As the reloaded national champs gear up for practice on a quest to defend their title, the coach of the Tar Heels still just wants to make Dean Smith proud. Roy Williams wouldn't have it any other way.
UNC coach Roy Williams knows his 2008-09 team, with its impressive talent and depth, will carry the burden of great expectations. So he's made it clear to his team that the Tar Heels' title hopes come first, writes Andy Katz.
North Carolina sophomore Wayne Ellington and junior Danny Green will withdraw from the NBA draft while the Tar Heels were awaiting official word on whether sophomore point Ty Lawson would join them, too.
There were two Kansas teams on the court against North Carolina in a wild semifinal with mood swings galore. One buried the Heels to a 28-point deficit and one let the Heels get the game to two possessions late in the second half, writes Pat Forde.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 18 points night and top-seeded North Carolina held Washington State to 32 percent shooting in a 68-47 win in the East Regional semifinals, sending the Tar Heels back to the round of eight for the second straight season.
North Carolina's win over Clemson in the ACC championship solidified the Tar Heels' No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. It also paved the way to the championship game -- as long as UNC stays on Tobacco Road.