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UNC Playing Big by Going Small

Roy Williams has grown increasingly comfortable using his small lineup after expressing concerns about rebounding deficiencies without two bigs on the court. UNC went small for stretches during the second half of Saturday’s win over Providence, allowing two offensive rebounds over roughly 10 minutes while pushing the lead from nine points to as many as 22. (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: The Triple Threat

The good news for the Tar Heels is that their three-point percentage defense is getting better. The Tar Heels have won their last seven games and nine of their last ten en route to the ACC regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the Sweet Sixteen. In those ten games, only two opponents have shot better than UNC's 35.4% season average. (

Sweet 16 Power Rankings: Which team is most likely to win it all?

2. North Carolina (No. 1 East): Quality interior D is generally a hallmark of a national champ: The median two-point field goal percentage allowed by champs during the kenpom era (2002-present) is 43.7%, and their median national rank is 24th. Only one 2016 Sweet 16 team checks in below both medians—that would be Kansas—but UNC is right behind the Jayhawks. (Sports Illustrated)

For UNC, playing with consistency & intensity will be keys to a Final Four run

As North Carolina prepares for the East Regional in Philadelphia, its dreams of a championship remain intact. But despite two lopsided victories, the Tar Heels struggled to play consistently like a dominant No. 1 seed during their first two NCAA tournament games. Now UNC, perhaps the most talented team in the country, must focus on playing more complete games if it wants to earn a spot in the Final Four. (Campus Rush)

King Rice Named ECAC Coach of the Year

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its 2016 Division I Men’s Basketball All-ECAC selections and major award winners. Coach of the Year: King Rice – Monmouth University. In his fifth year at the helm of Monmouth, Rice guided his team to the MAAC regular-season title and a program record 25 overall wins. (MAAC Sports)

Despite struggles, Kennedy Meeks still has a supporter in Roy Williams

UNC’s march to the ACC championship and into the final 16 of the NCAA tournament hasn’t been entirely sweet for Kennedy Meeks. While the Tar Heels are playing their best basketball of the season, the junior center has struggled mightily. But for all the Meeks bashing that has gone on of late — some deserved, some not — his constant ally has continued to be his coach, Roy Williams. (Wilmington Star News)

Ranking each game in Sweet 16: Indiana-North Carolina is No. 1

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Indiana: Save the best for last. The most anticipated game of the regional semifinals will the final tip on Friday. You've got two of the most historic programs in the sport's history going head-to-head. The game has a ton of fun players to watch: Brice Johnson, Yogi Ferrell, OG Anunoby, Marcus Paige, Troy Williams. Gonna be a great one in Philly. (CBS Sports)

Guard-heavy lineup helps No. 1 seed UNC succeed in NCAA tourney

Going smaller is becoming a big deal for North Carolina. The Tar Heels haven't hesitated to go to a lineup with four perimeter players around All-America candidate Brice Johnson or Isaiah Hicks more and more in recent weeks. It's an asset in the NCAA Tournament that allows the East Region's No. 1 seed to juggle lineups and speed up the pace against opponents. (Associated Press)

Video: Isaiah Hicks - The Sleepy Dunker

UNC's Isaiah Hicks has been a key cog for the Tar Heels this season and was named the ACC 6th Man of the Year for his efforts. On the court he is a fierce competitor known for his powerful dunks. Off the court, the energy level drops off considerably. Find out why he's the "Sleepy Dunker." View Video...

Lucas: Deep Thoughts

Roy Williams’ philosophy for his bench is a bit of a paradox: he believes the reserves help the team if they don’t hurt the team. In other words, if there’s no dropoff from the starters to the bench, then he has a pretty formidable squad. That’s been the case so far, as the Tar Heels have received huge contributions from Isaiah Hicks, with timely spot moments from several other players. (

Uni Watch: Ranking the Sweet 16 uniforms, from UNC to A&M

1. North Carolina: As good as it gets, right? The Carolina blue, the school name framing the chest number, the argyle trim on the sides -- that's how it's done. They'd be better off without the sublimated design on the back, which often looks like a sweat stain, but that's the only quibble here. Well done. (

Paige-Ferrell matchup and Indiana injury updates

Indiana Point guard Yogi Ferrell will have another high profile position battle with UNC's Marcus Paige. Ferrell played against Paige in high school on the AAU circuit. Indiana coach Tom Crean described the status of Robert Johnson for Friday’s game as “iffy” after the guard re-injured his left ankle. Indiana's Juwan Morgan (shoulder injury) has been practicing this week . (Inside the Hall)

More to UNC’s 3-point defense than statistics

North Carolina's biggest problem against Indiana might not be a problem at all when the teams meet in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Philadelphia. At least that’s what Marcus Paige’s most recent reading material indicates. As the senior guard sat in the Student Union on Tuesday, he started Googling information about 3-point field goal defense. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fun-loving Tar Heels are as motivated as they are loose

Amid the serious questions about UNC’s East Region semifinal opponent Indiana, 3-point shooting defense and small lineups, we learned that Marcus Paige’s favorite snack is popcorn, Brice Johnson is a lot more laid back in the locker room than he is after a dunk and Theo Pinson “never has to be congratulated, because he’s always congratulating himself.” (Wilmington Star News)

Theo Pinson Leads Tar Heels In Personality

Theo Pinson has been a jack of all trades, giving UNC a mixture of scoring, rebounding, passing and defense. But perhaps his most valuable asset is his mouth, something Justin Jackson said he might use a little too much sometimes. “You do nothing but have fun with him,” Jackson said. “Sometimes you want him to just sit down and not say anything.” (

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Barton College
Fri, Oct 27 7:30 ET

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10 TBD

UNC vs. Bucknell
Wed, Nov 15 TBD

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