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Assessing moments of truth for UNC, other top contenders in chaotic ACC

It's been a weird season so far. The ACC standings don't show signs of the early chaos, but many of the leading preseason challengers to UNC have taken circuitous paths toward the top, where the struggling Tar Heels are losing their previously tight grip on first place. Here's a look at some defining moments from the ACC season to date and what lies ahead. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Three Point Shooting and National Title Hopes

UNC's worst season from beyond the arc was 32.8 percent in 2011. In the almost 30 years since the three point shot was added to college basketball, UNC has been under 35% as a team just six times with this season looking like it could be #7. The question of whether UNC can win a title with bad three point shooting is probably best answered by looking at what past national champions have done. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels Return Home To Host Pitt

North Carolina (20-4, 9-2 ACC) will play its first home game in over two weeks when it hosts Pittsburgh (17-6, 6-5) on Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels and Panthers will tip off at 1:06 p.m. in the Smith Center. Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst) will call the game for an ACC Network syndicated television audience. (GoHeels.com)

Marvin Williams, Ed Davis among NBA role players who are thriving

Marvin Williams, F, Charlotte Hornets (captain): When Pat Delaney, a Hornets assistant, walked into the team's practice gym on Sunday after a grueling back-to-back, he was surprised to see Williams dripping with sweat. Williams explained he had run on the treadmill, and drained 100 free throws. (ESPN.com)

Vince Carter put Toronto Raptors on map at 2000 all-star game weekend

For the first half-decade of their existence, the Toronto Raptors were little more than an NBA afterthought, a new team few cared about, playing in a city fewer knew about, in a country even fewer had any knowledge of....Then came the league’s 2000 all-star weekend in rainy and dreary Oakland. All of a sudden, in front of the eyes of the basketball world, the Raptors became a thing, basically thanks to Vince Carter. (Toronto Star)

Sixteen Tar Heels Recognized For Earning 4.0 GPAs In Fall

Sixteen UNC student-athletes finished the 2015 fall semester with perfect 4.0 grade point averages, earning A’s in each class. The group is spread among eight different teams and a wide range of majors. All will be recognized as members of the 4.0 Club at the annual Student-Athlete Academic Luncheon at the end of the spring semester. (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: Justin Jackson Gets Angry

After UNC's 68-65 win over Boston College, the topic in the Carolina locker room was Justin Jackson. Or, more accurately, angry Justin Jackson. “Did you see him?” Nate Britt asked his teammates. “He was staring that guy down!” “Staring him down?” Joel Berry said. “He wasn’t staring at him. He was talking junk to him!” (GoHeels.com)

Why did UNC change the starting lineup?

Despite not starting against Boston College, Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks played the same amount as Isaiah Hicks. The equal distribution of minutes between the three big men is best for UNC. Hicks provides offensive aggression that has been lacking from UNC's front line recently. Even though Justin Jackson did not start, he played more minutes than any other Tar Heel. (Carolina Blue)

Vinsanity Turns Back The Clock In Dunk Showcase

It's been 16 years since Vince Carter won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The man once known as "Air Canada" is now 39 years old, toiling away in Memphis for 4.1 points per game in just 13.3 minutes played. On Wednesday, for a brief-but-tingling moment, "Vinsanity" returned. Against the Nets, his second NBA franchise, Carter dropped 11 points in 21 minutes. Four of those dunks came in the form of early 2000s Carter dunks. (The Post Game)

UNC leading, U.Va. surging, but ACC schedule favors Notre Dame

Virginia is playing the ACC’s best basketball and is 3-0 versus fellow league contenders. But none of the conference’s top six faces a tougher remaining schedule than the Cavaliers. UNC leads the league by a half-game but is the sole challenger that’s winless (0-2) against the group. Notre Dame has by far the easiest remaining schedule among the contenders. (Daily Press)

UNC grad enters 'The Amazing Race'

Today, UNC class of 2006 graduate Erin Robinson will appear on the season premiere of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” Robinson was a resident advisor in Granville Towers, and she looks back fondly on her years as an undergraduate. Robinson was inspired to audition for “The Amazing Race” when CBS producers approached her at Comic-Con. (Daily Tar Heel)

Balanced Scoring Holds Off Hokies

Four players scored in double figures to lead North Carolina to a 71-67 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday at Carmichael Arena. Stephanie Watts paced UNC (14-12, 4-7 ACC) with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Destinee Walker had 17 points. Hillary Summers notched her seventh double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

Pistons' Reggie Bullock has surgery on broken nose

Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a broken nose. Bullock was ruled out for Wednesday's game versus the Nuggets for an undisclosed reason, which has been revealed. The Pistons don't take the court again until Feb. 19 due to the All-Star break, so he'll have plenty of time to recover. (CBS Sports)

UNC Playing Its Worst Basketball at the Worst Time

Just as it looked like the team was starting to click, though, it was out-hustled in a Feb. 1 loss at Louisville, and then again in a four-point setback at Notre Dame on Saturday. UNC was in need of an opportunity to shake its road woes, and it had as good of a chance as any to do so on Tuesday against the Eagles. But the Heels didn’t regroup in Chestnut Hill. (Today's U)

Marcus Paige Named Academic All-District

UNC guard Marcus Paige was selected to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. The Marion, Iowa, native is a two-time, second-team Academic All-America. District team selections are forwarded automatically for consideration for 2016 Academic All-America honors. (GoHeels.com)

Six Tar Heels make ESPN's top 100 NBA players

ESPN ranked the 100 top NBA players of all time and six North Carolina players made the list. #1 - Michael Jordan (UNC: 1981–1984), #43 - James Worthy (UNC: 1979–1982), #52 - Bob McAdoo (UNC: 1971–1972, #69 - Vince Carter (UNC: 1995–1998, #88 - Billy Cunningham (UNC: 1962–1965), #96 - Bobby Jones (UNC: 1971–1974) (Carolina Blue)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings: #8 UNC

The Tar Heels’ offense is operating at its lowest level of the season, and their defense is trending in the wrong direction. Their adjusted efficiency margins in late December and early January looked like that of a national-title contender, but lately, not so much. (Sports Illustrated)

Marcus Paige still the key ACC player as stretch runs start

Even if Marcus Paige is off his offensive A-game, Paige is still the Heels’ best bet to provide the leadership and come up with the big-game big plays needed for the team to lock up the conference regular-season race, earn a NCAA regional top seed and a NCAA assignment in Raleigh (March 17&19). (WRAL Sports Fan)

A day of remembrance — and light

The untimely deaths of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha in February 2015 shook the Carolina and N.C. State campuses, resulting in gatherings at both universities to mourn. But one year later, it was a day to look at the light — not the darkness. (UNC.edu)

Ridiculous Poll Results Are In!

13% of those who responded think Steve Robinson should replace Roy Williams to finish out the season. Let that sink in for a moment. Assuming the number is legitimate, there is a group of people out there who are okay supplanting a hall of fame coach with two national titles with his longtime assistant in the middle of the season because of 14:35 of coaching at the end of one game. (Tar Heel Blog)

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February 12, 1795
Hinton James becomes the first student to enter the University of North Carolina, arriving from Wilmington, NC on foot.

February 12, 1925
Head cheerleader Vic Huggins introduces Rameses, the school’s first ram mascot, at halftime of UNC’s 28-27 loss to South Carolina.

February 12, 1975
North Carolina point guard Phil Ford runs Dean Smith's "Four Corners" offense to perfection in a 78-70 win over Duke in Chapel Hill on February 12, 1975 (Video).

February 12, 1997
Ed Cota’s baseline floater with 4.5 seconds to play gives Carolina a 45-44 win at NC State. It is the fewest points ever by Carolina in a Dean Smith victory.

February 12, 2000
Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors wins the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest with one of the all-time great performances.

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