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Box Score: North Carolina 83, FGCU 67

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 83-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament East region in Raleigh, NC. (View Box Score)

If any 16-seed was ever going to beat a 1-seed, it would be Florida Gulf Coast over North Carolina

Dunk City is back in the Big Dance. And the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels should be very nervous. I hear you laughing into your coffee. It’s cool, I’ll give you a minute so I can also remind you of the following much-cited stat: In the history of the NCAA Tournament, a 16-seed is 0-124 against a No. 1..But Florida Gulf Coast is no typical 16 seed. (USA Today)

No. 1-seeded North Carolina pranks helpless freshmen before tourney practice

Oh, the humiliation! Before a practice at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Wednesday, the East region's top seed North Carolina pulled the old let-'em-run-out-alone gag on unsuspecting freshmen Kenny Williams and Luke Maye (video above). At least Williams ran out stylishly, pumping high knees. (FOX Sports)

UNC’s ‘odd couple’ Johnson and Paige primed for final NCAA tournament run

The first time Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson met, Paige’s first thought went something like this: man, this guy is quiet. “He just never spoke,” Paige, UNC's senior guard, said on Wednesday. “He was so quiet that I really didn’t have much thought at all. I was like, here’s this guy – he doesn’t speak. I’ve got to live with this guy? This is going to be awkward.” (Charlotte Observer)

NCAA Tournament Preview & Prediction: UNC vs FGCU

The main concern for UNC coming into this game is how they respond after climbing to the top of the ACC mountain last week in Washington, D.C. A slight hangover from that and the fact Florida Gulf Coast has a tournament game under its belt might make this a tad closer early in the contest. Prediction: UNC 90, FGCU 65 (Tar Heel Blog)

Five questions to ponder before tipoff: NCAA first round edition

Can UNC maintain the defensive intensity it found in last week’s ACC tournament? The Tar Heels were a different team in winning the ACC tournament championship than they were during an up-and-down regular season and the difference was defensive intensity. The transformation started in the final three minutes of UNC’s quarterfinal win against Pittsburgh. (Wilmington Star News)

Lucas: Tough Stretch Prepares Tar Heels

Of North Carolina’s last ten games, nine came against opponents that would eventually make the NCAA Tournament (the tenth was at NC State in the same building where the Tar Heels begin NCAA play this evening at 7:20 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast). Carolina finished 7-2 against that slate. That means the Tar Heels are well prepared. (GoHeels.com)

Know Your Opponents: Raleigh Subregional

Welcome back to the spotlight, Dunk City. It was just three short years ago that a little-known school from southwest Florida charged into the Sweet 16 with convincing wins over Georgetown and San Diego State. It wasn't just that a 15 seed had advanced to the second weekend for the first time in history, it was the flair with which the Eagles had done it. (GoHeels.com)

New & Improved Tar Heels

North Carolina has changed since its loss at home to Duke on Feb. 17. The Tar Heels have changed a lot. Whether it’s by design or just the players as individuals doing certain things at a higher level, thus the team is doing those things at a higher level, or just some new wrinkles and additions, Carolina is better and different. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Brendan Haywood makes voice heard as TV analyst

If you’re watching the NCAA tournament this month, and the big guy in the sharp suit and stylish eyeglasses looks familiar, well, he should. Because Brendan Haywood is still one of us. The 7-footer grew up in Greensboro. He won a state title at Dudley. He went to two Final Fours at North Carolina. He won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks. (Greensboro News & Record)

What to know about Florida Gulf Coast, UNC's first-round opponent

FGCU redshirt junior forward Marc-Eddy Norelia paces the Eagles. His 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game lead the team, and his 1.1 steals per game and 54.9 shooting percentage are second on the team. The Tulane transfer is tied for the 25th most double-doubles in the NCAA this season with 15. He has scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games. (Daily Tar Heel)

Confident Tar Heels know what's ahead with start of tournament

While Justin Jackson and Joel James watched an ESPN Classic showing of a Shaquille O’Neal / Yao Ming matchup, Marcus Paige tried to ignore Stilman White’s GoPro camera inching closer to his face and Kennedy Meeks called to Theo Pinson to verify that Meeks could beat Pinson in a 3-point contest. This is a calm North Carolina team. (Burlington Times News)

Video: Brice Johnson's Sports Illustrated Cover A Dream Come True

Brice Johnson graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, and he can't be happier. Johnson tells ACCDN host Jeff Fischel that being chosen for the cover is a dream come true while his teammates say that the honor is well deserved. View Video...

Thursday NCAA Tournament First Round Game Times & TV Schedule

The following is a complete list of Thursday's first round NCAA Tournament game times and television networks. The Tar Heels tip off at 7:20 pm against Florida Gulf Coast in the East region at Raleigh's PNC Arena. Read More...

Roy Williams Pre-FGCU Press Conference Quotes

Roy Williams: "Coach Smith had a great saying many, many years ago. He said, the other team, they offered scholarships, too. For me, I don't ever concern myself where that other team is seeded, where we're seeded. We're fortunately to have been at a couple Final Fours. We've gone as 4 seed, gone as 3 seed and probably a couple others, too." (ASAP Sports)

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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

Radio Affiliates

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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