North Carolina Tar Heels

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.

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.

 

Villanova Wildcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: NCAA Tournament Championship Preview and Prediction

Josh Hart and the Wildcats look to ride their hot shooting to a national title by beating the Tar Heels in Houston
Villanova Wildcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: NCAA Tournament Championship Preview and Prediction

Making history typically isn’t the easiest thing to do. Villanova made it look like child’s play Saturday night in the Final Four against Oklahoma. The Wildcats demolished the Sooners 95-51, setting an NCAA Tournament record for largest margin of victory in a Final Four game behind a near-perfect offensive performance.

 

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.

 

15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.
15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

This college basketball season has been characterized by one thing – parity – and it’s a label that has carried over into the NCAA Tournament. But that’s not always the case as there often has been a team that has clearly separated itself from the rest of the pack. However, that regular season or even early Tournament domination hasn’t always been punctuated with a national championship.

 

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