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North Carolina's Leslie McDonald earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

McDonald's Tobacco Road rival earns Freshman of the Week
North Carolina's Leslie McDonald earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

When North Carolina’s season started, P.J. Hariston and Leslie McDonald were in NCAA suspension limbo.

McDonald, though, was the clear No. 2 anytime the two suspensions were mentioned. Now that he’s been in the lineup for weeks, McDonald has proven himself one of the key missing pieces for the Tar Heels’ season.

The senior guard led North Carolina with 21 points in Thursday’s 74-66 win over Duke and added 19 points in Saturday’s rout of Wake Forest to earn Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.

Ranking the North Carolina Tar Heels' Six National Championships

5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2017

Justin Jackson and the Tar Heels could make it back to the national title game
5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2017

The departures of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson led many to believe that North Carolina would take a step backwards in 2016-17. Fortunately, that has not been the case. The Tar Heels won their second consecutive outright ACC regular season championship, and once again find themselves well positioned as a No. 1 seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

 

Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: NCAA Tournament Final Four Preview and Prediction

A third win over fellow ACC member Syracuse will give Brice Johnson and the Tar Heels a shot at another national title
Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: NCAA Tournament Final Four Preview and Prediction

The North Carolina Tar Heels were expected to be playing in the Final Four. After all, the Tar Heels were named the No.2 overall seed when the NCAA Tournament field was unveiled on March 13. While many expected North Carolina to be playing in Houston on April 2, no one thought the Syracuse Orange would also represent the ACC in the Final Four.

 

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Virginia Cavaliers: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview and Prediction

Malcolm Brogdon and the Cavaliers will try and slow down the high-scoring Cyclones and advance to the Elite Eight
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Virginia Cavaliers: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview and Prediction

In the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the Iowa State Cyclones had little problem defeating No. 13 Iona and No. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock.

Miami Hurricanes vs. Villanova Wildcats: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview and Prediction

Daniel Ochefu and the Wildcats look to get one step closer to the Final Four with a win over the Hurricanes
Miami Hurricanes vs. Villanova Wildcats: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview and Prediction

The No. 2-seeded Villanova Wildcats cruised to easy victories over UNC Asheville and the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Hampton Pirates vs. Virginia Cavaliers: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview and Prediction

Tony Bennett and the Midwest Region top-seeded Cavaliers are set to face fellow Old Dominion school Hampton
Hampton Pirates vs. Virginia Cavaliers: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview and Prediction

For the second time in three seasons, the Virginia Cavaliers will enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. Virginia, top seed in the Midwest Region, will take on the Hampton Pirates in the first round in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday.

 

5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2016

Marcus Paige and the Tar Heels are poised to wreak havoc on March Madness
5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2016

The North Carolina Tar Heels have endured their fair share of struggles and criticisms throughout the 2015-’16 regular season. The preseason No. 1-ranked team in the AP poll, everything about this team,from toughness to cohesiveness, has been called into question.

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