What UNC will look like next season without Joel Berry and Theo Pinson
Joel Berry and Theo Pinson left North Carolina’s locker room after Sunday’s loss to Texas A&M to wait for the post-game press conference. Starters Kenny Williams, Luke Maye and Cam Johnson were left in the stunned locker room to answer questions about UNC's second-round loss to the Aggies. It was a glimpse of what next season will look like for the Tar Heels.
Video: Luke Maye's Rise To Stardom at UNC
A year ago, Luke Maye averaged 5.5 PPG as a reserve for UNC before etching his name in college basketball history with one of the most memorable shots to beat Kentucky in the Elite 8. The Tar Heels went on to win the National Championship and Maye used the confidence from his iconic shot to propel him to new heights.
Video: UNC Players Pre-Texas A&M Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina's locker room was open for interviews for 40 minutes Saturday before the Tar Heels practiced at Spectrum Center to prepare for Sunday's opponent, Texas A&M, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Here is what Theo Pinson, Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Joel Berry, and Sterling Manley had to say:
Video: Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson Pre-Texas A&M Press Conference
North Carolina's Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, and Luke Maye speak with the media on Saturday ahead of the Tar Heels' game against Texas A&M Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Roy Williams, UNC Players Pre-Texas A&M Press Conference Transcript
Luke, you have a pretty daunting task coming into this game going against Texas A&M bigs. Can you talk about that matchup, please? Luke Maye: All three of them are really skilled. I think we've had experience going against Duke three times, and having teams like Louisville and Miami who both present a strong front court, but I think it will be a great test for us.
UNC vs. Texas A&M Preview
Texas A&M plays an incredibly big lineup, especially when compared to UNC. The Aggies have the sixth tallest team, and start three players who are at least 6-foot-9, while the Tar Heels start no players over 6-foot-8. This will put pressure on Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Theo Pinson in the starting lineup as they will all be forced to guard bigger players.
Video: UNC Players Post-Lipscomb Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday by defeating Lipscomb, 84-66, at Spectrum Center and is now one game away from the Sweet 16 of the West Region. Here is what Kenny Williams, Sterling Manley, Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Garrison Brooks, and Cameron Johnson had to say after the game:
The North Carolina Basketball Record Book (Pre-NCAA Tournament Edition)
Should North Carolina advance to the Final Four, Joel Berry will likely become just the second Tar Heel to ever make 100+ three-pointers in a single season (Justin Jackson is the other). Should Carolina advance to the Final Four, Luke Maye will likely become just the second Tar Heel to ever grab 400+ rebounds in a single season (Brice Johnson is the other).
Luke Maye Loves Charlotte
As UNC finished its open practice Thursday and players dispersed across the Spectrum Center to sign autographs, most fans navigated toward one corner in particular. Unsurprisingly, that's where Luke Maye was heading. And if the Huntersville, N.C., native didn't feel at home already, he certainly did then, with the crowd around him constantly growing.
Video: UNC Players Pre-Lipscomb Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina's locker room Thursday was loose, fun and confident. The Tar Heels spoke about Friday's first-round NCAA Tournament game versus Lipscomb, their mindset entering the big dance, what they learned in Brooklyn last week, and more. Here is what Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye, Theo Pinson, and Joel Berry had to say:
Tar Heels ready for another long March mission
Luke Maye is excited to be back in Charlotte. Genuinely excited. He's usually a pretty stone-faced interview, but Luke lit up when he got that inevitable question Thursday. He went home last night to visit his folks, said his grandma actually lives downtown (for the nightlife, I'm guessing) and just generally gleamed about playing here for the weekend.
Kenny Williams Ready for NCAA Tournament Opportunity
Now, nearly a full year removed from his roommate Luke Maye’s theatrics against Kentucky and UNC’s national championship, Kenny Williams has embraced the Tar Heels’ late season charge to the ACC Tournament championship game and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament as a starter once again. “I’m just trying to have fun, honestly,” Williams said."
NCAA tournament bracket: 2018 March Madness West region capsules
It was an up-and-down season for the Tar Heels after losing several pieces from last year’s title team. The low points were losses to Wofford at home and three consecutive defeats in January. A strong finish has given the team hope of an extended tournament run. The experience of Joel Berry II and Luke Maye — part of five upperclassmen starters — is one big advantage.
Rundown of Charlotte area basketball players going dancing in the NCAA Tournament
Luke Maye, (Hough) and Aaron Rohlman (Hunter Huss), North Carolina: Maye, a North Carolina junior, is a former Hough all-state forward. One of the heroes of the Tar Heels’ 2017 run to the national championship was named a first team All-ACC pick March 4. North Carolina senior, Aaron Rohlman, is a walk-on and reserve off the bench for the Tar Heels.
Luke Maye Named Academic All-America
The College Sports Information Directors of America has named UNC junior forward Luke Maye a second-team Academic All-America. Maye, a business administration major and a student in the Kenan Flagler Business School, is the 15th Tar Heel to earn Academic All-America honors and the third in the last eight years along with Tyler Zeller and Marcus Paige.