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Who’s Responsible for Kyle Seager?

Kyle Seager will earn $100 million, and Kyle Seager *deserves* that mind-boggling sum. Despite a park/division that suppresses offense, the 3B has become a lynchpin of the Mariners’ offense. Seager is incredible, and yet underrated, as he wasn’t a first-rounder or hyped prospect. How did Kyle Seager get here? (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Marcus Paige a bright spot for UNC

When Marcus Paige was growing up, it was all about Carolina blue. He rocked Jordans, called Vince Carter his favorite player and celebrated when the 2005 team won it all. “That’s who I would cheer for,” Paige says. “When I figured out Vince Carter went there, I became a huge fan.” Marcus Paige is from Marion, IA. Of course, having fans spread far from Chapel Hill isn’t out of the ordinary for the Tar Heels. (SLAM Online)

Video: UNC Basketball Day 2 in the Bahamas - Practice and Welcome Reception

The Tar Heels held practice in Imperial Arena in the morning and joined the other teams for a Welcome Reception in the evening. View Video...

Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs Butler

With Butler's three point shooting being such an important factor in the Bulldogs' Maui win two years ago, UNC's attention will again be drawn to the perimeter defense. 6-6 junior Kellen Dunham, he of the 5-9 shooting from three two years ago, will test the Tar Heel defenders. Dunham is 10-15 on three pointers so far this season. Prediction: UNC 81 Butler 67 (Tar Heel Blog)

Carolina Rundown: November 26

12 points and eight rebounds for Harrison Barnes. Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists and also did this to Kirk Hinrich. The first edition of the SI power rankings includes plenty of good stats and info. Men's basketball faces Butler at noon on ESPN2. Volleyball hosts Duke at 2 p.m. The Broncos signed Connor Barth. (GoHeels.com)

Bahamas business trip

One thing's clear about North Carolina's Thanksgiving week trip to the Bahamas: this one's for business, not pleasure. The Tar Heels got the pleasure out of the way in their August trip to Paradise Island when they played two exhibition games against local teams in a recreation center a few miles away from the Atlantis Resort. (Carolina Blue)

Three to know preview of UNC vs. Butler

Two seasons ago, Butler led by as many as 28 points in an 82-71 victory over the Tar Heels at the Maui Invitational, but Brad Stevens left Butler to coach the Boston Celtics, and the Bulldogs went 14-17 last season (with a 4-14 mark in their Big East debut) under coach Brandon Miller. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels to open Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Wednesday

The No. 5 Tar Heels will look to avoid their pitfalls from two years ago when UNC and Butler face off in another exotic locale at noon Wednesday (ESPN2) in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas. The winner will advance to face the Oklahoma/UCLA winner in Thursday’s first semifinal game at 1 p.m. (Durham Herald-Sun)

I'm A Tar Heel: Luke Davis

Luke Davis: "There is no way I will ever be able to fully explain what being a part of Carolina Basketball has meant to me. Every gameday, we have the privilege of playing basketball in the Dean E. Smith Center, for the greatest coach in the country, in front of the greatest fans in the country. I want to thank you for helping make my dreams come true." (GoHeels.com)

My Carolina Experience: Mike Fox

In his 17th year as head coach of North Carolina baseball, you may know Mike Fox as one of the most successful, active coaches in the game. What you may not know is that although he has had a love for the game since he started playing at age four, Fox’s first love was actually basketball. He grew up watching the Tar Heels on television and that is what sparked his love for Carolina. (GoHeels.com)

Can Marquise Williams Win ACC Player of the Year?

Last Thursday night, Marquise Williams put together another dual threat performance throwing for 276 yards, rushing for 98 more and accounting for four touchdowns in UNC's 45-20 win over Duke. On Monday Williams was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for a fourth time putting the Charlotte junior in the middle of the race for ACC Player of the Year. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bahamas trip now serious business for UNC

Fifth-ranked UNC faces rebuilding and unbeaten Butler on Wednesday at noon. A Thanksgiving Day game against 22nd-ranked UCLA or previously ranked Oklahoma awaits, and the Tar Heels could meet powerful Wisconsin, short-handed Florida, Georgetown or UAB in Friday's final. "I love playing against the best teams...that's when it gets really fun," UNC junior Marcus Paige said. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams’ Stolen Vacation

Call it a tropical vacation if you like, but the schedule makers clearly were not too concerned about Roy Williams’ personal relaxation time. The Tar Heels will play against a loaded field in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Paradise Island in Nassau. Half of last year’s Final Four (Florida, Wisconsin) plus four other teams that were in the NCAA tournament will slug it out. (Chapelboro.com)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Butler

The two clear weaknesses in Butler's numbers are the offensive rebounding and free throw shooting. UNC has collected 46.6% of offensive rebounds through three games. Butler doesn't rebound well at the offensive end with a 28.2% rate. While this stat favors UNC it could also allow Butler to get back on defense and prevent the Tar Heels from pushing the basketball. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels To Face Butler In Battle 4 Atlantis

North Carolina will open play in the Bahamas at the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis when it meets Butler on Wednesday in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort. Tipoff is scheduled for just after noon Eastern Time. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Andy Katz will be on hand to call the action. (GoHeels.com)

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