UNC Basketball

Marcus Paige happy with college decision

The home-state connections are ever-present today in the NCAA Tournament for North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige. The Tar Heels take on Iowa State, the Big 12 Conference school that started recruiting him as a freshman in high school and is located in Ames, about a two-hour drive from where he grew up in Marion. (Gaston Gazette)

UNC freshman Kennedy Meeks a key variable in NCAA tournament

Inside the UNC locker room on Saturday, Kennedy Meeks sat alone in front of his stall while people with the cameras and microphones rushed past to talk to James Michael McAdoo and others. Meeks, the freshman forward from Charlotte, is a starter for the Tar Heels but he doesn’t receive the most attention. That’s fine by him. Even he didn’t know how much his success has meant to his team. (Charlotte Observer)

With Niang out, will Cyclones employ air assault against Tar Heels?

Fred Hoiberg is fairly conservative. He doesn’t really say or do many things people would call outrageous. Tune in Sunday to see if that’s still the case. His team’s best chance to beat sixth-seeded North Carolina in the third round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional just might be an aerial assault over the heads and beyond the long reach of taller Tar Heels. (Des Moines Register)

Niang keeps Cyclones cool as Carolina awaits

Iowa State marches into today's game against North Carolina (24-9, 13-5 ACC) with a shot at its first Sweet 16 berth since 2000 and has prepared to do so without its key facilitator on offense. In his last five games Georges Niang has scored in bunches, averaging just above 20 points and six rebounds per game. This is including Friday night’s 24 points. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

Tar Heels Face Iowa State Sunday

Sixth-seeded North Carolina (24-9) will play third-seeded and ninth-ranked Iowa State (27-11) on Sunday in the NCAA East Regional in San Antonio with a berth in the Sweet 16 at stake. The Tar Heels and Cyclones will tip off at 5:15 p.m. Eastern (4:15 p.m. locally in San Antonio) on Sunday afternoon in the AT&T Center. (

'Second-most hated man in Iowa' could lead Fred Hoiberg Fan Club

North Carolina coach Roy Williams acted like he was president of Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg's Fan Club on Saturday. "Fred Hoiberg, in the 15 years I was at Kansas, was my favorite player ever on another team that I coached against,” Williams said. "I just loved the way he played. Loved the way he handled himself." (Des Moines Register)

Roy Williams Pre-Iowa State Press Conference Quotes

Roy Williams: "We still haven't played anywhere close to the pace that I want us to play. Iowa State's playing the way I want to play. I mean, their pace is really good. Five guys run. We're averaging 70 something a game. I had a team that averaged 92 a game one time. We didn't shoot a thousand threes or anything like that. So we're not playing at the pace that I would like for us to." (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: Scouting It Out

Roy Williams is fond of saying he has the best coaching staff in the nation. This is the time of year when they, like coaches across the nation, are tested. A one-day turnaround to get ready for an unfamiliar opponent like Iowa State is a challenge. But the process actually begins much earlier. (

Iowa State loses star forward Niang, but UNC focuses on defense

North Carolina stressed rebounding in the week leading up to the NCAA Tournament. Then the Tar Heels outrebounded Providence by 14 and doubled up the Friars in second-chance points. Now No. 19 UNC hopes to have another sudden improvement — this time on the defensive end — heading into today’s Round of 32 matchup against No. 9 Iowa State at the AT&T Center (5:15 p.m., CBS). (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Iowa State

It is a rare game indeed where UNC is actually ranked below its opponent in adjusted tempo. This is such a game. After spending ACC play facing the slowest tempo conference in the country, the Tar Heels will play against a team that is happy to get up and down the court. (Tar Heel Blog)

Track Meet on Tap for UNC-Iowa State

Iowa State thrives in a manner that’s old hat for Roy Williams. The Cyclones dare their opposition to run with them, which comes as a welcome invitation for the halfcourt-challenged Tar Heels. Fred Hoiberg’s squad ranks 15th nationally in adjusted tempo (71.4), according to, while UNC checks in at 20th (70.7). (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Iowa State Preview

Even though Niang can't go he's got two teammates that can pick him and the rest of the team up. Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane have the skills to fill it up in all the triple-double categories, and the length and athleticism to defend multiple positions. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Remembering Bones McKinney

A native of Durham who played for one of the best high school basketball teams in history and lived in shadow of Duke University, McKinney played basketball for both N.C. State and North Carolina, coached at Wake Forest, was integral in the integration of the NBA and became the first professional basketball coach in North Carolina before spending the last years of his life living in Hickory. (Gaston Gazette)

Previewing Iowa State

Standing between North Carolina and the Sweet 16 is No. 3-seed Iowa State and its high-powered offense. Tip-off on Sunday in San Antonio is set for 5:15 p.m. ET and will be televised by CBS. Iowa State enters Sunday’s contest with a 27-7 (11-7 Big 12) record. The Cyclones went 12-6 against teams in the NCAA Tournament. (Inside Carolina)

Video: McAdoo talks free throws in post-Providence interview

UNC forward James Michael McAdoo says his sub-54% free throw shooting may not be pretty, but behind the confidence and trust of his teammates, he sank his biggest one of the season to beat Providence. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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