is out recruiting, driving down an interstate somewhere, or through the country, with a desire to hear the familiar voice of the man who in some ways gave him everything. Or gave him, at least, the most important things: confidence and belief and direction. Williams, the North Carolina coach, credits his discovery of those things to his relationship with Buddy Baldwin, his high school coach. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heels trying to make this year’s NCAA stay ‘sweeter’ than their recent past

There was once a time in which the North Carolina basketball team and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament were mutually exclusive. The Tar Heels won at least two games and advanced to the second week of their sport’s signature event for 13 straight seasons between 1981-93. (Wilmington Star News)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 95
Radford: 50
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UNC vs. Davidson
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UNC vs. Tennessee
Sun, Dec 11, 5:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Kentucky
Sat, Dec 17, 5:45 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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(5) Duke0-08-1
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(14) Louisville0-07-1
Florida State0-07-1
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Wake Forest0-06-2
NC State0-06-2
(22) Syracuse0-05-2
Georgia Tech0-04-3
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