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It was not the way that UNC wanted to start its run in the Big Dance, going 1 for 8 to begin the game, and it took a while for the Heels to get into their form. But when it did top seed North Carolina (30-5 ~ 14-2 in the ACC) looked dominant against No. 16 Vermont (24-12 ~ 13-3 America East) defeating them by the final of 77 to 58, just a duece below what I had predicted the final would be in my preview. For head coach Roy Williams, who has now gotten his 5th 30 wins season in the nine year at Chapel Hill, who had to play without his junior power forward John Henson, the lead was good enough to allow his starters to get rest, both during the game as well as at the end of the game, pulling most of them with four minutes to go in this one. But by no means was this an easy one for No. 4 AP & ESPN/USA Today North Carolina at the beginning as they went into the second television time out with just a 11 to 9 lead and not looking good at all having hit a mere 4 out of 15 shots from the...

UNC's Hairston back to feeling normal again

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- P.J. Hairston was all smiles Thursday before North Carolina's public workout at the Greensboro Coliseum. He sat in front of his locker with a glow illuminating his face as the media descended upon the Tar Heels spread around their locker room. Hairston is happy because he feels normal again. He feels like the guy who helped the Heels earlier in the season...

Henson's wrist injury adds stress on UNC bench

North Carolina coach Roy Williams is still unsure whether junior forward John Henson will be ready for the Tar Heels' opener in the NCAA tournament Friday. Henson sprained his left wrist in a fall during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and missed the last two games. He went through about 70 percent of the team's practice Thursday morning in Chapel Hill, then participated...

Tar Heels do enough to advance vs. Vermont

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Vermont wasn't going to beat North C arolina in their second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament on Friday. And it appeared as if the Tar Heels knew it from the opening tip. They won't admit as much. The players know too well than to say that, and they've been schooled on the etiquette in dealing with the media. But by gauging Carolina's approach...

Tar Heels do enough vs. Vermont to advance

Despite a lack of excited for their first-round matchup, Tar Heels stick to game plan to beat Vermont.

Heels Wake Up, Put Down Cats

GREENSBORO, N.C. – It took No. 1 seed North Carolina roughly 15 minutes to realize that Vermont wasn’t much concerned with the historical fate that has always plagued No. 16 seeds. Only then did the Tar Heels ramp up their play and run out to a 77-58 NCAA Tournament victory.

North Carolina Football: The NCAA sanctions have come and so has a new day for the program

Between March Madness, which to me is one of the funnest (and most blogging) time of the year, real life commitments and other things, I had not yet touched on the NCAA’s sanctions against North Carolina’s football program. The big bosses in Indianapolis, with a thirty-eight page document, put the gridiron program on a three year probation and banned it from the 2012 post season...

NCAAT Practice: Photo Gallery

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- The Tar Heels held their NCAA Tournament open practice on Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. photographer Jim Hawkins was courtside ...

Saturday Photo Gallery

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- The Tar Heels returned to the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday and photographer Jim Hawkins takes you behind the scenes of their media session ...

Ides of March

GREENSBORO, N.C. – No. 1 seed North Carolina’s troubles may pale in comparison to those of Julius Caesar on this opening day of March Madness, but there are three key points of emphasis the Tar Heels must address if they hope to make it out of this month alive.

UNC-UVM: Photo Gallery

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Action photos from the Tar Heels' 77-58 victory over the Catamounts.
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