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Lucas: Hooked

We all remember when we were hooked. The team that made me fall in love with Carolina basketball was the 1986-87 squad. They had Dean Smith, and they had Jeff Lebo, but more importantly to a short nine-year-old, they had Kenny Smith. The point guard was from Queens (Archbishop Molloy), and I can tell you that without looking it up. I loved that team. (Adam Lucas)

Miami Heat Q&A: Wayne Ellington on life as a new dad

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington became a dad for the first time on March 22 when he and his fiancé, Safiya Khaled, welcomed a new son to the world, Wayne Robert Ellington III. Then, 12 days later, Ellington celebrated again as North Carolina won its first national championship since 2009, the year Ellington was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. (Palm Beach Post)

C.B. McGrath had sights on UNCW before Keatts' departure

C.B. McGrath really doesn’t have an answer. This is the third time he’s put his name in the ring for the UNCW men’s basketball opening. The first two times, things didn’t work out. The third time was the charm. Wilmington is a town McGrath and his family have frequented. He kept up with the program throughout the years, admiring the Seahawks' success from afar. (Wilmington Star News)

Video: Joel Berry's MVP performance in the National Championship Game

Highlights from Joel Berry's Most Outstanding Player performance for North Carolina in the national championship game against Gonzaga as the Tar Heels bring home their 6th NCAA title and 7th national championship overall. View Video...

What the future holds for North Carolina

Less than a year after its gut-wrenching loss to Villanova in the 2016 national title game, North Carolina cut down the nets on Monday in suburban Phoenix. The next few weeks will determine whether or not the Tar Heels have a shot at playing for another championship next season. Perhaps the most important player UNC fans should be watching is Joel Berry. (FanRag Sports)

Video: A throwback to when UNC celebrated the 1982 title

Dozens of videos have surfaced about UNC’s basketball team and its fans celebrating Monday night’s National Championship. And so it’s fun to take a look back at what the celebration was like 35 years ago, when North Carolina beat Georgetown for the Tar Heels’ second NCAA title. View Video...

Love thy neighbor: A championship in Chapel Hill

As I sprinted alongside thousands of Tar Heels, I was conflicted. I hate North Carolina. I do. With all my heart. But seeing them feel what I felt—watching them run and scream and burn and climb, I was happy. Because there's something beautifully human about redemption. In falling just short, and watching the world crumble around you before coming back even stronger. (Duke Chronicle)

40-year-old Vince Carter is still capturing the hearts of young fans

A huge Vince Carter fan met his idol, and his jaw nearly sunk to the floor in excitement. Carter is 40 years old but still capturing the hearts of young fans. He’s supposed to be retired right now — or riding out the final weeks of his career. Instead, he’s playing 25 minutes per game on a playoff team. (SB Nation)

C.B. McGrath introduced as UNCW basketball coach

UNCW introduced C.B. McGrath as its new men’s basketball coach during an event at Trask Coliseum Thursday. “I’m extremely humbled and honored to be standing here today to be introduced as UNCW’s head coach,” McGrath said. McGrath comes to Wilmington after 14 years as an assistant coach at UNC, which won the NCAA Championship Monday. (WWAY)

Joel Berry II’s journey is proof of how early the road to college basketball must start

The turning point in Joel Berry’s journey came in middle school when he decided to concentrate on basketball. He told his parents that he wanted to play basketball at North Carolina. His mother loved the Tar Heels and predicted that she would someday watch her oldest son play in Carolina blue. “When Joel said he wanted to go to North Carolina, we said, ‘OK, let’s work this backwards.’” (The Undefeated)

Audio: King Rice - “Stop all the hating” on Roy Williams

King Rice is enjoying success as a head coach at Monmouth. However, as the former UNC guard leaves his stamp on his current program, he hasn’t forgotten about where he played. So when David Glenn asked Rice about his time at UNC, it’s not surprising Roy Williams’ name came up. In fact, the Monmouth coach had a few words for Williams’ critics. (ACC Sports Journal)

Chansky’s Notebook: The 1982 Redeem Team

Roy Williams was also a member of North Carolina's original redeem team. Redemption has been the theme of this season’s NCAA basketball champions, getting back to the Final Four after barely losing the title game to Villanova last season. But 35 years ago, North Carolina had the first redeem team with some very familiar names on it. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: One To Remember

This is how spoiled we are. We have national championship frames of reference. Now that there are going to be six NCAA championship banners hanging from the Smith Center ceiling/roof, it feels like we need to separate them. There are the first three, and then there are the most recent three. Life is pretty good when you have enough championships to categorize them. (GoHeels.com)

Kennedy Meeks went from 300-pound recruit to Final Four hero for North Carolina

Kennedy Meeks sat in UNC’s championship locker room with a feeling of vindication and a sense of relief. The Tar Heels’ quest for redemption was complete, and as a senior, so too was Meeks’ college career. For Meeks, the satisfaction of this moment went beyond cutting down the nets. This was the culmination of four long years that started in Chapel Hill in the summer of 2013. (SB Nation)

A new ending for UNC’s Isaiah Hicks, who saved his Final Four best for last

In the UNC locker room Isaiah Hicks wore a net around his neck. The net had come from one of the baskets at University of Phoenix Stadium, where the Tar Heels won the national championship on Monday with a 71-65 victory against Gonzaga. If there was one player even a non-basketball fan support, Hicks was as good a choice as any. (Charlotte Observer)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Fri, Nov 24, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(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 Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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