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No. 24 UNC Aims For Signature Win

The No. 24 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 7-3 on the season, gets another chance to show its improvement against a top-flight opponent. This time, the Tar Heels will clash with the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes in the CBS Sports Classic Sunday at 1 p.m. UNC coach Roy Williams has lofty praise for the Buckeyes, comparing them to some of his best-shooting teams. (Chapelboro.com)

Roy Williams brings out fiery side to motivate inconsistent Tar Heels

The first time North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks saw Roy Williams show off his angry side in practice was after last season’s mid-December home loss to Texas. Practice the next day was filled with running. Williams’ normally affable demeanor had been replaced with a hard edge. “He’s not in a good mood,” Meeks said of his reaction that day. “It’s not a wonderful day in the neighborhood.” (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC staying the course on defense

Look for North Carolina to go after Rutgers with the same 4-2-5 defensive scheme that has yielded unreliable results. That base package will include some wrinkles here and there, UNC coach Larry Fedora said. The Tar Heels will have a new guy in UNC cornerbacks coach Dan Disch calling the defensive plays during the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field, in Detroit, on Dec. 26. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Brandan Wright traded to Celtics

Skilled big man Brandan Wright is finally starting to hit his stride as an NBA player, but his development will have to continue elsewhere after being dealt by the Dallas Mavericks. The ESPN SportsCenter Twitter account broke the news with a report from Marc Stein that a trade between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks has been agreed in principle: (Bleacher Report)

UNC coaches wear purple ties to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, honor Ted Seagroves

Roy and coaching staff were wearing purple ties against UNC-Greensboro to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and honor Roy’s friend Ted Seagroves. (Rafters Blog)

Video: Thursday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora and Tim Scott talk after practice about game planning for the Quick Lane Bowl, the Rutgers offense, and the changes in the defensive coaching staff on December 18, 2014. View Video...

Roy Williams: time to get tougher on No. 24 Tar Heels

Roy Williams says it's time to get tougher on his team. The No. 24 Tar Heels just haven't looked like one of the favorites in the ACC championship so far, leaving their Hall of Fame coach displeased. Williams said he was harder on his team during Wednesday's practice and will stay that way heading into Saturday's game against No. 12 Ohio State in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Ol' Roy Gets Mean

Roy Williams has mellowed a bit in recent years, although on Wednesday, assistant coach C.B. McGrath thought the 64-year-old started to return to his old coaching style, one based out of fear. Williams is typically laid back in his weekly gatherings with media. On Thursday, however, the 12th-year UNC head coach had an edge to him. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels Maintain Third In Directors' Cup Standings

The University of North Carolina athletic program maintained its spot in third place in the latest fall standings for the 2014-15 Learfield Directors’ Cup which were released Thursday. The UNC program has had a banner fall with five sports already scoring in the competition. Two more sports – volleyball and football – will be counted into the rankings on December 24 and January 15, respectively. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams Thursday Press Conference Recap - Ohio State

Roy Williams and Kennedy Meeks discuss the Tar Heels' toughness, more intense practices, and preparing for Ohio State. View Video...

Film Session: What’s plaguing Marcus Paige?

Marcus Paige isn’t the Marcus Paige we expected him to be, either. He’s averaging just 13.5 points, down from 17.1 last season, and shooting 34.8 percent from the floor and 35.4 percent from three. To get to the bottom of what’s ailing the Heels, you first have to understand what they want to do. North Carolina, as always, wants to run off of misses and off of makes. (NBC Sports)

Ademola Okulaja: Tar Heel, entrepreneur, cancer survivor living up to ‘Warrior’ nickname

Former Tar Heel basketball player Ademola Okulaja developed the nickname “The Warrior” because of his tough spirit, his determination to go after the ball and his willingness to fight for a win until the last second of the game. But his nickname took on a larger meaning in 2008, when doctors discovered a cancerous tumor in his spine. (UNC.edu)

Quick Lane Bowl breakdown: North Carolina-Rutgers

UNC's much-maligned defense has been historically bad, and as a result, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and the Tar Heels parted ways. But this group has a chance to redeem itself against a Rutgers offense that has been up and down in its own right, averaging anywhere from 2.48 yards per play (against Wisconsin) to 6.8 (against Michigan). (FOX Sports)

Roy Williams expects more from freshman

Roy Williams was available to the media Thursday morning on the CBS Sports Classic Coaches Teleconference. He spoke about the UNC freshman this season. "I expect them to get a heck of a lot better," Williams said. "I think Justin Jackson has done some good things. I think he is going to be a good scorer and we hope that he will do it this year instead of this waiting kind of thing." (Carolina Blue)

Quick Lane to Consistency

On Monday, Larry Fedora said Carolina will practice 11 times before taking the field on December 26 against Rutgers. That practice time is crucial not only for the Quick Lane Bowl, but also to build consistency and lay a foundation that will carry into the spring and beyond. “It’s time to get better,” said Seth Littrell, assistant head coach for offense. “We’ve got a lot to work on." (GoHeels.com)

UNC 2014-15 vs 2013-14 Through Ten Games

UNC is ten games into the 2014-15 season and sitting at 7-3 overall with losses to Butler, Iowa and Kentucky. A year ago, the Tar Heels were also 7-3 through ten games with losses to Belmont, UAB and Texas but wins over Michigan State, Kentucky and Louisville. Here is the overall picture of both teams at the same point in the season. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC game-worn Michael Jordan shoes sell for $33K

A pair of Converse shoes that Michael Jordan wore when he played at the University of North Carolina sold for $33,387 on Thursday morning. Grey Flannel Auctions, which sold the shoes, said they were consigned by a high school teammate of Jordan. Game-used Jordan shoes have commanded some serious dollars in recent years. (ESPN.com)

Lucas: Joel James Seeing Progress

Joel James has spent a few minutes before each game working with strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian while wearing Nike Sparq Vapor Strobe glasses. The technology is similar to strobe lighting, and the lenses flash between opaque and transparent. That action forces the wearer to focus even more intently, which James believes has given him much more reliable hands. (GoHeels.com)

Will Graves signs with team in Israel

Maccabi Bazan Haifa, the 2013-14 Israeli Super League runner-up, announced today the team has signed swingman Will Graves through the 2015-16 season. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Graves, 26, most recently played in Iceland’s top division for Keflavik, appearing in 10 games and averaged 22.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while shooting 34.9 percent (22-of-63) from beyond the arc in 31.1 minutes per game. (Maccabi Haifa Basketball)

UNC School of Information and Library Science receives $25.3 million award

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has been awarded its largest contract ever to operate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Triangle Park (RTP) Library over the next five years. The new award, of $25.3 million, significantly expands the scope of work to manage agency-wide subscriptions to journals and other information products. (UNC.edu)

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