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Stewart Cooper of Blue Steel took a reesenews flipcam with him to video the UNC basketball team’s experience at the Carrier Classic on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson on Nov. 11 in San Diego.

Go behind the scenes with the team to see the their antics and the incredible court setup before the game.

For photos from the game, visit our scoreboard gallery and additional Carrier Classic coverage.

To watch last year’s ‘Blue Steel’ video go behind the scenes at the NCAA tournament, click here.

By Lindsey Hawkins

Most Tar Heels know the Renner family through starting quarterback Bryn Renner, but older sister Summer performs in the spotlight too.

Summer has danced with the Radio City Rockettes for three years, and the group is performing at the Durham Performing Arts Center until Nov. 27.

The siblings keep in touch and support each other, despite their busy schedules.

This video was reported as a part of  the Carolina Week newscast produced by students at UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Click here for more from Carolina Week.

The UNC Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans will kick off the 2011-2012 basketball season Friday at 7 p.m ET with the first ever Carrier Classic. The teams will play in San Diego on the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier.

Carolina Clubs around the world—from Seattle to Shanghai to New Zealand—are holding game-viewing parties for the Carrier Classic. Check out the UNC General Alumni Association website to find one near you.

Check out more information and coverage of the Carrier Classic below.

CBS Sports:

  • Hear coaches Roy Williams and Tom Izzo talk about the Carrier Classic.
  • Watch these preview interviews with U.S. Navy Admiral Dennis Moynihan, ESPN Commentator Jay Bilas, Quicken Loans President Jay Farmer, and coaches Tom Izzo and Roy Williams.
  • This time-lapse video shows the transformation from flight deck to basketball court.

ESPN:

USA TODAY:

  • Check out this infographic, which shows how the USS Carl Vinson will look on game day.

TarHeelBlue.com:

  • Watch the Tar Heels tour the ship where they will play Friday.

The Weather Channel:

  • Track San Diego’s weather here.

Reesenews:

The North Carolina field hockey team defeated Tobacco Road-rival Duke to win the ACC championship Sunday.

The team’s 2-1 victory marks the team’s 17th ACC championship since field hockey became a varsity sport at UNC in 1971.

“We have become a power and over the years have become one of the top three programs in the nation,” Head Coach Karen Shelton said.

Both teams played a tight defense Sunday, with a score of 0-0 at halftime. Carolina’s Katie Ardrey, junior forward, scored the first goal five minutes into the second half on a penalty corner. Elizabeth Stephens, senior forward, put another one in the back of the net nine minutes later.

“At half time we talked about how we had to get two goals, and we always talk about getting that second goal,” Stephens said. “Once we did, we just made sure there was no way they could come back and tie it.”

The second goal was the team’s ticket to the championship as Duke scored with five minutes remaining on the Blue Devil’s second shot of the game.

“I gave a lot of credit to Duke, they never gave up,” Kelsey Kolojejchick, junior midfielder, said. “That’s something we can take away from them: in any situation or any game, you have to keep playing your hardest.”

Coming out of the ACC tournament, Shelton said the team will focus on winning one game at a time and scoring more goals earlier in the game. These changes will go into the team’s preparation for the NCAA national championship tournament. Details on the tournament will be announced Tuesday.

The field hockey team has won six national NCAA championships since Shelton became coach in 1981, the last in 2007. Before beating Wake Forest and Duke for the conference title, the Tar Heels were ranked number one in the country. Shelton expects the team to be the number one seed and host for the NCAA tournament.

The Carolina field hockey team has won 17 ACC championships and six NCAA national championships in the program’s history, been honored by presidents at the White House, had student-athletes play on the USA national team and in the Olympics, and set national records.

The UNC field hockey program wasn’t always as strong as it is today. When Shelton became the coach the team was not competitive nationally.

“They were happy doing well in the state of North Carolina,” Shelton said. “But what I was able to bring to them was international experience and a more global and national aspiration for what the team could be.”

Shelton played on the U.S. National Team from 1977 to 1984. She was on the team that won a bronze medal at the Olympics in 1984, three years after she started coaching the Tar Heels.

She encourages her players to achieve same kind of national and international experience. In the 2008 summer Olympics, six of the 16 players on the U.S. roster were from UNC. Katelyn Falgowski is the last member from the 2008 Olympic team with college eligibility.

“She completely built the Carolina program from the ground up,” Falgowski said. “She’s our number one supporter and number one fan.”

The strength of Carolina’s program may be surprising to some field hockey fans that know the sport as being more popular in northern states.

Of the 27 players on the UNC team, four came from Virginia or states further south, and five players are international student-athletes. Eight of the team’s players are from Pennsylvania.

“There’s definitely a different mentality down here,” said Kolojejchick, a native of Pennsylvania. She said she was surprised when some of her college friends didn’t know what field hockey was.

“It’s interesting because there are a lot of really strong teams down south, but the people in the area aren’t as familiar with it.”

Kolojejchick is the assistant coach for the Carrboro High School team and has seen the differences in perception of younger athletes toward the sport.

“It’s a lot more intense, and I think it’s a lot more serious,” she said of field hockey in Pennsylvania. “Some of the girls have a lot of potential but aren’t given the opportunity as much as the girls up north who have been playing a lot longer.”

Abby Frey, redshirt freshman and head coach of the Carrboro team, said most of the girls she coaches just start playing field hockey in high school. Frey and Kolojejchick try to challenge the girls to play at a higher level.

“We’re either playing with them or dancing around with them, anything to get them going,” Frey said. “We try to keep the intensity up both in practice and in games, and stress how important that is.”

While the South may not be known for field hockey, Shelton said the success of the Tar Heels can be attributed to the school the student-athletes represent.

“If we didn’t have such a great institution, we wouldn’t be able to attract such quality student athletes to represent our teams,” Shelton said.

“It has everything a student athlete looks for when making a decision about where to go to school.”

This article was reported as a part of the JOMC 256 Feature Writing course at UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Home page image by Eric Pait for reesenews, taken on Oct. 22, 2011.

The North Carolina men’s soccer team won its last game of the season 2-0 on Wednesday, making the team the top seed in the upcoming ACC tournament.

The win guarantees UNC the top spot in the conference. The No. 1 seed allows the Tar Heels to play the lowest ranked team at home in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The Tar Heels, with 17 conference points, are closely followed by Maryland and Duke, with 13 points each. A win earns the team three points and a tie is worth one point.

During 2011 conference play, the Tar Heels have won five games, tied two games and lost one game. A list of the game results can be found on the Tar Heel Blue website.

The team finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally. This ACC regular season ranking will be the third consecutive title for the Tar Heels.

UNC bounced back from their loss to Clemson last week to beat Wake Forest 49-24. With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 6-3 on the season, 2-3 in the ACC and became bowl eligible. Bryn Renner posted over 300 yards for the first time in his career, and Gio Bernard ran for his sixth 100-yard game this season. The Tar Heels face N.C. State next week.

Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Wake Forest  0  10  7  7
UNC  14  7  7  21

UNC 49, Wake Forest 24

Pregame

(35 minutes to kickoff) It’s homecoming in Chapel Hill as the North Carolina Tar Heels (5-3, 1-3) take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-2, 4-1). It’s a cloudy 52 degrees and fans are trickling into Kenan Stadium. Both teams are out on the field for warm ups. The Tar Heels are wearing their home uniforms of Carolina Blue jerseys with white pants and the Demon Deacons are sporting white jerseys with black pants.

(20 minutes to kickoff) What’s at stake: Whichever team walks out of Kenan Stadium with the victory today will be bowl eligible. If that team is Wake Forest, they can also claim the title of “state champions,” having already defeated in-state rivals Duke and N.C. state. A Demon Deacon win would also mean a tough road to a winning season for the Tar Heels, with N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Duke (whose currently giving VaTech a run for their money) remaining on the schedule. A Tar Heel win would make them bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season and be the first win over Wake Forest since 2004.

(15 minutes to kickoff) This is the 104th meeting between the Tar Heels and the Demon Deacons, one of the oldest rivalries in the ACC. North Carolina leads the series 67-34-2 and boasts a record of 40-18-2 when playing at home. The teams have not met since 2007, when Wake Forest topped the Tar Heels 37-10 in Winston Salem.

(5 minutes to kickoff) The Tar Heels’ homecoming weekend kicked off in a less-than-ideal fashion with Chancellor Holden Thorp and Athletic Director Dick Baddour, among other representatives from the University, facing a marathon NCAA hearing in Indianapolis on Friday. QB Bryn Renner told The Daily Tar Heel the team wasn’t paying attention to the hearing. Earlier today, an airplane pulled a banner around over the stadium that read “RE-UNITE UNC – WWW.REMOVETHORP.COM.”

(1 minute before the game) Wake Forest won the toss and elects to receive. Wake has started the game receiving all 8 games of their season.

The Tar Heels take the field for thier matchup against the Wake Forest Demon Decons on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Emily Bowe/reesenews

1st Quarter

(14:55) Wake Forest receives the ball at the 7, returns it for 15 yards and will start their drive at their own 22.

(14:19) A 24 yard pass from Price to Dembry puts Wake at their own 46.

(13:33) Brown sacks Price at the 36. Price fumbles and Brown recovers. UNC ball on the Wake Forest 34.

Senior linebacker Zach Brown goes after a fumble during Wake Forest's opening drive on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Eric Pait/reesenews

(11:20) After a first down, UNC faces a 3rd and 10 at the Wake Forest 23. Renner keeps but is stopped short of the first down at the 14. UNC sets up with three tight ends, looks like they’re going for it, but calls time out.

(10) A 2 yard run by AJ Blue gives UNC the first down, deep in Wake Forest territory.

(9:02) A 7-yard pass from Renner to Bernard puts the Tar Heels in the end zone. It’s Bernards first career reception for a TD. The play is under review, though, as Bernard was close to being tackled before the pylon. (After review, TD stands.)

Redshirt freshmen tailback Giovani Bernard celebrates after his first touchdown of the game, putting Carolina ahead of Wake forest 7-0. Kaylon Kirk/reesenews

(9:02) In a 9 play, 34 yard, and 4:31 drive, the Tar Heels are up on Wake Forest 7-0.

(8:46) After receiving the Tar Heels kickoff, an in-progress drive with a 26 yard running gain by Pendergrass puts Wake Forest at the Tar Heel 26.

(7:55) An interception by Charles Brown stops the Wake Forest drive on the Tar Heels’ 23. UNC ball.

(5:06) After a 48-yard throw from Renner to D. Jones and a few more plays from scrimmage, it’s first and goal for the Tar Heels.

(4:12) An 8 play, 77 yard, 3:43 drive culminates in a 4 yard TD pass from Bryn Renner to Eric Highsmith puts the Tar Heels up 14-0 over the Demon Deacons. Bryn Renner is 6 of 8 for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns so far.

(4:10) Wake starts their drive from their own 12 after catching the kickoff and stepping out of bounds.

(2:25) UNC stops wake on their 2 yard third down attempt. 4th-and-2 on their own 21. 50-yard punt rolls dead at the 29.

(1:11) Tar Heels start their drive on their own 29. They’re stopped the 41 and will punt.

(1:02) Wake Forest takes the punt at their 25.

As the quarter winds down, Wake Forest hands off to Bohanon for a 2 yard gain and the first down. The quarter ends with Wake Forest in possession on their 36. Tar Heels up 14-0.

Stat leaders for the Tar Heels: Renner had 77 passing yards and 2 TDs, Bernard gained 34 yards on the ground with a 7 yard reception for a TD. Dwight Jones had 61 yards receiving.

Senior wide receiver Dwight Jones rushes down the field after a completion during the first quarter of the Carolina vs. Wake Forest game on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Emily Bowe/reesenews

2nd Quarter

(12:56) Wake started the quarter on their own 36. They now face a 3rd-and-2 on the Tar Heel 44.

(10:23) Wake continued their drive and finished in the UNC end zone with an 8-yard run by Pendergrass. Their scoring drive was 13 plays, 75 yards, 5:39.

Redshirt freshmen tailback Brandon Pendergrass breaks through the UNC defense for Wake Forest's first touchdown of the game. Kaylon Kirk/reesenews

(10:23) A 24-yard return by Thorpe will see the Tar Heels start from their 25.

(10:07) Renner fumbles the snap, recovered by the Demon Deacons.

(9:53) Wake Forest tries a reverse, but UNC’s Tre Boston intercepts the pass and falls into the end zone for the touchback. UNC ball on their own 20.

(8:30) UNC stopped on third down, punt blocked by Wake Forest. Demon Deacon ball on the UNC 6. That’s UNC’s third blocked punt of the season.

Senior wide receiver Dwight Jones leaps over a Wake Forest defender as he rushes down the field after a completion during the second quarter. Eric Pait/reesenews.

(7:03) Wake Forest can’t capitalize on their great field position. A third-and-goal pass attempt from the 5 hits the turf. Wake Forest kicks a field goal from the 12. The 22-yard kick is good. 14-10 UNC.

(7:03) Wake Forest kicks off out of bounds. UNC takes possession at their 40. 1st-and-10 Tar Heels.

(5:19) Renner sacked for a 12-yard loss. UNC to punt. Renner walked off the field very slowly after the hit.

(5:00) UNC’s punt nearly blocked again by Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons start from their 38. Tar Heel QB Renner getting taped up on the trainer’s table.

(3:34) Brown puts major pressure on WF QB Price on a 3rd-and-12. Price throws it out of bounds, Decons looking to punt from their 37.

(3:24) Gorgeous, 59-yard, career-long punt from Wake Forest punter Alex Wulfeck pins the Tar Heels back on their own 4.

(3:16) UNC’s Gio Bernard turns the corner for a 35-yard gain. UNC first down on their 39.

(0:53) Several huge plays put UNC on the Wake Forest 15.

UNC senior Dwight Jones stiff-arms #4 Josh Bush on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Eric Pait/reesenews

UNC junior Nelson Hurst brings down a catch on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Eric Pait/reesenews

(:40) An illegal substitution by Wake Forest gives UNC a first-and-goal at the WF 5.

(:13) Bernard runs for a 4 yard touchdown. UNC up 16-10. Bernard has 10 rushing TDs on the season. That’s the most for a Tar Heel since 1997.

(:13) The extra-point is good. The Tar Heel scoring drive was 8 plays, 96 yards, and 3:11. UNC up 21-10.

The half ends with UNC up 21-10 over Wake Forest.

3rd Quarter

UNC will receive to start the 3rd quarter.

(15:00) Wake Forest kicks it through the end zone. Tar Heels will start on their 20.

(13:38) A run by Gio Bernard is stopped short of the first down. Tar Heels go 3-and-out. 31-yard punt rolls to the Wake Forest 41.

(12:02) Wake Forest also stopped after 3 plays. UNC’s Charles Brown tackled immediately upon fielding the 38-yard punt. UNC will start their drive on their 23.

(11:45) UNC starts with a 19 yard pass from Renner to Boyd. Ball on the UNC 42.

(10) Renner hits Dwight Jones with another big pass. Jones caught it at the 43 and made it down to the 19. Jones now has 110 receiving yards.

(9:21) UNC pegged with a big holding penalty. It’s 2nd and 21 from the Wake Forest 30.

(8:40) Gio Bernard smothered by Wake Forest on a 3rd-and-22. This would be a 47-yard field goal attempt if UNC goes for it.

Senior wide receiver Dwight Jones is tackled by the Wake Forest defense after a reception and drive that put the Tar Heels within field goal range. Eric Pait/reesenews

(7:57) Moore’s 47-yard field goal attempt falls short of the uprights. Score stays the same with UNC up 21-10.

(7:16) Wake Forest takes over after the field goal attempt on their 30. On the second play of the drive, wide receiver Chris Givens shows his speed to advance WF to the UNC 45. Givens was injured on the UNC sideline. He walks back to his sideline.

(6:32) A 30-yard run by Pendergrass gives Wake Forest a touchdown and its longest play of the day. 21-17 UNC.

(6:15) From the UNC 20, Erik Highsmight receives a pass from Bryn Renner for 43 yards. Tar Heels are on the WF 37.

(4:47) A 15 yard reception by Gio Bernard puts UNC on Wake’s 9-and-a-half yardline.

(4:17) Justin Jackson hits Gio Bernard hard on a run and he fumbles it. Tar Heels recover on the 10, but Bernard is clearly shaken up. Replay shows an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet hit as well as bad twisting on Bernard’s leg. Bernard has 89 yards on 21 carries at this point in the game.

(2:56) Nelson Hurst receives Renner’s pass and makes it to the 1. Heels looking to go for it on 4th down.

(2:29) Ryan Houston rumbles into the end zone for 1-yard and the touchdown. Tar Heels up 28-17. Houston is 8th all time in rushing TDs for UNC. Houston has had 11 of his 21 TD runs from 1 yard out.

(1:32) Wake Forest starts their possession on their own 24. On their first third down attempt, Tydreke Powell intercepts Price’s pass, which was intended for Josh Strickland. UNC ball on the Wake Forest 34, but the play is under review.

(1:32) Play stands, UNC ball.

(1:32) Gio Bernard is back in the game at tailback. That’s good news for the Tar Heels.

(0:02) Renner hits Jones running on a tight-rope down the Wake Forest sideline. That’s a 28-yard pass to the Wake Forest 2. Pass interference is called, but UNC declines the penalty. End of third quarter. That play puts Renner over the 300 mark in passing yards for the first time in his career and gives Jones 138 receiving yards. Renner’s earlier career high was 288 yards against Miami.

4th Quarter

(15:00) UNC to start from Wake’s 2 yard line.

(14:13) Gio Bernard gets his third TD of the game on a 4-yard run. That’s his first three touchdown game. His 11 rushing touchdowns on the season, as mentioned earlier, is the most by a UNC player since 1997. His 12 total TDs are the eighth most by a Tar Heel in a season.

(14:07) A personal foul on the kick gives Wake Forest the ball on their 39.

(13:08) Zach Brown picks off Price on the 37 yard line and runs back to the Wake 41. First-and-ten for the Tar Heels.

Wake Forest redshirt freshmen tailback Nick Knott attempts to dodge UNC's sophomore safetey D.J. Bunn on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Eric Pait/reesenews

(12:12) Gio Bernard crosses the century mark in rushing yards for the 6th game this season with a 4-yard run to the Wake Forest 38.

(11:57) Bryn Renner airs out Erik Highsmith on a spectacular 38-yard touchdown pass. UNC is up 42-17. That gives Renner 338 yards. He’s 21-28 with 3 TDs.

Quarterback Bryn Renner winds back for a touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Highsmith on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Emily Bowe/reesenews

(7:50) Wake Forest starts on their 31. A steady drive led by backup quarterback Ted Stachitas is stopped on the UNC 25. Gives Wake a 4th-and-4 at the 25.

(7:37) Stachitas throws an incomplete pass and UNC takes over on downs.

(5:26) Bernard runs for 54 yards to the Wake Forest 9. That gives him 154 yards.

(4:45) AJ Blue with a 5-yard TD run. That’s a 6 play, 75-yard, 2:59 TD drive for the Tar Heels. That gives UNC 49 points for the first time since 2004. Their 510 yards to this point is also a season high.

Sophomore tailback A.J. Blue leaps into the endzone to score a Carolina touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Eric Pait/reesenews

(2:23) Bohanon runs for a 3-yard touchdown rush. That’s a 6-play, 65-yard, 2:08 scoring drive for Wake Forest.

(1:32) Sean Tapley runs to the Wake Forest 19.

(0:00) Final: UNC 49, Wake Forest 24. With the win, UNC moves to 6-3 on the season and becomes bowl eligible.

The new 2011-2012 basketball ticket policy, announced last spring, is the main avenue for students to get their free student tickets for UNC men’s basketball games. Sometimes controversial, this year’s ticket policies had relatively few change–some of which are listed below:

  • Notification of whether you have won a ticket in the lottery will be about five days before the game.
  • Students will enter the Dean Smith Center in phases:
    1. Phase 1: One-and-a-half hours before tip-off
    2. Phase 2: One hour before tip-off
    3. Phase 3: 30 minutes before tip-off
  • Students selected in the lottery will receive two tickets in a PDF via email. The exception to this is the Duke game, where each student gets one ticket and graduates are prioritized in this particular lottery.
  • Students that are not selected in the lottery, they can still get a ticket from the Stand-By Line. The text below is from the text of the full student ticket policy:

Entry via Stand-By Line
If you are not randomly selected to receive tickets in the student lottery, you will have a second opportunity to gain admission to the games. At game time, all unused tickets obtained through the student ticket lottery become invalid and the available seats will be filled by students in the Stand-By Line. Admission will be based strictly on availability and students will be required to show their valid UNC OneCard to gain entry (NO EXCEPTIONS). Students may enter the Stand-By line anytime between 1 1⁄2 hours prior to tip-off and game time. Line up can begin no earlier than 1 1⁄2 hours prior to tip-off on the day of the game.

  • Make sure to follow @UNCStudentTix to keep up with all the latest ticket updates
  • Guest passes for games will cost between $25 and $50, depending on the section, and can be purchased when students register for tickets. See the ticket policy for more details.

See the Daily Tar Heel’s coverage of the ticket policy here.

U.S. News and World Report has again listed UNC as one of the top five best public universities for the 11th consecutive year in a row.

The article, published today, has UNC in 5th place, followed by UC Berkley in 1st, UCLA and Virginia tied for second and Michigan in third.

Some of the categories taken into account for U.S. News and World Report’s survey are issues of the quality of education for the price, annual retention rates, and graduation rates.

On average, UNC has a a 97 percent average first year retention rate and a four-year graduation rate of nearly 80 percent.

Last year, UNC’s overall university rank was 30th. This year, the university has moved up a spot to 29th place.

To read more, see the press release here.

See U.S. News and World Reports other rankings for UNC here:

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Marquette, an 11 seed in the NCAA tournament, was supposed to lose to Xavier. When that didn’t happen, the Golden Eagles were supposed to lose to Syracuse. When that didn’t happen, murmurs of Marquette upsetting the Tar Heels, a No. 2 seed, started floating around.

But instead of continuing its trend, Marquette fell apart. The Tar Heels led 40-15 at halftime, and despite a valiant Marquette run and sloppy play by UNC, things didn’t improve much in the second half. Marquette shot just 37 percent on the night. That percentage, while a testament to UNC’s strong defense, also shows that the Golden Eagles couldn’t beg, borrow or steal a bucket. UNC (29-7) shut down Marquette (22-15) 81-63, moving on to face the winner of Ohio State-Kentucky in the Elite Eight.

That strong Tar Heel defense did shut down Raleigh native Darius Johnson-Odum, normally the Golden Eagles’ leading scorer with 18 points per game. Dexter Strickland held him to just seven points and no assists. The Tar Heels as a whole had 15 assists to Marquette’s eight.

After a slow start, going just 1-for-5 in the game’s opening minutes, Harrison Barnes came alive. The freshman finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and a nice 42 percent from beyond the arc. Kendall Marshall, the Tar Heels’ freshman leader, chalked up seven points and seven assists.

Three reasons why the game was won

  1. Marquette’s shooting. Hitting just six of 30 shots in the first half killed the Golden Eagles. They made an impressive turnaround in the second half, shooting 52 percent, but coming back from that kind of deficit against a talented UNC team proved too difficult.
  2. Balls beyond the arc. Before the game, Marquette shot 36 percent from three. All of that flew out the window against UNC. The Golden Eagles shot just 13 percent from beyond the arc, and it wasn’t because of stellar UNC defense — Marquette (broken record alert) just couldn’t hit.
  3. Turnovers. In addition to its inability to shoot, Marquette also couldn’t hold on to the ball. Turning it over 18 times was bad, but the 23 points that UNC got off those turnovers was worse. The Golden Eagles capitalized on just 11 points off the Tar Heels’ seven turnovers.

Superhero
Tyler Zeller. The big man was taking a beating in the post, but he was muscling through, helped by the fact that he was the tallest player on the court. He finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds, leading all scorers.

Hero
John Henson. Marquette tried its best to shut the sophomore down: At 6-foot-10, it was too dangerous to let him play his game. But when you have arms that stretch from the Prudential Center to Times Square, you don’t go quietly. Henson ended the night with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.

Villainous performance
Jae Crowder. With Johnson-Odum out, the Golden Eagles turned to junior Jae Crowder. He managed to put up 11 points and eight rebounds, much of which came in Marquette’s ineffective second-half run.

Quotes
Roy Williams, UNC head coach, on losing a large lead and good defense
“In the national championship game two years ago, we were up 21 at half against a great team and a great coach, and they cut it to 13. But keep playing. The teams that you’re playing at this level, they aren’t going to quit or give in. You’ve got to finish games.”

“Dexter, as I’ve said all year long, has been our best defender on the perimeter. He really does a nice job. He has tremendous speed and quickness. He really takes pride in doing that. He knows, with the other guys on our team, that’s one place he can really feel good about what he’s doing. … Our whole defense was just so much more active in the first half than we have been in almost any other of our most recent games. We turned them over and turned it into points for us on the other end. Dexter was huge for us.”

Kendall Marshall, UNC guard, on playing with a lead and moving on in the tournament
“I think that’s the toughest thing to do in the game of basketball, is to play with the lead. It’s hard to determine what’s a great shot, when to attack. But they made runs. Their defensive pressure picked up. They made us turn the ball over, but luckily, we were able to withstand it.”

“It’s very exciting. My first year in college basketball, the things that our team’s gone through, and being able to fight through that adversity and make it to the Elite Eight, we’re excited, but we don’t want our season to finish, so we’re focusing on the next one.”

John Henson, UNC forward, on the possibility of the Elite Eight during the season
“I’d probably say the same. If you’d asked me if we’d be in the Elite Eight, I would say, ‘That’s where I want to be,’ but I don’t know if I would have necessarily believed it. That happens during the season. If you’d asked me three weeks ago, I would’ve said we’d be here. So that’s just how it works, and we’re here now. We’ve just got to perform.”

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