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Midwest region overrated, no love for UNC, more bracket thoughts

There will always be a few surprise seedings, but rarely have they been as glaring as when North Carolina was revealed as the East region's No. 6 seed. To use just one team for a comparison, there is no way that Saint Louis should get a No. 5 while the Tar Heels get shunted to a No. 6, even if the committee put a great deal of emphasis on UNC's losses to UAB, Wake Forest and Miami (Belmont, which beat the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill in November, proved to be a pretty good team, finishing No. 55 in the RPI.) (Sports Illustrated)

Marcus Paige looks toward possible NCAA showdown vs. Iowa State

The bracket had barely hit the television screen Sunday when Marcus Paige’s cellphone lit up. Immediately, his buddies did something coaches preach against: They looked ahead to a potential Sunday game between North Carolina, Paige’s team, and Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. “Half my high school (is) Iowa State,” said Paige. (Des Moines Register)

Lucas: Quantifying Paige

Marcus Paige has had a good season. This seems like one of those generally accepted facts along the lines of "Malaysian radar could be better" or "ESPN analysts really like Michigan State." But in the course of Tuesday afternoon's Carolina basketball press conference, Roy Williams said something that should give Tar Heel fans pause. (

Tar Heels' Best Offense is a Balancing Act

While Marcus Paige and James Michael McAdoo represent No. 18 North Carolina’s primary scoring options, the offense is most effective when Tar Heels join the festivities. A more expansive balance has bolstered the offense’s efficiency and taken pressure off a defense that was inconsistent during ACC play. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams Tuesday Press Conference Quotes

Roy Williams on the importance of rebounding collectively as a team entering the NCAA Tournament: “Well without even knowing who we played, after Friday night’s game I told our guys that we had not done a very good job of rebounding down the stretch. Even if we were playing Providence or anybody else, it would be probably the number one thing that we have to work on." (Inside Carolina)

Today In NCAA History: UNC 63, Air Force 52

The night before they played Air Force in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2004, North Carolina's players shaved their heads in solidarity-a way to show, idea-man Melvin Scott later said, "that we're together and focused." Competing in their first NCAA tournament game in three years, the sixth-seeded Tar Heels needed that togetherness and focus to rally to a 63-52 victory. (

Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige Pre-NCAA Press Conference

Roy Williams and Marcus Paige discuss the Tar Heels' great practice on Monday, working on rebounding, getting healthy and looking forward to playing Providence in the NCAA Tournament. (View Video...)

Former Topeka mayor to honor Dean Smith with plaque at Topeka High

Former Topeka mayor Bill Bunten is spearheading an effort to place a memorial to his friend, 83-year-old legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith, at Topeka High School. Bunten said Tuesday he is commissioning a plaque that will be placed on the wall above the south entrance. The plaque will be made of black metal, with Smith’s face and a representation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

Ranking the NCAA Tournament coaches by playing career, 1-68

There is virtually no connection between playing ability and coaching ability, as the list below lays bare. To wit: 45. Roy Williams, North Carolina -- Williams played basketball at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, NC, earning all-region honors before attending North Carolina and playing as a non-scholarship player on the freshman team under Bill Guthridge in 1968-69. (CBS Sports)

Q&A With Eric Montross

A two-time all-America selection at Carolina, Eric Montross notched plenty of NCAA Tournament experience during his four years in Chapel Hill. With two Final Fours and a national championship to his name, he certainly has plenty of wisdom to lend to this year's Carolina basketball team. (

Danny Green: Treasuring The Madness

Danny Green had followed the NCAA basketball tournament as a kid. He’d played in his first tournament game as a North Carolina freshman in 2006. But two years later, as he was about to start his first Final Four game in San Antonio, Green reeled at the weight of the event and the size of the Alamodome. That’s one NCAA Tournament memory of many that remains fresh. (

Providence’s Desrosiers, Harris looking for some payback

As the name of his opponent in this week’s NCAA Tournament came up on the large video screen at Alumni Hall, a knowing smile came across Carson Desrosiers’ face. The Tar Heels of North Carolina carry a lot of weight in college basketball. They are one of the sport’s blue bloods, and it’s a soft shade Desrosiers, a former Wake Forest Demon Deacon, knows all too well. (Providence Journal)

How high can Brandan Wright fly?

Vince Carter, who caught a bunch of sky-high alley-oops during his Half-Man, Half-Amazing days, had a great view of the under-handed, way-over-the-rim lob pass Devin Harris delivered to Brandan Wright late in the third quarter Sunday night. Carter didn’t believe Wright could go up and get it despite his fellow Tar Heel’s long arms and pogo-stick lift. (

UNC Fourth on List of College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams for 2014

The Tar Heels were the college basketball’s most valuable team from 2008 through 2010, but they’ve since given up ground to other top teams. Thanks to hosting two fewer home games, not playing the Carrier Classic and changes associated with the ACC’s new TV deal, UNC’s revenue fell by some $4.4 million last year, an 18% drop, and team value dipped 22% to $25.7 million, ranking the team fourth. (Forbes)

NCAA tournament: UNC, Kansas, Michigan State among best teams at each seed

Below we present the best teams at each seed in the field of 68. No. 6: North Carolina (East) It’s a tough call given that the Tar Heels enter the NCAA tournament with two straight losses while Baylor (West region) surged all the way to the Big 12 tournament final. But North Carolina has the 22nd best defensive efficiency rating and the superior difference-maker in sophomore guard Marcus Paige. (Sports Illustrated)

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