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Friday September 17th

March Madness 2017

North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks (3) shoots over Oregon forward Jordan Bell (1) in the teams' Final Four matchup on April 1 in Phoenix.

UNC men's basketball back in national title game after 77-76 win over Oregon

GLENDALE, ARIZ. — With a possible date with redemption a few days away, the top-seeded North Carolina men's basketball team locked in and clipped the No. 3 seed Oregon Ducks, 77-76, in the Final Four on Saturday night. With tens of thousands watching from the stands inside University of Phoenix Stadium, the Tar Heels looked like they belonged on the biggest of stages once again.

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Column: Struggling Isaiah Hicks could sink UNC men's basketball against Gonzaga

GLENDALE, ARIZ. — Isaiah Hicks was nowhere to be found in the North Carolina locker room. The Tar Heels had just won their Final Four matchup over Oregon. The media mobbed Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry and the rest of the team. Even Shea Rush took a few questions. But Hicks was tucked away behind a curtain, propped up on the training table with a giant elastic bandage wrapped around his injured left quad.

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North Carolina guard Joel Berry (2) drives in on a Butler defender during their Sweet 16 matchup on Friday.

Joel Berry tasked with stopping De'Aaron Fox ahead of Elite Eight matchup with Kentucky

MEMPHIS — The checklist is lengthy, of everything the North Carolina men’s basketball team brings on its road trips: Kennedy Meeks’ favorite pair of UGG boots, for instance, or Nate Britt’s extra earrings. They’re frills, sure, but anything to make a hotel room feel more like home. It makes sense, then, that Joel Berry and Theo Pinson would bring their own piece of home whenever the team travels.

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UNC guard Kenny Williams (24) defends Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk (5) as he drives to the basket at the CBS Sports Classic on Saturday.

Malik Monk still unsolvable for UNC men's basketball defense

MEMPHIS — Nothing strikes fear in the North Carolina men’s basketball team quite like Malik Monk. No, he doesn’t haunt the Tar Heels’ dreams quite like Kris Jenkins does — nobody could — but the Kentucky guard’s 47-point epic from December still stings. And with the No. 1 seed Tar Heels (30-7) and No. 2 seed Wildcats (32-5) facing off in Sunday’s Elite Eight, there’s still no answer for Monk.

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