Team-by-Team look at the ACC TournamentUNC was in last place in the league after losing four of its first five games, but the Tar Heels shot up the standings thanks to a 12-game conference winning streak, their longest in 27 years, and are now one of the hottest teams in the country. UNC can play its way into a top four seed – and possibility start NCAA Tournament play in Raleigh – with a title this week. (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC's Marcus Paige up in rafters over all-America honorNorth Carolina sophomore Marcus Paige’s breakthrough season has ensured that he will receive one of the program’s highest honors. Paige was named second-team all-America by The Sporting News, which means his jersey will join 52 others that are hanging from the rafters at the Smith Center. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Tar Heels keep faith at end of streakThe 12-game winning streak rescued North Carolina from all sorts of potential problems, and it should have made it apparent that the Tar Heels might be a team capable of accomplishing a few things in the postseason. “Tournament time comes, that’s when you can reach those dreams,” Roy Williams said Tuesday. “Be led by your dreams, not pushed by your problems." (Burlington Times News)
UNC's Surprising TurnaroundThe Tar Heels have a history under Roy Williams of improving as the season goes on — UNC is 70-20 the second half of ACC play and 60-30 in the first half. Just last year, the Tar Heels were revitalized in February after P.J. Hairston was inserted into the starting lineup. But no turnaround has trumped what happened this season. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Tar Heels In The NBA UpdateThe Denver Nuggets sorely missed Ty Lawson when the point guard missed about three weeks of action with a broken rib. But since he returned to the starting lineup, the former Tar Heel has dominated his opponents. In his first game back, he went for 31 points and 11 assists, which was encored by a 30 point, 17 assist performance two games later in a win against the Lakers. (GoHeels.com)
No. 13 Carolina Pounds George Mason, 13-3Reilly Hovis struck out a career-high six batters and No. 13 North Carolina scored a season-best 13 runs in a 13-3 win over George Mason Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Wood Myers had a three-run double in the second and Tyler Ramirez had a two-run triple in the fifth for the Tar Heels, who will host Gardner-Webb Wednesday at 1:00. (GoHeels.com)
Chicago Bears release Julius Peppers in salary cap moveDefensive end Julius Peppers became a Chicago Bears salary cap casualty on Tuesday. The Bears terminated Peppers' contract, a move that saves them $9.8 million against the 2014 cap, provided they do not designate him a post-June 1 cut, which was unlikely. He is scheduled to count approximately $8.4 million in dead money against the Bears' salary cap in 2014. (Chicago Tribune)
UNC-Wilmington fires Buzz PetersonUNCW has terminated the the contract of men's basketball coach Buzz Peterson, UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass announced this evening in a news release. Bass has appointed assistant coach Eddie Biedenbach as interim head coach. A national search for Peterson's replacement will begin immediately. (WWAY)
Video: President Obama Honors 2012-2013 NCAA Division I ChampionsPresident Obama hosts the 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Champions (including the UNC women's lacrosse and soccer teams) at the White House to congratulate student-athletes from schools across the country on their accomplishments in the classroom and on the playing field.
Thought of the week: Getting past the streakThey don’t hang banners in the Dean E. Smith Center for winning streaks. Now that Duke has ended the Tar Heels’ 12 game winning streak -- the longest since 2008-09 -- the season will be defined by what happens in the tournaments. Will the streak be a footnote to greater success, or will it end up being the crowning achievement? (ESPN.com)
Marcus Paige On All-America HonorMarcus Paige: "When you're a Carolina basketball player, you spend a lot of time alone on the Smith Center court, shooting late at night by yourself or getting some extra work in before a practice. Last night, I was shooting by myself in the Smith Center. I had to stop and look up there. It blew me away to think that one day I will see my jersey hanging next to so many players who have had such an important impact on Carolina basketball." (GoHeels.com)
Video: Marcus Paige All-AmericanBy being named second team All-America, Marcus Paige has earned the privilege of having his jersey honored in the Dean E. Smith Center rafters after his playing days at UNC are over.
Roy Williams Press Conference QuotesDo you have a little more pep in your step once you get to the postseason? Roy Williams: “I think so. I’m one of those guys – I operate on dreams and goals, that’s what I do. I don’t operate on sorrow. I do have big-time dreams and goals all of the time. Tournament time comes, that’s when you can reach those dreams. Be led by your dreams, not pushed by your problems." (Inside Carolina)
ACC Coaches Select Diamond DeShields As Rookie Of The YearNorth Carolina's Diamond DeShields was voted ACC Rookie of the Year by the league's 15 head coaches, as announced Tuesday by Commissioner John Swofford. DeShields has made an immediate impact as a freshman, ranking ninth among ACC scorers at 18.0 points per game while also ranking among the conference leaders in steals (1.7 per game) and free-throw shooting (76.1 percent). (GoHeels.com)
Roy Williams Perfectly Happy with Second-Half PaigeIn games where UNC needs a big play in the second half, it is Marcus Paige who has usually provided it. However the disparity between what Paige does in the first half versus the second has people asking, "Why can't he play like that the whole game?" Both last night on his radio program and today in his press conference Roy Williams fielded questions of this sort. His take is if it's working why would he change it? (Tar Heel Blog)
Norkeithus Otis settles into leadership roleNorth Carolina veteran defender Norkeithus Otis came into his own during the fall of 2013 as he settled into a full-time starting role for the Tar Heels. After combining to play in 17 games in a backup role in 2011 and 2012 as a true freshman and sophomore, Otis emerged as UNC's starter at the 'Bandit' position in 2013 producing 49 combined tackles (35 solo), good enough for eighth on the team. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-ACC Tournament Press ConferenceRoy Williams, Brice Johnson, and J.P. Tokoto spoke to the media Tuesday as the Tar Heels prepare for the ACC Tournament later this week.
ACC Basketball Players, Coach of the Year AnnouncedNC State sophomore T.J. Warren has been chosen as the 2013-14 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Year, as announced today by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). North Carolina guard Marcus Paige finished third in Player of the Year voting, and UNC coach Roy Williams was second in Coach of the Year voting. (The ACC)
Stuart Scott’s Story of PerseveranceInside the mixed martial arts studio, Stuart Scott lifted the black T-shirt that read, “Everyday I Fight.” Beneath was a footlong scar that bisected the ESPN anchor’s washboard abs. “It’s a sign of life,” he said, though it is the spot where cancer surgeons have opened his abdomen three times to remove parts of him. Scott’s fight continues. (New York Times)
Bengals re-sign Brandon TateThe Cincinnati Bengals re-signed kick returner Brandon Tate on Tuesday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Although he is formally a receiver for the Bengals, Tate's primary obligations were on special teams in 2013. He was Cincinnati's top kick return option and ended up serving as the punt return specialist. (ESPN.com)
Multiple UNC graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World ReportThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” (UNC.edu)
Lucas: Tar Heel Basketball NotebookJames Michael McAdoo has encountered more foul trouble in the second half of the season. The Tar Heel junior finished the Duke game with four fouls, and picked up his fourth less than a minute into the second half. McAdoo has fouled out of three of the last 12 games and has been limited by foul trouble in at least two other games, averaging 3.1 fouls per contest. (GoHeels.com)
10 Teams Surging into March MadnessNorth Carolina: The Tar Heels might not be as concerned about Saturday’s loss at Duke as they should be about three close calls against NC State, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. Few teams could have won in Cameron on Saturday. UNC, though, should handle the Wolfpack, Hokies and Irish. Still, this is a UNC team that reeled off 12 consecutive wins after an inauspicious start to the season. (Athlon Sports)
The Dean Smith storyAt this point I’ll never catch up with all the people who have said nice things in one place or another about my Dean Smith story. As a writer, the one thing you want more than anything is for people to read your work and respond to it. This next part is more for my personal archives than anything else, but if you’re interested, here are a few interviews I’ve done since the story came out: (Tommy Tomlinson)
UNC reforms are workingAt UNC Chapel Hill, we evaluate student-athletes for admission the same way we evaluate all candidates: individually, comprehensively and holistically. So the main question we try to answer is whether a student can succeed academically. We only admit students who we believe can thrive in our classrooms and, as you’ll read, our student-athletes are doing extremely well. (Winston-Salem Journal)
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