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Rebounds, defense will make difference in UNC-UK round 2

UNC's road to the Final Four runs through a rematch with Kentucky that begs the Tar Heels to avenge their December loss in order to advance. Now, the two teams agree both parties play better defense, so don't expect a score as high as the 103-100 final from last time, but the Wildcats are more experienced and the Tar Heels even hungrier to return to the National Championship. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC-Kentucky rematch has the makings of another classic

North Carolina plays Kentucky in the Elite Eight Sunday, and it’s tempting to say that the first team to 100 wins. But last time they played, UNC scored 100 and lost. It happened in Las Vegas in December, and it may have been the game of the regular season in college basketball. Kentucky won, 103-100, behind 47 points from freshman guard Malik Monk. (Sports Illustrated)

Member of UNC's police escort crashes while returning Tar Heels from Sunday shootaround

A Memphis officer in UNC's police escort wrecked Sunday as the Tar Heels returned to their hotel after morning shoot around. Officer L. Youngman's motorcycle slid across the S. Second St. intersection along Union Avenue. An ambulance arrived, but a member of the Memphis police department said that Youngman is okay and that there was no other vehicle involved. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Settle back and enjoy the latest version of Carolina-Kentucky basketball

Carolina-Kentucky. The rivalry that isn’t. Yet the one that won’t go away. The history of these programs reads like the history of the game itself, conference opponents from days gone by, destined to collide again and again over time with what feels like all-time supremacy at stake. They could play in December or March, and it wouldn’t change. (Greensboro News & Record)

Luke Maye provides 'priceless' contribution for UNC

Luke Maye began taking one for the team when he agreed to join the Tar Heels basketball team as a walkon so that coach Roy Williams could hold a couple of scholarships open for other players he was pursuing. When those players decided to go elsewhere, he made “one of the neatest phone calls ever” to the son of former North Carolina quarterback Mark Maye. (North State Journal)

Three things to watch in Kentucky-North Carolina

When Kentucky coach John Calipari said he didn’t want to see UNC in his bracket, it was for precisely this reason: This feels like a national title game, or at least a Final Four game. Instead, the Tar Heels and Wildcats will play with a Final Four berth on the line, a most anticipated Elite Eight game between two teams who, if they win, could be the favorites to win it all. (Carolina Blue)

How North Carolina or Kentucky can reach the Final Four

North Carolina vs. Kentucky is more than a match-up of blue blood programs. It’s a reprise of December’s classic non-conference matchup, a 103-100 Wildcats victory in Las Vegas. But each team has slightly changed since that initial meeting, which is why this Elite Eight contest should be just as thrilling. How UNC wins: Contain De’Aaron Fox on pick-and-rolls. (Washington Post)

Justin Jackson leads UNC's one-and-not-done approach

Justin Jackson is the top scorer for a veteran-laden Tar Heels’ core that grew up over years playing together, returning this season on a mission after the heartbreak of last year’s last-second national championship game loss. Kentucky, on the other hand, is once again a mixture of young and old, with a set of one-and-done stars that matured over a matter of months. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Once teammates, De’Aaron Fox and Justin Jackson ready to face each other again

The scouting reports will help UNC and Kentucky become more familiar with each other. But for De’Aaron Fox, and Justin Jackson, two key players for both teams, they will have an added advantage when they take the court for Sunday’s Elite Eight matchup. Before Fox and Jackson went to college, the two were teammates during their AAU careers. (Kentucky Kernel)

Timeline: Trace UNC star Kennedy Meeks’ career in less than 20 clicks

A timeline, with photos and videos, tracing the events, success and progression of North Carolina Tar Heels senior forward Kennedy Meeks, beginning with his freshman year at West Charlotte. (Charlotte Observer)

Defending the Wildcat guards

There is a clear challenge for UNC in Sunday's Elite Eight matchup with No. 2 seed Kentucky: Defending the Wildcats star backcourt duo of De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. Monk had 47 points when the two teams faced off in Las Vegas on Dec. 17. Fox had 24 in the same game. The duo combined for 71. Fox had 39 points in Kentucky's 86-75 over UCLA on Friday night. (Carolina Blue)

North Carolina looks to leave heartbreak behind, return to Final Four

The emptiness of defeat helped drive the North Carolina Tar Heels here. The pain of it, and the unanswerable question of what-if. Come Sunday night, when North Carolina plays Kentucky in an A-list South regional title game to get to the Final Four, it will be 356 days since Villanova’s Kris Jenkins buried that 3-pointer in Houston. (NCAA.com)

Luke Maye’s outburst doesn’t shock teammates

For Kennedy Meeks and Theo Pinson, Luke Maye’s first-half production of 14 points and nine rebounds on the NCAA Tournament stage was reminiscent of efforts he has had during practices, breakouts that have shot down the Tar Heels’ starters. Never mind that Maye had hit double-digits just twice in UNC’s 24 games prior to Friday night. This felt familiar. (Burlington Times News)

UNC vs. UK series history

North Carolina and Kentucky are two of the best programs in college basketball history. They are two blue bloods who have had sustained success for decades. Let's take a historical glimpse at the UNC vs. Kentucky rivalry. Carolina is 23-15 all-time against Kentucky with seven wins in the last 12 meetings. Carolina is 2-1 against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. (Carolina Blue)

Elite 8 Preview: Sunday’s picks and predictions

The Tar Heels lead the nation in offensive rebounding percentage, and they are one of the only elite teams that thrives playing two bigs at the same time. Wenyen Gabriel or Derek Willis is going to have to deal with Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks and Tony Bradley. That matchup favors UNC. In the end, Theo Pinson’s presence and UNC’s size will be too much. (NBC Sports)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Oregon
Sat, Apr 1, 8:49 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
CSU Bakersfield61
at Georgia Tech76
Basile (CSU Bakersfield) 18 pts; Okogie (Georgia Tech) 22 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(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
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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