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Stephanie Mavunga's Monster Game Leads UNC Over Jackets

UNC made sure their coach’s return to the ACC Women’s Tournament resulted in a win. Led by 23 points, 16 rebounds and 8 blocks from All-ACC forward Stephanie Mavunga, the sixth-seeded Tar Heels shook off 11th-seeded Georgia Tech and rolled to an 84-64 second-round win on Thursday night. The Tar Heels (24-7) advance to Friday’s 8 p.m. quarterfinal game against third-seeded Louisville. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams not worried about letdown against Duke

Next up for UNC after blowing out Georgia Tech are the guys from down the road whose blue has a royal hue. “We’re playing Duke,” Roy Williams said. “It’s the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball. If we get beat, it won’t be because of letdown.” It'll be the last game of the regular season for both Duke, ranked No. 3, and No. 19 UNC. Tip time in the Dean Dome is 9 p.m. ESPN will show it. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tokoto remembers Rockford roots while preparing for Duke

North Carolina ends the regular season Saturday night against Duke, and Rockford (IL) native J.P. Tokoto will have some special visitors in Chapel Hill for the game. His grandparents are making the trip from Rockford for the big showdown. J.P. Tokoto spent the early years of his life in Rockford prior to moving to Wisconsin before middle school. He still has fond memories of his time in the Forest City. (WREX.com)

UNC academic scandal costs Jan Boxill her job

Philosophy lecturer and former Faculty Council Chairwoman Jan Boxill has ended her attempts to keep a job at UNC Chapel Hill after an investigation pegged her as a key player in the “paper classes” scandal. A March 2 letter from Boxill to Provost Jim Dean confirmed that she would resign and file the necessary paperwork to claim her state retirement benefits. UNC released a copy the letter on Thursday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Scott Cherry recalls mentor Dean Smith

Tournament time is the most popular part of college basketball season. When the lights are the brightest it can seem like every shot is life or death. Scott Cherry learned a long time ago that’s not the case. Cherry, a Ballston Spa native who graduated from Saratoga Catholic in 1989, recently reflected on his time playing basketball at UNC and the lessons he learned from his former coach Dean Smith. (The Saratogian)

Man busted for selling fake Duke/UNC tickets at Salisbury Waffle House

A Charlotte man is under arrest in Salisbury, accused of trying to sell counterfeit tickets to the Duke/UNC basketball game. Salisbury Police say they got a contact from police in Carrboro that Chancy Withro Sherrill, III, 52, of Booker Avenue in Charlotte, was advertising the tickets on the Craigslist web site. (WBTV)

No. 11 Diamond Heels To Open ACC Play With Duke

Carolina kicks off its 2015 ACC schedule with a three-game series against rival Duke beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. The series will continue Saturday at 2 p.m. and conclude Sunday at 2. The Tar Heels went 4-3 on an impromptu seven-game road trip before returning home to beat VCU on Wednesday. Duke enters the weekend winners of nine straight. (GoHeels.com)

Eve Carson Scholarship Carries on Her Memory

Thursday marks the anniversary of a day that many in the Chapel Hill community will never forget. March 5, 2008, Eve Carson was shot and killed. At a press conference, then Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran made the announcement. (Chapelboro.com)

This Day in Carolina History: Tar Heels Destroy Duke in 2011 (video)

With Marshall at the helm, this was a new Carolina team, but it still had something to prove. The team fell just short to Duke in February when Duke made a spectacular second-half comeback to thwart the Heels. Carolina would get its second chance on March 5, in the first ever primetime regular season game in CBS history. The world would be watching, and the Tar Heels put on a memorable show. (Tar Heel Depot)

University Statement regarding Jan Boxill’s resignation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 5, 2015 released the following statement from Rick White, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs. (UNC.edu)

Marcus Paige Wins Skip Prosser Award

UNC’s Marcus Paige, a two-time second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection and the recipient of the 2015 Skip Prosser Award, headlines the annual All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC-Duke Round Two Preview

Part two of the best rivalry in college basketball is here. North Carolina hosts Duke in the rematch of an instant classic from earlier this year. Get hyped for the game as we take a look at the epic players and games in this Tobacco Road tilt. View Video...

Wheelchair basketball changes perspectives for UNC basketball players

The disability subcommittee of Best Buddies — a group that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — organized a four-hour pickup wheelchair basketball game to raise awareness about disabilities on campus. The substitutes for the game included UNC basketball players Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson and Sasha Seymore. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC's ACC Seeding Scenario Has Been Simplified

UNC is tied for fourth with Louisville with each team holding an 11-6 record in league play. For seeding purposes, UNC's game versus Duke is inconsequential. What does matter is whether Louisville beats Virginia or not in the game set tip at 6:30 PM just prior to UNC-Duke's 9 PM start. If Louisville wins and UNC beats Duke, Louisville wins the tiebreaker based on having gone 1-0 versus Virginia. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC women seek more toughness for postseason

A little cross training is what was missing from the Tar Heels’ workouts, North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell suggested. “Between now and the time we go to Greensboro, we’re going to take boxing lessons,” Hatchell said after Duke overcame a 12-point, second-half UNC lead and took the game from the Tar Heels on Sunday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC chemistry professor: Smith and Willingham must alter approach

This letter was motivated by recent postings on paperclassinc.com/blog, a blog maintained by Jay Smith and Mary Willingham on “athletic reform.” As part of a drumroll to the release of their book, they published postings delineating why UNC can’t move on from our scandal, in which the last aberrant classes were offered nearly four years ago. Obviously, they have a vested interest in keeping the story alive. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sportswrap Vault: 1981, Dean Smith vs. Lefty Driesell (video)

With the recent passing of legendary basketball coach Dean Smith, we felt this was a good time to dig into the vault and look for some stories on coach Smith. This report is from the 1981 ACC Tournament in Landover, MD. Smith and his Carolina Tar Heels defeated Lefty Driesell and his Maryland Terrapins to win the championship. (WAVY)

UNC offense has been historical under Fedora

With 99.5 percent of the 2014 offense returning in 2015, it's a safe bet, as we've discussed, that North Carolina will be mighty potent on that side of the ball in 2015 and should have a vastly-improved running attack to go along with an explosive pass game. A deeper look reveals that this could be the continuation of a historical trend at UNC under head coach Larry Fedora. (Carolina Blue)

Michael Jordan: The Everywhere Man

Former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan was named to the Forbes' billionaire list this week. In honor of the announcement, SI.com republished Jack McCallum's 1991 Sportsman of the Year essay on Jordan that originally appeared in an SI commemorative issue on Dec. 23, 1991. (NBA.com)

Former UNC Lineman Now on the Streets, Looking for Answers, and Help

Once upon a time, Ryan Hoffman was a football star, a 6-foot-5, 287-pound left tackle at the University of North Carolina, the ironman on a team that went 11-1 and sent a half-dozen players to long careers in the N.F.L. In 1997, his final college season, he played nearly every snap. His position coach, Eddie Williamson, called him “the epitome of an offensive lineman:” physical, durable, driven. (New York Times)

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