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North Carolina is two steps closer to the Final Four, but its path will be filled now with roadblocks stout enough to stop the journey.
Tar Heels expect a tough game from Bulldogs
The Winston Salem Journal

There are a number of factors that could pull shooting guard Wayne Ellington back to North Carolina for his senior season: the drive to earn his degree, the desire to try to reach another Final Four, the goal of raising his NBA stock even further. And of course, there's his dad's fried chicken.
UNC's Ellington feels right at home
The News and Observer

It may be an elaborate piece of acting or something as simple as a middle-aged man doing a little graveyard whistling, but Roy Williams appears to be heeding his own advice these days. North Carolina's basketball coach is displaying all the mannerisms of someone who is actually "enjoying the ride" -- a phrase that players, coaches and fans for years have used to describe the experience of playing in an NCAA Tournament.
This time, Williams is at ease
The News and Observer

There aren't many teams in the annals of college basketball history that can lay claim to some sort of bragging rights over North Carolina. Third-seeded Gonzaga (28-5), which faces the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-4) in tonight's NCAA South Regional semifinal at FedExForum, is one of the few.
North Carolina tries to erase Zags' Garden Party memory
The Greensboro News-Record

North Carolina still might win tonight's NCAA Tournament game against Gonzaga even if Wayne Ellington air balls every shot he takes.
Tar Heels' play may hinge on Ellington
The Durham Herald-Sun

Gonzaga has all the credentials to be considered among the nation's upper echelon, except one. The Zags haven't won enough lately in the postseason. They lack the statement triumph. A grand opportunity to change that is presented today in a South Region semifinal, when fourth-seeded Gonzaga faces top-seeded, top-of-the-line North Carolina. The winner moves one step away from the Final Four.
Zags can reclaim March by beating Tar Heels
The Kansas City Star

When Roy Williams and Mark Few shake hands at the end of tonight's NCAA tournament game, the handshake will be a lot more than a mere formality. Williams and Few have developed a strong bond over the years. They discussed their friendship at length Thursday, one day prior to the Sweet 16 battle between Gonzaga and North Carolina.
Tar Heels coach has been a mentor to Few
The Olympian

The loss stayed with Jeremy Pargo like a deep bruise. He felt it after the game, when he shouldered all the blame, saying he played like a third-grader against college guys.
Jeremy Pargo's matchup with Ty Lawson key for Gonzaga
The Seattle Times

Gonzaga senior guard Micah Downs grew up in the West, but he dreamed of playing for North Carolina.
Minds on Carolina
The Spokane Spokesman-Review

Safe to say, no other coach in NCAA Division I basketball knows more about forklifts than Scott Cherry. Also safe to say, those three years between his playing and coaching days, when he worked as a forklift salesman in Greenville, are not why High Point University hired Cherry this week. Something else on Cherry's resumé prompted High Point administrators to give the former North Carolina shooting guard his first job as a head coach.
Scott Cherry named High Point coach
The Greensboro News-Record

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