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Chansky’s Notebook: Cool Hands All Around

Cool Hand Luke Maye won it, along with tournament MVP, but not without help of his teammates. Joel Berry rolls his left ankle after playing with an already sprained right ankle. Stilman White comes off the bench to draw two fouls on Kentucky’s star guard and makes a nifty reverse layup. Kennedy Meeks bags 17 rebounds and Justin Jackson fights for 19 points. (Chapelboro.com)

Before the big shot, Kennedy Meeks made a big impact on the boards

Luke Maye finished with 17 points, including the game-winning jumper. And Theo Pinson was the man who found him, sucking defenders into the lane before kicking it out. But without a career-high 17 rebounds, four blocks and stout low-post defense from Kennedy Meeks, the Tar Heels likely wouldn’t have found themselves in that situation in the first place. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

How crazy would it be if Tar Heels, Gamecocks meet in NCAA title game?

An all-Carolinas national final in the NCAA tournament could be only a week away. Can you wrap your mind around it? Just think: Gamecocks vs. Tar Heels. Charleston vs. Asheville. Peaches vs. tobacco. Refrigerator Perry vs. Michael Jordan. Barbecue vs. barbecue. David Pearson vs. Richard Petty. Vanna White vs. Andy Griffith. Darius Rucker vs. James Taylor. (Charlotte Observer)

L.A. Clippers Assign Brice Johnson to Salt Lake City Stars

The L.A. Clippers announced today they have assigned rookie forward Brice Johnson to the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA Development League. This is Johnson’s second NBA Development League assignment. Johnson appeared in three games for the Stars on his last assignment (March 10-15), averaging 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 14.1 minutes. (Salt Lake City Stars)

Warrior Joel Berry II played with two sprained ankles, and now UNC is Final Four bound

Joel Berry was playing on two bad ankles. The UNC point guard sprained his left ankle early in the first half Sunday, and coach Roy Williams revealed after the game that Berry had aggravated his injured right ankle in Saturday’s practice. Berry sprained his right ankle in the first round, but played against Arkansas and declared himself to be “close to 100%” before the Sweet 16. (USA Today)

UNC's Luke Maye Attends 8 A.M. Class After Hitting Game-Winner vs. Kentucky

Luke Maye is the absolute definition of a student-athlete. After burying the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats with a game-winning jumper Sunday night, the North Carolina Tar Heels sophomore forward made it back from the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, in time for an 8 a.m. class Monday. Oh, and he sat in the front row and received a standing ovation. (Bleacher Report)

This Year’s Final Four Is Built On Defense

For this UNC team, the Elite Eight matchup became a showcase of one more way it could win big games. The Tar Heels can dominate with offense, like they did when they scorched Butler in the Sweet 16, but it’s clear now that they can lock down an elite scoring team on defense, too. It’s a combination that’s sure to keep Oregon’s Dana Altmanup at night. (FiveThirtyEight)

Christian Laettner celebrates UNC’s Luke Maye to poke fun at Kentucky

Former Duke star Christian Laettner poked a little fun at Kentucky – and he celebrated a UNC player to do it. "Luke my son...May the force of the #32 be with you. #uncdownsthecats #theshotlives" Twenty five years ago, Laettner, wearing No. 32, took a three-quarter court pass from Grant Hill, and hit a game-winning shot against Kentucky to earn a berth in the Final Four. (Charlotte Observer)

Kris Jenkins celebrates with UNC family year after breaking Heels' hearts

He saw what happened from a different vantage point this time, with UNC the exuberant winner rather than the heartbroken loser, but the common thread in the two most decisive jump shots of the Tar Heels’ past two seasons was that Kris Jenkins was delighted by both of them. That’s odd, but it’s true. This year, he sat behind the UNC bench cheering for his brother, Heels guard Nate Brit. (Sporting News)

Justin Jackson: 'A little friendly banter' with Malik Monk

Social media buzzed as UNC's Justin Jackson and Kentucky's Malik Monk exchanged pleasantries during UNC's win over Kentucky. It was "just a little friendly banter," Jackson said. "I was assigned the duty of trying to slow him down, and so you can get fired up a little bit. That's rare for me, but at this stage of the season, I feel like there's really nothing that you should keep in." (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Video: Luke Maye Sends UNC to the Final Four

North Carolina sophomore forward Luke Maye drains a 20-foot jump shot with 0.3 seconds remaining to down Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional finals in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday. View Video...

Video: UNC Locker Room Post-Kentucky Celebration

Go behind the scenes and join the Tar Heels in the locker room as they celebrate their 75-73 Elite 8 win over Kentucky on Sunday in Memphis. View Video...

Joel Berry: UNC's Tough Little Nut

The tears flowed once Joel Berry reached the locker room not long after North Carolina’s Elite Eight classic with Kentucky began. After battling the previous 10 days through a right ankle injury to help his team reach this final NCAA Tournament day of March, the junior point guard sprained his left ankle on a drive less than five minutes into the game. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's 7 seconds of brilliance was years in the making

So much goes into a play such as Luke Maye’s 18-foot jumper to give the Tar Heels a 75-73 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament South Region final. It started with the basics, and moved quickly into the kind of nuance that decides who gets to play on college basketball’s grandest stage and who must live with a most sudden and impactful defeat. (Sporting News)

North Carolina's Joel Berry played on two bad ankles

Only the few present behind closed doors at UNC’s practice on Saturday knew point guard Joel Berry II sprained his right ankle. Everyone knew he sprained his left ankle five minutes into Sunday’s South Regional Final. It was serious enough to send the junior to the locker room. It was the second time Berry retreated to the locker room with a sprained ankle this NCAA tournament. (Orange County Register)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 75
Kentucky: 73
Sun, Mar 26 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Oregon
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Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-431-7
(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
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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