Arkansas senator files resolution to chastise NCAA refs after loss to UNC

In Senate Resolution 19, Sen. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, states that Arkansas' “devastating and grievous loss” in the NCAA Tournament left “children crying, grown men weeping, cows unable to produce milk, chickens ceasing to lay eggs, and lambs lying with lions.” That loss was “aided and abetted” by a referee’s “profoundly poor” call. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

Justin Jackson among 10 best Sweet 16 NBA Draft prospects

6. Justin Jackson, North Carolina: It seems like the Tar Heels have one guy every year that blossoms into a star. This was Jackson's year to do so, as he went from inconsistent role player into team leader, scoring 18.2 points and grabbing 4.8 rebounds per game. Jackson shot 50 percent from the field and 39 percent on 3s. He might not be a lottery pick, but he's a first-rounder. (North State Journal)

Say hello to Tyler Lewis...again

When North Carolina meets up with Butler in the Sweet 16, Roy Williams and the Tar Heels will recognize a familiar face. Former NC State point guard Tyler Lewis, who has made 23 starts this season, is one of the key components of Butler’s rotation. During his two seasons as a member of the Wolfpack, Lewis faced the Tar Heels four times. (ACC Sports Journal)

North Carolina could blow up at any moment

In some ways, North Carolina’s toughest foe is...North Carolina. If UNC can avoid self-inflicted mishaps, it’s hard to imagine any other teams that Roy Williams’ group can’t take down. It was clear when they demolished N.C. State 107-56 on Jan. 8, and again during a 65-41 thrashing of Virginia last month. The problem: That version of UNC isn’t always the one to take the stage. (FanRag Sports)

North Carolina vs. Butler: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview and Prediction

Butler built a reputation as a giant killer under former head coach Brad Stevens. It will take a similar David vs. Goliath effort for the Bulldogs to return to the Elite Eight. Butler is a tenacious defensive team, but North Carolina has far too many options on offense. The last team standing in the ACC will live to play on for at least another round. Prediction: UNC 76, Butler 68 (Athlon Sports)

5 keys to UNC basketball winning a championship

North Carolina basketball returns to action in Memphis on Friday night in the Sweet 16. The top-seeded Tar Heels will take on Butler in a 7:09 p.m. tipoff at FedEx Forum. The winner faces either Kentucky or UCLA Sunday for the right to advance to the Final Four. What are the five keys to North Carolina winning a national championship? (ACC Sports Journal)

Tar Heels, humbled ACC still can swing for fences

The ACC still has a chance to do something somewhat remarkable this basketball season. With UNC in the NCAA Sweet 16 in Memphis for a game against Butler on Friday and Georgia Tech to face Cal-Bakersfield in the NIT semifinals in New York, the ACC has a shot at winning the two oldest and most established postseason events in the same postseason. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy’s Rib Rendezvous

With Roy Williams busy coaching UNC towards another Final Four and John Vergos running Rendezvous, arguably the most popular rib joint in Memphis, for now they’ll just have to settle for a mutual respect and a shared meal while the Tar Heels are in town once again. “Roy Williams has been coming here since he coached at Kansas,” Vergos told me Wednesday. (SportsChannel 8)

Tar Heels vs. Butler In Sweet 16

North Carolina will meet the Butler Bulldogs on Friday at 7:09 p.m. Eastern Time at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. The game is one NCAA South Regional semifinal. The winner will advance to play the Kentucky/UCLA winner on Sunday in Memphis. Roy Williams is 72-24 overall in the NCAA Tournament, including 38-10 at North Carolina and 34-14 at Kansas. (

A look at Justin Jackson’s record-breaking season (so far)

It goes without saying that Justin Jackson is having quite the season in his junior year for North Carolina. The ACC Player of the Year and ACC First-Team member has been putting up big numbers in big games for the better part of the season, and overall has been playing as the best version of himself that we have seen since becoming a Tar Heel in 2014. (Tar Heel Blog)

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3. North Carolina Tar Heels: Parts of the Tar Heels' offense seem designed to get senior center Kennedy Meeks rim-rolling for offensive-rebound opportunities, as opposed to rim-rolling to catch passes. This handoff action with Justin Jackson from the Arkansas game is a good example; the help Jackson attracts clears a lane for Meeks to rumble rimward. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC's Uniforms Rank Tops Among Sweet 16 Teams

1. North Carolina: The classics are considered classics for a reason. From the lettering that frames the chest number to the argyle trim, UNC's home whites are the visual essence of college basketball. The blue NCAA patch even color-coordinates with the uniform -- a nice coincidence that reinforces the notion that March Madness and UNC were made for each other. (

UNC Coach Deke Adams Juggles Dual Roles

As recruits filed into the Kenan Football Center for UNC's exclusive junior day, Deke Adams scanned the crowd of blue-chippers in search of defensive line prospects. While browsing, Adams couldn’t help noticing a very familiar face. Adams, UNC’s defensive line coach, has known this familiar face since birth. Now, Adam's youngest son - Jordyn Adams - is a UNC recruit. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels take stock of first-half flops

The underwhelming way North Carolina has closed the first halves of recent basketball games keeps opening the door for problems. It’s a disconcerting pattern that has become a topic of conversation during the NCAA Tournament, swingman Theo Pinson said, as the Tar Heels approach their matchup against Butler on Friday in the South Regional semifinals. (Burlington Times News)

Tyler Zeller tries to stay fresh off the bench

Tyler Zeller admits that he gets frustrated when he goes long stretches — as he has often over the past two years in Boston — without playing. When he gets frustrated, he works out even harder than he normally does. Usually, that works out for him in keeping him ready for those times when Celtics coach Brad Stevens does call his number. Other times, it can backfire. (Providence Journal)

What can Jonathan Cooper be for the Cowboys?

Jonathan Cooper is a player who has started 14 games in his three seasons and still has some of the ability that he flashed at North Carolina. Cooper still has the ability to be a solid if not good starting offensive lineman in the NFL, and playing between the likes of Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick in Dallas will only help Cooper be more effective. (FanRag Sports)

UNC Softball Suffers Setback at No. 20 Tennessee

North Carolina’s 11-game road trip came to an end on Wednesday with a 9-2 defeat at No. 20 Tennessee. In the first meeting between the two teams in a decade, the Volunteers scored all nine runs with two outs to hand UNC (24-7) back-to-back losses for the first time since opening day. Taylor Wike led the Tar Heels, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double. (

Video: Walk 2 the House! with Mitchell Trubisky,T.J. Logan, Bug Howard

Cover32 continues their Path 2 the Pros coverage of our 2017 Spotlight School, the University of North Carolina. We took a Walk 2 the HOUSE! with QB Mitchell Trubisky, combine-fastest RB T.J. Logan, and the quick-witted and clutch performing WR Bug Howard. View Video...

No. 8 UNC Baseball Tops ECU, 6-2

Brandon Riley matched a career high with four RBIs and hit his first home run of the year as No. 8 North Carolina beat No. 19 East Carolina 6-2 Wednesday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Rodney Hutchison Jr. and Josh Hiatt combined for six shutout innings of relief for the Tar Heels, who won their third straight in the series. (

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