Roy Williams witnessed an Arkansas upset of North Carolina 24 years ago when just starting out in his coaching career that he hasn't forgotten and likely never will. His assignment today, as UNC's coach, is to make sure that it doesn't happen again.
WARY: Williams says Arkansas is tough
The Winston-Salem Journal
When starting lineups are introduced at today's 5:15 p.m. NCAA Tournament game in the RBC Center, Arkansas will trot out 6-foot-10 seniors Darian Townes and Vincent Hunter.
Waiting to peel off their warmups will be two more tall senior reserves -- bearded 7-footer Steven Hill and 6-8 Charles Thomas.
Hogs bring beef
The News and Observer
Tyler Hansbrough's face-contorting ferocity on the court and his nickname, "Psycho T," conjure an indelible image, one that presumably would resemble the North Carolina star's persona away from basketball.
Tyler's two faces
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ty Lawson sliced the tape off his left ankle and slapped a bag of ice on it Saturday afternoon. As he sat in front of a locker stall, North Carolina's speedy point guard could only smile his trademark cherubic smile as he recounted the injuries that have slowed him over the last two months.
Sprained left ankle. Left hip-pointer. Jammed left thumb. Twisted right ankle.
It's a medical chart Tar Heels coach Roy Williams rolls his eyes at.
Lawson picking up steam at right time
The Fayetteville Observer
Just over 11 minutes into North Carolina's game against Mount St. Mary's, UNC's road to the Final Four in San Antonio got a lot easier. Sophomore point guard Ty Lawson took an inbounds pass after a Mountaineers basket and put on the afterburners. He zoomed the length of the floor, got to the baseline and made a short fadeaway jumper. The sequence took all of seven seconds.
"That's when I felt like it was going to be a good day," Lawson said. "My ankle was feeling good."
Tar Heels get their Ty-breaker back
The Greensboro News and Record
A multitude of obstacles, including intimidating ones, have melted beneath Tyler Hansbrough's intense relentlessness this season.
Now, in today's second round of the NCAA Tournament, the North Carolina workhorse must ward off Arkansas' long-limbed squadron of active bodies inside.
No easy buckets for Tar Heels against Arkansas
The Burlington Times-News
The somewhat parallel lives of Steven Hill and Tyler Hansbrough intersect for the first time today with a trip to the Sweet 16 at stake.
Hansbrough, UNC have big Hill to climb
The Charlotte Observer
Quentin Thomas still remembers what happened when Raymond Felton fouled out of North Carolina's regional semifinal game against Villanova during Thomas' freshman year.
Heels know seniors can make difference
The Durham Herald-Sun
When Tyler Hansbrough uses his usually successful drop-step move in the paint tonight, he'll be met with double-teams like nothing he has faced this season.
Razorbacks a tall order for Heels
The Wilmington Star
North Carolina coach Roy Williams has led his teams to 557 college basketball victories. His teams have lost only 133 times.
Yet, Williams has never blamed any of those losses on venues such as Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium, Wake Forest's Joel Coliseum or N.C. State's RBC Center. Williams has lost in each building, but said Saturday during his press conference that players win games.
North Carolina, Williams have been in a similar situation before
The Rocky Mount Telegram
They are big and athletic inside, love to play up-tempo and have an impressive basketball tradition that includes a national championship.
That description could apply to top-seeded North Carolina, but No. 9 Arkansas brings a similar game and history to today's 5:20 p.m. tipoff at the RBC Center in the second round of the East Regional.
Razorbacks measure up to Carolina
The Asheville Citizen-Times
Tyler Hansbrough did exactly what Tyler Hansbrough does Friday night, sprawling on the floor for a loose ball near North Carolina's bench in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
He got to it moments before two Mount St. Mary's players, clutched the ball, managed to flip over on his backside and fought violently before the whistle blew.
Tar Heels Led By 'Psycho T'
The Springdale Morning News
Now that his role has expanded and he's getting a bit more exposure, Danny Green sees phone numbers with New York area codes lighting up his cell phone on a more frequent basis
North Babylon's Green fits nicely on Tar Heels
New York Newsday
Ty Lawson sat down in the North Carolina locker room and began untying the black brace wrapped snugly around his left ankle. After he removed it, he propped his foot on a chair and a trainer wrapped an ice bag around it.
More than a month has passed since Lawson suffered one of the most publicized ankle sprains in the program's storied history, and the injury robbed the Tar Heels of the fleet-footed point guard who powers their fast-paced transition offense. Now, he's back in the lineup and looking more comfortable with each passing game, though his health - down to his every cut on the court - remains an oft-scrutinized element of North Carolina's latest push for the Final Four.
All eyes are on Lawson's ankle
The Baltimore Sun
Surry Wood has mopped up plenty of lopsided victories during four seasons at top-ranked North Carolina. But there might not have been a more fitting way for the senior walk-on from Raleigh to cap his career.
Coach Roy Williams emptied his bench late in the Tar Heels' 113-74 romp against Mount St. Mary's, and fellow walk-on Marc Campbell called for the alley-oop for Wood.
Surry Wood gets chance to leave mark
The Greensboro News-Record
Hockey players usually grow beards during the playoffs.
For the college basketball post-season, North Carolina walk-on Jack Wooten is sporting what he calls a "March-stache."
Heels' success a growing concern
The News and Observer