Morning Heel: UNC Tar Heels Daily News Links NCAA Tournament Round 2 Edition


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Isaiah Hicks named NC Gatorade Player of the Year
J.F. Webb High School senior Isaiah Hicks has been named the 2013 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in boys basketball. Hicks, a University of North Carolina signee, stands at 6-foot-8 and 210-pounds. He helped lead the Warriors to the 3-A state championship earlier this month. In the state championship game against Statesville, Hicks fouled out in overtime with 34 points, 30 rebounds and seven blocked shots. (High School OT)

Roy Williams: ‘Kansas is my second-favorite school’
Roy Williams said he’d given little thought to the reception he might get here, just 20 minutes away from the school and basketball program he left 10 years ago. Thursday, at least, Kansas City made nice. A Sprint Center crowd of perhaps 2,500 on hand for North Carolina’s afternoon NCAA tournament practice greeted the introduction of the Tar Heels’ Hall of Fame coach with warm applause. (USA Today)

Dexter Strickland, Reggie Bullock on NCAA Tournament
North Carolina veterans Dexter Strickland and Reggie Bullock spoke with the media Thursday afternoon in the Sprint Center in Kansas City prior to UNC’s open practice session. The Tar Heels, seeded No. 8 in the South Region, return to action Friday night at 7:20 pm in a second round matchup with ninth-seeded Villanova. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Freshman point guard Marcus Paige leading Tar Heels with confidence
It doesn’t matter if Marcus Paige is following in the footsteps of last year’s Bob Cousy Award winner and first-round NBA draft pick, bouncing back from a bad game or driving to the basket among a forest of big men with the shot clock running down, the slender 6-foot freshman isn’t afraid to take the ball and lead. (Wilmington Star News)

Tar Heel doubters beware: These women mean business
UNC (28-6) on Sunday will be in the opening round of the Big Dance against an Albany team that was undefeated in the American East Conference and won its league tournament for the second year in a row. But with all due respect to the Great Danes (27-3, 16-0), the Tar Heels know what they’re doing out there on the floor, too, UNC senior Krista Gross said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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