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Midway through the first half of Sunday's second-round NCAA tournament game, North Carolina point guard Raymond Felton saw everything he needed to see. Surveying the court, Felton noticed his teammates getting up and down the floor faster than usual. Then he scanned Iowa State's defense and recognized a look of fatigue. Felton's eyes widened like a hungry lion who had just spotted a wounded zebra.
Felton has keys to UNC's high-powered offense
The Fayetteville Observer

Roy Williams would like to make one thing perfectly clear. He doesn't need a national championship to feel fulfilled. In 15 seasons as a head coach, national titles have eluded Williams. "But God we had a lot of fun," Williams said
Williams not worried about meeting title expectations
The Fayetteville Observer

It started with the modest plans of two former high school basketball players from South Carolina towns about 20 miles apart. Raymond Felton Sr. of Latta and Mark Gerald of Mullins believed they could form a fantastic all-star youth basketball team by putting their sons together. Longtime admirers of then-North Carolina coach Dean Smith, the coaches built the Marion County All-Stars on Smith's principles of team basketball. Raymond Felton Jr. and Jarod Gerald had each averaged 35 or 40 points a game in youth leagues, and their fathers built a team around them that defeated heralded big-city teams.
The Charlotte Observer

Jawad Williams knows exactly what he must do to help North Carolina win two more games and close out the Syracuse Regional of the NCAA Tournament. "This team needs me to play big, and I think I will," Williams said. "After having a game like I did, you can go nowhere but up. I'm trying now to get better for today and hopefully get us another win."
Williams says he has to play 'big' for UNC
The Winston Salem Journal

May and the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels (29-4) face No. 5 Villanova (24-7) at 9:57 p.m. Friday in a Syracuse Regional semifinal at the Carrier Dome. North Carolina has been the most dominant No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament so far, overpowering Oakland (Mich.) and Iowa State by a combined 55 points.
Hulking Heel
The Syracuse Post-Standard

WITH THE TOUGHEST opponent Villanova has faced this season on tap and the biggest game for a Wildcats team in the last 17 years at hand, you might expect Fred Hill's eyes to be rimmed in red, bleary from watching every game tape he could find. You'd be wrong. Hill has watched four tapes of North Carolina, the Wildcats' vaunted opponent in tomorrow night's Sweet 16 game in Syracuse, N.Y. It's not that the associate head coach is lazy. Or cocky. "You don't need to watch a lot of tape,'' Hill said. "They all show the same things."
Tapes of Heels simply scary
The Philadelphia Daily News

For the ninth time now, a Philadelphia basketball team finds itself, in the month of March, running into the shadow cast by a powder-blue behemoth. It is always this way.
Villanova looking up to UNC, legends
The Philadelphia Daily News

The likelihood of Roy Williams having another locker room full of weepy kids is fading. It is still four wins to his first national title, but March's most tormented and tearful coach is simply not in Kansas anymore.
Roy Williams has opening to reach closure
The Washington Post

The second-half precision of the Villanova offense against North Carolina on March 24, 1985 -- 20 years and a day before those teams meet in the Syracuse Regional semifinals at the Carrier Dome -- is, in light of today's style of basketball, unfathomable.
1985: The year of Super 'Nova
The Durham Herald Sun

The most remarkable championship run in Villanova history started 20 years ago this month and was sped along by a crucial victory over North Carolina in NCAA Tournament play.
North Carolina, Villanova programs will always be linked to 1985
The Winston Salem Journal

North Carolina basketball fans trying to get a sense of Villanova coach Jay Wright can do so by thinking of two of their own, Matt Doherty and Roy Williams.
Villanova coach sees hard work pay off
The News and Observer

Get to bed early tonight, North Carolina fans. You've got a long day ahead of you Friday.
Tar Heels slated for late start on Friday
The Jacksonville Daily News

The likelihood of Roy Williams having another locker room full of weepy kids is fading. It is still four wins to his first national title, but March's most tormented and tearful coach is simply not in Kansas anymore.
Williams's Opening for Closure
Washington Post

"He stood right up and told them that he had more desire to win a national championship in his little finger than every Carolina fan put together," said Woody Durham, North Carolina's radio voice for the past 35 seasons. "Most guys in his situation would slough off a question like that or use a lot of clichés. Not Roy."
Williams still passionate about elusive NCAA title
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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