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Sophomore guard Kennedy Todd-Williams (3) shoots the ball during UNC's second-round NCAA Tournament game against Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, March 21, 2022. UNC won, 63-45, to advance to the Sweet 16.

Todd-Williams silences crowd in UNC women's hoops' 63-45 NCAAT win over Arizona

<ul>   <li>In its second-round NCAA Tournament game, the UNC women's basketball team looked out in the McKale Memorial Center crowd to see a sea of red.</li>   <li>Despite the "ZonaZoo" on Monday night, the Tar Heels earned a Sweet 16 appearance with an offense championed by sophomore guard Kennedy Todd-Williams.</li>   <li>“We knew they had a big crowd, but we were silencing them,” she said.</li> </ul>

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Dr. LaSaundra Booth plays piano in the piano lab at Kenan Music Building on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2022. Dr. Booth was recently featured as the NAfME 2021 All-National Honors Orchestra Conductor.

'I hope to empower': Meet music education lecturer LaSaundra Booth

LaSaundra Booth, a lecturer of music education at UNC, began playing the cello in the fourth grade and fell in love with it. She has since performed in a variety of symphonies and orchestras, and founded the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, a nonprofit organization that provides instruments and musical training to over 350 children across three counties. “If there’s one word I’m taking into 2022, it’s 'empower,'" Booth said of her work. "I want to empower the next generation of teacher leaders.”

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Transfer forward Justin McKoy warms up before the second-round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 19, 2022, against Baylor in Fort Worth, Texas. UNC won 93-86.

Short-handed UNC holds off Baylor in 93-86 upset win to reach Sweet 16

After starters Brady Manek and Caleb Love fouled out of North Carolina's Round of 32 matchup against the top-seeded Baylor, reserve players like Justin McKoy and Dontrez Styles had to step up. With the game going into overtime, keeping the ship afloat was just as important as sailing it — which McKoy and Styles did. “The only thing that you are required to do is, when that opportunity comes, to be ready,” head coach Hubert Davis said. “And Justin and Dontrez were ready.”

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UNC sophomore guard Caleb Love (2) looks for an open pass during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Marquette on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas. UNC won 95-63.

Caleb Love and Brady Manek lead UNC to NCAA Tournament-opening win against Marquette

In the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 matchup, the losing No. 9 Marquette could not keep up with the North Carolina duo of Caleb Love and Brady Manek. Both players were scoring machines — each topping their respective season highs in points. “When you shoot your first one and it goes in, you kind of get a feel for it,” sophomore guard Caleb Love said. “You keep shooting them, they keep falling.”

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Head coach of the North Carolina Men's Basketball team Hubert Davis speaks at the press conference ahead of the NCAA tournament on March 15, 2022 at the Smith Center.

UNC men's basketball talks Marquette, being locked in ahead of NCAAT first round

In the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, the No. 8 seed North Carolina men's basketball team will face No. 9 seed Marquette. In a press conference Tuesday, first-year head coach Hubert Davis and his team previewed the matchup against the Golden Eagles, noting that they understand the heightened stakes. “It’s that time of the year where you can’t have bad games,” graduate forward Brady Manek said.

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Sophomore guard Caleb Love (2) controls the ball at the semifinals of the ACC tournament against Virginia Tech at the Barclays Center on March 11, 2022. UNC lost 72-59.

Cold perimeter shooting dooms No. 25 UNC in ACC Tournament loss to Virginia Tech

After making a statement by winning 12 of their last 15 games, shots were all the only thing UNC failed to make on Friday night in Brooklyn. The Tar Heels were chilled on the perimeter — shooting just 3-26 from deep in a lopsided 72-59 loss to the Hokies. “Particularly in the first half, I felt like we got good looks from three, we just missed them,” head coach Hubert Davis said. “Then in the second half, I felt a lot of our threes were forced."

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Graduate transfer forward Brady Manek (35) dunks the ball during the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament against Virginia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 10, 2022. UNC will advance to the semifinals of the tournament after beating Virginia 63-43.

With first win in ACC Tournament, Brady Manek shows he is where he was meant to be

Last offseason, Brady Manek was brought in to give the North Carolina men's basketball team a viable shooting threat in the frontcourt — a threat that has been notably absent in recent seasons. The graduate transfer's performance on Thursday was a testament to that promise, as he was the only Tar Heel to make a three-pointer in the first half. With a 21-point performance in the ACC Tournament opening round, Manek helped North Carolina secure a 63-43 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.

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