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Tar Heel Open Practice Dunk Fest

UNC had it's NCAA mandated open practice at PNC Arena today. The practice is open to the public and gives fans a chance to come in and see the team. As is usually the case with these events, there are plenty of dunks. Here a few captured via Vine by the assembled media. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Tar Heels Leave for NCAA Tournament in Raleigh

The North Carolina Men's Basketball team get fueled up and ready to go as the Tar Heels hit the road to Raleigh for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. View Video...

Tennessee basketball schedules home-and-home with North Carolina

All that's left to figure out for the Tennessee and North Carolina men's basketball teams is a date. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes confirmed Tuesday that the Vols will play the Tar Heels next season at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. UNC will complete the two-year home-and-home series with a game at Thompson-Boling Arena in 2017-18. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Lucas: Defense Keys March Push

Like this year’s squad, the 2009 team occasionally looked disinterested defensively during the regular season. Come postseason, however, they completely committed to defense, and the results were impressive. Roy Williams and the Tar Heel coaching staff even gave them a couple tweaks for specific opponents during the tournament run. (

Tar Heels Open NCAA Tournament Play vs. FGCU

North Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament East Regional and will open play in Raleigh on Thursday at 7:20 p.m. against No. 16 seed Florida Gulf Coast, which beat Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Lewis Johnson will call the game for a TBS national TV audience. (

UNC Opponent Preview: Florida Gulf Coast

No. 1 seed UNC opens NCAA Tournament play against No. 16 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday at PNC Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:20 p.m. and will be televised by TBS. Florida Gulf Coast enters Thursday’s contest with a 21-13 record. FGCU’s 2016 season was full of highs and lows, ranging from a 6-7 start to a seven-game winning streak followed by a four-game losing streak. (Inside Carolina)

President Obama makes 2016 NCAA Tournament picks

“I think the Jayhawks in a squeaker get past UNC (in the national championship),” Obama said. “The truth is that I am just not knowledgeable enough to pick somebody who’s an 8-seed to win the tournament. I have a tendency to pick the coach as much as anything. Obama accurately projected UNC to win the national championship in 2009. (Carolina Blue)

Dante Calabria pays forward basketball knowledge as assistant coach at NAIA school

Dante Calabria wants to be a head coach. The level doesn’t matter. All he wants to do is pass along lessons, the ones he learned from playing for John Miller at Blackhawk and Dean Smith at North Carolina. Now, he’s doing his best to impart those lessons to the players at NAIA Keiser University, where he’s an assistant coach under Rollie Massimino. (

It's the season of the senior, and that matters for your NCAA bracket

Marcus Paige felt old, he said, as he surveyed the college landscape before the season. Old is relative; the 22-year-old was not old in terms of an average lifespan. But in college basketball? The North Carolina star was right; being a senior in this sport makes you one of its elder statesman and the subject of both fascination and some ridicule. (USA Today)

Five Weird Teams To Watch In The NCAA Tournament

North Carolina’s small ball: Roy Williams loves his bigs. Throughout his career, the North Carolina coach has almost always played two traditional forwards at the same time. But Williams’s thinking is beginning to align with the small ball revolution. It’s a good time for the change, since UNC’s roster is suited for small ball. (FiveThirtyEight)

SI study: Which coaches are the best at building elite offenses?

This NCAA tournament’s best example of the Power of Staying could be North Carolina, whose coach, Roy Williams, has the highest talent-retention rating this season, due to keeping potential early draft entrants Justin Jackson, Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige in Chapel Hill. This type of team is quintessential Williams. (Sports Illustrated)

The coaching bump in the NCAA tournament

North Carolina’s Roy Williams has given his team the biggest coaching bump for the NCAA Tournament. Since 2002, his UNC teams have performed 3.84 points better than The Power Rank’s pre-tourney numbers, by far the most. Over a sample of 51 games, the t-test implies a 99% confidence that Williams’ teams outperform expectation. (The Power Rank)

More talent in '12, more fun in '16, Stilman White says of UNC

Stilman White has played basketball with future NBA stars in 2011-12 and with less-heralded prospects in 2015-16. He likes this group better. “This team is a lot tighter,” said White, after UNC's ACC tournament championship on Saturday. “It seems more like college kids. It doesn’t have a professional feel. I’ve never had this much fun on a basketball team.” (Greensboro News & Record)

Video: Florida Gulf Coast ("Dunk City") Tells What They Know About No. 1 Seed UNC

Florida Gulf Coast dominated its "First Four" matchup against Fairleigh Dickinson, as the No. 16 seed Eagles steamrolled the Knights, 96-65. Up next for "Dunk City" is No. 1 seed North Carolina, the Eagles players and head coach Joe Dooley tell what they know about the Tar Heels. View Video...

Workhorse Joel Berry II the quintessential X-Factor for North Carolina

After a slow freshman season where Joel Berry sat out eight games due to a groin injury, Roy Williams encouraged him to work on his shot and ball handling in the off-season. So Berry spent hundreds of summertime hours in the gym, focusing on ball handling and shooting. If he found himself sitting in his room, he’d call a manager and ask him to come rebound. (USA Today)

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

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10 TBD

UNC vs. Bucknell
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