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Tar Heels' mission: Make this one count in Sweet 16

As top-seeded UNC approaches tonight’s matchup against fifth-seeded Indiana in the East Regional, a greater sense of self-assurance and an on-a-mission attitude are forces at work for the Tar Heels, who haven’t reached a regional final since 2012. "We were here last year in the Sweet 16 and I think it’s a different feeling in this locker room,” Kennedy Meeks said. (Burlington Times News)

Tar Heels' Britt holds connections with Sweet 16 foe Hoosiers

UNC guard Nate Britt extended his arm and lowered it in the vicinity of his knees on more than one occasion Thursday, presenting a visual that measured his long personal history against Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell. It was if he was reaching down and patting a child on the top of the head. “The first time we played each other we might’ve been 9 or 10 years old,” Britt said. (Burlington Times News)

New and improved Hoosiers have UNC’s attention

Joel Berry took notice on Selection Sunday when he saw that his top-seeded Tar Heels were placed in the same half of the East Region bracket as both Indiana and Kentucky. “Sometimes you’ll look at it and say dang, we got the tough side of the bracket,” Berry said. “But at the end of the day you’re going to end up playing a good team down the road.” And UNC will. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC's length holds key vs. hot-shooting Indiana

If No. 1 North Carolina is going to beat No. 4 Indiana on Friday, it’ll require a little stretching. Good thing the Tar Heels are well-equipped. Sophomore guard Theo Pinson is a rangy 6 feet 6. Wing Justin Jackson is a lithe 6 feet 8. Even Marcus Paige is notoriously stretchy for a 6-foot-1 guard. “That’s one thing we’re blessed to have: Long arms,” Pinson said. (Greensboro News & Record)

Video: Roy Williams And Marcus Paige - A Special UNC Bond

Roy Williams and Marcus Paige have a special relationship that started years ago, before the star guard even came to UNC. ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel goes inside the bond they share and showcases how Paige has become an extension of Williams on the court. View Video...

Indiana ready for UNC's 'astounding' rebounding

Storylines abound in Friday night's Sweet 16 showdown at the Wells Fargo Center, where top-seeded North Carolina will meet fifth-seeded Indiana in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1984. But when it comes to the actual game, which should tip off right around 10 p.m., few things will matter as much as North Carolina's offensive rebounding. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Sean May convinced his father to celebrate IU's 1976 season

No member of UNC's coaching staff has gotten a closer look at Indiana this season than Sean May. The former Tar Heel standout, currently UNC's director of player personnel, was in the crowd for IU's Jan. 5 game against Wisconsin, but not as a fan, or a college assistant. May was there for his father, IU legend Scott May, who thawed a long-frozen relationship with his former program. (Indianapolis Star)

Video: UNC Basketball Best Dunks From NCAA Sweet 16 Practice

The Tar Heels are getting ready for their big matchup against the Indiana Hoosiers in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. The Heels took some time during practice to showcase their high-flying dunks for fans on hand. View Video...

UNC's Justin Jackson, Indiana's Troy Williams Meet Again

North Carolina’s Justin Jackson and Indiana’s Troy Williams spent their summer breaks refining their games and improving their skill sets, often against one another, at John Lucas’s training facility in Houston. On Friday, the duo will compete once again for a return trip to Houston, this time for the Final Four, moving one step closer for the Sweet 16 victor. (Inside Carolina)

UNC relying heavily on its 'Strong Man' heading into Sweet 16

Joel Berry broke out his fast-moving, muscle-flexing dance in the visitors' locker room following a title-clinching win at Duke. After being named the ACC tournament MVP, he danced again at midcourt of the Verizon Center in Washington. The celebration has a name befitting its creator: The Strong Man. (Fayetteville Observer)

Brice Johnson Ready To Prove How Far He’s Come

Brice Johnson has been hearing about his defense for years. From high school when he was coached by his father and now at Carolina with Roy Williams, Johnson has always heard about his defense, or lack thereof. “I saw him play in high school,” Williams said. (Chapelboro.com)

The best potential national finals

1. Kansas vs. North Carolina. The Roy Williams vs. Kansas storyline is hardly new, and you'll probably get sick of it if it happens. The former Jayhawks coach has met his old team three times in the NCAA Tournament, all resulting in Tar Heels losses. (Sports on Earth)

Confident Tar Heels balance fun, focus at Sweet 16

North Carolina showed off personality and poise Tuesday with two-for-one press conferences -- much of the discussion made Theo Pinson's playfulness public. The Tar Heels kept the spirit going on site in Philadelphia in their Sweet 16 open practice, too. “If anybody’s having a bad day, I’m going to change that,” Pinson said. “I’ve been like that my whole life." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Theo Pinson acts as glue guy for Tar Heels

When Theo Pinson finished his high school basketball career, he wasn’t ready to give up the spotlight, so the 6-6 Greensboro native auditioned for the Wesleyan Christian Academy’s spring musical. Even without much experience on the stage — save for a stint in the middle school chorus — Pinson landed a spot as Vlad Vladikoff, the eagle in Seussical the Musical. (NSJ Sports)

UNC Opponent Preview: Indiana

No. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 5 seed Indiana meet in the NCAA Tournament on Friday for the first time since 1984. The Sweet 16 matchup tips off at the Wells Fargo Center at approximately 9:57 p.m. and will be televised by TBS. Yogi Ferrell leads the Hoosiers with 17.1 points and 5.6 assists per game. (Inside Carolina)

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North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
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Upcoming Games:
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UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, 7:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Bucknell
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