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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)

Video: Tuesday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Marquise Williams and T.J. Logan answer questions from the media about the successes from the Duke win and preparing for the upcoming game against NC State. View Video...

Tuesday Larry Fedora Quotes

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora spoke with reporters Tuesday for his final weekly ACC teleconference of the season. “Yes, we're excited about finishing up our season at home in the Tar Pit. Especially for our seniors to have the opportunity to play their last game at home in this stadium is pretty special. To be playing one of our rivals also makes it that much more exciting.” (Inside Carolina)

Homenetmen Beirut (Lebanon) signs Rashad McCants

Homenetmen Beirut (Division A) agreed terms with 30-year old American shooting guard Rashad McCants (college: North Carolina). He played last season at Unitri/Magazine Luiza/Uberlandia in Brazilian NBB league. In 10 games he had 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0apg. McCants also played 4 games in Liga Americas where he recorded 9.3ppg and 2.8rpg. (Asia-Basket.com)

Denver Broncos sign kicker Connor Barth

The Denver Broncos have waived rookie kicker Brandon McManus and signed Connor Barth, according to Adam Schefter and Mike Klis respectively. Barth is a far more accurate field goal kicker than McManus has shown to be. In 2012 with Tampa Bay, Barth's last NFL season, he made 10 of 11 attempts up to 39 yards, 12 of 13 from 40-49, and 6 of 9 from 50+. (Mile High Report)

2014-15 NCAA Basketball Preview: The ACC

I have read the entire Wainstein report and I’m choosing to believe 100 percent of it. This is an academic issue involving athletes. Not an athletics issue involving academics. You can’t punish people for getting wrapped up in something that goes so much higher up than them when there’s no proof that they knew anything was wrong. (Grantland)

ACC Upset Watch: Week 14

NC State (6-5) at North Carolina (6-5), 12:30 p.m.. Line: North Carolina by 6.5. The Tar Heels are riding high off an impressive 45-20 win against Duke, but now they face their second straight rivalry game against a Wolfpack team that had a week off to prepare. Though UNC's run defense played much better, NC State will try to continue to exploit weaknesses in that group . (ESPN.com)

Half-full, half-empty: Andrew Miller

We continue our half-full, half-empty series on MLB free agents with a look at Andrew Miller. He might actually be the most-sought-after free agent this offseason because every team would like to add a hard-throwing lefty reliever who held opponents to a .153 average in 2014. Reports last week indicated that at least 22 clubs had contacted Miller's agent. (ESPN.com)

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