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Kennedy Meeks can't play meekly against Arkansas

Tonight during the third round of the tournament, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson will have a guy on his roster named Bobby Portis. “If I'm not mistaken, I think I heard [Thursday] night on the broadcast that he was SEC player of the year,” Roy Williams said. It's not a rumor. The reality of it will set in when Portis and the rest of the fifth-seeded Razorbacks get after it with the fourth-seeded Tar Heels.

Lakers’ Wayne Ellington channeling grief from father’s death into productive season

The Lakers guard stared at his shoes as he put them on his feet. Wayne Ellington once wrote “WRE” on his shoes. Those were the initials of his dad, who shared his love for sports, his friendly personality, and his name. But after Wayne Robert Ellington Sr. was murdered on Nov. 9, 2014 at the age of 57 in downtown Philadelphia, his son’s pre-game ritual has taken on a new twist.

UNC practices with new attitude before facing Arkansas' relentless pressure

A day after a sloppy victory against Harvard, North Carolina returned to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena with a better attitude about Saturday’s third round game in the NCAA Tournament. An improved outlook and greater attention to detail will be critical for UNC against a more-relentless, more-talented Arkansas team if it hopes to advance to the West Regionals in Los Angeles next week.

George Karl sets vision for Kings

The best coaches excel at getting the most out of their players’ talents while masking their weaknesses. Kings coach George Karl is still trying to figure out what he has as he closes out this season and looks forward to molding the Kings for next season.

Heels, Razorbacks both ready to push the pace

Arkansas guard Michael Qualls thought for a second, and his face lit up. What Qualls has been looking for is a team willing to run with Arkansas, and he believes he has found that elusive running mate in North Carolina, just in time for the NCAA's round of 32. "That slow tempo is boring," he said. "We've finally found someone willing to get up and down with us."

Fast Pace Could Be Boom Or Bust For UNC vs. Arkansas

When No. 5 seed Arkansas beat No. 12 seed Wofford late Thursday night, the common notion was that North Carolina actually caught a break by drawing the higher-rated team. That train of thought had little to do with talent — the Razorbacks have the SEC Player of the Year and a roster more gifted than Wofford’s from the top down. It was all about the pace the two teams prefer to play.

Tar Heels Hoping To Clean Up Act Against Arkansas

After surviving Harvard’s upset bid Thursday night, the fourth-seeded UNC men’s basketball team turns its attention to fifth-seeded Arkansas for a Round of 32 meeting Saturday night at 8:40 p.m. in Jacksonville. 17 turnovers. That’s a stat that’s had Roy Williams scratching his head since the Harvard great escape. But it’s not a new dilemma.

Tar Heels Must Get A Grip

With No. 5 seed Arkansas on tap Saturday and a Sweet 16 berth at stake in the West Region, UNC coach Roy Williams is trying to make sure his Tar Heels don't repeat Thursday's sloppy performance. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels turned the ball over 17 times and gave up 29 points off those miscues against Harvard. The Razorbacks rank seventh in the nation in turnover margin, having forced 551 turnovers in 35 games.

Tales from the Huddle

With 3:39 to play and Harvard back within three points on Thursday, Roy Williams huddled his team during the final media timeout and told the story of the 1982 squad’s narrow 52-50 NCAA Tournament win over James Madison. “I didn't like the look on our guys' faces last night when they sat down in front of me at that timeout,” Williams told reporters on Friday, “like they were about to panic."

Previewing Arkansas

No. 4 seed North Carolina must get past No. 5 seed Arkansas on Saturday to reach its first Sweet 16 since 2012. Tip-off at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is set for approximately 8:40pm and will be televised by TNT. Arkansas enters Saturday’s contest with a 27-8 (13-5 SEC) record. The Razorbacks finished the season ranked No. 21 in the AP poll.

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Arkansas Press Conference

Roy Williams spoke to the media about the upcoming third round NCAA Tournament match-up with Arkansas on Friday. The Tar Heels tip off against the Razorbacks at 8:40p on Saturday, March 21st.

Video: Justin Jackson, J.P. Tokoto Pre-Arkansas Press Conference

Justin Jackson and J.P. Tokoto meet with the media Friday, the day before North Carolina's NCAA third round match up with Arkansas.

Roy Williams NCAA Tournament Friday Press Conference Quotes

You are one win behind Coach Smith in NCAA Tournament wins. Does that number mean anything to you? Roy Williams: "Well, it does now. I didn't know it beforehand. Wow. You know, the other night after a game in the ACC Tournament, they told me that we had passed or tied Coach Allen, Dr. Allen, and I didn't realize that, and I didn't realize this about Coach Smith."

Recent wave of sports deaths all too real for Sam Perkins

The calls have become disturbingly normal. Too many times this year, Sam Perkins has answered his phone, learned of a death from his basketball past and mourned, realizing his own mortality during this never-ending grieving process. Dean Smith, his legendary college coach at North Carolina, a man he revered and helped win a national championship in 1982, died on Feb. 7.

NCAA tournament preview: North Carolina vs. Arkansas

Can North Carolina put together a complete 40 minutes? The Tar Heels were the superior team against Harvard, pulling out to a 16-point lead in the second half. But then they seemed lackadaisical with their effort as Harvard started to chip away at the lead. Such lapses cannot continue into the tournament if UNC wants to make a run at a national championship. Arkansas poses its own challenges because of its press.

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