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With Pitt next, North Carolina coach aims to keep team focused on playing consistently

North Carolina is No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and has not lost at home this season. The Tar Heels (20-4, 9-2 ACC) are led by senior forward Brice Johnson, who is a finalist for the Wooden Award honoring the top player in the country. But coach Roy Williams is hardly content. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Pinson sees win over BC as a turning point

North Carolina was down against Boston College. They trailed in the first half and into the the last 20 minutes. Head coach Roy Williams left the game with an episode of vertigo. It was a weird game. Things were all going the Eagles' way and it was bleak for the Tar Heels. But UNC came back. (Carolina Blue)

Preview & Prediction: #9 UNC vs Pittsburgh

For past Roy Williams' teams, this segment of the calendar is generally when you see the Tar Heels begin answering the bell. UNC can answer most critics and begin securing a top seed in the NCAA Tournament starting with this game versus Pitt and racking up wins over teams in the higher ends of the RPI. Prediction: UNC 90, Pitt 73 (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams sends message with massive lineup change

Changes to the starting lineup for No. 9 North Carolina in its last game were performance-based decisions. Coach Roy Williams said he likes the flexibility available on his roster and he isn’t shy about using that as a motivator....Williams didn’t provide specifics regarding the lineup for this afternoon’s game against visiting Pittsburgh. Players often find out about changes to the starting lineup at the pregame meal. (Burlington Times-News)

The North's Jordan: The Legacy of Vince Carter

It’s been 15 years since the miss, 16 years since Vincent Lamar Carter won the dunk contest, and nearly 12 years since he was traded to New Jersey for a bag of rocks. God, that trade. Now the All-Star Game is in Toronto, and the Raptors are second in the East, and the NBA world is coming here. Vince Carter, though, never really went away. (Complex)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Pittsburgh

On paper this is a match-up of a couple of very good offenses with some notable differences. Pittsburgh has a slightly higher reliance on three point shooting and hits 37.0% of from beyond the arc. The Panthers are also very good at the free throw line ranked 3rd nationally with 78.0% shooting as a team. (Tar Heel Blog)

Explaining what's wrong with UNC – and whether it matters

The Tar Heels, with experience, talent and depth, were widely viewed as a Final Four favorite heading into the 2015-16 season. They reinforced the notion by winning their first eight ACC games. But after an extended stretch of sub-par play, UNC’s flaws have been exposed. So UNC fans should panic, right? Maybe not. (Greensboro News & Record)

Shalane Flanagan qualifies for 4th Olympics at US marathon trials

Amy Cragg won the women’s Olympic Marathon Trials Saturday in Los Angeles, with a time of 2:28:20. Desiree Linden was second, and Shalane Flanagan finished third. Flanagan, who struggled in the last two miles, collapsed momentarily at the finish and was treated for heat-related illness. (Runner's World)

Can scares at BC be the kick in the pants UNC basketball needs?

The way Roy Williams’ North Carolina basketball team has been playing lately, especially Tuesday at Boston College. you couldn’t have blamed the Hall of Fame coach for not wanting to be around to watch. That’s not, of course, why he left the bench with 14½ minutes to go and his trailing the ACC’s last-place team by five. (Wilmington Star News)

Know Your Opponent: Pittsburgh

Defensively, Pitt has no elite shot-blockers, but plenty of overall size. Despite no one on the roster standing taller than 6-9, the Panthers rank 14th in the country in average height. Junior Jamel Artis and freshman Cameron Johnson are both 6-7 wings who can stretch defenses with their ability to shoot 3s. Johnson is a 40 percent shooter from deep for the year. (GoHeels.com)

Balanced Attack Powers UNC Men's Lacrosse Past Furman

Five Tar Heel players combined for 12 goals and UNC dominated the face-off circle in the final three quarters to emerge with a 14-6 victory over Furman in men’s lacrosse action at Fetzer Field Saturday afternoon. A crowd of 602 fans braved a 30 degree temperature at sun-soaked Fetzer Field to take in the action. UNC improved to 2-0 on the season. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Try To Turn The Corner After Boston College

The Tar Heels hope to put a rough stretch of games behind them on Sunday when Pittsburgh comes to Chapel Hill. “I think now it’s just being consistent with our concentration and effort defensively,” Roy Williams said. Before the start of the Boston College game, he made a change in his starting lineup, sitting starters Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson. (Chapelboro.com)

Vince Carter: The Lion in Winter

Vince Carter is 38 years old, but here on the court, alone with his basketball, he suddenly looks like the Vince of old. He drives to the basket and gracefully soars to the rim. He effortlessly drains shots from as far as 30 feet. He’s in a rhythm, like he’s dancing on the court, the music of basketball moving his spirit, which the beats and notes of the game have done since he was a child. (Bleacher Report)

Carolina Union Activities Board announces Chase Rice as Jubilee performer

Chase Rice said that Carolina can — and it did. The Carolina Union Activities Board announced today that Chase Rice, a former UNC linebacker and a Class of 2008 graduate, will be the performer at the 2016 Jubilee concert. The show will be held on April 16 in Carmichael Arena, the same day as the annual Spring Football Game. “We’re pretty excited,” said Merrick Osborne, president of CUAB. (Daily Tar Heel)

Previewing Pittsburgh

No. 9 North Carolina returns to action at the Smith Center for the first time in 15 days for a matchup with Pittsburgh on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network. Pittsburgh enters Sunday’s contest with a 17-6 (6-5 ACC) record. The Panthers got off to a blistering start at 14-1 before hitting a series of roadblocks once ACC play began. (Inside Carolina)

In One Unexpected Way, Vince Carter Surpassed Michael Jordan

Vince Carter was one of those unfortunate souls who arrived in the NBA at a time when he and other high-flying wing players tried to live up to the hype of being “the next Michael Jordan,’’ and couldn’t pull it off. Off the court? The five-time NBA All-Star was every bit Michael Jordan, if not bigger – in Canada. (Forbes)

How Vinsanity nearly never was

Canadian basketball was an afterthought. For years, The North had little juice, hoops-wise, with the exception of a Victoria, BC native with a swashbuckling game by the name of Steve Nash. But then the Raptors acquired Vince Carter in a Draft day trade in 1998, and bball in our neighboring country rose to new heights—literally. (SLAM Online)

Jim Delany to receive lifetime achievement award from Basketball Hall of Fame

Jim Delany will receive the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2016 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award. Aside from enshrinement, this award is considered the highest honor to receive....Delany has more than 40 years in athletic administration. He played for North Carolina under the great Dean Smith and was also the former Vice-President of USA Basketball. Delany has been the Big 10’s commissioner for the last 26 years. (Today's U)

Q&A with Mike Fox

You’ve been coaching for more than 30 years. What aspects of coaching keep you fresh and engaged? The kids. Being around 18- to 22-yearolds every day keeps you on your toes! This generation is a challenge, but a fun one. You have to learn how to connect with them, get in their world, earn their respect and, most importantly, show them you care. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Steelers sign long snapper Greg Warren to a 1-year deal

Greg Warren is sticking with the . The club announced Friday it has signed the veteran long snapper to a one-year contract that will bring Warren back for a 12th season in 2016. Warren is one of four Steelers remaining from the team that won the Super Bowl after the 2005 season. Warren hasn't missed a game in six straight years. (USA Today)

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