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Game Preview: #5 UNC vs #18 Florida

Given UNC's rebounding struggles against Butler, that will continue to be an area of focus. Chris Walker is Florida's best offensive rebounder with a 16..7% rate while Jon Horford collects 18.8% of defensive rebounds. Conversely, Kennedy Meeks has a defensive rebounding rate of 25% and Brice Johnson is at 18.7%. Isaiah Hicks could be the X factor. (Tar Heel Blog)

Countdown to Kickoff: N.C. State

North Carolina looks to close out the 2014 regular season with its fifth win in six games by extending its winning streak over rival N.C. State to three games at Kenan Stadium on Saturday (12:30pm/ACCN). UNC is favored by six points in the 104th meeting between these programs. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 65-32-6, and have won 13 of the last 21. (Inside Carolina)

Carolina Hosts NC State In Home Finale

For the second consecutive week, North Carolina plays an in-state rival when the Tar Heels play host to NC State on Saturday, Nov. 29. The game will be televised by the ACC Network and will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. from Kenan Stadium. Carolina will seek to extend its current two-game win streak over the Wolfpack. Head coach Larry Fedora is 2-0 against NC State. (GoHeels.com)

Preview: UNC players excited for rivalry game

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams couldn’t help but laugh. Monday N.C. State safety Hakim Jones told reporters that if you hit Williams a few times “he basically almost quits because he doesn’t like to get hit.” Williams and his teammates laughed off the comments, choosing to let their play Saturday speak for UNC and Williams’ toughness. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Face Florida Friday

North Carolina will try to defeat its second ranked opponent in two days when it faces Florida in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island Friday. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. Florida is No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches poll and advanced to Friday’s game with a 56-47 win over UAB. On Thursday, the Tar Heels beat No. 22 UCLA, 78-56. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels host Wolfpack in regular-season finale

Both UNC and NC State shook free from a rough midseason stretch to become bowl eligible. They finish the regular season with Saturday's 104th meeting in their long rivalry, with each determined to ensure themselves a winning record and improve their bowl destinations. "When we get down to a rivalry game, it's not just another game," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. "It's different. It really is." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Arkansas St coach Blake Anderson finds work, life balance

Anderson was hired last year as Arkansas State's fifth coach in the last five seasons. The former North Carolina offensive coordinator had the expected coaching progression on his resume, from humble beginnings in the junior college ranks to his eventual time with the Tar Heels. However, there was one notable exception — a two-season gap without football of any kind from 2005-06. (Associated Press)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Florida

Given Florida's preference for a slow tempo and both teams playing high level defense, this game could bog down into a low scoring affair. The Gators haven't broken 70 points in a game this season and have just one game of 70 possessions or more. It is much tougher to speed a game up than slow it down so UNC is going to need raise the level of half court execution in order to pull out a win. (Tar Heel Blog)

Brandan Wright might do something this season that not even Wilt Chamberlain could

Brandan Wright still leads the NBA at a ridiculous 77.2 percent from the field. His strategy hasn’t changed all season. He just tries to make everything he shoots. If he could keep up this outrageous pace, Wright would shatter the NBA record for field goal percentage in a season, owned since 1972-73 by Wilt Chamberlain, who made 72.7 percent of his shots that season. (Dallas Morning News)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs NC State

NC State is fairly pedestrian across the board statistically speaking but if the Tar Heel defense of the whole season shows up, the Wolfpack could exceed expectations. The question is whether last week's defensive fortitude was an outlier or if the Tar Heels are finally grasping how to play effective defense? If it is the latter, then UNC could cruise through this game as it did against Duke. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina vs Florida Preview

North Carolina hasn't played Florida since the 2000 NCAA tournament, when the Gators beat the Tar Heels for a chance to play in the championship game. Friday night's showdown in the Bahamas doesn't have nearly as much at stake. Looking to knock off its second consecutive ranked opponent, No. 5 North Carolina takes on No. 18 Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis' fifth-place game. (CBS Sports)

Brad Daugherty's American Kitchen & Drink to close

Daugherty's American Kitchen and Drink, 2 Gerber Road in South Asheville, will end operations in the coming days after a five-month stint, according to a press release. Brad Daugherty — a NASCAR analyst, former Cleveland Cavalier and Black Mountain native son — opened the "casual-upscale" Daugherty's American Kitchen & Drink in the former location of Frankie Bones in July. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Hard Foul: The Tyler Hansbrough Story

His brash playing style and the success that it’s bred have made Tyler Hansbrough a polarizing figure, a walking archetype of the player you love when he’s on your team and hate when he’s not. But take the guy off a basketball court and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more, well, normal pro athlete. Turns out Tyler Hansbrough isn’t who you might have thought. (SportsNet.ca)

Carolina Rundown: November 28

Wednesday: Ty Lawson had 17 points and 12 assists. 16 points and five rebounds for Harrison Barnes. Wright had six points and seven rebounds. Reggie Bullock started and scored seven points. Danny Green had five rebounds. Vince Carter had five points, as did Wayne Ellington. P.J. Hairston hit a three-pointer. (GoHeels.com)

Previewing Florida

In a matchup suited for better than a fifth-place game, North Carolina and Florida take the floor Friday in the final day of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Tip-off at the Imperial Arena is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised by AXS. Florida enters Friday’s contest with a 3-2 record. The Gators won their season opener over William & Mary before getting upset at home by Miami, 69-67, on Nov. 17. (Inside Carolina)

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