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Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski reiterate opposition to North Carolina bathroom bill

Hall of Fame college basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Roy Williams of North Carolina reiterated their frustration and disgust with both the law and the lawmakers who won’t repeal it now, depriving a college basketball-obsessed state NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference championship events. (USA Today)

Tar Heels face battle-tested Tigers

Texas Southern prepared for this day. The Tigers didn’t play a home game until January. They traveled to Arizona, Baylor and Louisville. They crushed the Southwest Athletic Conference. Call the No. 16 Tigers the David to top-seeded North Carolina’s Goliath in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Please. It’s a compliment. (Fayetteville Observer)

Ethan Albright, daughter Gracey turning heads with Page softball

Four seasons ago, Page softball was in need of a cornerstone player to build its program around. Yes, the school had just hired 16-year NFL veteran and UNC alum Ethan Albright to serve as its head coach, but coaches don’t play; players do. Turns out Albright didn’t have to search far, as the foundation was laid with his oldest daughter Gracey. (Greensboro News & Record)

Deborah Crowder's Emergence Alters NCAA Dynamic for UNC

Deborah Crowder’s decision to file an affidavit last week has added yet another twist in the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into academic irregularities at UNC. Crowder, a former office administrator in the institution’s African studies department (AFAM), was the centerpiece of Kenneth Wainstein’s October 2014 report detailing a “shadow curriculum.” (Inside Carolina)

Hats by Shea - UNC's new headwear

As the UNC basketball made their way to Greenville, S.C. On Wednesday night, the team and staff had on some interesting hats. The were all made by UNC walk-on wing Shea Rush. "My man Shea made some great hats for us," UNC freshman Brandon Robinson told CarolinaBlue. "He took a lot of time making the hats. He put everybody's own personality into the hats." (Carolina Blue)

HB2 questions follow North Carolina, Duke to Palmetto State

He may be coaching in an NCAA Tournament south of the state line, but North Carolina head coach Roy Williams hasn’t forgotten the politics that forced him there. A first- and second-round site that was supposed to be held in Greensboro, N.C., was instead relocated by the NCAA to Greenville due to the presence of North Carolina’s House Bill 2. (Charleston Post and Courier)

UNC freshmen ready for first NCAA action

CarolinaBlue spoke with each UNC freshman to gauge their emotions heading into their first NCAA Tournament. Tony Bradley: "I am feeling pretty good. I am ready to get it started. The winner stays. That's all I know. It's like any other game. I am excited." Seventh Woods: "I will probably sense it tomorrow. I usually don't get too nervous before games." (Carolina Blue)

'Redemption' group chat motivates UNC men's basketball ahead of NCAA Tournament

They’re united by long bus rides and hotel rooms and entire afternoons spent sweating together in the Smith Center. But there’s something else that connects the North Carolina men's basketball team: A group chat. Or, more noteworthy, the name of their group chat. A subtle reminder for why this UNC team has acted the way it has all season: Redemption. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Roy Williams, UNC prank freshmen at the NCAA Tournament

They did it last year and it worked again. Check out North Carolina coach Roy Williams and the UNC basketball players play a little prank on the freshmen as they get their first taste of the NCAA Tournament. Read More...

Tip times and TV information for First Four and first-round NCAA Tournament games

Plan your week now. Here are the tip times and TV information for the First Four games Tuesday and Wednesday and the first-round games Thursday and Friday for all North Carolina and ACC teams. All times Eastern. Read More...

Justin Jackson aims to push aside pressure

A string of subpar performances certainly don’t amount to an apocalypse, but they have raised concerns, North Carolina coach Roy Williams admitted, that Justin Jackson perhaps could be wearing down and fading a bit after shining for so long during this standout season. Not that Williams sounds worried about his team’s leading scorer. (Burlington Times News)

Tar Heels determined not to make history in NCAA opener

Someday, a No. 16 seed is eventually going to upset a No. 1 regional seed in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. It’s a possibility North Carolina’s Roy Williams said “worries the Dickens” out of every top-seeded coach the night before his team plays that first game. Williams ought to know. His teams have been a No. 1 seed 12 times at both UNC and Kansas. (North State Journal)

New dad Jacob Stallings returns to Pirates camp

Catcher Jacob Stallings looked a little relieved when he returned to Pirates camp Thursday morning after a whirlwind trip to Nashville to support his wife, Amy Beth, and see their baby boy, Emmitt Campbell Stallings, born Sunday. Stallings said was good to get his legs back under him at camp, but it was “a little weird” to be away from his family. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

TSU takes aim with slingshot in hopes of felling basketball goliath UNC

David was supposed to defeat Goliath. He was the expert. Texas Southern coach Mike Davis believes it's an understated point in perhaps the most widely told story about an underdog. That's what Davis asked his 16th-seeded Tigers as they prepare for a basketball goliath in No. 1 seed North Carolina in Friday's first-round NCAA Tournament game. (Houston Chronicle)

UNC Walk for Health Fun Run with Bobby Gersten

96-year-old Bobby Gersten, “The Great-Granddaddy of UNC Athletics” and UNC's oldest living basketball alumnus, will lead a fun exercise event to promote physical fitness on Saturday, April 1 at noon in Chapel Hill. Bobby G. will lead students and whoever else wants to join in a ½ mile fun exercise event to promote physical fitness. Everyone is welcome to participate. (UNC Walk for Health)

Video: UNC Basketball - Dunks & Hats, Having Fun But Focused

UNC arrived in style for their first round game in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, wearing hats made by teammate Shea Rush. The Tar Heels kept it loose at practice with some impressive dunks, but the players told ACCDN host Jeff Fischel they are having fun but focused for the tourney. View Video...

Here’s why the Tar Heels will only go as far as Joel Berry can take them

Joel Berry II might not be the MVP of this North Carolina basketball team, but I think he's the MEP. That would be “Most Essential Player,” and that is what Berry is for a Tar Heels squad that often takes its cues from its point guard. When Berry plays well, life is good for those who care about Carolina blue. When he plays poorly, life is often bad for UNC. (Charlotte Observer)

Tyler Hansbrough fighting for his career

Without a job since the Hornets chose not to re-sign him after last season, Tyler Hansbrough faced a crossroads at age 31: finish out his career in Europe, where the money would be better but the NBA opportunity distant, or bite the bullet and go the D-League route, where the money is nominal but the exposure to NBA coaches and scouts constant. (1070 The Fan)

Columbia's Seventh Woods raises his volume with Tar Heels

Seventh Woods transitioned from averaging 18.9 points per game as a senior at Hammond School to averaging merely 8.7 minutes per game on the fringe of Roy Williams' rotation. Woods said his most challenging adjustment was not skill. It was speech. “I’ve had to become more of a vocal player,” Woods said. “That’s something I’ve struggled with all my life.” (Greenville Online)

Tar Heels try for 'second chance,' at title in 2017 NCAA Tournament

Only one team enjoyed the last postseason longer, than Roy Williams' team did, but no team had to lose with stakes as high as UNC did to end last season either. Those two ways to look at the final moments of 2016 motivate the 2017 Tar Heels entering this season's NCAA Tournament. "The way that last year ended, I'm hoping that motivated them," WIlliams said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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No. 1 Carolina beats No. 2 Kansas, 54-53, in another triple overtime classic. Tommy Kearns jumps center against 7-0 All-America center Wilt Chamberlain. Lennie Rosenbluth scores 20, but fouls out in regulation. UNC center Joe Quigg hits the winning free throws with six seconds left in the third OT and Carolina caps perfect 32-0 season as national champions.

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