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Could Justin Jackson up his scoring even more?

Justin Jackson scores 18.7 points per game, which ranks seventh in the ACC. However, what if I told you that he could score even more points, without having to increase his usage or take additional shots? As a wise philosopher once said, “There’s always money in the banana stand.” Well, that logic may apply to Jackson, too. Just go with me for a second. (ACC Sports Journal)

The ice cream-eating, nap-hating, run-on-sentence speaking player who could rule NCAA lacrosse

When UNC lacrosse player Marie McCool was a little girl, she didn't just ask her parents for a dog. She created a PowerPoint to highlight the benefits of a Yorkie. Shooting hoops in the driveway, she wouldn't go inside until she drained 10 in a row. "If I made nine, I'd go back to one and start again," says McCool. Now imagine bringing that kind of tenacity to lacrosse. (ESPN.com)

Better Defense or Luckier Defense for UNC?

It’s been well documented that UNC’s defense has been much better recently. After dropping to the mid-40s in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings, the Tar Heels have climbed all the way back to No. 20 with dominant performances against Virginia and Louisville. But how much is due to actually playing better defense versus having luckier defense? (The Secondary Break)

UNC Women's Lacrosse Visits Terps In No. 1 vs. No. 2 Matchup

North Carolina (3-0), the 2016 NCAA champion and the nation’s top-ranked team thus far in 2017, will visit second-ranked Maryland (2-0) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in College Park, Md. The game will be played at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, the Terrapins' football stadium, in a doubleheader with their men’s team (which will host Yale at noon). (GoHeels.com)

These Role Players Could Decide March Madness

Theo Pinson brings defensive skill, energy, and playmaking ability to a team that needs varying degrees of all three, and his presence in the UNC lineup makes such a difference that it’s becoming difficult to tell who’s the most valuable member of the roster. Pinson has the energy of an X factor, the attitude of a glue guy, and, the jump shot of someone wearing a blind fold. (The Ringer)

What to expect when No. 8 UNC men's basketball takes on Pittsburgh

UNC has looked like a defensive stalwart of late, but the Tar Heels have struggled to maintain that defensive dominance against inferior opponents. Pittsburgh is hovering around the NCAA Tournament bubble and desperately needs a quality win against an opponent like North Carolina to earn an at-large bid. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC student named 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Adriano Bellotti, a current student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. Bellotti, 24, a Charlotte native, is among 36 Americans selected for the award from 800 U.S. applicants. (UNC.edu)

UNC's Defensive Breakout Candidates for 2017

Normally when you’re discussing new faces on the defense, you’re talking about true or red-shirt freshmen. Instead, defensive coordinator John Papuchis focused on three players that saw the field last year, but in limited roles. He singled out one player from each level of the defense to discuss the potential for increased roles in 2017. Two are sophomores. (Inside Carolina)

Mike Ekeler Joins UNC Football Coaching Staff

Mike Ekeler, who has coached at six Power 5 programs and most recently worked at North Texas, has been hired as North Carolina’s linebackers coach, UNC head coach Larry Fedora announced Friday. Ekeler was North Texas’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2016, working for head coach Seth Littrell, a former UNC assistant. (GoHeels.com)

Kenny Williams’ absence affects UNC in a variety of ways

North Carolina likely will be without guard Kenny Williams for the remainder of the season; the sophomore injured his knee in a practice following the Duke game. Williams had surgery earlier this week. What does this mean for UNC — a team with national championship aspirations? Williams was a two-way player, and UNC’s defense will feel his absence. (ACC Sports Journal)

Evaluating UNC's Quarterback Trio

As Mitch Trubisky heads to the NFL, UNC will enter spring practice with a trio of scholarship quarterbacks to evaluate. Even if UNC lands a graduate transfer at the position, that player would not arrive until fall camp. What do each of the three players that will compete during the spring bring to the table? Offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic provided a breakdown. (Inside Carolina)

Brice Johnson Makes NBA Debut For Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers rookie Brice Johnson, sidelined since training camp with a herniated disc in his back, was active against the Warriors on Thursday night. Johnson grabbed 2 rebounds in 3 minutes. Fifty-seven games into his rookie year, the former North Carolina star got to put on his uniform. It’s No. 10, by the way, for anyone who can’t remember back to October. (Orange County Register)

Caylee Waters' fire fuels UNC women's lacrosse before Maryland matchup

Ask goalkeeper Caylee Waters what she thinks about the women's lacrosse rivalry between UNC and Maryland, and she’ll say, “It’s funny that you mention it...” The No. 1 Tar Heels travel to take on the No. 2 Terrapins Saturday at 3 p.m. in a clash of powerhouses. But Caylee's history with UNC's opponent goes past the national championship game the past two seasons. (Daily Tar Heel)

No. 9 Tar Heels Host Radford In Weekend Series

No. 9 North Carolina welcomes Big South foe Radford for a three game series starting Friday at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels are 4-0 on the season after a sweep of Kentucky last weekend and an 11-1 victory over Gardner-Webb on Wednesday. Radford is 1-3 following a series loss to North Florida and a 10-1 setback at Elon on Tuesday. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel Talk Podcast: Bobby Frasor Special

On this week’s show, former Tar Heel basketball player, Bobby Frasor, joins me to talk about heading back to his high school alma mater in Chicago to coach basketball. We will also look back at his time in Chapel Hill, as well as, talk about the current UNC basketball team. Thanks for listening, and we will see you all next week. (Tar Heel Blog)

Justin Jackson is so hot right now

Without Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige on the roster for the 2016-2017 season, certain Carolina players HAD to step up. UNC junior small forward Justin Jackson has done just that. Despite staring almost every game as a freshman and sophomore, Jackson always played second or third fiddle to Carolina's older, more established players. (Carolina Blue)

The Air Jordan 31 Low Set to Debut for March Madness

The owner of the photos used in this article has requested its removal. In the mean time, here's a look at the exclusive UNC Jumpman 13 Retro Low tweeted out by Carolina Basketball on Friday. Read More...

New National Security Adviser’s Research at UNC Built His Reputation as Scholar-Warrior

H.R. McMaster ’94 (MA, ’96 PhD), the lieutenant general President Donald Trump picked on Monday to be national security adviser, often has been described in this week’s ensuing media coverage as a scholar-warrior, earning his hard-charging reputation on the battlefield and on the best-seller list. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Harrison Barnes has unseated Dirk Nowitzki as Mavericks’ go-to player

As Dirk Nowitzki’s minutes stacked up and age became his public enemy No. 1, the Dallas Mavericks have been searching for someone to make their franchise player the second-best player on their team. That search is finally over. Harrison Barnes, who was basically a role player the last four seasons with Golden State, has quietly unseated Nowitzki as the Mavs’ best player. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Audio: Jerry Stackhouse on life as a D-League coach

Former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse joined Lang Whitaker and Sekou Smith at All-Star weekend in New Orleans to talk about the differences between being an NBA player and a D-League coach. Plus, we look back at a memorable 2017 NBA All-Star game dominated by hometown star Anthony Davis. (NBA.com)

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