Brice Johnson AP All-American

UNC senior forward Brice Johnson continues to rake in the awards as he nears the end of his career as a Tar Heel.

Johnson was named to the Associated Press All-American team on Tuesday afternoon.

Four seniors headline the team. Johnson is joined by Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, Michigan State Denzel Valentine and Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon. Kentucky sophomore Tyler Ulis is the only underclassmen on the team.

Valentine and Hield were unanimous selections to the team, receiving votes from all 65 voters. Ulis received 43 votes, followed by Johnson with 39 votes and 36 votes for Brogdon.

Johnson has set the record for double-doubles in a single season at UNC with 23 so far. Johnson averaged 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game this season.

The Tar Heels are heading to Houston to take on Syracuse in the Final Four on Saturday night.

UNC Basketball Up to No. 7

UNC basketball moved up to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press basketball poll released Monday.

The Tar Heels are coming off of a week with victories over Syracuse on Senior Night at the Dean E. Smith Center and a win to finish off the regular season at Duke.

With those wins, Carolina claimed the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship.

The Tar Heels will be back in action at noon on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

AP Preseason Polls UNC MBB No. 6, WBB No. 13

Carolina men’s basketball has once again landed a Top-10 ranking in the preseason as the Associated Press list the Tar Heels at No. 6 in the polls. This is Carolina’s highest preseason AP ranking since before the 2011-2012 season, in which they were ranked at No. 1.

North Carolina comes in behind basketball powerhouses Kentucky, Arizona, Wisconsin, Duke and Kansas, respectively.

The Tar Heels have achieved a Top-10 ranking in the AP poll in 52 of the poll’s 66 seasons. USA Today’s Coaches Poll also named the Tar Heels sixth-best in the nation.

The AP has also released its women’s basketball preseason list, in which Carolina places at No. 13.

Even after the transfer of last year’s scoring leader, Diamond DeShields, and just one incoming freshman this season, UNC has only dropped one spot from the 2013-14 season rankings.

Carolina has been listed in the Associated Press’ Top-25 rankings 12 times in the last 13 seasons.

McCrory’s Got Problems With House, Senate Budgets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s unsure if he and legislative leaders can agree on a final North Carolina state government budget before the new fiscal year begins in about two weeks.

McCrory told The Associated Press in an interview Monday his goal is still to have a budget he can sign into law by July 1. But McCrory says he has problems with parts of both the House and Senate versions of the two-year spending plan.

Negotiations are expected to begin in earnest after the Senate rejected the House version of the budget Monday night. A conference committee will now work out differences.

McCrory laid out several specific concerns he had with the Senate budget four weeks ago. He hasn’t been as explicit with shortcomings in the House version.