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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.
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.
Zion Williamson Keeps Future Wide Open
Spartanburg Day School star Zion Williamson, among the nation’s top juniors this past season, says contrary to various chatter on social media, he’s not made any “final five” list for his college choices. The only school he’s committed to at this point is Spartanburg Day for his senior season. He also notes that he doesn’t plan to reveal his college choice until the after his senior season.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.