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Tar Heels to offer support to Roanoke County family devastated by fatal fire

A Roanoke County couple devastated by a fire that claimed their children has garnered support from the Tar Heels community. A social media campaign launched this week to get the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team to make a gesture in support of the family attracted the attention of the school’s athletics department. (Roanoke Times)

Roy Williams prefers ‘dadgum’ to profanity

Not too long ago, the word just came out of Justin Jackson’s mouth. It wasn’t a conscious choice to say what he said. He didn’t necessarily want to say it, either. And yet there it was, slipping out in casual conversation: “Dadgum.” “It kind of scared me at first, whenever I first used it,” Jackson, the North Carolina sophomore forward, said. “Because it was like, ‘Whoa. That’s coach rubbing off.’ (Charlotte Observer)

March 29, 1982: Dean Smith Wins 1st National Basketball Championship

On March 29, 1982, Dean Smith won his first NCAA national championship with the Tar Heels men’s basketball team. The Tar Heels won 63-62 over the Georgetown Hoyas at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. (WFMY)

Pre-Final Four Notebook

North Carolina celebrated its East Region championship for just a few hours after defeating Notre Dame on Sunday night in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t the same as it was after winning the ACC Tournament two weeks earlier. The difference is simple: One championship was at the final point of that specific journey, the one the Tar Heels captured two days ago is part of an on-going process. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Roy Williams disgusted with writer after column on his health

In his Wednesday appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke rather sharply about a recent Washington Post feature which painted him in a light he didn’t appreciate — one of declining health. Williams, 65, has two bad knees, a sore back and has suffered through several bouts of vertigo this season. (247 Sports)

Video: James Worthy, Antawn Jamison Discuss UNC Basketball Legacy

James Worthy and Antawn Jamison discuss the lasting legacy of the late Dean Smith that has created a family atmosphere that will forever reverberate throughout the UNC program. View Video...

Tar Heels Excited To See “Second Half Marcus” Again

UNC's Marcus Paige has scored in double figures every NCAA Tournament game, including having one his best games all year against Indiana, the highest seed the Tar Heels have faced so far. Teammate Joel Berry said the rest of the Tar Heels weren’t surprised to see the Paige fans expected before the season. (

Kennedy Meeks leaving tights at home for Final Four trip

When Kennedy Meeks packs his bags for No. 1 North Carolina’s Final Four trip to Houston, there’s one thing he’s definitely leaving behind — his white tights. Meeks has worn a white pair of athletic tights underneath his uniform for most of the season. But in trying to shake off a funk, Meeks changed up his normal game day garb and went tights-less in the Sweet 16 win against Indiana. (NSJ Sports)

Tar Heels' road to Houston paved by Johnson and Paige decisions to stay

The turning point of this Final Four run for UNC dates back to the end of last season. Only a few days after the 2014-15 Tar Heels completed a so-so (by Carolina standards) 26-12 record with a 79-72 loss to Wisconsin in the West Regional semifinals, then juniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige opted to return to school over pursuing professional careers. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Mother may get wish of Villanova and UNC 'brothers' meeting for NCAA title

It's a selfie in the City of Brotherly Love that Villanova's Kris Jenkins and UNC's Nate Britt won't ever forget. There's a chance for an even better photo if the brothers both reach the NCAA championship game next Monday. After the Tar Heels punched their ticket to the Final Four on Sunday night, Britt went to the stands and found Jenkins to celebrate. (CBS Sports)

The Tar Heels' X-factor? Theo Pinson

Theo Pinson's role for the Tar Heels goes beyond points and boards, as the country learned last week when the self-described prankster hijacked two press conferences and mugged for cameras. In an NCAA tournament rife with upsets—North Carolina is the only No. 1 seed still alive—he keeps UNC loose and laughing. (Campus Rush)

Scouts' Takes: How to defend & attack against each Final Four team

When the Tar Heels have the ball: The key is transition defense. They love to get up and down. And you’ve got to send as many guys as you can to block out. It has to be a collective effort because they’re sending three, maybe four to the offensive glass every possession. Are you going to take away the perimeter, or are you going to make the big guys kick it out? (Sports Illustrated)

Hostel hopping while covering Heels hooping

This called for a hostel approach. March Madness has another meaning when you’re a lowly freelance Internet writer covering tournaments because you have to pay all of your travel expenses. With one son in college and the other headed there next year, I had to find ways to make it work and not be so expensive if I was going to cover UNC on multiple weekends. (Raleigh & Company)

UNC and Oklahoma are locked in a heated battle over a Warriors shooting drill

UNC and Oklahoma have gone back and forth in a 3-point shooting competition inspired by Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. The challenge is to make as many threes possible before missing two in a row. The record started at 142 from Oklahoma's Buddy Hield. That was promptly eclipsed by Marcus Paige of UNC, who made 156. And then came Joel Berry. (FOX Sports)

Lucas: Hoosier Dome Hysteria

No matter what happens on Saturday in Houston, it’s almost impossible that it could be any weirder than what occurred in Indianapolis 25 years ago today. The Tar Heels faced Kansas in the day’s first game. It was a senior-laden UNC team led by King Rice, Pete Chilcutt, and Rick Fox, who had gotten Dean Smith back to the Final Four for the first time since 1982. (

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