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Roy Williams, Brice Johnson, Isaiah Hicks Post-FGCU Quotes

Roy Williams: "The first half we didn't play very well at all. It's one of the worst halves we played all year long. First ten minutes of the second half we were really, really good. It was like a 26-6, or 25-7 something like that run. It was really important to us, to say the least. Late in the game we started sort of meandering around instead of getting a lot accomplished." (ASAP Sports)

Brice Johnson’s stunning blocks sum up the second half of UNC-FGCU

Brice Johnson and the Tar Heels put an end to Florida Gulf Coast’s upset hopes with a furious second half and 83-67 win. And really, Johnson needed two plays to perfectly sum up the game. The first came on a Zach Johnson dunk attempt. Brice met Zach at the rim, which set up a perfect metaphor for the faltering Dunk City. (USA Today)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - FGCU

And that's why we, I mean love March. UNC looked like a weak impression of last week's ACC Tournament champions in the first half, and in a situation where a bad 40 minutes can end your season, that caused some consternation holding just a 41-40 halftime lead. But the Tar Heels blitzed out of the locker room and put together a 25-6 run to make it a 20-point game. (

North Carolina pulls out of slumber, rolls over Florida Gulf Coast

It looked like a similar pattern that occurred in several of the Tar Heels’ losses this season. They were ahead by eight at home against Duke and lost; up 15 at Notre Dame and lost; up 16 at Northern Iowa and lost. The partisan UNC crowd at PNC Arena sensed it. Seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson did, too, which is why they made sure this was not the way they’d go out. (

Roy Williams passes Dean Smith for second-most NCAA tourney wins

UNC recovered from a slow start with a dominant second half against Florida Gulf Coast in their NCAA Tournament opener, not only keeping the undefeated streak of 1-seeds vs. 16-seeds alive but delivering a sentimental victory for their head coach. Roy Williams passed longtime Tar Heels coach and mentor Dean Smith with his 66th career NCAA tournament win. (FOX Sports)

UNC uses strong second half to blow by FGCU

UNC’s 25–6 run over the first 8:30 of the second half put away any hope that history would be made in their 83–67 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday. The win showcased some of the best and worst that UNC has to offer. Their usual breakneck pace on offense and Brice Johnson’s tenacious interior defense withered the Eagles as soon as the second half started. (Sports Illustrated)

No. 1 seed UNC beats Florida Gulf Coast 83-67 in NCAA opener

Brice Johnson scored 18 points and No. 1 seed North Carolina needed an overwhelming second-half start to put away 16th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 83-67 in Thursday's first round of the NCAA Tournament. Isaiah Hicks added 12 points for the Tar Heels, who led by just a point after the opening 20 minutes. But UNC dominated the opening 10 minutes of the second half. (Associated Press)

Recap: North Carolina 83, FGCU 67

The Tar Heels survived a first half scare before opening the game up in the second half for an 83-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast. Brice Johnson led UNC with 18 points, seven rebounds, eight blocks and dished out three assists. Four other Tar Heels joined Johnson in double figures with Joel Berry scoring 14 points to go with six assists. (Tar Heel Blog)

Box Score: North Carolina 83, FGCU 67

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 83-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament East region in Raleigh, NC. (View Box Score)

If any 16-seed was ever going to beat a 1-seed, it would be Florida Gulf Coast over North Carolina

Dunk City is back in the Big Dance. And the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels should be very nervous. I hear you laughing into your coffee. It’s cool, I’ll give you a minute so I can also remind you of the following much-cited stat: In the history of the NCAA Tournament, a 16-seed is 0-124 against a No. 1..But Florida Gulf Coast is no typical 16 seed. (USA Today)

No. 1-seeded North Carolina pranks helpless freshmen before tourney practice

Oh, the humiliation! Before a practice at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Wednesday, the East region's top seed North Carolina pulled the old let-'em-run-out-alone gag on unsuspecting freshmen Kenny Williams and Luke Maye (video above). At least Williams ran out stylishly, pumping high knees. (FOX Sports)

UNC’s ‘odd couple’ Johnson and Paige primed for final NCAA tournament run

The first time Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson met, Paige’s first thought went something like this: man, this guy is quiet. “He just never spoke,” Paige, UNC's senior guard, said on Wednesday. “He was so quiet that I really didn’t have much thought at all. I was like, here’s this guy – he doesn’t speak. I’ve got to live with this guy? This is going to be awkward.” (Charlotte Observer)

NCAA Tournament Preview & Prediction: UNC vs FGCU

The main concern for UNC coming into this game is how they respond after climbing to the top of the ACC mountain last week in Washington, D.C. A slight hangover from that and the fact Florida Gulf Coast has a tournament game under its belt might make this a tad closer early in the contest. Prediction: UNC 90, FGCU 65 (Tar Heel Blog)

Five questions to ponder before tipoff: NCAA first round edition

Can UNC maintain the defensive intensity it found in last week’s ACC tournament? The Tar Heels were a different team in winning the ACC tournament championship than they were during an up-and-down regular season and the difference was defensive intensity. The transformation started in the final three minutes of UNC’s quarterfinal win against Pittsburgh. (Wilmington Star News)

Lucas: Tough Stretch Prepares Tar Heels

Of North Carolina’s last ten games, nine came against opponents that would eventually make the NCAA Tournament (the tenth was at NC State in the same building where the Tar Heels begin NCAA play this evening at 7:20 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast). Carolina finished 7-2 against that slate. That means the Tar Heels are well prepared. (

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North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
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Fri, Oct 27 7:30 ET

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
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UNC vs. Bucknell
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