Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Harvard's Amaker set for familiar foe in UNC
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker is very aware of the UNC basketball program. The former Duke player and assistant coach has faced-off against the Tar Heels 34 times since 1984. On the eve of match-up No. 35, though, Amaker is insistent that it’s not about him, it’s about his Harvard team that is making their fourth consecutive trip to the big dance. “I try to keep my history out of it,” Amaker said.
Roy Williams NCAA Tournament Press Conference Quotes
Roy Williams: "We just got in late last night. We've already practiced off-site, had a good practice, good workout. We'll go out and shoot it around a little bit and try to get used to the surroundings, feel ecstatic about being here, and so far have made it through the first practice we've had today without anybody getting hurt, so we're feeling good."
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Harvard
As a team Harvard shoots 35% from three but has just two players who hits them consistently. Leading scorer Wesley Saunders is at 42% but has only taken 69 threes in 30 games. Corbin Miller has hit 35% of his threes on 159 attempts. Harvard has posted some fairly solid rebounding numbers but the caveat there is Harvard doesn't face many teams with UNC's size.
Lucas: UNC Basketball Notebook
Tempo could be the key storyline on Thursday night when Carolina faces Harvard (7:20 p.m., TNT) in Jacksonville. The Crimson have one of the slowest adjusted tempo ratings in the nation according to KenPom.com; the only ACC teams that rank below them are Pittsburgh and Virginia. Harvard coach Tommy Amaker believes his team taking care of the ball will be the key to playing at a slower pace.
Harvard aims to match UNC's talent with experience
Harvard's basketball players had their game faces on this afternoon when talking about their second-round NCAA Tournament matchup with North Carolina. Harvard is the No. 13 seed in the West Region of the tournament. UNC is the No. 4 seed. Those squads play here Thursday (7:20 p.m., TNT) in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
No. 4 seed North Carolina opens the 2015 NCAA Tournament against No. 13 seed Harvard on Thursday. Tip-off at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is set for 7:20pm and will be televised by TNT. Harvard enters the NCAA Tournament with a 22-7 (11-3 Ivy League) record. This is the fourth year in a row that coach Tommy Amaker has led Harvard to the NCAA Tournament.
UNC Among the Best Non 1-2 Seed Contenders to Reach Final 4
North Carolina (4) – Everyone loves talking about Wisconsin or Arizona giving Kentucky a run in the Final Four? What about a team with a) size to match the Wildcats (won offensive rebound battle 18-11 in 1st meeting) and b) the revenge factor (84-70 loss at Rupp in December)? But the Tar Heels are hit and miss (lost to Butler, Iowa) and prone to late-game collapses (Duke, Notre Dame).
Tar Heels To Meet Harvard Thursday
North Carolina (24-11, 11-7 ACC) is the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament West Regional and will face No. 13 seed Harvard (22-7, 11-3 Ivy League) on Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. The Tar Heels and Crimson will tip off at 7:20 p.m. in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The winner will advance to Saturday’s third round against the winner of No. 5 seed Arkansas vs. No. 12 seed Wofford.
UNC Basketball: What to Look for From Harvard
The Harvard Crimson match up against the Tar Heels as the 13th seed, having strung together six straight 20-win seasons. And if UNC hopes to dodge an opening-game pitfall against a team making its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, it will need to sidestep a 22-7 Crimson squad that has had its offensive struggles but counters with one of the country’s more stifling defenses.
Audio: UNC Basketball Healed and Ready?
Pete Dawson and Dewey Burke break down North Carolina's first round foe, Harvard, and discuss potential second round opponent Arkansas, as well as discuss the state of the Tar Heels heading into the NCAA tourney.
March 18, 1995: Michael Jordan Ends 17-Month Retirement To Rejoin Chicago Bulls
March 18, 1995: Michael Jordan announces he's coming back to basketball after taking 17 months off. Jordan shocked the sports world when he retired in 1993 to pursue a career in baseball. He played for the Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions, but never made it to the majors. Jordan returned to the Bulls in 1995 wearing No. 45 and led them to three straight NBA titles (1996-1998).
The 'Inside the NBA' crew gave Kenny Smith a scooter for turning 50
March 8 is Kenny Smith's 50th birthday! So the Inside the NBA crew got him a gift! But not a particularly nice one. Smith got a mobility scooter, which he used to ride over to the big board where he displays his "Kenny's Pictures" segment. It has rims. Well, not rims, a rim. A basketball hoop strapped to the front.
Introducing North Carolina: Seven Questions With a Tar Heels Beat Reporter
As the Harvard men's basketball team (22-7, 11-3 Ivy league) prepares to face the University of North Carolina (24-11, 11-7 ACC) Saturday, Crimson staff writer Jacob D. H. Feldman got in touch with a reporter on the Tar Heels beat to learn about this year's Carolina squad. Here's what Ross Martin, a writer/editor for CarolinaBlue.com, had to say.
Tar Heels riding Jackson, Berry into NCAA Tournament
North Carolina is playing its best basketball heading into the NCAA tournament, and the Tar Heels’ highly touted freshmen are a big reason why. Justin Jackson and Joel Berry played critical roles in No. 15 UNC’s run to the ACC championship game. Jackson even made the all-tournament team. “It is progress,” UNC coach Roy Williams said.
Improving Tar Heels deal with peaks and valleys
In Greensboro, the Tar Heels often performed at a level befitting a team with Final Four aspirations, and their lapses were only punitive in the final game. Another loss ends the season, as fourth-seeded UNC (24-11) takes on 13th-seeded Harvard (22-7) in an NCAA tournament opener Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida.