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Pregame rhetoric has State-UNC sounding like a rivalry again

One of the best things about rivalry games is that there’s already enough motivation to go around without worrying about providing the other side with bulletin board material. That means players can say pretty much whatever they want during the week preceding the big game without worrying too much about its effect on an already fired-up opponent. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC falls to Butler 74-66

Perhaps North Carolina should find a way to stop meeting Butler in early season tropical tournaments. The unranked Bulldogs defeated the No. 5 Tar Heels 74-66 in the first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on the Bahamas' Paradise Island. Two years ago, North Carolina lost to Butler in the first round of the Maui Invitational 82-71. (Carolina Blue)

Video: UNC-Butler Game Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 74-66 loss to Butler in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Wednesday. View Video...

Dre' Bly To Be Honored At Halftime

North Carolina and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will jointly honor Dré Bly with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Nov. 29 in Chapel Hill during the game between North Carolina and NC State. Coverage of the game will start at 12:30 p.m. ET on the ACC Network and ESPN3. (GoHeels.com)

Recap & Analysis: Butler 74 UNC 66

Obviously that was less than ideal. UNC failed to seize opportunities early in the game to take control of the game then played really poorly in the second half on the way to a 74-66 loss to Butler in the first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. There are a variety of stats that could be thrown around to explain this game but the most daunting one is the rebounding numbers. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Butler

Roy Williams said consistently in the preseason that if his team wasn't going to shoot well, they had to rebound well. On Wednesday, they didn't do either. In addition to some shooting struggles, the Tar Heels were crushed on the backboards by Butler, which ended the game with a 57-40 rebounding advantage. That included a staggering 29 offensive rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

Butler knocks off No. 5 North Carolina, 74-66

Bahamas -- Alex Barlow scored 17 points, Kelan Martin came off the bench to score 17 more and Butler hung on to upset No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Marcus Paige scored 18 for North Carolina, which allowed 29 offensive rebounds -- matching the most by the Tar Heels under coach Roy Williams. (ESPN.com)

Box Score: Butler 74, North Carolina 66

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 74-66 loss to the Butler Bulldogs in the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas on Wednesday. (View Box Score)

Video: J.P. Tokoto Steal & Fast Break Dunk vs Butler

North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto steals the ball for a fast break dunk against Butler in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. View Video...

Video: Pillars of the Program - Kenny Smith talks UNC

Kenny Smith's three greatest UNC basketball players all won a national title in 1982. See who Kenny named as the Pillars of the UNC Program. (NCAA.com)

Video: Pillars of the Program - UNC Basketball

With six national championship banners hanging in the Dean Dome, picking the three greatest Tar Heels is no easy task. Here's a look at the Pillars of the UNC Program. (NCAA.com)

Quinshad Davis Eyeing UNC Career Touchdown Mark

Wide receiver Quinshad Davis’s perseverance throughout a trying 2014 season has the junior just one touchdown reception shy of tying the North Carolina school record. Former Tar Heel Hakeem Nicks set the career touchdown record (21) back in 2008, and with rival N.C. State coming to town, Davis knows how special it would be to match the Tar Heel great on Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Women's Basketball Visits Pearl Harbor

Tuesday morning, the UNC women’s basketball team kept its focus on basketball at the University of Hawaii in preparation for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. But as practice was winding down, coach Sylvia Hatchell gave her team a heads-up that focus was about to shift. The team was scheduled for a trip to Pearl Harbor in the afternoon, and Hatchell reminded them, “Freedom isn’t free.” (GoHeels.com)

Meeks' rebounding lifts Tar Heels' hopes

After just two games, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said this season's team might have the best offensive rebounders he has coached. It’s too early to tell definitively, but the statistics show at least 270 pounds of reason to back Williams up – sophomore center Kennedy Meeks. (Greensboro News & Record)

2014 Battle 4 Atlantis: Preview and Predictions

Player to watch: Marcus Paige, North Carolina - Paige isn’t off to a blistering start (12 points per game), but UNC has hardly needed him to be an All-American in the first three games. That changes as UNC advances through Atlantis. The second round brings a matchup against Oklahoma or UCLA and then probably Wisconsin, Florida or Georgetown. (Athlon Sports)

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In the words of Aaron Rogers "RELAX" the basketball team will be okay no worries we good
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UNC fans will feel that loss Th/Fri. Instead of playing next 2 games on ESPN, they will both be on AXS TV
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Doesn't sound as if Paige's knee injury is serious. Paige: "I think I'll be okay."
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"I didn't see it coming," Roy says. "... I thought we'd rise to the challenge."
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