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UNC men's basketball hopes to turn heartbreak into success
Roy Williams still hasn’t seen it. And he’s not sure he ever will. There doesn’t seem much point to it now, more than six months after the North Carolina men’s basketball team lost on a buzzer beater to Villanova in the national title game. He’s seen the shot itself, a 25-footer from the Wildcats’ Kris Jenkins that broke UNC’s heart.
UNC’s Justin Jackson aims to be more aggressive, consistent
Justin Jackson knows he has to show scouts that he can be a successful NBA wing player. That will also provide some of the elements that the Tar Heels lost with the departures of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. “I know for me that I’ve got to be a lot more aggressive,” Jackson said Tuesday at UNC’s media day at the Smith Center.
UNC Basketball Media Day Social Media Recap
Preseason practice for the 2016-17 University of North Carolina basketball team started on Oct. 3, but the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Tar Heels made their public debut on Tuesday at the team's annual media day in the Smith Center. Recap the highlights of the afternoon via social media reaction:
Can North Carolina steal Duke's thunder?
What if North Carolina steals Duke’s show? It is not out of the question. The Tar Heels won’t be considered the most likely challenger to Duke’s presumed victorious march to March Madness. Kentucky, Kansas and Villanova will top that list. But UNC is more than an outlier. It’s an interesting option, hovering dangerously on the edges, ready to pounce.
Aaron Rohlman promoted to UNC Tar Heels varsity basketball team for 2016-17 season
When Aaron Rohlman attended Hunter Huss High School, he helped the Huskies football, basketball and baseball teams to postseason victories while also earning valedictorian honors. He's continuing that success at UNC as Rohlman on Monday was promoted to the Tar Heels' varsity basketball team by Roy Williams after spending one year on the JV team.
Roy Williams feeling, moving better after surgery
Seven practices into the preseason, Roy Williams hasn’t been troubled by the same pain and discomfort that plagued him during much of last season. UNC's men’s basketball coach is 4½ months removed from knee replacement surgery and said Tuesday that he’s playing golf again, going on walks of 2½ miles and feeling better in general .
UNC seeks replacements for Paige and Johnson, their 'Jack and Arnie'
Moments after discussing his August return to the golf course after a May knee replacement, UNC basketball coach Roy Williams headed back to the links for a comparison for this season’s Tar Heels. Like the U.S. Ryder Cup team when it lost Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, UNC is searching for replacements for Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson.
UNC Men’s Basketball Seeking New Identity Without Paige and Johnson
Two names cast a large shadow over the UNC men’s basketball media day session on Tuesday. The reason that matters is because Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige played their final game in Tar Heel uniforms over six months ago. Despite returning six key contributors from a year ago, the remaining Tar Heel players face an uphill challenge this season.
As 2016-17 season dawns, Tar Heels turn the page from stinging NCAA loss
With three starters back – including double-figure scorers Joel Berry and Justin Jackson – and three other key players returning, the Tar Heels have plenty to work with. But replacing last season’s stars Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson will be a challenge. “Those six guys were in the games at crunch time,” Roy Williams said of the returning contributors.
Video: Hard Hitting Questions at UNC Basketball Media Day
From 2K rivalries to twitter verifications (and so much more in between), Taylor Vippolis was on the scene at North Carolina's basketball media day to get answers.
Fueled By The Sting, Heels Begin Quest For A Title
Houston still stings in Chapel Hill. It stings a lot. North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams has only seen the final, fatal, play from the Tar Heels’ 77-74 last-second loss to Villanova in the NCAA title game, and it wasn’t really by choice, either. “I have not watched the game – I may never,” Williams said Tuesday at the Smith Center
Q&A With Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson on stepping up as a leader: “It’s huge. Joel [Berry] and I know that everyone has to step up, but for us, we’re probably the two guys that have played the most consistently, other than maybe Kennedy [Meeks], out of this group. So we know that we have to step right into that leadership role, and if we can do that and carry everybody else along, I think we’ll be alright.”
Multiple questions, multiple answers as UNC readies to take the court
North Carolina lost more than just two of its starters to graduation after finishing 2016 as the National Champion runner-up. UNC lost its two best players, and the difference that makes is huge, Roy Williams says. How the Tar Heels replace the production of Brice Johnson and the leadership of Marcus Paige are two of the biggest questions for this season's team.
With Paige gone, Berry takes lead in Tar Heels' backcourt
Joel Berry is coming off a big year in which his offensive output and floor game blossomed for a team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and played for the NCAA title. And with four-year starter Marcus Paige gone, Berry enters his junior season looking like the top candidate to take Paige's role as the guy to entrust with a taking a big shot.
ICTV: Behind The Scenes at UNC Basketball Media Day
North Carolina basketball is back. Today kicked off the 2016-17 season with a few smiles, laughs and pictures. Interviews were held with players and head coach Roy Williams, along side an open practice to get an inside look at what to expect from the Heels as their first game quickly approaches.