But when he arrived at the Smith Center on Sunday, terrified of what coach Roy Williams had in store after the Tar Heels played so poorly in the ACC Tournament, the player and his teammates experienced something that might have been more grueling: A two-hour film session the coach called "a meeting of the minds -- and it was mostly my mind meeting theirs."
Heels get back to basics
Raleigh News & Observer
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he isn't sure if Rashad McCants will start in Friday's regional opener, but expects his standout swingman to "play more" than he did in the ACC Tournament last week.
McCants should 'play more'
Raleigh News & Observer
It took eight years in Division I for Oakland (Mich.) to get its first win in the NCAA Tournament.
As a reward, the Golden Grizzlies get to play top-seeded North Carolina -- in Charlotte, no less.
Oakland (Mich.) wins, gets shot at Tar Heels
One day removed from the ACC tournament, the North Carolina Tar Heels abandoned the old notion of looking forward rather than backward.
Tar Heels go back to work on their defense
Duke's Shelden Williams and North Carolina's Rashad McCants will share the floor with dozens of players and six other teams this weekend at the Charlotte Coliseum in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament. But watch them closely amid the tumult. For hidden in those two men is the answer to whether Duke, or North Carolina, or both, or neither, will advance to the Final Four in St. Louis.
2 players to decide Duke, UNC's fate
Roy Williams isn't one to turn down a No. 1 seed and close-to-home games in the NCAA tournament's early rounds.
Tar Heels coach Williams not one to complain, but ...
Greensboro News & Record
Rashad McCants will play more than he did in the ACC Tournament, but Jackie Manuel could play less.
McCants working way back; Manuel hobbled
It was March 11, 1979, and Reynolds Coliseum seemed like a cozy place for top-seeded North Carolina to waltz by Ivy League champ Pennsylvania, a No. 9 seed, and for No. 2 Duke to get revenge for a regular-season loss to No. 10-seeded St. John's.
Don't look for another 'Black' day
North Carolina's week of preparation for the NCAA Tournament began Sunday in a meeting room, not on the Smith Center floor, when Coach Roy Williams held a one-sided get-together with his players.
Coach Williams not happy with UNC's performance
No matter what happens in the NCAA Tournament, Roy Williams will remain a winner and one of the best basketball coaches in the business. Just the same, it wouldn't hurt if he would finally win the thing.
If not this season for Williams, when?
In postgame remarks, Irons referred to Hansbrough as "Shaq." As in Shaquille O'Neal.
Hey, if the big size 16 shoes fit . . .
"You've got Shaq in the middle," Irons said, "then you don't have much to worry about . . . when you have a big kid like that and he's a player that elevates everyone around him."
Vashon was flattened by a runaway train
St. Louis Post-Dispatch