There's always been a "but" when listing Williams' accomplishments, the gap in the resume, the vacancy in the trophy case. The coach with 468 victories has not won a national championship, despite coming achingly close several times.
Williams wants a title, but it's not biggest goal
The Durham Herald-Sun
North Carolina vs. Michigan State at the Final Four on Saturday night has the earmarks of a classic for plenty of the reasons.
North Carolina-Michigan State looks to be interesting
The Durham Herald-Sun
Sean May dominated inside, and Rashad McCants delivered clutch plays, but no player was more important over the weekend to North Carolina's NCAA Final Four berth than Raymond Felton.
North Carolina rolling going into Final Four
The Winston-Salem Journal
Everywhere you turn, someone anoints Carolina the title favorite because of its overwhelming talent, a conclusion that May, McCants and other players promote without fear of competitive contradiction.
Expectations: Tar Heels, favored by many, need to keep their guards up
The Winston Salem Journal
Based on the inexact science of NCAA tournament seeding and the fairly random odds of overtime basketball, North Carolina has had an easier road to the Final Four than the other three schools joining the Tar Heels in St. Louis.
Tar Heels endured less bumpy road
The Greensboro News and Record
They had shared the burden of unfulfilled expectations, so point guard Raymond Felton, center Sean May and swingman Rashad McCants came together Sunday while North Carolina celebrated an 88-82 victory against Wisconsin in the Syracuse Regional final in front of 30,132 at the Carrier Dome.
Junior Partners Take Care of Business for Tar Heels
The Los Angeles Times
North Carolina coach Roy Williams was at an AAU camp during the summer when a couple dozen high school kids were asked about their chances of skipping college basketball for a paycheck.
Teens being teens, they envisioned themselves running with the pros. Except for Tar Heels freshman Marvin Williams.
Developing a sixth sense
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
North Carolina didn't have to go to overtime to make it to the Final Four like the other three qualifiers.
But by no means did the Tar Heels simply roll through the Syracuse Regional to reach the Final Four for a record 16th time.
Heels right where they want to be
The New Bern Sun-Journal
There's an updated version of the Michael Jordan-Dean Smith joke making the rounds of North Carolina basketball fans these days.
You remember the original: Who is the only man capable of keeping Jordan from scoring 20 points?
The new version goes like this: Who's the only man capable of playing Marvin Williams less than 20 minutes a game? The answer is Roy Williams, the Tar Heels' coach who was mentored by Smith.
N.C. frosh is the real deal
The Bergen Record
When North Carolina made it to the Final Four on Sunday, Matt Doherty and the Tar Heels he recruited were all in New York making NCAA Tournament history. But New York is a big state, and the distance between the former UNC coach and his recruits was wide.
Doherty has role in success
The News and Observer
St. John's assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum has been carrying a brick around with him for close to three years.
This is not some metaphor for a missed shot from an NCAA Tournament game, but literally a brick. It's been painted light blue and sits in an unpacked box somewhere in his family's new Westchester home. The brick bears the signatures of all the juniors and seniors on the North Carolina team that begins play in the Final Four on Saturday.
Storm coaches have Final say
The New York Daily News
Doug Wojcik, a former North Carolina assistant, is now an assistant for Tom Izzo at Michigan State, which will play North Carolina on Saturday
A Spartan Helped Join Them and Has to Try to Beat Them
The New York Times
He ascended the ladder, each step as cathartic as any he's taken, the air up here as clear as his mind. Sean May wasn't thinking about the game's enormousness or his father's legacy. He wasn't worried about his sick brother and baby niece, either. Handed the surgical scissors, he cut off his piece of net cord. The big man who'd carried a baby grand piano on his back felt as light as a souffle.
May's day shows the way
The Albany Times-Unions
Michigan State didn't come into the NCAA tournament with much momentum. The Spartans lost at home to Indiana late in the regular season and were upset by Iowa in the Big Ten tournament.
Time is right for Michigan State
The Chicago Sun-Times
A look at North Carolina and Michigan State, who will meet Saturday in St. Louis in one national semifinal game:
Final four matchup analysis: North Carolina vs Michigan State
The Associated Press