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Who’s going, who’s coming and who’s staying in ACC basketball

The college basketball silly season has begun. Already the movement of coaches is well underway and the list of transfers is starting to grow. And with the new NBA draft rules, more players than ever are bound to declare. Here then is the scorecard of all the goings, comings and even a few that are staying among ACC players. (Wilmington Star News)

Danny Green still feeling Carolina blues

Spurs guard Danny Green touched down in Utah Tuesday, in plenty of time to make tipoff against the Jazz. He had spent the evening before at NRG Stadium in Houston, having his heart ripped out alongside thousands of other UNC fans. Nearly 24 hours later, he was still stunned by the buzzer-beater that gave Villanova — and not his Tar Heels — the NCAA championship. (San Antonio Express-News)

Marcus Paige's Shot Deserved Better

A truly remarkable sports play can meet no crueler fate than to have its significance snuffed out by an even bigger play moments later. Marcus Paige’s game-tying three with four seconds left joins Tim Duncan’s prayer and Jermaine Kearse’s circus catch in the sad fraternity of indelible but ultimately meaningless acts of sports brilliance. (Deadspin)

UNC's 2016 Season By The Numbers

The Tar Heels fell just short of winning the national title, however, the season was still an unqualified success. UNC won the ACC regular season and tournament titles, played its best basketball in March and April but faced a Villanova team that was just little bit better. That shouldn't make UNC season any less impressive, especially as you dig into the numbers. (Tar Heel Blog)

Yankees' Andrew Miller, UNC alum, on NCAA title game, basketball memories

Andrew Miller grew up in Gainesville, Fla., loving the Florida Gators, but he's been bleeding Tar Heel blue since starring at UNC in baseball from 2004-06. "I watch every Carolina game I can and this was a fun team to watch," he said. "Actually, the last two or three teams were fun. It's hard not to root for (UNC guard) Marcus Paige." (NJ.com)

You did us proud, Marcus Paige

The Linn-Mar High graduate will always be remembered as someone who not only didn’t flinch in the most-pressurized of college basketball situations, but who met the moment and soared above it. While Paige would surely disagree in his typically civil and articulate way, I’ll suggest what he did Monday in Houston was as good as winning the NCAA basketball title and perhaps better. (The Gazette)

A student's view of North Carolina's national title game heartbreaker

Tar Heel fans and students alike will remember this team as 15 players who loved each other, fought for one another, and played in one of the NCAA tournament's greatest games. We'll remember this team for their dancing and their laughs. We'll remember this team for their personality, not that final dagger of a shot. Together, we'll move on. (Campus Rush)

Tar Heels weren’t the ‘bad guy’ they were made out to be

There’s no doubt that the Wildcats are deserving champions and a true feel-good story. But to portray the Tar heels as an unsavory bunch of scoundrels guilty of breaking the rules, mailing in classes and every other possible transgression short of the Kennedy assassination isn’t just unfair, it’s completely inaccurate. (Wilmington Star News)

Tar Heels sans Paige and Johnson will look strange, but UNC is in good shape

It will be all kinds of strange to see the Tar Heels take the court this fall without Marcus Paige or Brice Johnson, the two long-time starters who have exhausted their eligibility in Chapel Hill. So what about the 2016-17 Tar Heels? UNC is ranked No. 4 in Sporting News’ way-too-early Top 25, so we pretty clearly think the Heels will be back in a big way. (Sporting News)

Marcus Paige's legacy: The mouthpiece UNC needed

Marcus Paige was the mouthpiece UNC needed for the past four years. Paige may not get a national title banner, but he’ll have ACC regular-season and tournament champions and Final Four associated with his name. Those are the tangible things. But Paige is, and always was, a player one could talk to. (Greensboro News & Record)

Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson among ACC seniors to play at Richmond Senior High Wednesday night

Two days after competing for a national championship, UNC’s three seniors — Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Joel James — will headline an ACC all-star team that will play in the first game of the 2016 ACC Barnstorming Tour tonight at Richmond Senior High School. UNC legend Phil Ford will be coaching. (Daily Journal)

UNC-Villanova Notes

Carolina's 33 wins equal the fifth most in a season in school history. UNC lost seven games this season by a total of 25 points (the largest margin of defeat was six points at Louisville). That’s the lowest combined total since the 1941 team’s first seven (of nine) losses came by a total of 18 points. UNC set an NCAA championship game record by shooting 64.7 percent from three-point range. (GoHeels.com)

Michael Jordan's Postgame UNC Locker Room Visit

More than 50 former Tar Heels players, including at least one from each of UNC's NCAA championship teams, were in attendance at NRG Stadium. And the biggest one of all headed straight to the UNC locker room to offer his support immediately following UNC's last-second defeat to Villanova. Michael Jordan offered words of support and encouragement to the devastated team. (Inside Carolina)

Joel Berry on crutches with foot injury after Final Four

UNC point guard Joel Berry II has a foot injury he suffered in Monday's loss to Villanova in the NCAA championship game. Berry was on crutches with his left foot in a protective boot due to an injury when the team returned to campus on Tuesday. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner says Berry woke up in pain Tuesday morning with what is believed to be a sprained foot. (Associated Press)

Tar Heels begin moving forward after falling short of title

The Tar Heels (33-7) won their first ACC regular-season title since 2012, their first ACC Tournament since 2008 and reached their first Final Four since 2009. Along the way, senior Brice Johnson became a first-team All-American. Their seven losses came by a combined 25 points, none by more than six. Now they're headed into an uncertain offseason. (Associated Press)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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