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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has been saying the same thing to associate head coach Doug Wojcik all season. From afar, Izzo and Wojcik, a former North Carolina assistant, have watched the Tar Heels win the ACC regular-season title, earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and then a trip to the NCAA Final Four. All along, Izzo has said to Wojcik, "Those are your guys."
Wojcik facing his guys
The News and Observer

Two days before Senior Day at North Carolina in early March, guard Jackie Manuel sat on the baseline of the Smith Center court and reflected. For 15 minutes, Manuel tried to neatly package four years of emotion into one insightful monologue. He smiled and sighed, cataloging all the headaches, frustrations and triumphs he and fellow seniors Jawad Williams and Melvin Scott had experienced during their days in Chapel Hill.
Seniors have seen it all in North Carolina careers
The Fayetteville Observer

During the late stages of Friday night's regional semifinal win over Villanova, North Carolina forward Sean May had a theory on how the Tar Heels offense should attack the Wildcats pressure defense. UNC coach Roy Williams had a different idea. Guess who won?
Talented trio of juniors propel UNC to Final Four
The Fayetteville Observer

Walking around campus and Franklin Street on Tuesday, you could recognize that look, that little grin emanating from Tar Heel fans. They know that North Carolina basketball is once again special. They know that all eyes are on their favorite team, their beloved coach, their rich tradition of excellence.
All is well in Chapel Hill these days
The Fayetteville Observer

"I'm concerned, there's no question about that, because his production has slipped," Roy Williams said, "but I think Jawad's going to be OK. I really do."
How hurt is Jawad Williams?
The Charlotte Observer

In the days since the Tar Heels beat Wisconsin in the Syracuse Regional final to qualify for the Final Four, the players and coaches have dealt with the thrill and agony of victory
Final Four trip makes the effort worthwhile
The Durham Herald Sun

Izzo said that more is expected from the Tar Heels because they were among the favorites at the start of the season to win the national championship.
Michigan's Izzo says Heels are the most talented, but carry burden
The Winston Salem Journal

But you know how it is when you're coaching North Carolina. You're supposed to be smiling on the Tuesday before a Final Four -- it means that you've got your team there. While Williams might be golfing instead of fielding questions about Michigan State's blue-collar image if UNC had lost over the weekend at the Carrier Dome, he certainly wouldn't be smiling.
For Williams, Heels, expectations come with the territory
The Durham Herald-Sun

Sean May's father slid the old videotape into the VCR a few years ago, just before May left to attend North Carolina. It transported them back to 1976. Growing up in Bloomington, Ind., as the son of Scott May, Sean had heard all about the day Dad scored 26 points for Indiana to complete college basketball's last perfect season. But he'd never seen the Hoosiers' 86-68 victory over Michigan for himself. "I didn't know there was a copy," Sean May said. "I didn't know they had TV then."
Sean May gets inspiration from father
The Durham Herald Sun

As a kid, May could walk to IU's Assembly Hall. Once the pride of Bloomington North High School, he is first the son of Scott May, the best player on the last NCAA champion to complete a perfect season, the 1975-76 Indiana team that went 32-0. "You don't have to go find a role model outside your family," Sean May said. "Just sit down at the dinner table." The father was a Hoosiers great; the son was expected to be a legacy.
Hoosier-born, Heel by choice
The Baltimore Sun

North Carolina forward Jawad Williams remembers his reaction when he heard Roy Williams was going to be his new coach. "I was nervous, that was the first thing," he said. "You never know what you're going to get. You don't know what his perception of you is."
Tar Heels heed Williams
The Chicago Tribune

The Tar Heels have been prolific. They have topped 100 points six times and 90 points in 10 others. The only other time they were held below 70 was in a season-opening loss to Santa Clara.
Tar Heels outrun opponents with high-octane offense
The St. Louis Dispatch

Most people who turn 21 want a fast car. Laugh at the bouncer who thinks they're under-aged. Wonder what they will do with the rest of their lives. All Sean May needs on his birthday is a national championship.
Monday could be May day
The Kansas City Star

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