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Danny Green scores season-high 27 vs. Blazers

Spurs shooting guard Danny Green scored a season-high 27 points on 9 of 21 shooting, including 6 of 9 shooting from three-point range, while matching a season high with 10 rebounds in his team's 129-119 triple-overtime loss to the Blazers Friday. Green followed up a 52-minute night in Wednesday's loss with 44 minutes of action in the team's second straight triple-overtime game. (CBS Sports)

Tar Heels head north for matchup with Buckeyes

North Carolina leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 10-2, with the last encounter taking place during the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City on Nov. 19, 2009. The Tar Heels prevailed in a 77-73 final. Despite shooting less than 30 percent from 3-point land, North Carolina is putting up 80 ppg. (WRAL Sports Fan)

No. 12 Buckeyes offer key test for No. 24 UNC

North Carolina’s semester final exams wrapped up about a week ago, but for the No. 24 men’s basketball team, a major non-conference test against No. 12 Ohio State in the inaugural CBS Sports Classic today (1 p.m., CBS) looms large. This team has faced multiple tests this season, and more often than not, the Tar Heels have failed to notch a passing grade. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tall Tar Heels give Buckeyes second shot at a ranked team

The undefeated but largely untested Buckeyes weren’t ready to match Louisville’s focus and intensity when the teams tipped off Dec.?2 in Louisville, and the Buckeyes fell into a hole they never escaped. Today, No.?12 Ohio State gets a second chance, facing No.?24 North Carolina. The Tar Heels will be only the second ranked opponent the Buckeyes have faced in their 11 games. (Columbus Dispatch)

OSU's Shannon Scott steeped in Carolina blue growing up

The earliest memory Shannon Scott has of the history facing him today was his bedroom motif. "The walls were Carolina blue,” he said. So were the sheets on his bed. "When I was born, as soon as I left the hospital, I had some Carolina clothes on,” Scott said. He also remembers a letter from legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith that had congratulated him on his birth. (Columbus Dispatch)

Preview & Prediction: #24 UNC vs #12 Ohio State

Ohio State presents two significant challenges. The first is the Buckeyes' shooting. Ohio State is led by freshman D'Angelo Russell (18.0 ppg) who enters the game shooting 43% from beyond the arc. Russell is one of four Buckeyes hitting over 40% from three. UNC has been very good this season limiting opposing teams from hitting three point shots. Prediction: UNC 78 Ohio State 70 (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC coaches & players pose for photo in front of Jordan statue

The No. 24 North Carolina Tar Heels (7-3) take on the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. On Friday, the Tar Heels were in Chicago practicing in the United Center preparing for the big game. After practice, the coaches and players posed for a photo in front of "The Statue" of UNC legend Michael Jordan. (Carolina Blue)

Bengals' rushing success may hinge on Russell Bodine

It was Russell Bodine's knack for physicality that impressed Cincinnati Bengals coaches during the pre-draft process last winter and spring. Film of his blocking ability at North Carolina, along with his impressive strength (he led all players at last year's combine with 42 bench reps) impressed the Bengals. They envisioned having him for games like Monday night's. (ESPN.com)

UNC Women Bounce Back With Convincing Win Over Maine

Allisha Gray scored 17 points and No. 6 North Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 65-36 victory over Maine at the Carolinas Challenge on Friday night. The Tar Heels (10-1) fell to No. 16 Oregon State 70-55 on Tuesday night, yet opened with a 14-0 lead in this one and looked like they'd easily run past the Black Bears (7-4). (GoHeels.com)

Three to know – North Carolina vs. Ohio State

North Carolina will be looking at the meeting with the Buckeyes as a chance to show that it’s exorcised some demons. Coach Roy Williams hopes that a week of intense practices will remedy his team’s lackluster effort on defense and with rebounding. The Tar Heels also hope that guard Marcus Paige gets out of his shooting slump (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams: No more Mr. Nice Guy because that's not enough

North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks said he caught coach Roy Williams smiling at a practice a couple of days ago. That apparently was a false impression of his coach’s mood. Williams has insisted that a get-tough approach is needed with the Tar Heels, who play Ohio State on Saturday afternoon in Chicago. (Burlington Times News)

Brandan Wright could be a big loss for the Mavericks

Brandan Wright is an advanced stats miracle, at least when considering him as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. The biggest contract headed to the Boston Celtics as part of the Rajon Rondo trade might be less effective as part of coach Brad Stevens' young team. But now is the time to appreciate what Wright was with the Mavericks, and how he might be valued as a trade chip or a long-term option in Bean Town. (SB Nation)

Know Your Opponent: Ohio State

The two Ohio State players you’ve probably heard the most about in the run-up to Saturday’s contest are senior Shannon Scott and freshman D'Angelo Russell, and for very good reasons. Scott is the son of Carolina great Charles Scott and is having a career year as one of the nation’s most prolific assist men. Russell is one of the best freshmen in America. (GoHeels.com)

Video: C.B. McGrath Previews Ohio State

The Tar Heels tip off the CBS Sports Classic against Ohio State in Chicago on Saturday, December 20th. UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath previews the match up, recaps the team's practice at the Chicago Bulls training facility and the United Center. View Video...

Larry Gallo Jr. built a legacy as a ‘friend to all’

During 16 years at Carolina, Larry Gallo Jr. has supervised a variety of areas, including human resources, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, technology services, the grant-in-aid program, and compliance and eligibility for NCAA and ACC guidelines. For many years, he also was in charge of the daily administration of the men’s basketball and football teams as the senior associate athletic director. (UNC.edu)

What To Watch: Ohio State vs. North Carolina

This will be the fourth time Ohio State has played North Carolina since Thad Matta arrived at OSU for the 2004-05 season. His teams are 0-3 against UNC. That includes a loss at UNC in 2006 (98-89; OSU was ranked No. 3 and UNC No. 7), a loss at home in 2007 (66-55; UNC was ranked No. 1) and a loss at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2009 (77-73). (BuckNuts)

Poll: UNC leads for college football loyalty in state of North Carolina

When it comes to college football loyalties in the state, little has changed from a year ago. 26% of North Carolinians say they're UNC fans to 15% for Duke, 14% for NC State, 9% each for Appalachian State and East Carolina, and 4% for Wake Forest. (Public Policy Polling)

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: Preview and Predictions

Opportunities for big-time non-conference wins are dwindling as the calendar closes on Christmas and league play begins. For Ohio State and North Carolina, with non-conference resumes that are uneven at best, the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago is each team’s final opportunity to put a bow on their non-conference schedule before their respective conference play begins. (Athlon Sports)

Hovis, Thornton Earn Preseason Baseball All-America Honors

UNC junior right-handers Reilly Hovis and Trent Thornton were named to the 2015 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America third team as selected by Collegiate Baseball, announced Friday. A first-team All-ACC selection in 2014, Hovis was one of the nation's top relievers as a sophomore. Thornton was outstanding in his first season as a weekend starter. (GoHeels.com)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Ohio State

As far as statistical comparisons go, this match-up is very interesting because some of the relevant numbers are very close. The efficiency numbers for both teams are within three spots of each other and the tempo is similar. Ohio State's shooting on the other hand is out-of-this-world good. The Buckeyes shoot 53.7% on all shots: 59.1% on two point shots and 41.8% on three point shots. (Tar Heel Blog)

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