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GET OUT OF THE BUILDING: North Carolina coach Roy Williams and his five starters had their news conference on Saturday interrupted for about 10 minutes when a fire alarm sounded at the Prudential Center.

An announcement ordered an evacuation of the building, but no one was certain whether it was legitimate.

Williams and his players eventually left the dais when tournament officials could not verify the alarm and ordered everyone to evacuate.

A couple of minutes later, officials discovered the alarm was false.

“We were sitting there and I didn’t know what was going on,” Tar Heels forward Tyler Zeller said. “I thought it was something like a forklift backing up or something. Then the guy started talking. I was lost, then Coach told us to go sit on the bus and I was sitting on the bus.”

Guard Dexter Strickland was ready to run as soon as the alarm sounded.

“I am pretty sure Coach was, too,” Strickland said. “We were walking to the bus and some guy said you have to go back and everybody was huffed and puffed. It was kind of funny.”


AP Sports Writers Will Graves and Tom Canavan contributed to this report.