Winning close games, sometimes with second-half rallies, is one of the traits of this North Carolina team. That ability probably will be needed again in the NCAA tournament and could come in handy on Friday in a regional semifinal against Marquette in Newark, N.J.
Tar Heels have figured out how to win close games
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina may be a young team without much NCAA Tournament experience, but the Tar Heels have proven over and over that they know how to win tight games like a veteran squad.
UNC has won eight games by no more than three points, and that ability to find a way to win down the stretch will help the Tar Heels on Friday when they face 11th-seeded Marquette in the East Regional semifinals in Newark, N.J.
Heels know what it takes
The Durham Herald-Sun
There still could be something crazy out there for the North Carolina men's basketball team.
"No, we haven't seen everything," junior center Tyler Zeller said Tuesday. "I think we've seen a lot."
So much so that close games have become almost a norm for the Tar Heels, who've played four games decided by three points or less or in overtime in seven outings this month.
The Tar Heels (28-7) could encounter more of something out of the ordinary when they play Friday night against Marquette (22-14) in the East Regional semifinals in Newark, N.J.
Tar Heels learn to handle tensions of tight games
The Burlington Times-News
For the first time since the postseason began this month, the North Carolina Tar Heels won't play on Tobacco Road.
After jogging over to Greensboro, N.C., for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and then winding up in Charlotte for the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina is heading to Newark, N.J. - better known as Big East territory.
The locale might be unfamiliar to the second-seeded Tar Heels, but the destination certainly isn't. Their game with the 11th-seeded Marquette Golden Eagles on Friday at the Prudential Center will mark the 24th time they've appeared in the Sweet 16 - an NCAA record.
Tar Heels find themselves back on the top
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Buzz Williams knows having a roster filled with former junior college players sticks out a bit, especially when facing a blue blood program like North Carolina.
Having humble roots is a source of pride for Williams and his players, who embrace the idea that they had to work harder than marquee recruits at glitzier schools to get where they are today.
Still, Williams would much rather talk about who his players are and where they're going — a surprise NCAA Tournament regional semifinal matchup with the Tar Heels on Friday night — than dwell on where they came from.
JUCO players carry Marquette to Sweet 16
The Associated Press