One Final Paige
There’s at least one game remaining, possibly two, in Marcus Paige’s college career. Inevitably, however, the senior guard will wake up one morning this time next week and his time as a Tar Heel will be in the past. There will be no more practices at the Smith Center, no more UNC games, and no more offseason workouts. It’s been a hell of a ride. (Inside Carolina
Final Four Tale of the Tape: UNC-Syracuse
As good as North Carolina has been offensively, Syracuse has been just as good on the defensive side. Gonzaga and Virginia were both high efficient teams. The Orange's ability to shut both of those teams down is noteworthy and a signal that as good as UNC has been, Syracuse might have the ability to slow the Tar Heels down. (Tar Heel Blog
Video: Brice Johnson - Small Town Kid To UNC Basketball Superstar
Brice Johnson has transitioned from a small-town kid into a college basketball superstar on the sports' biggest stage. Listen to Johnson, his coaches, and teammates discuss his growth over the years, courtesy of the ACC Digital Network.
Isaiah Hicks an unquestioned hero to hometown girl - and NC State fan
The small town of Oxford, N.C. is one divided into may athletic allegiances. But Oxford does have a favorite son, Isaiah Hicks. Hicks led Webb High School to the team's only State Championship in school history in 2013. Before that championship run, Hicks became friends with young Meghan Bunn who was facing an uphill medical battle. (WRAL Sports Fan
UNC Opponent Preview: Syracuse
North Carolina and Syracuse meet for the third time this season in the Final Four at NRG Stadium in Houston. The game tips on Saturday at approximately 8:49 pm ET and will be televised by TBS. Syracuse became the first 10-seed to ever make the Final Four after shocking the Midwest Region’s top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers, 68-62, in the Elite Eight. (Inside Carolina
Video: Kenny Smith - UNC Basketball Tradition Is Like Having Cousins In Every City
Kenny Smith was a consensus 1st-team All-American guard for the Tar Heels and knows all about UNC's family tradition. ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel spoke with the popular basketball analyst about the Tar Heel family, philosophies that the legendary coach Dean Smith passed on to Roy Williams, and UNC's chances of cutting down the nets in Houston.
'We need to do this together'
The senior stars of the North Carolina men’s basketball team, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, didn’t know success before this year. Before an ACC regular season crown, and then an ACC Tournament title, and now a spot in this year’s Final Four in Houston. “They’ve been through a lot,” Joel Berry said. (Daily Tar Heel
UNC Game Day: Heels look to penetrate Orange defense
Senior guard Trevor Cooney will be a dangerous 3-point threat against UNC, but Syracuse's most productive, versatile option is 6-7 point guard Michael Gbinije. A Duke transfer, he's averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the NCAA tournament. He also made the ACC’s all-defensive team. (Fayetteville Observer
Difficult shooting setting in Houston could pay dividends for inside-oriented UNC
This year’s Final Four venue is adjacent to the Astrodome. At 1.9 million square feet, NRG Stadium dwarfs what was once dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” “I've never seen anything like it,” said North Carolina guard Joel Berry, who is from Apopka, Florida. “I think this place might be bigger than my whole town put together.” (Fayetteville Observer
Kenny Smith: "Carolina has every element you need"
"We don't play horseshoes, we play to win," Kenny Smith told a collection of media on Friday inside Houston's NRG Stadium. Smith was referencing his Tar Heels. A former First Team All-American, Smith, who played point guard at UNC from 1983–1987, is now a NBA basketball analyst for TNT. "Carolina has every element you need," "The Jet" said about the Tar Heels. (Carolina Blue
UNC Key: Solving Syracuse's Zone
North Carolina will have to solve Syracuse’s matchup zone for the third time this season to advance to the national championship game on Monday night. UNC's ability to penetrate and execute against Syracuse's matchup zone will be a determining factor in Saturday's Final Four nightcap. (Inside Carolina
Roy Williams pranks Tar Heels on April Fools
On a team as loose as North Carolina, there’s gotta be a couple of April Fools’ pranks, right? Duh. But this time the prankster wasn’t Theo Pinson or Brice Johnson. Nope, it came from a collaboration between the head honcho himself and a team manager. (NSJ Sports
Roy Williams' suggestion to Dean Smith -- and it worked
Roy Williams remembers his first Final Four trip with UNC, and coach Dean Smith's "whole philosophy was to keep everybody away." That was 1981, Williams' third season on Smith's staff. The Tar Heels were playing in Philadelphia, and stayed "on the other side of Villanova." They beat Virginia in the national semifinal game but lost to Indiana in the championship game. (Associated Press
UNC, Syracuse vastly different but familiar Final Four foes
UNC likes to run, and Syracuse prefers to walk. These two teams that do things very differently are also very familiar with each other, having already played twice this season. Except this isn't another ACC game. The conference rivals, with their veteran coaches who have both been here multiple times before, are playing each other in the Final Four. (Associated Press
Carolina keeps plan the same against familiar Orange foe
Amidst all the Final Four hoopla, there is one focus for the Tar Heels in North Carolina versus Syracuse round three: Roy Williams is, "trying to figure out how in the dickens (UNC) can get enough baskets against Syracuse's zone." The Orange defense still plays with its signature, although it is playing the style differently than in the last two meetings with the Tar Heels. (WRAL Sports Fan