By Adam Lucas
The key storyline from Saturday's media availability in advance of Sunday's Carolina-Arkansas matchup in the round of 32 was clearly Joel Berry's medical situation. "I'm feeling pretty good," Berry said. "I'm walking better than I did yesterday. I did a lot of treatment today. It's just a little sore. But overall, I feel good."
However, Berry did not practice on Saturday afternoon, and Roy Williams' standard rule has been that players that don't practice, don't play. Of course, standard rules sometimes don't apply during the NCAA Tournament.
"We have no idea what Joel Berry's ankle will be like in another 30 hours," Williams said on Saturday afternoon. "We'll have to see what it's like...I'm hopeful that we'll have him."
Kanler Can: We can't let the first round officially be completed until there is a more complete discussion of Kanler Coker's swooping up-and-under layup that pushed Carolina over the century mark against Texas Southern. Coker's teammates seemed a little more impressed with the play than Coker himself.
"It was a great move," said Theo Pinson, who was among the Tar Heels on the bench who celebrated wildly when it happened. "I didn't even know he had it in him. When he went to the reverse, he put a little hang time on it. The bench went crazy. i've never seen him do that. He didn't say anything at all about it, he just acted like it was normal."
Coker, however, didn't seem as impressed.
"Those two guys fell down right in front of me," he said. "The baseline was wide open. I went to the basket and made the layup."
But don't let his modesty--Coker wasn't even aware the move had put the Tar Heels over 100, the coveted "biscuit shot"--fool you. During a stoppage of play right after the layup, Coker was waiting for Texas Southern to inbound the ball when he snuck a look up at the arena video board...then another glance...then another. Unfortunately, the replay was never shown in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. And was he, in fact, hoping to catch a glimpse of himself?
"Maybe," Coker said with a grin. "Maybe I was."
Briefly: Aaron Rohlman attempted a field goal against Texas Southern. That wouldn't typically be notable (he missed), but Rohlman had been the first player in the Roy Williams era to play in at least five games and not attempt a shot...For the record, Stilman White can dunk (he showed it again in Thursday's open practice). And it looked like he might get an in-game NCAA Tournament jam when he had a steal and opencourt opportunity against the Tigers. But he chose to softly lay it against the glass. "I like to show everyone I can get up there, but too many bad things can happen," he said. "I don't want to be that kid who missed a dunk."...
The last five meetings between Carolina and Arkansas have come in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels won in 1993, 2008 and 2015, while the Razorbacks took wins in 1990 and in the 1995 Final Four...The assumption during Saturday's press conference was that the Tar Heels would have significantly more fans in the building than the Razorbacks. That may not be true. A huge South Carolina turnout is expected, and you would think Gamecock fans would go with SEC pride. Either way, the Hogs were philosophical about any crowd issues. "They don't have more guys than we do on the court," Moses Kingsley said. "We have to do what we came to do, come out and execute, get stops, get rebounds and let's push the ball."