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Preview: UNC vs. Harvard, Round of 64
No. 4 seed North Carolina opens NCAA Tournament play on Thursday against No. 13 seed Harvard. The Tar Heels enter the contest at 24-11 and playing their best basketball of the season, as displayed during an improbable run to the ACC Tournament championship game. Harvard won the Ivy League to receive an automatic bid to the Big Dance. The Crimson enter the tournament with a record of 22-7.
A picture of health: Marcus Paige ready to move the way he prefers
UNC arrives for tonight’s NCAA Tournament opener against Harvard with an added sense of confidence, an enhanced belief rooted in the notion that the Tar Heels just might be realizing their best basketball here at the most critical stage of the season. That conviction has coincided with an unburdened Marcus Paige, whose recent increase in production has been attributed to the improving health of his right foot.
Preview & Prediction: #4 UNC vs #13 Harvard
What happened last week may have been UNC finally (and belatedly) clicking as a team. The normal mode of operation for a Roy Williams team is to hit its stride in early February and head into March playing extremely well. It seems that stride hasn't been hit until the past few games and coincided with two key factors. Prediction: UNC 68, Harvard 53
North Carolina PG Nate Britt looks ahead to Big Dance
As Nate Britt prepares for his second NCAA tournament appearance with North Carolina on Thursday, the one-time Gonzaga player can draw inspiration for a title run from the ascent of his former school to the WCAC championship last month. Britt took time to talk about the Eagles’ achievement as well his own adjustment this winter after switching his shooting hand from left to right.
UNC Freshman in the NCAA Tournament Stats
Heading into the 2015 NCAA Tournament, UNC will be leaning heavily on at least two freshman. Justin Jackson is a starter and one of four Tar Heels average in double figures. Joel Berry has been a critical component off the bench over the past few games. Theo Pinson, if healthy could also contribute. Here is how the freshman in the Roy Williams Era have performed in their first NCAA Tournament:
'I'm Back!': Untold Tales of Michael Jordan's 1st Return to the NBA 20 Years Ago
For all of the reasons Michael Jordan is the most celebrated athlete ever in basketball and branding, here's another one: He himself wrote arguably the most effective press release in the history of sports. And he only needed two words to do it. Sometimes in life, less is more.
Now healthy, Marcus Paige looking to rewrite season narrative
North Carolina guard Marcus Paige played through the pain for the better part of three months this season without complaint. Plantar fasciitis in his right foot was mild enough that he could run on it, yet annoying enough to keep him from going all out. He never knew when the pain would sharpen or if it would stay dull from one trip down the court to the next. It kept Marcus from being Marcus.
NCAA tourney: UNC Game Day
Harvard has the nation's 35th-most efficient defense, according to Ken Pomeroy. 6-foot-7, 225-pound Moundou-Missi (7.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks) was named the Ivy League's top defensive player, and opponents shoot only 44.1 percent from two-point range against the Crimson. UNC is obviously an upgrade in competition from the Ivy League, but Harvard operates with a defense-first mentality and plays at a slower pace.
Win or Go Home: UNC’s Tourney Journey Begins With Harvard
The fourth-seeded North Carolina basketball team, 24-11 overall and 11-7 in ACC play, gets its 2015 NCAA Tournament campaign underway Thursday night in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The opponent? The No. 13 seeds and Ivy League champions, Harvard Crimson. Expectations are always high for the Tar Heels this time of year. But what’s the secret to NCAA Tournament success?
Video: Marcus Paige Recaps Day 1 of NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville
With a couple of practices, media sessions and several bus rides, Wednesday was a long day for the Tar Heel basketball team but they still had time to interact with fans who came out to see them during their first day in Jacksonville, Florida for the NCAA Tournament.
Healthy Marcus Paige ready to tackle NCAA Tournament
“I play a lot better because I’m feeling a lot better.” That’s what Marcus Paige said Tuesday, about 48 hours before he and the Tar Heels take on Harvard in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The junior guard is finally healthy after battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot, sprains in both ankles and an injured hip throughout the season. And for the No. 15 Tar Heels, it’s coming at just the right time.
Marcus Paige, Siyani Chambers no strangers
Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers has a history with his North Carolina counterpart that predates college basketball. Chambers and UNC’s Marcus Paige will renew an old rivalry when the No. 4 Tar Heels face the No. 13 Crimson in tonight’s second round of the NCAA Tournament. The two saw a lot of each other in numerous scholastic and AAU tournaments throughout the Midwest.
Keys to Harvard vs. North Carolina
Look for Harvard to try to dictate pace when the Crimson work at slowing down the Tar Heels during the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday (7:20 p.m., TNT). “Tempo can change based on turnovers and bad shots, so if we can be efficient offensively, we like the chances of doing a much better job of managing the game,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said.
NCAA Update: Greetings from Jacksonville
The Daily Tar Heel NCAA crew — Senior Writer Aaron Dodson, Sports Editor Grace Raynor and Senior Photographer Halle Sinnott — all arrived in Florida Wednesday morning to kick off our coverage of the NCAA Tournament. UNC's first opponent is Harvard, whom they will matchup with on Thursday at 7:20 p.m. Eastern Time.
Jordan's 'I'm back' fax, 20 years later
When Michael Jordan announced his return to basketball 20 years ago today, he did so in a manner that was very much 20 years ago. He sent out a fax. "It was a sign of the times," recalls Jordan's agent, David Falk.