Here are five defensive sequences or single plays that defined UNC's championship season, in chronological order:
Five defensive plays that defined UNC's season
The Durham Herald-Sun
North Carolina is bracing for the loss of possibly seven players from its NCAA Tournament championship team, depending on how many choose to leave school early to enter the NBA Draft.
Tar Heels could lose as many as seven players
The Winston-Salem Journal
Tobacco Road is stretching all the way from North Carolina to the Philadelphia area, and the two high-profile coaches used to traversing those 10 miles are making the modified trek north.
Recruiting frenzy begins
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"This basketball team hadn't cut down many nets before" said Steve Robinson, a Tar Heels assistant coach from Roanoke. "When we cut down the nets for the first time after winning the [ACC] regular season, we weren't quite sure how to do it. We got better as it went along. By the third set of nets, we pretty much had the hang of it." They may have some more practice in the future.
UNC aide Robinson enjoys cutting down nets
The Roanoke Times
How could the Tribune ignore the way that game was officiated? The most one-sided calls I've ever seen in my life. They let Sean May get away with murder, knocking "our" defenders over like bowling pins. "We" were supposed to beat North Carolina and the officials? What game were you watching?
Uh, North Carolina-Illinois for the NCAA championship. The Tar Heels won 75-70. Crackling good game, for the most part. And I'm sorry, but I didn't think the officiating had much to do with how it turned out.
Tar Heels, not refs, beat illini
The Chicago Tribune
As Roy Williams clipped the last strands of the mesh from the hoop in St Louis and Billy Packer screamed something infuriatingly annoying to the TV audience Monday night, the future of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team became instantly cloudy, and it wasn't just because of all the champagne.
NCAA champions prove that staying in school is a smart idea
The Alberta Gateway