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Harvard eager to dance again
Of course, as a former Duke player and assistant coach, Amaker has played the Tar Heels many, many times before. But he’s faced them only once as a head coach, back at Seton Hall in his first stop as a head coach. Now he’ll have to get Harvard ready to play a North Carolina team that spent most of the season in the AP Top 25, finished 24-11 overall and made a run all the way to the ACC tournament final before losing to Notre Dame.
Video: Tar Heels React to NCAA Tournament Bracket Announcement
Watch as the Tar Heels react to their seeding in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and Roy Williams, Kennedy Meeks, and J.P. Tokoto share their initial thoughts.
Lucas: Ice Cream And Dreams
“Here we go, guys.” And with those words from Roy Williams, the NCAA Tournament selection show began on CBS on the television in Williams’ living room, and the focus at the team gathering at his home turned from the ice cream (important tip: put it on a brownie) to the brackets. Players gathered in the front of the room, with Kennedy Meeks sharing a sofa with Williams.
Tar Heels A No. 4 Seed, Will Face Harvard In Jacksonville
North Carolina is the No. 4 seed in the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and will face No. 13 seed Harvard on Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. The winner of the Carolina-Harvard game will play the winner of the game between fifth-seeded Arkansas and 12th-seeded Wofford on Saturday in Jacksonville. Big Ten champion Wisconsin is the top seed in the West region.
UNC Seeded #4 in West Regional; Will Start in Jacksonville
The NCAA Tournament brackets are out and the Tar Heels are headed to the West Regional as a #4 seed. UNC will start the tournament in Jacksonville against the #13 seed Harvard. Wisconsin, which is the #4 overall seed heads up the West followed by #2 Arizona and #3 Baylor. Should UNC win its first round game it would face the winner of #5 Arkansas-#12 Wofford. Here is the West Region.
UNC Seed and Bracket Projections
So what will the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee do with UNC, and where are the Heels likely to being playing their 1st and 2nd round games? Before getting into what the bracketologists think, let's first look at UNC's resume, as it will appear (roughly) on the sheets given to the committee members.
NCAA Tournament Springboard
In the aftermath of Saturday’s ACC Tournament championship game collapse, the 19th-ranked Tar Heels left the Greensboro Coliseum a better team than when they had arrived five days earlier. This group of Tar Heels was not going to let the immediacy of its title game loss overshadow the strides it had made during the run to the title game.
Blown Back But Undeterred
It happened just like that. North Carolina went from predator to prey in a matter of moments — just a handful of minutes on the clock in which the Tar Heels had their momentum zapped, their ACC championship promise obliterated. UNC played four games on four consecutive days, but it refused to rest on fatigue as an excuse for crumbling so quickly. It was a simple matter of execution, the Tar Heels said.
Video: Williams, Paige, Johnson Post-Notre Dame Press Conference
Roy Williams, Brice Johnson, and Marcus Paige spoke to the media following the ACC Tournament final against Notre Dame.
Brandan Wright continues career comeback with Phoenix Suns
Almost eight years later, Brandan Wright feels like he is just getting started. Wright was unable to write a new beginning to his NBA career, one limited to 114 appearances in his first four seasons. But he has become the author of a career story headed for a happier ending. Part of that plot included a move to Phoenix two months ago, but the turning point came after the 2011 lockout.
A Little Perspective on UNC's Weekend
What UNC did this weekend was essentially play four rounds of an NCAA Tournament regional complete with the same caliber competition in a four day span. The Tar Heels' four days in Greensboro were immensely challenging and to win all four would have been a monumental feat. Yet the Tar Heels were right there and at the very least, found out how good they can really be.
Latest title-game loss especially painful for oh-so-close UNC
This chance to claim an ACC tournament championship wasn't about winning four games in four days. For the Tar Heels, it would have been a fulfilling reward for work spanning a full season, a breakthrough four years in the making. Instead, it was gone in 68 seconds. That's how long it took the Fighting Irish to erase a 64-56 deficit and complete a game-changing, 11-0 run.
Lucas: Ten Minutes Short
Funny thing about fatigue: when things are going well, you’re never tired. When Carolina was putting together a terrific 30 minutes in building a nine-point lead over Notre Dame with ten minutes to go in the ACC Tournament championship game, everyone looked fresh. Then the Fighting Irish blizzard began—Notre Dame coach Mike Brey called it “a lightning strike,” which seems accurate.
Tar Heels Fall in ACC Tournament Championship
No. 5 seed North Carolina was in control of Saturday’s ACC Tournament championship game until it wasn’t. The Tar Heels built a nine-point second-half lead and then watched it turn into a 14-point deficit over a seven-minute span. If fatigue set in, neither Roy Williams nor his Tar Heels would admit to it after the game. “They beat our butts,” Williams said. “That is the bottom line.”
Turner's Take: Disappointed, Not Discouraged
The run was just too much. After the Tar Heels fought back from a five-point halftime deficit, Notre Dame went on a scoring binge, outscoring UNC 24-3 over the next six minutes and 27 seconds. In that time, the Tar Heels turned the ball over six times –on two straight possessions, and then, after a timeout, three more in a row– and Notre Dame made 9 of 13 shots, including five straight.