March Madness flashback

Video: 'Blue Steel' goes behind the scenes at the NCAA tournament

  • By Daniel Sircar & Pressley Baird
  • For ReeseNews
Apr. 19, 2011 11:36 pm

CHAPEL HILL
In March in Chapel Hill, all eyes are on the UNC men’s basketball team. But are the players that you see every night on television the same guys when the cameras leave? Reesenews had a sneaking suspicion that they were a lot more fun.

So we gave senior D.J. Johnston, a member of the beloved  group of walk-on players known as Blue Steel, a Flip Cam to record the behind-the-scenes moments when the Tar Heels traveled to Newark, N.J., for the Sweet Sixteen. Starting with the departure from Chapel Hill and ending with a freestyle musical competition after the team beat Marquette, Johnston caught everything.

There are several hidden gems in the video. Click through to see a Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall duet on Rebecca Black’s hit song “Friday”; a discussion of the merits of the North versus the South; a crazy intense game of Catchphrase; and a John Henson three-pointer on an assist from ol’ Roy himself. What’s your favorite moment? Leave a comment below letting us know.

Feeling nostalgic after seeing the Tar Heels again? Check out these graphics explaining anything you’d ever want to know about UNC basketball, as well as this interactive photo gallery from the season:

Check out reesesport for game coverage, photos and interactives from the the 2010-2011 season.

Pressley Baird, a senior from Mebane, N.C., is an assistant editor with the Reese Felts Digital News Project.

Daniel Sircar, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., is a multimedia journalist for the Reese Felts Digital News Project.