North Carolina Tar Heels

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Tar Heels Trample Spartans to Take Title

(Newser) - Now Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green can head to the NBA feeling good about their decision to return to school. The upperclassmen led North Carolina to its fifth national championship with an 89-72 blowout of Michigan State tonight in Detroit, reports the AP. "We've been... More »

Don't Dismiss Spartans in UNC Rematch

(Newser) - Rationally, Michigan State shouldn’t have prayer in tonight’s NCAA basketball title game, writes Chris Dufresne in the Los Angeles Times. Earlier this season, North Carolina didn’t just beat the Spartans, it demolished them 98-63—and the Tar Heels have only gotten better since. “Cold hard facts... More »

NCAA Tourney as Boring as Ever

Popularity has sucked all the charm out of the tournament

(Newser) - In the '60s and '70s, the NCAA tournament was boring because UCLA seemingly always won. These days, "instead of UCLA winning it every year, there are now between five and nine UCLAs that can win it every year," Charles Pierce writes for Slate. "It's just as... More »

Louisville, UNC Roll Into Elite 8

(Newser) - Louisville, UNC, Oklahoma, and Michigan are all headed to the Elite Eight after an occasionally ugly night of basketball. Here’s how it went down:  
  • In a night of lopsided victories, no one dominated more than Louisville. The Cardinals demolished Arizona 103-64, one of the most crushing blowouts the
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No Shockers on Day One

(Newser) - It was a disappointingly sane opening to March Madness yesterday, writes ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. Only four out of the 16 games were won by the lower seeds, and only one of those—12-seed Western Kentucky over 5-seed Illinois—approached headline status. Top seeds UNC and UConn rolled, with UConn... More »

Hansbrough Wins Wooden Award

North Carolina junior sweeps MVP awards; Parker takes women's honor

(Newser) - He already earned an armful, but Tyler Hansbrough took one last bit of brass Friday night. The North Carolina junior won the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's top player, giving him essentially a sweep of the season's individual honors, including The Associated Press college basketball player of the... More »

Kansas Crushes UNC to Reach Title Game

Rush's 25 help Jayhawks jump out to 40-12 lead

(Newser) - Kansas took to the underdog role just fine last night, reports the Kansas City Star. The Jayhawks jumped all over favored North Carolina early, building a 40-12 lead in the first half, and cruised to an 84-66 Final Four win last night. The Jayhawks will face Memphis, which beat UCLA... More »

LSU Makes It Five Straight Final Fours

Lady Tigers defeat top-seeded UNC in regional final

(Newser) - The LSU Lady Tigers reached their fifth consecutive Final Four by ousting top-seeded North Carolina 56-50 in the women’s NCAA tournament. Sylvia Fowles led LSU with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked and was also named most outstanding player of the New Orleans regional. The loss snaps the... More »

UNC Punches San Antonio Ticket

Hansbrough's 28 point helps Tar Heels into Final Four

(Newser) - North Carolina reached its second Final Four in four years with an 83-73 win over Louisville last night, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. The Tar Heels, who blew an 11-point lead to lose to Georgetown in last season's Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, had flashbacks in the second... More »

LSU Smothers OSU to Reach Regional Final

Lady Tigers hold Cowgirls to 15% shooting in first half

(Newser) - LSU had a fairly easy tuneup for North Carolina in the regional semifinals, as the Lady Tigers cruised by Oklahoma State 67-52 today, reports the Associated Press. Erica White led Louisiana State with 18 points, and three other teammates scored in double figures. LSU held the Cowgirls to 15% shooting... More »

UNC Women Come From Way Back for Win

Tar Heels on brink of their third straight trip to Final Four

(Newser) - Angel McCoughtry did everything she could to lift Louisville past North Carolina today, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tar Heels from a 78-74 win in the women's NCAA Tournament, reports the Associated Press. LaToya Pringle had 27 points and 11 rebounds as UNC came back from 18 down... More »

Washington St. No Match for Mighty Tar Heels

No. 1 North Carolina wins by 21 points to reach Final Eight

(Newser) - North Carolina averaged 110 points in its first two games of the NCAA tournament but was held to a mere 68 tonight against Washington State. Didn't matter. The Tar Heels still managed to dominate and come away with a 68-47 win to advance to the Final Eight. The 21-point spread... More »

UNC Makes It Look Easy —Again

Tar Heels down Arkansas Razorbacks to advance in NCAAs

(Newser) - There’s little question why North Carolina was ranked the No. 1 seed overall in the NCAA tournament:  in their first two games they’ve outscored their opponents 221-150, looking more like an NBA team than a college one. Today’s victim was 9th-seeded Arkansas, which lost to the... More »

Carolina Beats Bucknell for 14th Straight

KU knocks off Chattanooga, Okla. survive Illinois State

(Newser) - North Carolina barely broke a sweat today in the women's NCAA first round, the AP reports. The Tar Heels dominated from the opening minutes, racking up an initial 21-2 run before finishing 16th-seeded Bucknell off, 85-50. The victory marks the 14th straight for top-seeded UNC, which was led by LaToya... More »

Mount St. Mary's Gets Tarred and Feathered

North Carolina crushes Mountaineers

(Newser) - North Carolina ran all over play-in team Mount St. Mary’s last night, running up an NBA-level 113-74 margin in only 40 college minutes. The Tar Heels had 14 players score during the game, giving the Mountaineers little chance against the nation’s  No. 1-ranked team. Tyler Hansbrough and Ty... More »

For Some, 'Just Win' Doesn't Cut It

Prof analyzes the blowout factor when filling out NCAA bracket

(Newser) - Never mind R.P.I. and coaches' polls. It's a team's average margin of victory by which you should be basing your NCAA tournament picks, writes one Georgia Tech professor in The New York Times. Joel Sokol says a close win and a close loss are very similar, with statistics... More »

UConn Leads Way in Women's NCAA Seeds

North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland also claim top spots

(Newser) - Four traditional powers in women’s college basketball, Connecticut, Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina, are the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels are the only team in that group never to have won a national championship. In order for UNC to change that, they may have... More »

Carolina Top Seed in NCAA Tourney Field

Memphis, UCLA and Kansas other No. 1s among 65 teams invited

(Newser) - The seedings are in and its time to fill out those brackets. North Carolina  was rated the No. 1 overall seed for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which begins in earnest on Thursday. The Tar Heels are the No. 1 seed in the East region, joined by fellow top... More »

UNC Wins ACC Championship

Wisconsin tops Illinois for Big 10 while Kansas outduels Texas in Big 12 title game

(Newser) - Sophomore Wayne Ellington scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting as North Carolina defeated Clemson for the third time this season, 86-81, to win the ACC championship. The Tigers, who took the Tar Heels to overtime in their previous two meetings, got 28 points from guard K.C. Rivers. This was... More »

Clemson Shocks No. 7 Duke in ACC Semis

Illinois continues surprise run, Georgia beats Kentucky in OT

(Newser) - Clemson had lost 22 straight to No. 7 Duke and hadn't reached a conference tournament final in 46 years, but none of that matters now, as the Tigers beat the Blue Devils 78-74 in the ACC semifinals today, reports the Associated Press. Clemson, which was led by Trevor Booker's 18... More »

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