UNC Basketball

12 players poised to become March Madness stars

Here's a look at 12 under-the-radar players from low-seeded teams who are most likely to spearhead their teams on major runs and drop ridiculous stat lines in the process. 5. James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina: The junior big man has been a steady force for the Tar Heels in the paint and has the skill set to break out in the tournament. He averages 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. (USA Today)

Today In Tournament History: Carolina 60, Stanford 53

It seemed like a mismatch between a national championship caliber team and a squad just playing out the string. But the Tar Heels had two recent wins over the Cardinal--an 87-63 shellacking in Charlotte in 1995, and a 57-49 win over a third-ranked Stanford team in the 1998 Preseason NIT--and an 8-0 all-time head-to-head mark against the Pac-10 school. (

Lucas: Indisputably Rank

It's NCAA Tournament week, so it's a week of lists. From the inane to the relevant, there's a list or a bracket for everything this week. Recently, for example, we were gifted with a click-bait ranking of "the top 25 active tournament coaches." On that list, Roy Williams was ranked 11th. We will pause here for the laughter to subside. (

Jawad: Marathon To March Madness

When playing against nationally ranked powerhouse programs, the Tar Heels looked as if they were Final Four contenders. When playing against programs who talent-wise should not have been able to compete with UNC, UNC didn't compete! That goes back to the old saying, hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. (

Heels must rebound, make FTs Friday

This year's Friars likely would have earned a higher seed had they not lost four out of five games in late January and early February, but there's also many who will say they wouldn't have even made the NCAA Tournament had they not gone on an impressive three-day run, beating St. John's, Seton Hall, and Creighton, to win the Big East Tournament last weekend. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels Look To Reverse Course

In March, it's about what you do as much as it's about your opponents. And right now, the Tar Heels aren't doing some of the things that led them to be successful during their winning streak. For three straight games now, an opponent has shot at least 50 percent in at least one half of basketball. And it's generally been the second half: (

Tar Heels learn lessons from Pittsburgh loss

The Tar Heels' short stay in the ACC tournament had a funny way of getting their attention. The loss to Pittsburgh gave Carolina some unwanted free time over the weekend. It hit sophomore guard Marcus Paige when he went to the mall and happened to walk past television sets showing Duke still playing in the tournament. “I was like, ‘Geez, why am I at the mall right now? I need to be in Greensboro.’” (

Roy’s Remarks – “Don’t Bury Us Yet!”

Roy Williams: “We have had some outstanding wins this year, both in and out of league play, over teams that received some very high seeds in the field, so we know we are capable. But we must play better than we have over the last two weeks if we want to reach our big-time dreams.” (

Carolina Opponent Capsules

Carolina opens its pursuit of a sixth NCAA title Friday at 7:20 p.m. against Providence. Here's a quick look at some things to know about the Friars as well as the other two potential Tar Heel opponents awaiting on Sunday. No Carolina player was alive the last time the Tar Heels met the Friars on the hardwood, as the two schools have not faced one another since 1979. (

NCAA tournament team previews: Providence Friars

The good feelings are endless for the Friars right now, as is the workload for a six-man rotation that somehow plowed to a Big East tournament title. Even though the long-range shooting is not particularly accurate nor prolific — Providence has an effective field goal percentage of 48.1, 248th-best in the country — the Friars can get it done on offense, ranking No. 22 in efficiency. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC basketball looking to rebound in San Antonio

Rebounding woes have plagued the Tar Heels in their last two games — both losses. At Duke on March 8, they put up just 20 boards — their fewest in a game since that same date in 1987. In an 80-75 loss to Pittsburgh in the ACC tournament, the Tar Heels were outrebounded 43-35 and allowed 21 second-chance points. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels emphasize board work

Watching clips of Pittsburgh’s Talib Zanna grabbing 21 rebounds against the Tar Heels – a week after the Tar Heels collected just 20 total rebounds against Duke – has North Carolina coach Roy Williams emphasizing the boards in the lead-up to Friday’s NCAA tournament second-round game against Providence. Williams said he was sending that message before Sunday’s selection show. (

Tar Heels must win on boards against Providence

After losing his last two games, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said rebounding was “probably the No. 1 thing” his team needed to work on heading into the NCAA Tournament, no matter who UNC would face. The opponent turned out to be Providence, which adds even more urgency to Williams’ task. The Friars were tied for second in the Big East in rebounding margin (+3.8). (Durham Herald-Sun)

Ty Lawson Completes 5-Point Play

Monday night Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson completed a rare 5-point play. He made a three, was fouled on the shot, and then Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers was called for a technical foul. (CBS Detroit)

From Dean Smith to Gregg Popovich, Larry Brown has extensive ties

Larry Brown, 73, has had a long coaching career, and in that time, he's grown quite the coaching tree. Take a look at the people he learned from, then later taught. Dean Smith (1961-67) As player: 1961-64; as assistant coach: 1966-67. An assistant under Frank McGuire, Smith was Brown’s head coach for three years and mentored him as an assistant for one season. (Dallas Morning News)

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