If Justin Watts is lucky this weekend, he just might get a kiss on the top of his head again from Roy Williams, his coach at North Carolina. Williams showed his appreciation for Watts on Saturday after UNC edged N.C. State 69-67 in the ACC tournament semifinals. Williams suggested that Harrison Barnes, a UNC forward, think likewise.
Watts helps out any way he can for UNC
The Winston-Salem Journal
When North Carolina center Tyler Zeller shows up for today's practice at the Greensboro Coliseum, he'll pretty much know his way around.
"It's not home, but it's almost like home because we've been there so often," said Zeller, a senior.
So that's one of the conveniences of a No. 1 regional seed and the fact that Greensboro had been a pre-determined site for second- and third-round games in the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina will play Vermont on Friday afternoon.
Tar Heels head to familiar setting for NCAA's first week
The Burlington Times-News
The University of Vermont men's basketball team will dance for at least two more days.
A patient, poised and defensive-minded UVM team grabbed a 71-59 victory over Lamar in the NCAA tournament's first round Wednesday night at Dayton Arena.
Vermont advanced to Greensboro, N.C., for a date with No. 1-seeded North Carolina on Friday afternoon. The game will start at about 4:10 p.m. and can be seen on TBS.
UVM thumps Lamar, heads to North Carolina
The Burlington Free Press
It's been seven years since Vermont's signature win in school history.
The Catamounts think it's about time for another.
North Carolina, are you paying attention?
Vermont earns an NCAA date with North Carolina
The Associated Press
Most teams start spring practice with dreams of winning championships. North Carolina will be barred from the postseason this year, so junior linebacker Kevin Reddick modified his approach.
Fedora, Tar Heels get down to business
The Durham Herald-Sun
A fast-paced first spring practice that lasted longer than scheduled couldn't keep North Carolina football players totally away from the burning questions of the week.
"It's what it is," rising senior linebacker Kevin Reddick said of NCAA sanctions, which include a 2012 postseason ban, on the football program. "You just have to move on and try to go 12-0."
The initial workout under new coach Larry Fedora lasted more than two hours Wednesday afternoon.
Tar Heels take 'move on' approach to start spring practice
The Burlington Times-News
The speakers crackled, then popped briefly at North Carolina's football practice field about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Then the music began.
"Oh, oh, oh, oh, sometimes I get a good feeling, yeah. I get a feeling that I never, never, never had before, no, no,'' were the first words to the song "Good Feeling'' by hip-hop artist Flo Rida that kicked off the Tar Heels' opening session of spring practice.
UNC football team relieved to begin spring practice
The Fayetteville Observer
"The initial reaction was shock and disappointment," said Cooper, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive guard from Hoggard High. "I thought when it took so long, the ruling would go more in our favor. But now it's just like, let's make the best of the season, rally together and do the best that we can."
Cooper's attitude is similar to all the seniors that spoke on the subject Wednesday after the first day of spring practice under new coach Larry Fedora. But that doesn't mean everyone took the news well.
UNC seniors Cooper, Barth vow to press on despite bowl ban
The Wilmington Star-News
Larry Fedora's first spring football practice at North Carolina came with a soundtrack. It came with speed and energy, and it even came with a can of his favorite drink: Red Bull. In the early moments of his team's workout Wednesday, he took a few sips while scanning the scene before him.
UNC football opens practice under Fedora
The Charlotte Observer