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North Carolina is ready to start over in its drive to hang another national-championship banner in the Smith Center.
NEXT: UNC turns sights forward
The Winston-Salem Journal

Top-seeded North Carolina scored more than 100 points during its first two games of the NCAA Tournament. No. 4 seed Washington State held its first two opponents to fewer than 50. "There's a big collision coming, isn't there?" second-year Cougars basketball coach Tony Bennett asked during his Monday conference call. Yep.
UNC's next opponent goes slow
The News and Observer

Washington State has advanced to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 with a gritty defense that's held opponents to 56.1 points per game this season. North Carolina, the Cougars' opponent Thursday at Bobcats Arena, often scores nearly that many points by halftime.
Tar Heels' next foe: Washington State's secret is defense
The Charlotte Observer

Washington State expects all kinds of shows of support for North Carolina when the Cougars take the floor against the Tar Heels on Thursday night in Charlotte in the NCAA Tournament.
Cougars know plenty about the Tar Heels
The Durham Herald-Sun

Point guards are usually considered extensions of their coaches on the floor. So while North Carolina junior Bobby Frasor continues to rehabilitate the torn ligament in his left knee, he can't quite help being an extension of his coach on the bench.
Injured Frasor helps Heels from bench
The News and Observer

Kyle Weaver, informed that Washington State is "only" a 7 1/2 -point underdog to top-ranked North Carolina, was quick and to the point with his response. "Only?" Weaver asked with a stoic expression.
Cougars' road gets rougher
The Olympian

A common theme emanated from North Carolina's locker room following Sunday evening's 31-point annihilation of Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels performed and spoke this past weekend with aplomb. Not arrogance, but much more assuredly than simple confidence. This team knows it's a contender for the national championship and believes it controls its destiny.
Tar Heels confident they can avoid another tourney letdown
The Wilmington Star

Nobody's trying to kid you. These guys know that the Pullman Highway isn't exactly Tobacco Road when it comes to college hoops.
Cougars chase slice of nirvana in Blue Heaven
The News Tribune

They say in order to be the best, you've got to beat the best. After dismantling Winthrop and Notre Dame in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, the Cougars will get just that opportunity when they take on North Carolina in the Sweet 16. Yes, the Sweet 16. Take a deep breath and soak that in. When the season started in November, there were more than 300 Division I men's basketball teams competing for a shot at the national title. Here at the end of March, the Cougars are one of the few who remain.
Opportunity of a lifetime awaits Cougars
The Daily Evergreen

They would have both been watching Sunday, when North Carolina rolled to another men's Sweet 16. Of that, everyone seems sure. Eve Carson, the student body president, who once was so eager to get on the video screen during a Duke game at the Dean Smith Center she showed up in a blue prom dress. Jason Ray, for three years the mascot cavorting around the basketball court in a ram outfit during timeouts. But now they are gone. Tragic clouds in a Carolina blue sky, because death is not supposed to be a subject at the NCAA Tournament, but this month it has been for the Tar Heels.
Clouds in a Carolina blue sky
The Asbury Park Press

Roy Williams will get his wish. Players will not be slipping on giant decals for the rest of the NCAA tournament. The floors at the Final Four and the four NCAA regional sites, including Bobcats Arena, were never scheduled to have decals pressed onto them. The future of the decals, which bear the NCAA logo, also will be part of the NCAA's customary, extensive review after the tournament.
Slippery court logos won't be used the rest of tournament
The Charlotte Observer

University of North Carolina basketball fans are living up to their reputation as big spenders, making the NCAA East Regional at Charlotte's Bobcats Arena the hottest college basketball ticket in the country this week.
Want NCAA tickets? Think about $500
The Charlotte Observer

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