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Video: Justin Jackson, J.P. Tokoto Pre-Arkansas Press Conference
Justin Jackson and J.P. Tokoto meet with the media Friday, the day before North Carolina's NCAA third round match up with Arkansas.
Roy Williams NCAA Tournament Friday Press Conference Quotes
You are one win behind Coach Smith in NCAA Tournament wins. Does that number mean anything to you? Roy Williams: "Well, it does now. I didn't know it beforehand. Wow. You know, the other night after a game in the ACC Tournament, they told me that we had passed or tied Coach Allen, Dr. Allen, and I didn't realize that, and I didn't realize this about Coach Smith."
Recent wave of sports deaths all too real for Sam Perkins
The calls have become disturbingly normal. Too many times this year, Sam Perkins has answered his phone, learned of a death from his basketball past and mourned, realizing his own mortality during this never-ending grieving process. Dean Smith, his legendary college coach at North Carolina, a man he revered and helped win a national championship in 1982, died on Feb. 7.
NCAA tournament preview: North Carolina vs. Arkansas
Can North Carolina put together a complete 40 minutes? The Tar Heels were the superior team against Harvard, pulling out to a 16-point lead in the second half. But then they seemed lackadaisical with their effort as Harvard started to chip away at the lead. Such lapses cannot continue into the tournament if UNC wants to make a run at a national championship. Arkansas poses its own challenges because of its press.
Tar Heels Face Arkansas For Sweet 16 Berth
North Carolina is the No. 4 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament West Regional and beat No. 13 seed Harvard, 67-65, in the second round on Thursday evening in Jacksonville. The Tar Heels advance to face No. 5 seed Arkansas on Saturday at approximately 8:40 p.m. in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Razorbacks beat Wofford, 56-53, on Thursday night.
Saunders' last-second miss seals win for UNC
Roy Williams had his eye on Wesley Saunders, the Harvard guard who was the Crimson’s only player this season to boast a double-digit scoring average. The one who, before UNC’s eventual 67-65 win over the Crimson Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, accounted for 40 percent of Harvard’s total offense. “He was a load, and we knew that,” said Roy Williams of Saunders.
Survived And Advanced: UNC Holds On To Beat Harvard
The ball clanked off the backboard and bounced fruitlessly off the rim. UNC won, 67-65, surviving and advancing from an opening-round scare from No. 13 seed Harvard in Jacksonville. In the end, it didn't matter that the Tar Heels allowed Harvard, capitalizing on the same mistakes that have followed UNC for months, to mount a double-digit comeback. They moved on to face No. 5 seed Arkansas on Saturday.
Justin Jackson's up-and-down night ends with a flourish
North Carolina freshman Justin Jackson scored a game-tying basket and converted a go-ahead dunk in the last 70 seconds of a 67-65 win against Harvard. A strong finish erased some of the frustration from a difficult NCAA tournament debut. Jackson led the fourth-seeded Tar Heels with 14 points, but he committed four costly turnovers and was outhustled for a rebound that preceded a go-ahead four-point play for the Crimson.
UNC-Arkansas Scheduled for 8:40 PM on Saturday
UNC vs. Arkansas will be the second game on Saturday in Jacksonville. Tipoff time is set for 8:40 PM on TNT but in reality it will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Xavier vs. Georgia State game which begins at 6:10 PM.
Tar Heels Survive Harvard's Upset Bid
On a day of upsets in the NCAA Tournament, No. 4 seed North Carolina narrowly avoided joining the fray when Wesley Saunders’s 3-pointer from the top of the key missed its mark with two seconds left, preserving a 67-65 Tar Heel victory. UNC outshot Harvard 55.1 percent to 38.2 percent, although the hustle stats broke in the Crimson’s favor.
Lucas: Film Work And Feeling
Steve Robinson stood in a corner of the Carolina locker room after the win, looking as tired as downtown Jacksonville real estate. He had just watched the Tar Heels turn the ball over too much, give up too many second chance points, and fail to put away a less talented opponent. Yet somehow they had won the game, thanks largely to having an accurate forecast of what Harvard wanted to run at a key moment.
Tar Heels survive scare
It was neither easy nor pretty, but North Carolina found a way — a breakaway dunk by Justin Jackson with 23.8 seconds remaining — to beat Harvard, 67-65, Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson was playing in its fourth consecutive tournament. Wesley Saunders’ missed jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer allowed the Tar Heels to escape.
UNC-Harvard Postgame Notes
Carolina advances to the third round of the West Regional with a 67-65 win over Harvard. Justin Jackson scored the game-winning basket with 24 seconds to play. UNC’s win marked the 25th time in as many NCAA Tournament appearances that Roy Williams’s teams won their first game. His teams have never played in the NCAA Tournament without winning at least one game.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Harvard Press Conference
Roy Williams addresses the media following North Carolina's 67-65 win over Harvard in the NCAA Tournament round of 64 on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida.
Five observations: North Carolina beats Harvard
The No. 4 seed North Carolina Tar Heels escaped with a 67-65 win over the 13th-seeded Harvard Crimson on Thursday night. Here are five observations from the game: Justin Jackson saved the day. Jackson scored the final two buckets for the Tar Heels, the decisive points that allowed them to move on to the next round. His jumper with 48 seconds remaining tied the game.