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North Carolina, Roy Williams savoring trip to Sweet 16

Roy Williams is not a silly man. Or at least it wouldn’t appear that way to anyone who has ever watched a UNC basketball game. But after the Tar Heels beat Arkansas on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 after opening-weekend exits in each of the last two NCAA tournaments, the often ornery coach let his guard down and conducted himself like a man who was not the Roy Williams we all think we know. (FOX Sports)

Grantland's Mark Titus: I can’t believe so many people think Roy Williams is bad at his job

Williams is 25-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament, he’s tied with Dean Smith for second all-time in tournament wins, he’s won two national titles, and now he’s salvaged one of his most miserable seasons in recent memory with a Sweet 16 berth. Here’s a scary thought: People who think Williams is a bad coach get to vote in elections, and their votes count the same as yours and mine. (Grantland)

Triangle sends trio to Sweet 16

For much of the winter, basketball divides the Triangle into camps of red, light blue and dark blue. Area teams save their best efforts, and fans their greatest enmity, for their closest rivals. But the success of the Wolfpack, Tar Heels and Blue Devils over the weekend provoked a shared response – joy and pride, for the Triangle will send all three local men's college basketball teams to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. (WRAL Sports Fan)

SMU coach Larry Brown talks about Dean Smith, John McLendon (video)

SMU coach Larry Brown's resume is longer and more complicated than any of the 64 men who will lead teams into the NCAA Tournament this week. But dig deep, and there is a fascinating connection between the Hall of Famer and former Cleveland State coach John McLendon that gives Brown a link to the historical father of basketball, John Naismith. (Cleveland.com)

Paige puts demons to rest, feels liberated with Tar Heels advancing

As satisfying as the securing of a West Regional semifinal appearance felt for UNC, there were deeper emotions at work for Marcus Paige during the aftermath of Saturday’s victory. His 22 points, 20 of which were supplied in the final 14 minutes to play the leading role in subduing Arkansas, became liberating with the Tar Heels advancing past the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32, where each of their last two seasons had ended. (Burlington Times News)

‘Second-Half Marcus’ Back For Sweet Sixteen Trip

UNC guard Marcus Paige went off in Jacksonville, scoring 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Carolina scoring charge. Yes, ‘Second-Half’ Marcus is back! “I think it was more the media that pegged that name on me. My teammates went along with it after it got some notoriety. I just try to help my team win. In big moments, I feel like I get put into positions to succeed by my teammates." (Chapelboro.com)

How they got to the Sweet 16: North Carolina

The Tar Heels had a close game early against Arkansas. But this time around, the Tar Heels did not have to sweat out a last-second victory, the way they did against Harvard in the previous round of the NCAA tournament. After the teams battled back and forth for the first 30 minutes of the game, UNC pulled away behind another terrific second-half performance from Marcus Paige. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels To Face Wisconsin In Sweet 16

The University of North Carolina men’s basketball team will play No. 1 seed Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 on Thursday, March 26, in Los Angeles, Calif. Game time is 7:47 p.m. Eastern Time (4:47 p.m. Pacific Time). TBS will televise the game from the Staples Center with Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Rachel Nichols providing the call. (GoHeels.com)

Don't Run on Roy

Saturday night North Carolina played in a game that ended with both teams having well over 70 possessions. Roy Williams wants to play fast. Everyone knows this and he's made no attempt to hide it. Since returning to Chapel Hill, Williams' teams have finished in the top 20 of adjusted tempo in 10 of 12 seasons. So why do teams choose to run against UNC? (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC-Arkansas was the type of game college basketball needs more often

College basketball’s problem is that too many teams play like Georgia State and Xavier and not enough play like Arkansas and North Carolina. Saturday, the Hogs and Heels played as if they would get zapped if they didn’t shoot in the first 18 seconds of each possession. (Sports Illustrated)

Going Small Pays Big for UNC

The Round of 32 win addressed many of the concerns about UNC moving forward. The Tar Heels won when they were forced out of their comfort zone. They won the turnover battle against one of the highest-pressure defenses in the nation. They showed toughness to close out an opponent strongly — yet again — and they saw that spark of Second Half Paige for one of the first times this season. (Carolina Blue)

Marcus Paige Lifts UNC to Sweet 16

Marcus Paige scored 20 of his team-high 22 points after halftime on Saturday in guiding UNC to the Sweet 16 and past the ghosts of last year’s third-round loss that have haunted him since last March. As reporters worked their way into the UNC locker room following the Tar Heels’ 87-78 win over Arkansas, laughter accompanied the positive vibe resonating from the small rectangular room. (Inside Carolina)

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...

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