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Warm welcome greets Marcus Paige in his return to North Carolina

Marcus Paige couldn’t help but smile. He stepped on the court Thursday night for the 42nd time in the 2016-17 season in a navy Salt Lake City Stars uniform. He wore No. 4, clean white Nike shoes and black leggings. He looked like the Marcus Paige that North Carolina fans know and love, just in a different shade of blue. But tonight? Tonight was different. (Daily Tar Heel)

Marcus Paige finds Tar Heels, and questions about what could have been, just about everywhere

Tar Heel apparel was the clothing of choice at The Fieldhouse on Thursday, and 50-plus fans lined Salt Lake City’s path to the court, snapping pictures and slapping Marcus Paige’s hand. The reception is not surprising at a place like Greensboro. But Paige has discovered there are Tar Heel fans everywhere. “No matter where we go, there are Tar Heels,” he said. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tar Heels hope they've learned lesson of toughness

If the South Regional is being billed as three blue blood programs and Butler, then North Carolina isn’t buying it. “They’re right there with us and they’re right there deserving being in the Sweet Sixteen, and we’ve got to go out there and play tomorrow like we’re playing against an extremely good team, which we are,” guard Justin Jackson said Thursday. (Winston-Salem Journal)

2017 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Tip Times and TV Schedule

North Carolina survived a scare in Sunday's NCAA Round of 32 against Arkansas in Greenville, S.C., but the Tar Heels advanced and will face Butler in the Sweet 16 on Friday, March 24 in Memphis at 7:09 p.m. on CBS. Here is the complete schedule for the Sweet 16 matchups including tip times and TV networks. Read More...

Respect the name: Recent years mean Tar Heels won’t take Butler lightly

That Butler belongs among the name-brand headliners on this stage of the NCAA Tournament forms part of UNC’s approach entering Friday's Sweet 16 assignment. As Kennedy Meeks reasoned, Butler has played for two national titles during the last seven years. Moreover, six Tar Heels have received first-hand experience of the program’s capabilities. (Burlington Times News)

Jerry Stackhouse: Raptors-Bulls fight looked like fun

The events on the court at Air Canada Centre looked a little messy on Tuesday when Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez began throwing punches during the Toronto Raptors’ game against the Chicago Bulls. To Jerry Stackhouse, it looked like a good time. “That might have been my biggest regret of the year, not being able to be there last night,” Stackhouse said with a laugh. (SportsNet.ca)

Rosenbluth, Quigg To Host 1957 UNC Basketball Season Discussion

Undefeated. National Champions. History Made. Joing living Legends Freddie Kiger ’74 and special guests, Lennie Rosenbluth ’57 and Joe Quigg ’57, for a lecture on the 1957 UNC basketball season on Tuesday, April 4 from 7-9 p.m. at George Watts Hill Alumni Center in Chapel Hill. Lennie and Joe, two of the key players on the team will also answer questions. (UNC.edu)

Titans DL Sylvester Williams Wants to Make Late Father Proud

Sylvester Williams knows his late father is proud of him. As a member of the Titans, the team’s new defensive lineman plans to continue doing things to make his father happy. He just wishes his dad could witness it himself. “When I first went to college, my dad was so happy for me. The day I got drafted, he was so proud. I told him then: ‘Everything I do is going to be for you.'" (Tennessee Titans)

5 things you need to know about new Giants RB Shaun Draughn

29-year-old Shaun Draughn played four seasons at North Carolina and finished with 2,070 rushing yards. His best performance came during his final game in Carolina blue. Draughn rushed for a career-high 160 yards on 23 carries, including a 58-yard touchdown run, to help lead UNC to a 30-27 double overtime win over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl. (New York Giants)

Darian Durant nurses bittersweet feelings over trade to Alouettes

Darian Durant was betrayed by his emotions. The former Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback said all the right things while answering questions about his first return to the Queen City since his CFL rights were traded to the Montreal Alouettes on Jan. 13. But it was nonetheless obvious that he is still recovering from the transaction. “It’s bittersweet,’’ Durant said. (Regina Leader-Post)

UNC Superfan Covers Herself in Glitter For Eating Disorder Recovery

If you've been to a sports event at UNC in the past few years, you might have noticed a girl covered in blue glitter. That's senior Alex Koszeghy, better known around campus as Glitter Girl. But Alex's game-time ritual is about more than just school spirit. Glitter Girl has become an alter-ego for Alex, helping her through her recovery from an eating disorder. (Teen Vogue)

UNC vs. Butler: A Man's Game

North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson tried to tell Isaiah Hicks what to expect in that random ballroom on Paradise Island some two-and-a-half years ago. While the Tar Heels prepared for their Battle 4 Atlantis matchup with Butler in a makeshift locker room, the veteran coach told the then-sophomore forward that playing the Bulldogs was a man’s game. (Inside Carolina)

Maye Family Continues the Carolina Connection

Like many youngsters growing up in North Carolina, Luke Maye pretended to be a great Tar Heel quarterback when he threw the football around the yard. Unlike most youngsters, that UNC quarterback Maye was emulating was his father, Mark. “I idolized my father,” Luke says. “I wanted to throw the football like he threw it and I wanted to shoot the basketball like he shot it.” (Rams Club)

Video: North Carolina Pre-Sweet 16 Player Interviews

Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with reporters on Thursday prior to the Tar Heels' Sweet 16 game against Butler on Friday in Memphis. Here are their video interviews: Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, Stilman White

Update on Joel Berry's ankle

Joel Berry answered enough questions on his ankle on Thursday in Memphis to last him a lifetime. The point guard rolled his ankle last Friday in UNC's win over Texas Southern. He played against Arkansas in the second round. Since, Berry has been held out of practice, received treatment, and wore a boot for protective and cautionary purposes. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's focus on rebounding paying off

If you spend enough time around the North Carolina basketball program or coach Roy Williams you realize how important rebounding is. It's fair to say that rebounds are the one thing that Coach Williams and his staff stress the most. And it has paid off. UNC is first in the nation in rebound margin, first in total rebounds, and first in offensive rebounds. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding

Once again, UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health – in funding amounts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH has provided data for the 2016 fiscal year, and UNC’s Gillings School was listed as the number one school of public health in a public university, receiving $65,454,312 in funding for 107 total awards. (UNC.edu)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Butler Press Conference

North Carolina basketball head coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Thursday prior to the Tar Heels' Friday matchup in the Sweet 16 against Butler in Memphis. View Video...

Video: Berry, Jackson, Pinson Pre-Butler Press Conference

North Carolina juniors Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, and Justin Jackson spoke with the media on Thursday prior to the Tar Heels' Friday matchup in the Sweet 16 against Butler in Memphis. View Video...

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