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Beyond the Arc: One Heel of a tournament

UNC used major runs to take control of all three of its ACC tournament victories. Against Pittsburgh, the Tar Heels scored the final 10 points of the opening half. Against Notre Dame, it was a 24-0 run wrapped around halftime that sent them on to a 31-point rout of the Irish while their championship victory against Virginia was secured with a late 13-2 spurt. (Wilmington Star News)

5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2016

March Madness is finally here, and the slate has been wiped clean. The No. 1 seed in the East region, UNC is well-positioned in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and a legitimate opportunity awaits for the Tar Heels to prove why they were the favorites to cut down the nets before the season began. Here are five reasons why the Tar Heels are the team to beat. (Athlon Sports)

Tar Heel Basketball Poll Update

North Carolina (28-6) concludes the 2015-16 regular season ranked third in both the Associated Press and coaches polls. UNC moved up four spots from No. 7 last week in both polls after winning the ACC Tournament. This is the final AP poll of the season, giving UNC its 35th top-10 finish in AP poll history. The Tar Heels have eight AP Top-10 finishes under Roy Williams. (

The East Region According to KenPom

North Carolina is the #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament's East region and by the looks of it drew the group of death. Three of the KenPom top eight and five of the top 15 are in the East with UNC on a path to potentially need wins over two KenPom top ten teams in Philadelphia to advance to the Final Four. (Tar Heel Blog)

Marcus Paige leads championship-level UNC defensive effort

Lockdown defense has turned North Carolina from a very good team to a potentially great team, and the team’s leader, Marcus Paige, was the catalyst in turning that into an ACC championship. Paige took on the challenge of defending Virginia's ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon. He was more than up for the task. (Raleigh & Company)

Video: Brice Johnson First-Team All-America Mixtape

Brice Johnson has been outstanding in his senior season, leading the Tar Heels in points, rebounds, blocks and shooting percentage on his way to being named to the first team All-America. View Video...

UNC Basketball Up to No. 3 in AP Poll

The UNC basketball team moved up to No. 3 in the latest AP Poll released on Monday. The Tar Heels jumped from No. 7 after winning the ACC Tournament. Kansas remained on top of the poll. The Jayhawks are followed by Michigan State. After Carolina, Virginia and Oregon round out the top 5. Including UNC and Virginia, five ACC teams are in the top 25. (

If guards matter in NCAA tournament, then write in Paige, Berry and North Carolina

If it's true what’s said about the importance of guard play in the NCAA tournament, then UNC is the truth. Yes, the Tar Heels, the No. 1 seed in the East region, are big, bigger than most national championship contenders. But nobody there is playing better going into the tournament than the backcourt of sophomore Joel Berry II and senior Marcus Paige. (Sporting News)

Three reasons North Carolina will reach the Final Four

Here are three reasons why UNC reaches the Final Four: 1. UNC's best players are playing their best - Joel Berry, named the ACC Tournament MVP, averaged 17 points over the weekend in D.C. Brice Johnson has been dominant all season. Averaging 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, the 6-10 South Carolina native has an ACC-leading 20 double-doubles. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Brice Johnson Reacts to First Team All-America & Jersey in Rafters News

Watch Brice Johnson learn that he has been selected as a first-team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association, an honor which qualifies Johnson to have his jersey number ‘11’ raised to the rafters in the Smith Center. View Video...

Brice Johnson's Jersey Headed to the Rafters

UNC senior forward Brice Johnson is a first-team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association, an honor which qualifies Johnson to have his jersey number 11 raised to the rafters in the Dean E. Smith Center. Johnson leads UNC in scoring (16.6 points per game), rebounding (10.6 per game), field goal percentage (.614) and blocked shots (43). (

Brice Johnson Named USBWA First Team All-American

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield and Michigan State's Denzel Valentine are joined on the USBWA's All-America first team by Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, Brice Johnson of North Carolina and Ben Simmons of LSU. Brogdon edged out Johnson as the District III Player of the Year, while Simmons earned the Player of the Year honor in District VII. (

Musical March Madness: Every NCAA Tournament coach's favorite band

In the East, let's shine a light on UNC's Roy Williams. Although Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" is Ol' Roy's ringtone, he paints himself as a huge Luke Bryan fan. Mike Krzyzewski was the only coach who did not get back to me for this piece. But it doesn't matter. Because he's on the record about being "madly in love" with Beyonce. (CBS Sports)

UNC among 5 hot teams that could claim NCAA title

After winning the ACC regular season and claiming the league tournament title with a victory over Midwest Regional No. 1 seed Virginia, the Tar Heels were awarded the East top seed and a starting site in Raleigh. But in exchange for those spoils, the Selection Committee counter-punched by making Kentucky the No. 4 East seed. Here are my hot top 5. (WRAL Sports Fan)

In-depth look at UNC's NCAA Tournament draw

It's March Madness. Anything can happen. You could lose to Mercer or Lehigh in the first round. To be the best you have to beat the best. Let's look at UNC's draw, potential matchups, and expectations for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels are the No. 1 seed in the East Region and will play their first two games in Raleigh's PNC Arena. (Carolina Blue)

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