Tar Heels Finally Follow Script In Sweet 16 Win
Despite UNC's success flowing through Brice Johnson and Joel Berry this season, the national media has been waiting for Marcus Paige to complete their narrative about Carolina's chances for NCAA success. It finally happened Friday. UNC finally looked like the team the preseason narrative said they would be in their 101-86 dismantling of Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen. (Tar Heel Blog
North Carolina Prevails Over Indiana With History in the Air
It might well be the most fearsome college basketball team in the country, but in the vulnerable moments before tipoff, North Carolina relies on a routine of flying elbows and gyroscopic hips. The Tar Heels like to dance. In the tunnel, they form their huddle and turn it into an impromptu dance-off, with two players twirling in the center and the rest clapping and laughing. (New York Times
Video: UNC Locker Room Celebration Post Indiana - Elite 8 Bound!
It's onto the Elite Eight to face Notre Dame after a resounding 101-86 defeat of Indiana. Also, Larry Fedora stops by the congratulate the team and Theo Pinson promptly shows off his impersonation of UNC's football coach.
NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Game Times & TV Schedule
The following is a complete list of Saturday and Sunday Elite 8 game times and television networks. UNC faces Notre Dame in Philadelphia on Sunday at 8:49 ET on TBS. The winner will advance to the Final Four in Houston and meet the winner of Virginia-Syracuse.
UNC-Indiana Postgame Notes
First-team All-America forward Brice Johnson scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. It was his 22nd double-double of the season. That ties the most double-doubles in UNC single-season history with Billy Cunningham, who had 22 in 1964. Marcus Paige made a season-high six three-pointers and tied the UNC record for most three-pointers in an NCAA Tournament. (GoHeels.com
UNC's Kennedy Meeks snaps out of postseason slump
In the victorious locker room, Roy Williams read off some stats for Marcus Paige, who had passed Michael Jordan on UNC's career scoring list. Williams shared some numbers for Brice Johnson, who had tied Billy Cunningham's school record of 22 double-doubles in a season. The biggest outburst from UNC's players occurred on behalf of Kennedy Meeks. (Fayetteville Observer
Marcus Paige feeling ACC & UNC pride heading into Elite Eight
Marcus Paige grew up in the heart of Big 12 and Big Ten country, playing high school ball in Marion, Iowa, which sits 117 miles east of Iowa State and 41 miles north of the University of Iowa. He was a basketball junkie, watching any and every game he could find on TV, regardless of level or conference. But always, he says, he knew the ACC was tops. (Sports Illustrated
Concerns raised over post-victory bonfires on Franklin Street
Students jumped over Franklin Street bonfires — a UNC tradition — after the March 5 basketball victory over Duke, but experts worry about the risk posed to students for future victories. Bruce Cairns, faculty chairperson and director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, brought up his safety concerns at the Faculty Executive Committee meeting on March 6. (Daily Tar Heel
Doyel: Overmatched Indiana can't slow down North Carolina
Great Indiana could have won this game. Maybe. We’ll never know, but we can assume — OK, we can guess — that the IU team that won its last five games of the regular season, three of them against ranked opponents, most of them blowouts, might have made a mess of North Carolina on Friday night in the Sweet 16. (Indianapolis Star
Lucas: Return Of The Meeks
And then Williams read the stat line for a gentleman named Kennedy Meeks: 15 points, nine rebounds, four of them offensive. He didn’t pass anyone on any career lists. He didn’t elbow aside Michael Jordan. It didn’t matter. That’s when the team really exploded, roaring for Meeks as if he’d just become Carolina’s all-time leading scorer. “It felt good,” Meeks said of the reaction his performance drew from his teammates. (GoHeels.com
Red-hot North Carolina blows past Indiana 101-86
The Tar Heels exploded offensively, as a team, early and often, and the game quickly turned into a blowout. The only question in the second half was whether or not they’d hit triple-digits. The Tar Heels looked every bit the title contender many thought they’d be entering the season; now they’re two wins away from the championship game. (USA Today
Turner's Take: Feeling It
With Carolina hitting a season-high 11 three-pointers on the night, one could be forgiven for overlooking a big man who played with the most confidence we've seen in weeks. Kennedy Meeks played 29 minutes –one off his season high– and quietly (somehow) put up 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Tar Heel effort. (GoHeels.com
Tar Heels Outrun Hoosiers to Elite 8
The Hoosiers thought they could run with UNC. They are not the first team to think that, and they certainly won’t be the last. On Thursday, Indiana’s locker room was full of players providing media sound bites about their ability to not only match the Tar Heels in transition, but ultimately beat the blue bloods at their own game. Theo Pinson’s response? “Let’s go.” (Inside Carolina
Video: Roy Williams, UNC Players Post-Indiana Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson speak to the media after the Tar Heels' 101-86 victory over Indiana in the Sweet 16 on Friday.
Video: Stilman White - The Lone UNC Player With Elite 8 Experience
Stilman White was thrust into the starting role in UNC's 2012 NCAA Tournament run when Kendall Marshall was lost to injury, and is now the lone Tar Heel on this year's squad with Elite 8 experience. ACC Digital Network's Jeff Fischel talks to White and assistant coach Steve Robinson about the point guard stepping up for UNC when they needed him most.