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Tar Heels look to match physical play

North Carolina has often been praised for the way that post players Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks finish around the basket. But there are different interpretations for the Tar Heels after a loss to North Carolina State, which used physical play to alter the course of the game. “They intimidated us inside,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. (Burlington Times-News)

North Carolina at Miami, three to know preview

The Tar Heels, who have won only two of their last seven games, are one game behind fourth-place Louisville in the ACC standings. The top four teams receive a double-bye in the ACC tournament, so a victory would be extremely beneficial to UNC, especially because of what the Cardinals are facing following the dismissal of point guard Chris Jones. (Fayetteville Observer)

Know Your Opponent: Miami

Is it possible that Miami owns both the best win of 2014-15 and the season's worst loss, at least among ACC teams? Certainly the Hurricanes' 16-point drubbing of Duke at Cameron, in which Jim Larrañaga's club scored 56 points in the second half, is on the short list of best wins. Miami's 28-point home loss to Eastern Kentucky was, if nothing else, the most inexplicable result of the year. (GoHeels.com)

Willie Cooper's story as UNC's first black basketball player began in Elm City

The story of Willie Cooper Jr. neither begins nor ends with him becoming the first black basketball player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a member of the Tar Heels freshman team in 1964-65. During tryouts for the varsity team at UNC in 1965, Cooper decided he would give up basketball and the chance to play for Carolina’s young head coach Dean Smith. (Wilson Times)

Video: Blue Dawn Day 7

With weather issues over the last couple of days, UNC Football finally got in day 7 of Blue Dawn...but since it was Friday afternoon, it was more Blue Dusk. View Video...

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Miami

Heading to Miami, the Tar Heels are in need of a return to the norm on the offensive end. Miami's defensive numbers suggest that's possible, though NC State's numbers were very similar and it didn't matter. The Hurricanes also play slower tempo which was part and parcel to the game plan NC State used to give the Tar Heels trouble. (Tar Heel Blog)

No. 11 Tar Heels Grab Two From URI

Benton Moss struck out 10 in 7.0 shutout innings, Trent Thornton posted a pair of five-out saves and No. 11 North Carolina took both games of a doubleheader from Rhode Island, 4-3 and 5-3, Friday at Sparrow Stadium on the campus of Francis Marion University. After Moss' gem in the opener, freshman Hansen Butler pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in game two for his first career win. (GoHeels.com)

Third Quarter Surge Lifts Heel Lacrosse Past #1 Denver

Fourth-ranked North Carolina scored five goals in a span of 2:52 early in the third quarter to take the lead for good in defeating top-ranked Denver 12-10 at Navy Field Friday night. The win improved Carolina to 5-0 on the season while the Pioneers fell to 3-1. Chad Tutton had a hat trick for the Tar Heels while Peyton Klawinski and Luke Goldstock each scored a pair of goals. (GoHeels.com)

Spenser Dalton added to North Carolina's varsity basketball roster

Short-handed UNC has added Spenser Dalton, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior guard, to the varsity roster. Previously a second-year member of UNC's junior varsity program, Dalton had been helping Roy Williams' injury-plagued team in practice but still playing for JV coach Hubert Davis' team. Dalton attended the Christ School in Asheville, where Williams was raised, and will wear No. 43 for the Tar Heels. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC professor emerita Hortense McClinton did not study black history — she lived it

If you want to stay on her good side, it’s best to address her as Mrs. McClinton. Not Dr. – “because it isn’t true” – and definitely not Hortense, because, in her 96 years, she remembers a time when white people called black people by their first names “to keep you in your place,” she explained. (UNC.edu)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Miami Hurricanes game preview

North Carolina walked off its home floor following a fifth defeat in seven games its last time out feeling outworked and outhustled. The 15th-ranked Tar Heels hope that scenario doesn't repeat itself Saturday. North Carolina looks to avoid dropping a fifth straight meeting with Miami, which seeks its fourth victory over a ranked opponent in its pursuit of an NCAA tournament berth. (FOX Sports)

Tar Heels’ basketball fading as ACC, national power?

This is Blue Heaven, where Dean Smith built a program of unparalleled success that went 37 consecutive years without finishing outside the ACC’s top three, a stretch that included a combined 28 league titles. Is 68-30 (34-17 in the ACC) the past three years good enough? It would be in most places. But in Chapel Hill, it is a step back from what is expected and has been established. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Real Problems with North Carolina Basketball

To be sure there are significant issues with this year’s Tar Heel basketball team. In most years under Roy Williams the Heels kick into another gear, when one player emerges as the team’s star, and when Tar Heel fans start fantasizing about a March run to NCAA Title #6. Instead the 2014-2015 Heels are dropping the games they usually drop in January. So why has Carolina backslid over the past month? (Tar Heel Depot)

Previewing Miami

No. 15 North Carolina looks to rebound from a tough home loss against N.C. State when it heads to South Florida to take on Miami on Saturday. Tip-off at the BankUnited Center is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised by CBS. Miami enters Saturday’s contest with a 18-10 (8-7 ACC) record. Despite seven losses in league play, the Hurricanes have done well against the best teams in the conference. (Inside Carolina)

Audio: Scouting Report With Miami Coach Jim Larrañaga

WCHL’s Matt Oakes chats with Miami basketball coach Jim Larrañaga as his Hurricnaes get set to welcome the Tar Heels to the BankUnited Center on Saturday. The two discuss the do-or-die scenario facing bubble teams like his own, the competitiveness of coaching in the ACC, the special challenges Carolina presents and the atmosphere that will await UNC on Senior Day at Miami. (Chapelboro.com)

A conversation with Brad Daugherty

Born in Black Mountain, NC, Brad Daugherty rose to basketball stardom at UNC and in the NBA. Since 1994, he has covered both basketball and NASCAR for ESPN. Brad has seen his share of setbacks as well as successes, during a life built on the strong work ethic and goal-setting that he learned from his parents and mentors like Coach Dean Smith. Brad shared his story. (Live Fearless NC)

Pack's win was just its seventh at UNC in the last 40 years

That was NC State's seventh win in 40 years in Chapel Hill — 1976, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2015 (Backing the Pack)

Slumping Tar Heels Head To Miami In Hopes Of Recovery Effort

The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 19-9 overall and 9-6 in ACC action, hits the road to sunny south Florida to take on the 18-10 Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels will desperately be looking to get back on track after dropping five of their last seven games. If there’s such a thing as a must-win game, Saturday’s tilt at the BankUnited Center is one of those. (Chapelboro.com)

Gene Chizik tasked with revamping UNC defense

When the time came for UNC coach Larry Fedora to make defensive staff changes, he figured he would try the biggest long shot on his list of potential hires. Though he had never worked with Gene Chizik, the two competed against each other at various stops throughout their careers. Fedora the offensive coordinator, going against Chizik, the defensive coordinator. Fedora had no idea whether Chizik would even listen. (ESPN.com)

Extra Points: Hope Springs

Carolina opens spring football practice Sunday with decidedly different missions in three phases of a team coming off a 6-7 mark in 2014. Offense: Rev up the tempo, get stronger upfront, be more physical. Defense: Start from scratch with a new coaching staff and different scheme. Kicking game: Find a reliable punter and place-kicker and juice a return game that was largely ineffectual in 2014. (GoHeels.com)

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Cartwright Carmichael and Monk McDonald lead UNC to a 40-26 win over Mercer for the Southern Conference Tournament title.

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