Imagine if every summer for more than 30 years, young Trojans in the NBA — some of them already All-Stars — kept returning to USC's North Gym or the Sports Arena or now the Galen Center to play pickup games. And imagine if year after year, Bill Sharman, Tex Winter, Paul Westphal, Bob Boyd, Stan Morrison, George Raveling and Henry Bibby — all of them with some connection to USC — got together with Tim Floyd to play golf, talk basketball and hold a coaching clinic. That is what USC is up against in North Carolina.
Tar Heels' tradition wins big
The LA Times
Days before the ACC Tournament, coach Roy Williams said he wouldn't be surprised if all of his underclassmen returned to North Carolina next season.
Title run, and they're done?
The News and Observer
These days, it's a common reaction for a player after he scores a basket.
He slaps five with his nearest teammate, acknowledges the player who threw him the pass and coasts back down the court feeling good about himself. Sometimes he even gestures toward the fans before digging in to play defense.
That's all good against most teams.
Tar Heels take off even after giving up a basket
The Durham Herald Sun
In some ways, Miller is a go-to guy every coach would love to have. He is a pesky defender, a student of the game, a face of focus, a study in contrast to today's generation that arrives with headsets and CDs and cell phones. Miller has stubby legs, short hair and talks like somebody who knows what he's talking about.
They gathered around Wes Miller for a good reason, though. They wanted to know his take on the value of UNC's starter at point guard, freshman Ty Lawson.
Lawson is guy who sets pace for UNC
The Durham Herald-Sun
Reyshawn Terry wasn't feeling well Saturday, and now he knows why.
Terry should be able to face Southern Cal
The Durham Herald-Sun
Basketball always came easy for Brandan Wright, until last Saturday.
And that night, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, hardly anything went his way at all.
Bump in the Road: Wright, sensational freshman for Tar Heels, eager to redeem himself after rare bad game
The Winston-Salem Journal
He was the only North Carolina player with a smile on his face when he trudged through the tunnel and onto the Smith Center court earlier this week. North Carolina's Ty Lawson sat in a blue chair on the sidelines of Tar Heels heaven as he faced an enclave of journalists and television cameras, doing his duty with the press because, well, even Jordan had to.
Speedy Lawson ponders future with Tar Heels
The Burlington Times-News
Roy Williams doesn't have to sell Southern California's worthiness as an opponent to his players. They already know, and so does Williams.
Trojans no secret to Carolina
The Wilmington Star
In many ways, it's amazing that the protective mask Tyler Hansbrough used to safeguard his broken nose for four-plus games flustered him so much. After all, this is a kid who in the last five months has absorbed more contact than a crash test dummy.
Physical Hansbrough lives at the foul line
The Fayettteville OBserver
Lennie Rosenbluth slouches in a booth near the back of the diner, his championship ring twinkling in the midafternoon light. His eyes blaze as 1957 comes to life once more.
'57 TITLE GAME IS A CLASSIC
The Orlando Sentinel