It was only one minute. One insignificant minute. But for Quentin Thomas, the short time that he was on the court for North Carolina in the 2005 national championship game against Illinois represents the most glorious 60 seconds of his mercurial college basketball career.
Thomas goes for second title
The Fayetteville Observer
Coach Roy Williams is confident that North Carolina won't be distracted this week for the NCAA Final Four because of his close ties to Kansas, Saturday's opponent.
Williams says he can't let his team be distracted
The Winston-Salem Journal
Beneath that serious countenance Ty Lawson wears on the basketball court is a playful point guard North Carolina coach Roy Williams jokingly calls "Dennis the Menace."
Playful Lawson plays on
The News and Observer
WAYNE ELLINGTON thinks about the shot, but not in the same way most people would imagine him thinking of it.
UNC's Ellington takes another shot at glory
The Philadelphia Daily News
In 1982, when Roy Williams was an assistant at North Carolina, he felt relieved knowing that head coach Dean Smith had finally removed the "can't win the big one" label.
In 2005, when Williams won his first national title as a head coach, he was admittedly "in a daze."
If another national title happens this year, or any time in the future, Williams has given up trying to figure out how he'll behave in the immediate aftermath. But he does have plans for what he'll do when things finally settle down.
UNC Notes: Williams vows to savor next championship
The Greensboro News and Record
North Carolina's Tar Heels were ready for what's ahead Tuesday, coming to grips with their place in the Final Four.
And that concept, the players said, took time to set in.
Tar Heels take time to realize elite status
The Burlington Times-News
Louisville scored in the East Regional championship game.
Zip. North Carolina scored.
The Cardinals worked harder for their next basket.
And just like that the Tar Heels scored, and won by double figures.
This is what North Carolina does. And if it seems familiar to Kansas — the Tar Heels' Final Four semifinal opponent Saturday — it should.
Williams keeping up fast pace in North Carolina
The Kansas City Star
It was the morning after North Carolina's win over Louisville that reality set in for Tyler Hansbrough. The Tar Heels' star center was on the phone with his mom on Sunday, making sure that she made it home all right.
Once a fan at the Final Four, Hansbrough now is the center of attention
The Durham Herald-Sun
When trying to explain what winning a second national championship would mean to him, Roy Williams turned to an old friend on Tuesday: golf analogies.
If UNC wins, Roy will take time to enjoy it longer
The Durham Herald Sun