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When basketball is more than a game

But here’s one thing I know: Those guys, they will never quit. They will fight and bleed and sweat and scream. Not for stats. Not for glory. Not even for us. They’ll fight for each other. They’ll fight because this is what they love, and this is what they dream about when their heads hit the pillow. Not of yesterday and not of tomorrow. Of today. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC's Roy Williams sticks to '82 philosophy

Dean Smith's influence remains very visible in North Carolina's program. Through the years, Roy Williams even taught his mentor a thing or two. The top-seeded Tar Heels (32-6) have looked loose in the week leading up to their Final Four showdown with Syracuse, with the winner advancing to face Oklahoma or Villanova on Monday night. (Fayetteville Observer)

Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams share Final Four joy, heartache

When Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams meet in the NCAA Final Hour here on Saturday night, it will be far different than the first time that the two faced each other on college basketball's grandest stage. In 2003, neither Boeheim or Williams had won a national championship. Neither one was in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Both had experienced Final Four heartache on multiple occasions. (

Brice Johnson's postseason run could put him on Carolina's pantheon

The trickiest thing about interviewing North Carolina star Brice Johnson on the eve of the Final Four is avoiding his feet. There are cameras aimed his way, more than a dozen reporters crowded around him and iPhones doubling as recorders to catch his every word. Trying to get close enough to hear requires eluding those two enormous sneakers. (Sporting News)

First Final Four as UNC AD for Bubba Cunningham

The North Carolina Tar Heels are preparing for a matchup against Syracuse on Saturday night in the Final Four. It will be the first time UNC is playing in a Final Four game since winning the national championship in 2009, so this will be the first Final Four experience for many of those associated with the Tar Heel program, including athletic director Bubba Cunningham. (

Know the voice? Wes Durham to handle Tar Heels-themed broadcast

Wes Durham was looking for another experience to add to his growing broadcast career and the ideal opportunity came up with the Final Four. He’ll handle the play-by-play duties for a North Carolina-themed telecast on TNT for tonight’s national semifinal against Syracuse. “For me, it was about a different kind of experience,” Durham said Friday at NRG Stadium, where the Final Four will be contested. (Burlington Times-News)

Diehard Tar Heels make the trek to Houston

More than 16 hours of driving and 1,100 miles between Burlington and Houston aren’t enough to keep a handful of local UNC-Chapel Hill fans from cheering on the Tar Heels in person this weekend. Among those is Shane Brown, a sergeant with the Burlington Police Department, who along with his wife Page left town Friday morning for the long drive to Texas to see the NCAA Final Four game. (Burlington Times-News)

Marcus Paige faces final chapter with Tar Heels

In Marcus Paige’s house back in Chapel Hill, there are a pair of sawed-off nets. One is from Philadelphia and the Elite Eight. One is from Washington, D.C., and the ACC tournament. There also is a small collection of signs, ripped from the walls of the Verizon Center after UNC won the ACC tournament championship. Paige hopes to get them signed by his teammates. (Greensboro News & Record)

Theo Pinson delivers after Roy Williams' vote of confidence

Theo Pinson cracks jokes, crashes news conferences and he’s become a March mouthpiece for No. 1 North Carolina. But for all the things that come out of Pinson’s mouth, it was words from somebody else that helped North Carolina’s best talker spark the Tar Heels into the Final Four. (Greensboro News & Record)

North Carolina prepared if Syracuse switches to full-court press

So when the Orange threw a full-court press at Gonzaga and Virginia in the second half of comeback wins last weekend in Chicago, people noticed. As Syracuse prepares to face North Carolina for the third time this season in the second national semifinal on Saturday, the Tar Heels are working on a press break in case the Orange start defending the length of the floor. (NBC Sports)

UNC has an opportunity to achieve something rare in college basketball

This North Carolina team has a chance to do something only one other North Carolina team has ever done, and that something is this: win a national championship after being ranked No. 1 in the preseason and winning the ACC's regular-season title and ACC Tournament championship. Let's call it The Quadruple. (CBS Sports)

Marcus Paige, Taylor Sharp, ‘713 fam’ share last NCAA tournament trip

That first March trip, to Kansas City, Taylor Sharp and his friends couldn’t get back amid the snowstorm. The next year they went to San Antonio. Then, last year, to Jacksonsville, Fla., and then Los Angeles, all to follow North Carolina in the NCAA tournament. Sharp, a UNC senior, was back home in Chapel Hill on Thursday, packing for Houston and the Final Four. (Charlotte Observer)

Video: Puppies Predict the 2016 Final Four Championship

Jimmy Fallon welcomes back his panel of puppies to predict the results of the upcoming NCAA Championship between Final Four contenders Villanova Wildcats, Oklahoma Sooners, North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orange. View Video...

Lucas: Final Four Standouts

With nearly 12 hours until tipoff (if you're wondering how the Tar Heels will spend today, they have a noon shootaround at NRG Stadium) of tonight’s UNC-Syracuse battle in the Final Four, here’s a look at five of the best individual Tar Heel performances in the national semifinals. These are the showings to which we’ll hopefully be adding another name later this evening. (

Tar Heels vs. Syracuse In Final Four

East Regional champion North Carolina (32-6) will face Midwest Regional champ Syracuse (23-13) in an NCAA Tournament semifinal on Saturday in Houston. The Tar Heels and Orange will take the opening tip at approximately 8:49 p.m. Eastern Time at NRG Stadium in Houston. Villanova and Oklahoma will meet in Saturday’s first semifinal at 6:09 p.m. ET. (

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
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