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Much higher marks needed for Badgers to advance past UNC
Top-seeded Wisconsin (33-3) will have to execute better on both ends of the court when it meets fourth-seeded North Carolina (26-11) at 7:47 p.m EDT Thursday at the Staples Center in the West Regional semifinals. "Obviously they are a really good team," senior guard Josh Gasser said, "so if we don't play well we probably won't end up on the winning side."
Former Badger Morgan Paige pulling for brother's Tar Heels
Former Wisconsin women's basketball player Morgan Paige won't be pulling for her alma mater on Thursday when Wisconsin faces North Carolina in the Sweet 16. That's because Paige's younger brother Marcus is the starting point guard for the Tar Heels. "I have pick blood over degree and I'll be cheering for my little brother," Paige said Tuesday.
Kennedy Meeks practices in LA, questionable for Thursday
UNC is still in wait-and-see mode with Kennedy Meeks’ knee injury ahead of their Sweet 16 game against Wisconsin, but the sophomore forward did take a step forward Tuesday. Meeks participated in the non-contact portion of the Tar Heels’ 90-minute practice at USC’s practice facility and will be reexamined before Wednesday’s practice to get a gauge of the swelling and discomfort.
Tar Heels Prepare For Badgers Thursday
North Carolina (26-11, 11-7 ACC) is the No. 4 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament West Regional and will make a record 26th appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 when it faces No. 1 seed Wisconsin (33-3, 16-2 Big Ten) on Thursday in Los Angeles. Kennedy Meeks sprained his left knee late in the win over Arkansas last Saturday and did not return to action. His availability for Thursday’s game is to be determined.
Maybe North Carolina’s Season Hasn’t Been That Bad
As North Carolina prepares for a Sweet 16 game against Wisconsin, the perception of this team has completely changed. Or, at least it should have. There are 16 teams left in the NCAA Tournament. Of those 16, six were UNC opponents during the regular season: Duke, N.C. State, UCLA, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Louisville. These teams accounted for 7 of UNC’s 11 losses.
Ranking the 2015 Sweet 16 starters from No. 80 to No. 1
21. Marcus Paige, UNC: As was the case last season, Paige has been at his best in the second half games for the Tar Heels. 30. Brice Johnson, UNC: Johnson has been really solid this season as both a scorer and a rebounder with tremendous athleticism. 32. Kennedy Meeks, UNC: We're in a wait-and-see mode with Meeks to see if he'll get to suit up for the Heels' game against Wisconsin.
The History of UNC Injuries in the NCAA Tournament
It really hasn't happened as much as we think, though I have five different seasons in mind where there was a UNC basketball injury that needed to be addressed. The first two came prior to the internet and social media. Now? We have tweets about seeing a player on campus. Did he have a brace? Crutches? Here is a brief run down of Tar Heel injuries heading into or during the NCAA Tournament.
Dean Smith: TV Schedule and Preview for Showtime Documentary
(Note: The article states that it's been "nearly a decade" since Dean Smith retired, and that he coached 27 years at UNC. Smith retired in 1997 after 36 seasons.) During his time prowling the sidelines for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Dean Smith helped set the standard for what a basketball coach should be, both in terms of on-court success and off-the-court guidance. Smith, who passed away in February at age 83, will be the subject of a Showtime documentary simply titled Dean Smith, which is set to air Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.
UNC, Duke, NC State point guards drive teams into Sweet 16
Triangle neighbors North Carolina, Duke, and NC State are getting top-notch play at the point. It's a big reason why they're headed to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 together for the first time in a decade. For the Tar Heels, a healthier Marcus Paige is back to knocking down big shots. And the Wolfpack's Anthony ''Cat'' Barber keeps sprinting by defenders in the open court.
Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes
Roy Williams on Kennedy Meeks’ injury status: “It’s not good. He did not practice today at all. We don’t know what it is going to be later in the week. We’ll just have to wait and see. They are not completely ruling him out and they aren’t saying he can play. I don’t think we’ll have him, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Hometown star J.P. Tokoto plays for Tar Heels in Sweet 16
The Wisconsin badgers will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. Badger fans in Southeastern Wisconsin are hoping for a Bucky win. But keep in mind, There's a hometown stud playing for the opposite team. His name is J.P. Tokoto. He's playing his junior year at North Carolina. J.P. spoke with his parents about the upcoming game, and he got some fatherly advice.
Marcus Paige’s improved play boosts Tar Heels
Marcus Paige admits that sometimes teammates, specifically Nate Britt, have called him Kemba or Shabazz this season. It gets on his nerves. He said he doesn’t really think about making the big plays while the game is happening. He reassesses his strategy during stoppages in play. But if UNC is going to keep playing, it’ll likely be because of big shots by Paige.
Like Brice: Former Edisto star says he can do even more in Tar Heels' run
Brice Johnson said he likes his team's chances as the Tar Heels battle their way through March Madness. The UNC forward has established himself as leader this season and has high hopes for his team that earned a No. 4 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. “I like our chances,” he said. “We just have to go out there and perform.” UNC is preparing for the top-seed Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday.
Big Badger Kaminsky to test mettle of UNC's Williams
Since leaving Greensboro, the Tar Heels have gone to Jacksonville and won two games in the NCAA Tournament to earn a Sweet 16 matchup against Wisconsin in Los Angeles on Thursday (7:47 p.m., TNT). The Badgers have big Frank Kaminsky, who leads Wisconsin with both 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. There's not a Tar Heel who can handle him, Roy Williams said.
Danny Green on Meeting Obama, San Antonio's Chances in NBA Playoffs, and March Madness (video)
San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green talked to Gospel Herald in an exclusive interview about meeting the president of the United States in the White House, how his team could fare in the upcoming NBA playoffs, and his experience in the NCAA Tournament known as March Madness.