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Roy Williams: "If we have the same ending (as last season), it means we still played until the last second of the last game. But the players, after the season was over last year, we got together. We talked to them. They used it as a little motivation, a little fuel to work really hard in the offseason. I told them then give us a chance and we'll try to make us a good team." (ASAP Sports)

Final Four breakdown: Which matchups will decide Gonzaga-South Carolina, Oregon-UNC?

North Carolina’s offensive rebounding vs. Oregon’s defensive rebounding: This has to be the starting point for every game that includes UNC. It’s not often that you see a team clean up 42% of its misses, but that’s what the Tar Heels do. They grabbed 13 offensive rebounds on 31 missed shots in the Elite Eight win over Kentucky, leading to 17 second-chance points. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC Final Four Team Send-Off Tuesday Evening

The UNC men's basketball team will travel to Phoenix on Tuesday evening in preparation for Saturday's NCAA Tournament Final Four game versus Oregon. Tar Heel fans can send off the team from Entrance D of the Smith Center in Chapel Hill at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Parking will be available after 5 p.m. in the lots surrounding the Smith Center. (GoHeels.com)

Harrison Barnes’ journey to becoming a master of the mid-range

As of March 27, Harrison Barnes had already hit more 2-point shots this season (494) than he did in his previous two seasons combined (442). After one-third of his total field goal attempts in his last two seasons were 3-point shots, Barnes has attempted less than 17 percent of his shots from 3-point land this year. Barnes has thrived in Dallas working from the mid-range. (Dallas Mavericks)

University of North Carolina, city of Chapel Hill rooting hard for Mitchell Trubisky

No North Carolina football player has ever carried the distinction of being a No. 1 overall pick. Four UNC players have been drafted No. 2 overall — the last two were Julius Peppers of the Panthers in 2001, and Lawrence Taylor of the Giants in 1981. Regardless, the city of Chapel Hill is behind Mitchell Trubisky, its newly adopted football hero. (The News-Herald)

UNC grad helping shape future of downtown Durham

Downtown Durham is a little noisy these days. Crews are busy working on projects across the city, including the 27-story One City Center tower. It's a far cry from the Bull City Nicole Thompson remembers from a quarter century ago. "It was not really a place that was first on your list of places to go. There was not really a lot to do," Thompson said. (WRAL.com)

Roy Williams ‘scared to death’ over Joel Berry II’s Final Four status after ankle injuries

UNC is going to be extra cautious with point guard Joel Berry this week after he went to the locker room during part of the first half in Sunday’s win over Kentucky. Bothered by a sprained ankle during the NCAA tournament, Berry will rest a lot this week. “Right now I’m scared to death because I just don’t know,” Roy Williams said about Berry’s Final Four status. (NBC Sports)

Last-shot practice pays with Final Four for North Carolina

Roy Williams sure has done his best to make sure his Tar Heels know how to hit game-winning shots. Now all that practice with a 15-second shot clock has paid off with a trip back to the Final Four. Luke Maye knocked down a jumper with 0.3 seconds left Sunday, answering Malik Monk's tying 3 and lifting North Carolina over Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional final. (Associated Press)

Video: Elite 8 Hero Luke Maye Recruited as a Walk-On For UNC

Roy Williams shares a story of his recruitment of Luke Maye and tells how he once planned on Maye being a walk-on before awarding him with a scholarship. Hear the funny story from when coach Williams told Maye that he had earned a scholarship, courtesy of the ACC Digital Network. View Video...

This Week in UNC Baseball with Mike Fox

Inside Carolina continues its exclusive weekly interview with UNC head coach Mike Fox after the team’s third straight ACC series victory, this time over Miami. The No. 7 Diamond Heels 18-6 (6-3 ACC) take on reigning national champion Coastal Carolina on Tuesday before departing for Tallahassee to take on the 12th- ranked Seminoles. (Inside Carolina)

2017 NCAA Tournament Superlatives: Best Players, Unforgettable Moments, Biggest Disappointments

All Tournament Team: Luke Maye, UNC: As weird as it may sound, in North Carolina’s loaded front court, Maye was the best of the bunch the last two weeks. He had 16 points and 12 boards in the Sweet 16 win over Butler and followed that up with 17 points — including the regional-winning jumper with 0.3 seconds left — as the Tar Heels knocked off Kentucky. (NBC Sports)

UNC Baseball Rises to No. 8 in D1Baseball Top 25

The UNC baseball team has built a two-game lead atop the ACC Coastal Division, riding a red-hot pitching staff to a fantastic start to the 2017 season. On Monday, the Tar Heels moved up two spots in the D1Baseball.com Top 25–checking at No. 8. Atlantic Division leaders Louisville (No. 2) and Clemson (No. 5) remain the only teams in the ACC ranked ahead of UNC. (Chapelboro.com)

Pinson and Maye recap game-winning play

Theo Pinson breaks down his thought process and what went in down in the final play. "We know coach is not going to call a timeout in that situation. He is going to let us make a play. It's a tie game. Joel got denied (the ball). I got the ball. I wanted to just attack. They didn't get back as fast as I thought they would. So I was like, 'let me keep putting pressure on the defense.'" (Carolina Blue)

Brandon Riley Named ACC Baseball Player of the Week

UNC’s Brandon Riley has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Week. Riley hit .600 in four games last week as No. 10 North Carolina went 3-1 with a win at East Carolina and a series victory over Miami. The sophomore outfielder tallied nine hits, eight RBIs, two home runs, five runs scored, and reached base safely in 10 of 16 plate appearances. (The ACC)

UNC-Kentucky Postgame Notes

Luke Maye’s final shot was UNC’s first game-winner in the final second since Marcus Paige beat NC State, 85-84, on a driving layup with 0.9 seconds to play in Raleigh on 2/26/14. It was the first time a Tar Heel scored a game-winning shot in the last 10 seconds of an NCAA Tournament game since Rick Fox banked in the winner against No. 1 Oklahoma in the 1990 second round. (GoHeels.com)

Memphis and Maye

Luke Maye. Of course. Who else would hit the winner in this city? Not any of the one-and-dones, or the McDonald’s All-Americans, or the future lottery picks. The underdog. The kid with the chip on his shoulder. The player Roy Williams first tried to recruit as a walk-on. So the ball found Maye. And Maye found a permanent place in North Carolina basketball history. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

How Kennedy Meeks earned UNC’s first net after the win over Kentucky

When North Carolina cut down the nets after beating Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional Final, head coach Roy Williams put the first net on the head of senior Charlottean Kennedy Meeks. “His rebounds were great, his blocks were crucial and overall he had a solid game,” said Joel Berry II about Meeks’ seven-point, 17-rebound game against Kentucky. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heels have heroes to spare in Elite Eight win

You want heroes? There are heroes. There was Joel Berry II. “Let’s talk about Joel Berry,” said coach Roy Williams. The junior guard sprained his right ankle in Greenville during the tournament’s opening weekend.Then seemingly reaggravated it each subsequent game. “We didn’t say anything about it, but he sprained it again during practice, yesterday,” Williams said. (Carolina Blue)

Chansky’s Notebook: Cool Hands All Around

Cool Hand Luke Maye won it, along with tournament MVP, but not without help of his teammates. Joel Berry rolls his left ankle after playing with an already sprained right ankle. Stilman White comes off the bench to draw two fouls on Kentucky’s star guard and makes a nifty reverse layup. Kennedy Meeks bags 17 rebounds and Justin Jackson fights for 19 points. (Chapelboro.com)

Before the big shot, Kennedy Meeks made a big impact on the boards

Luke Maye finished with 17 points, including the game-winning jumper. And Theo Pinson was the man who found him, sucking defenders into the lane before kicking it out. But without a career-high 17 rebounds, four blocks and stout low-post defense from Kennedy Meeks, the Tar Heels likely wouldn’t have found themselves in that situation in the first place. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

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