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If there's a traffic jam on the road to the Final Four — at least the Asheville to St. Louis route — blame it on the Roy Williams caravan.
Williams, UNC will have plenty of support in St. Louis
Asheville Citizen-Times

Everyone knows that Roy Williams longs for a championship, and Roy Williams wants everyone to know that his longing runs deeper than the river outside his window.
Roy's 'Desperate Desire'
Winston-Salem Journal

Inside play, around the basket, will be one of the crucial factors in determining the outcome, according to the players and coaches of both teams.
Tar Heels will need to improve rebounding, defense
Winston-Salem Journal

Jackie Manuel knows that he isn't dreaming, but sometimes it seems that he is. Late March has arrived again. And for the first time in his North Carolina career, he's still playing.
UNC's Manuel living a dream
Winston-Salem Journal

Roy Williams is a 6-handicap golfer with a go-for-the-green mentality and a dream of playing the nation's top 100 courses in his lifetime. He'll play Pebble Beach in May. Williams is also a basketball coach who is in position to win his first national title before playing his next round of golf.
Roy's elusive title
Greensboro News & Record

He insists he's not feeling any extra pressure to win it all, especially after leading Carolina to a 30-win season, an ACC regular-season title and a Final Four berth in only his second year back in Chapel Hill.
'You have to be lucky'
Raleigh News & Observer

He saw how selfishly his talented team played at times during his first year back with his alma mater, so, when he gathered the Tar Heels before this season, he asked them to emulate Detroit.
Pistons show Heels the 'Carolina way'
Raleigh News & Observer

Hillsborough resident Willard Causey had no idea when he signed up for an Edward Jones conference in St. Louis this week that the team he has supported since he could utter his first words would be in the Final Four.
Tar Heels find fans from around nation
Raleigh News & Observer

Financially at least, UNC coach Roy Williams already has benefited from his team's run to the Final Four.
Success pays off
Raleigh News & Observer

Earlier this week, Williams remained ambiguous about what his intentions are after the season ends. "We'll see," he said.
Williams giving no hints about plans for future
Fayetteville Observer

Your Tar Heels are talented, fast and powerful, and they have a fine plan: outscore the other guy. But as they say in boxing, everybody has a plan until he gets hit.
MSU defense will strip Tar Heels of their plan
Charlotte Observer

At the Nike and Jordan camps last summer, other players bluntly critiqued his game. "They said that's the rap on me, that I don't finish well in the paint," said May, a 6-foot-9 junior center.
Tar Heels' May listens to critics, learns to finish
Charlotte Observer

In a recent well-timed and well-publicized motivational ploy, coach Tom Izzo grabbed a sledgehammer and smashed a couple of old Michigan State game tapes in front of his team. On Saturday, in the Final Four, North Carolina will take a sledgehammer to Michigan State's season.
Spartans can't match, oh, at least 3 UNC stars
Charlotte Observer

Michigan State's depth, resilience, pressure defense and its versatility will test North Carolina, for sure, Saturday at the Final Four.
Dascenzo: Spartans' poise impressive
Durham Herald-Sun

"We're Spartans now, but there's a huge part of us that are North Carolina Tar Heels."
Michigan assistant Wojcik has fond memories of UNC
Durham Herald-Sun

May's best attributes as a player are his dexterity and agility. Although he is listed at 266 pounds, May is a lot lighter than the man they "used to call the burly freshman," his father said.
Mayday for Spartans, Big Ten
Detroit Free Press

The pressure that comes with being a coach at the Final Four is enormous, but for North Carolina's Roy Williams, it has to be a bit weightier.
Roy's past on his Heels
NY Daily News

The struggle between those opposing conditions has flared often during his basketball career at North Carolina. He is, at the same time, the Tar Heels' most talented player and their most perplexing personality.
Tattoos on the arms of UNC's enigmatic McCants tell a big part of his story
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

McCants was loose and talkative at the Syracuse regional. Teammates, who say they once found him hard to read, have commented that he is more relaxed and approachable.
UNC's McCants has alternately thrilled and perplexed
Virginian-Pilot

Roy. Poor Roy Williams. He has five Final Four appearances, and all anyone wants to discuss are his 10 bare fingers.
Boeheim says Williams' first title will last
USA Today


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