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‘Dose of reality’ drives Tar Heels

The road North Carolina hoped to navigate last season in the NCAA Tournament has become the source of motivation this time around. The Tar Heels, top-seed in the Midwest Regional, meet ninth-seed Washington Sunday in the round of 32, the same stage where their path last March diverged from the Sweet 16 and veered into a season-ending ditch. (Burlington Times News)

Huskies will have to beat storied North Carolina for season to continue

“It’s UNC, the home of Michael Jordan, and everybody knows they’re a historically great program with lots of tradition,” senior guard David Crisp said. “They’ve got a great coach in (Roy Williams). They’ve got great players. We get it. They’re really good. But when you get this far in the tournament, you can’t focus on the name on the front of the jersey.” (Seattle Times)

Marquise Williams sparks San Antonio Commanders to win against Salt Lake Stallions

When San Antonio Commanders quarterback Marquise Williams stepped into a tie game in the fourth quarter, his only thought was to lead his team to victory. Williams replaced injured starter Logan Woodside and sparked the Commanders to a 19-15 win over the Salt Lake Stallions on Saturday in front of a record crowd at the Alamodome. (San Antonio Express-News)

Five most dominant high school athletes in North Carolina history

Julius Peppers, Southern Nash (Bailey), 1998: Peppers was an All-American defensive lineman at Southern Nash and rushed for 3,501 yards as a running back. In basketball, Peppers was all-conference four years and helped the track team win the state meet. Michael Jordan, E.A. Laney (Wilmington), 1981: Regarded as the greatest player in NBA history. (Max Preps)

Video: Preview of No. 1 UNC vs No. 9 Washington in second round of NCAA tournament

Here's a look at the top plays from No. 1 Midwest seed North Carolina and No. 9 seed Washington as they prepare to play in a second-round NCAA Tournament matchup at 2:40 pm Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Read More...

Washington's Zone Is Plenty Familiar To Tar Heels

The one constant during UNC’s open session with the media focused on Washington’s 2-3 zone defense, which bears a strong resemblance to what Syracuse runs. Of course, Huskies coach Mike Hopkins played for the Orange and worked for Orange coach Jim Boeheim, so he knows a thing or two about employing a successful zone. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

North Carolina tries to avoid repeat of 2018 early tournament exit

Top-seeded North Carolina is trying to avoid repeating last year's NCAA Tournament, when the Tar Heels couldn't make it out of the opening weekend. They'd much rather it to be like the last time they came into March Madness as a No. 1 seed. That was in 2017, when they rolled all the way to a national championship. Carolina has the firepower. (Associated Press)

A familiar look from an unfamiliar foe

The scouting report Coach Steve Robinson prepared for the Tar Heels on Washington won’t be seen outside the UNC locker room. But, one can probably bet it reads: Stop Jaylen Nowell from getting hot from three. Get Noah Dickerson into foul trouble on the block. And the Huskies’ defense? Almost exactly like that pesky zone at Syracuse. (Argyle Report)

Michael Busch Leads UNC Baseball Past Virginia Tech, 7-5

North Carolina picked up a hard-fought victory on Saturday afternoon with a 7-5 win against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Michael Busch led the way offensively going 3-for-4 with two doubles and 5 RBI while Austin Bergner picked up the win to start 3-0 on the season. UNC will take on Virginia Tech in game three of the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

UNC vs. Washington Preview

Washington won the Pac-12 regular season title with a 15-3 conference record. They opened conference play on a 10-game win streak behind a suffocating defense that limited opponents to 64 points per game. They ended their season with a pair of losses to Oregon in its final four games, including a 68-48 blowout in the Pac-12 tournament title game. (Inside Carolina)

O'Connor, Ness Lead Carolina To Strong Finish At NCAA Wrestling Championships

Austin O'Connor led the way for North Carolina on the final day of the NCAA Wrestling National Championships, finishing in third place at 149 pounds. Chip Ness, the other Tar Heel All-American, finished sixth at 184 pounds. UNC secured a 19th-place finish, and O'Connor became just the seventh freshman All-American in UNC wrestling history. (GoHeels.com)

Old Foes Meet Again as UNC Faces Washington in NCAA Tournament

It’s not very often that North Carolina and Washington cross paths on the college sports landscape. But there’s a similarity between the two teams as they prepare to face each other in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Huskies’ big man Noah Dickerson is from Atlanta. The connection? UNC's Brandon Robinson and Luke Maye. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Women's Basketball Falls To Cal In NCAA Tournament

Kristine Anigwe tallied 18 points and 22 rebounds as California rallied from a 12-point deficit in the first half to beat North Carolina 92-72 in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Paris Kea had 22 points to lead UNC. Janelle Bailey had 15 points for the Tar Heels, while Shayla Bennett had 14 and Taylor Koenen 13. (Associated Press)

Maryland Tops UNC Men's Lacrosse In Rivalry Battle

The fourth-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team built an eight-goal halftime lead and went on to beat 16th-ranked North Carolina 16-9 on Saturday. The Tar Heels saw their three-goal win streak end and fell to 6-3. Next up for the Tar Heels is second-ranked Duke next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the UNC Lacrosse Stadium on the Chapel Hill campus. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Luke Maye, Garrison Brooks, Roy Williams Pre-Washington Press Conference

North Carolina forwards Luke Maye, Garrison Brooks, and coach Roy Williams speak with the media on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio ahead of the No. 1 seed Tar Heels' second round game on Sunday against No. 9 seed Washington. Read More...

Video: UNC Players Pre-Washington Locker Room Interviews

With Washington on tap Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for North Carolina, the Tar Heels spoke Saturday about the challenge of facing the Huskies, some history between a few players on both teams, and more. Here is what eight Tar Heels said Saturday about Sunday’s game against Washington in Columbus, Ohio. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Roy Williams, Luke Maye, Garrison Brooks Pre-Washington Press Conference Transcript

Luke Maye: "We're going to try to play the same way we've played all year. But it starts inside first. And myself and Garrison need to do our job on the glass and also making the shots inside. The biggest thing for us is to continue to play our game and play how Coach wants us to play, and that's just doing our jobs and making it easier on the guards." (ASAP Sports)

Washington Coach Mike Hopkins, Players Pre-UNC Press Conference Transcript

North Carolina leads the country in rebounding. They get a lot of points in the paint. How do you go about trying to slow them down? Noah Dickerson: "We play zone. And so we just play with our strength. Our zone is meant to stop that. We don't give up layups. We don't give up 3s. So basically our game plan is the same thing we did all year." (Video) (ASAP Sports)

Lucas: Carolina Basketball Notebook

One of Sunday's storylines will be Washington coach Mike Hopkins' pedigree as an assistant coach at Syracuse, where he spent over two decades as an assistant. The connections will be obvious immediately, as Washington plays the same 2-3 zone employed by Syracuse. Hopkins called the Syracuse zone "the foundation" of Washington's philosophy. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina Faces Washington Sunday For Sweet 16 Bid - Pregame Notes

Top seed North Carolina will meet No. 9 seed Washington on Sunday at 2:40 PM in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. UNC is 2-0 against Washington and has won its last 12 games against Pac-12 opponents. UNC is 13-1 against the Pac-12 under Roy Williams. The Tar Heels are 22-8 in the round of 32 since 1985. (GoHeels.com)

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