Video: How three iconic North Carolina coaches helped shape a state’s athletic legacy
March Madness has arrived once more -- and yet again, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels are in the hunt for a national championship. A new book by sportswriter John Feinstein takes an inside look at one of UNC’s legendary coaches and the two other iconic state basketball figures with whom he formed unique trio. (PBS
Roy Williams has bad memories of past NCAA matchups with Indiana
As the top seed in the NCAA’s East Region, UNC will be favorite when it takes on fifth-seeded Indiana on Friday at Wells Fargo Center. History, however, may be on the Hoosiers’ side. Not only do they lead the all-time series 8-5, but they’ve also beaten the Tar Heels in four of their six neutral site meetings — including both previous matchups in the NCAA tournament. (Wilmington Star News
UNC fans send off Tar Heels to Sweet 16
A swath of North Carolina basketball fans packed the area outside the Dean Smith Center Wednesday in Chapel Hill as the men’s team left for the Sweet 16. The Tar Heels boarded a bus around 6:30 p.m. as they made their way to Philadelphia. The No. 1 seed Tar Heels play five-seed Indiana Friday at 9:57 p.m. for a birth in the Elite 8. (WNCN
Video: UNC Men's Basketball Team Leaves for Philadelphia
On Wednesday night, the Tar Heels had dinner in the Bowles Room and headed to RDU Airport for a flight to Philadelphia where they will face Indiana Friday night in the Sweet 16.
Senior season a wild "Phantom" ride for UNC's Joel James
A plane transported the Tar Heels to Philadelphia for their Sweet 16 matchup against Indiana. The "Phantom" remains parked inside a quiet Smith Center. The start of March Madness has meant more off-campus travel for UNC and less on-campus activity for 6-foot-11, 280-pound senior Joel James, who often rides an all-black, appropriately nicknamed bicycle to class or practice. (Fayetteville Observer
Video: Marcus Paige's Top 5 Career Moments At North Carolina
Marcus Paige has been an incredible team leader and clutch performer for the Tar Heels since arriving in Chapel Hill. From game-winning shots to amazing passes, the ACC Digital Network takes you back through his top five moments as a member of the Tar Heels.
Roy: "I've had some weird dudes"
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams spoke with the media on Tuesday afternoon. Among a range of topics discusses was Theo Pinson and some of the "characters" that the Hall of Famer has coached. "I've had some weird dudes," Williams said. (Carolina Blue
Indiana, UNC meet 35 years after Reagan shooting jeopardized title game
Indiana and North Carolina are two of the most decorated and iconic programs in college basketball. They've each won five national championships, tied for third-most in NCAA history. As historic as both schools are, the meetings between them have been few and far between -- particularly in the big dance. (FOX Sports
Bob Young recalls stopping Wilt, helping unbeaten Tar Heels win in 1957
Bob Young was among a group of transplanted New Yorkers recruited by coach Frank McGuire in the mid-1950s that formed the nucleus of the 1957 championship team. Young recalls leaving Manhattan with future Tar Heels star Lennie Rosenbluth in the summer of 1953. The two remain in close contact today, as do the other three surviving members of that 32-0 squad. (Naples Daily News
Marcus Paige hopes to reshape legacy via strong postseason
As much as he loves the history of the North Carolina program, Marcus Paige wants to write his name among the list of great Tar Heels. The ones who return back to Chapel Hill to standing ovations. The ones who get an added bit of hysteria when they appear on the video scoreboard during games. The ones who won helped hang championship banners. (ESPN.com
UNC Playing Big by Going Small
Roy Williams has grown increasingly comfortable using his small lineup after expressing concerns about rebounding deficiencies without two bigs on the court. UNC went small for stretches during the second half of Saturday’s win over Providence, allowing two offensive rebounds over roughly 10 minutes while pushing the lead from nine points to as many as 22. (Inside Carolina
Turner's Take: The Triple Threat
The good news for the Tar Heels is that their three-point percentage defense is getting better. The Tar Heels have won their last seven games and nine of their last ten en route to the ACC regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the Sweet Sixteen. In those ten games, only two opponents have shot better than UNC's 35.4% season average. (GoHeels.com
Sweet 16 Power Rankings: Which team is most likely to win it all?
2. North Carolina (No. 1 East): Quality interior D is generally a hallmark of a national champ: The median two-point field goal percentage allowed by champs during the kenpom era (2002-present) is 43.7%, and their median national rank is 24th. Only one 2016 Sweet 16 team checks in below both medians—that would be Kansas—but UNC is right behind the Jayhawks. (Sports Illustrated
For UNC, playing with consistency & intensity will be keys to a Final Four run
As North Carolina prepares for the East Regional in Philadelphia, its dreams of a championship remain intact. But despite two lopsided victories, the Tar Heels struggled to play consistently like a dominant No. 1 seed during their first two NCAA tournament games. Now UNC, perhaps the most talented team in the country, must focus on playing more complete games if it wants to earn a spot in the Final Four. (Campus Rush
King Rice Named ECAC Coach of the Year
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its 2016 Division I Men’s Basketball All-ECAC selections and major award winners. Coach of the Year: King Rice – Monmouth University. In his fifth year at the helm of Monmouth, Rice guided his team to the MAAC regular-season title and a program record 25 overall wins. (MAAC Sports