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Roy Williams Live: Justin Jackson Pressing
Justin Jackson, who was named the ACC Player of the Year last week, ended the ACC tournament on a lackluster note – shooting 11-33 from the field over the Tar Heels’ two games and 5-18 from the 3-point line. Roy Williams said that the Tomball, Tex. native had been feeling the pressure to perform at a top level even before the conference tournament began.
Jackson, Berry light Tar Heels' competitive fire
The University of North Carolina is equipped with superior talent and conditioned by the experience of last season’s runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels are the top seed in the South Region and are expected to cruise past No. 16 Texas Southern on Friday in the opening round at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
The top 50 March Madness players you should know
5. Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina Justin Jackson was a McDonald’s All-American out of high school and a solid starter his first two years at North Carolina. There was only one problem: His inability to consistently hit three-pointers was something of a fatal flaw in his skill set. Jackson has finally found his stroke as a junior and it unlocked his game.
How Greenville came to host the Big Dance
So long as the Confederate flag flew prominently on South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, the NCAA would not allow its billion-dollar showcase anywhere in the state. It's been a long walk in the wilderness, but now the flag has been relegated to a museum, and turmoil over another divisive issue in the other Carolina has helped bring the tournament back to Greenville.
UNC Ranked No. 6 in Final AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 Poll
The AP released its final men’s college basketball top 25 of the season Monday, the day after NCAA Tournament brackets were released. UNC finished at No. 6 in the poll, despite earning one of four No. 1 seeds in the big dance. Defending national champion Villanova–the tournament’s top overall seed–checked in as the nation’s top-ranked team.
Los Angeles Clippers Recall Brice Johnson From D-League
Brice Johnson was recalled from the D-League on Monday. The rookie out of North Carolina has appeared in only one game for the Clippers after dealing with a herniated disc in his back, and he's unlikely to be an impact player over the final month of the regular season. In three games for the Salt Lake City Stars, Johnson averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Guard play will be key for ACC's NCAA tournament success
Joel Berry is the key to the tournament for the Tar Heels, seeded No. 1 in a South Regional that also includes Kentucky and UCLA. Berry provides most of the ball handling and lot of the points. At his best, Berry is a star. But he’s also occasionally out of control and prone to forcing shots in close games. Nate Britt’s relief appearances will be important, too.
Lucas: Surprise, Surprise
It’s not very often that Roy Williams will admit that very much surprises him about his basketball team. As he correctly notes, he devotes his life to UNC basketball. If something surprises him, that means he wasn’t prepared, and if he wasn’t prepared, then he doesn’t believe he’s doing a good job. When you’re a Hall of Famer, it’s fair to say you’ve done a pretty good job.
Chansky’s Notebook: It Wasn’t the TO’s, Baby!
Timeouts did not put North Carolina out of the ACC tournament. Even though Roy Williams contributes to his own reputation by joking he will have time-outs left when he dies, his not calling enough TOs, baby, against Duke in Brooklyn didn’t cost his team the game. More so, poor management of Joel Berry’s foul problems did.
5 teams that could challenge UNC in South Region of NCAA Tournament
After winning the ACC regular-season crown by two games, the North Carolina men's basketball team sits atop the South Region of the NCAA Tournament with a No. 1 seed. The top-seeded Tar Heels (27-7, 14-4 ACC) have their sights set on returning to the Final Four, where UNC beat Syracuse in the 2016 semifinals before falling to Villanova as time expired in the title game.
UNC quest for redemption aided by No. 1 regional seeding
UNC’s semifinal loss to Duke in Brooklyn on Friday cost the Tar Heels a chance at adding a ACC tournament title to the regular season crown it won a week earlier. But it didn’t cost the Tar Heels a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, That’s significant, considering that all four of UNC’s national titles since the advent of seeding in 1978 were won as a No. 1 seed.
ICTV: Antawn Jamison Q&A
Nineteen years ago, unanimous National Player of the Year Antawn Jamison was leading North Carolina to back-to-back Final Four appearances. The former NBA All-Star, who was honored as an ACC Legend this weekend in Brooklyn, offered his insights on the Tar Heels as they prepare to open NCAA Tournament play on Friday.
Roy Williams: 'Use That As Motivation'
Motivation isn't difficult to muster this time of year, but just in case, Roy Williams posed a question to his team as it watched the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday. "What’s the most fun you ever had in basketball?" Last year's postseason run to the NCAA title game was the obvious answer. After all, the 2015-16 Tar Heels went undefeated in March.
How to win your NCAA office pool: Take North Carolina
Our Final Four picks leave us with three No. 1 seeds — Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas — and a No. 2 seed in Arizona. Villanova over Arizona in the all-Wildcats semifinal. North Carolina over Kansas in the all-Roy Williams other semifinal. That means a title-game rematch awaits. Villanova vs. North Carolina, once again. Repeat? Nope. This time, UNC wins it all.
Video: ESPN experts make their Final Four picks
Jay Bilas, Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg and Rece Davis make their picks for the Elite 8, Final Four and title game picks that features North Carolina and Duke from Tobacco Road on numerous occasions.