UNC-Villanova NotesCarolina'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 VisitMore 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 FourUNC 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 titleThe 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)
Ingram choosing Duke still stings Stackhouse a littleWith North Carolina making the Final Four, but Duke falling short, Jerry Stackhouse couldn’t help but point out how becoming a Tar Heel might have paid off for Brandon Ingram. “Obviously I bleed Carolina blue, so I would have loved to see him go there. He would have possibly been playing in the Final Four this year, so I get to rib him a little bit about that, but at the same time, he’s happy.” (Toronto Sun)
A Tar Heel Welcome BackArriving back in Chapel Hill following their 77-74 loss to Villanova in the NCAA National Championship, the team was greeted by more than 3,000 fans expressing their gratitude and pride. Coach Roy Williams returned the appreciation by stopping in front of the crowd and thanking fans for supporting the team throughout the season and in the NCAA Tournament. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Men's Basketball Team Returns from Final FourThe North Carolina men's basketball team returned to the Smith Center to an overwhelming amount of love and support from fans who greeted the return from the Final Four.
Video: Brice Johnson Official HighlightsBrice Johnson finished off his 4-year career at UNC with a season for the ages. He was a Wooden Award finalist, All-American, and led the Tar Heels to a National Championship game appearance. Johnson's thunderous dunks, blocked shots and ferocious yells kept him playing at a high level all season long.
Tar Heels greeted by hundreds of fans at Smith CenterA huge crowd turned out Tuesday at the Smith Center as the Tar Heels returned from Houston after a heart-breaking loss to Villanova in Monday night’s NCAA championship game. UNC’s plane landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport shortly after 2 p.m. At the Smith Center, more than 1,000 fans were waiting when the team bus rolled up. (WNCN)
North Carolina showed incredible class after Monday's brutal lossLosing a national championship game is always hard, and losing one in the fashion that UNC did Monday is harder. But in the wake of Villanova's buzzer-beating win in Houston, there's also something to be said for the way the Tar Heels handled about the most devastating defeat imaginable. Marcus Paige was as gracious as could be in his postgame address to the media. (FOX Sports)
UNC Mascot Sucker-Punched After Villanova Buzzer-BeaterAs soon as the shot went in and the buzzer sounded, everyone on the court was involved in chaos. During the melee, it seems like the Tar Heels' mascot may have gotten sucker-punched by someone on the court. In the lower left portion of the video you can see the mascot get punched, only to be restrained when he gets back up and tries to go after the person responsible. (Athlon Sports)
Video: Marcus Paige - One Of The Greatest UNC Leaders EverMarcus Paige played a valiant second half for UNC against Villanova in the National Championship. Paige's teammates weren't surprised by his effort and gave Jeff Fischel of the ACCDN their fondest memories of the leader of the Tar Heel program for the last four years.
Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one)7. North Carolina: Why the Tar Heels are ranked here - We don't think the Tar Heels will lose any underclassmen, which means six of UNC's top eight scorers should be back. So it won't be a suprise if Roy Williams makes his ninth Final Four next season and again takes a run at becoming only the sixth coach in history to win at least three national titles. (CBS Sports)
If regulars all return, Tar Heels will remain a title contenderIf the key players all return, the likely first seven in UNC's rotation – Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, Theo Pinson and 6-10 recruit Tony Bradley – should be among the top 10 in the country and perhaps first in the ACC. Replacing Brice Johnson, Marcus Page, and Joel James will not be easy, of course. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Three Plays That Will Haunt UNC FansIn a game filled with crucial plays and straight up onions on both sides, there are three plays in particular which will generate the most discussion around the water cooler and so much angst and hand-wringing among UNC fans in the days, months, and years to come. Here is a look back at three of the most crucial plays of the game: (Tar Heel Blog)
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