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Raptors’ Hansbrough made subtle changes to be greater impact

The stat line for Tyler Hansbrough read just five points and two rebounds in the Toronto Raptors’ season opener, yet coach Dwane Casey came off the floor raving about how big an impact the big man had. There’s a subtle change in the 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward as he enters his second season with the Raptors, and it’s paying off for the team, even if it doesn’t show up on the stats sheet. (The Globe and Mail)

My Carolina Degree Not Devalued by AFAM Scandal

I have a degree from UNC and let me say unequivocally: the AFAM scandal has no impact on the value of my degree. Zero. As an alumnus, I am disheartened by this mess. I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. But I have this range of emotions precisely because the academic malfeasance is inconsistent with my experience, and with most every other student who has matriculated at Chapel Hill. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC football team's hopes rely on tempo

After Tuesday’s practice, reporters asked Marquise Williams about the tempo the North Carolina football team will likely get to taste in a road matchup with the University of Miami Hurricanes Saturday. “It’s the Miami Hurricanes,” Williams said. “They run like rabbits.” Most often than not, though, Williams uses tempo as a verb. (Daily Tar Heel)

Underdog Tar Heels Strive To Survive Hurricanes

The North Carolina football team, 4-4 on the season and 2-2 in ACC play, will take on the 5-3 Miami Hurricanes, also 2-2 in conference, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Sun Life Stadium. Both teams harbor realistic hopes of an ACC Coastal division crown, but neither can afford a loss this weekend. Miami is playing formidable football these days. (Chapelboro.com)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Miami

Numbers wise, this may be one of the more complete teams UNC has faced this season. The Hurricanes are ranked 8th in offensive yards per play at 6.97 per game. That is just behind Georgia Tech and probably means UNC's defense is in for a gashing. Much of that will come at the hands of running back Duke Johnson. (Tar Heel Blog)

Warriors Exercise Contract Option on Harrison Barnes

The Golden State Warriors announced Thursday that the team has exercised the fourth-year contract option on forward Harrison Barnes for the 2015-16 NBA season. Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option. (NBA.com)

Danny Green is NBA’s ‘Mr. Average’

Danny Green has been named the NBA's “Mr. Average” for 2014-15, and that’s not an insult. Rather, it’s an honor earned through the league’s annual roster survey. The average height of an NBA player is 6-7. Green is listed at 6-6. The average weight of an NBA player is 219.5 pounds. Green’s listed weight is 215. The average experience for an NBA player is 5.03 seasons. Green has played five seasons. (San Antonio Express-News)

UNC students rally, 'speak back' to Wainstein report

Yesterday, more than one hundred students rallied at UNC to “speak back” to the Wainstein report. The stated mission of the rally was to challenge the media’s vilification of the African, African American and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) department and to complicate the findings of the Wainstein report, which organizers said failed to acknowledge the merit of the department and the systemic exploitation of student-athletes. (USA Today)

UNC Huddle Report With Bryn Renner & Matt Merletti: UVa Recap, Miami Preview, Paper Class Scandal

Former Tar Heels Matt Merletti & Bryn Renner recap the narrow victory over Virginia, preview the matchup against Miami and discuss the UNC paper class scandal on the 8th installment of the UNC Huddle Report. (UNC Huddle Report)

Video: Nazair Jones Making Plays For UNC

Redshirt freshman Nazair Jones has fought through illness to become one of the most promising young defensive lineman for the Tar Heels. View Video...

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Miami

Seth Littrell and Vic Koenning break down what the UNC coaching staff expects to see from Miami when the Tar Heels square off against the Hurricanes on Saturday. View Video...

Miami/UNC Insider Q&A

Miami’s defense is designed to not give up the big play. Against passing teams, they will look to play various zone coverages and keep receivers in front of them and make tackles in space. Miami will look to force North Carolina to methodically work the ball down the field with long drives. This philosophy can fail if Miami’s secondary can’t make tackles in the open field or they have breakdowns in their coverages. (Carolina Blue)

Fourth Down For What

Based on the past eight weeks of play, a 30-40 yard field goal is anything but assured points for UNC. Not only does Carolina rarely make field goals, but they’re not likely to be in very many games where only three points does much good anyway. Everything has fallen into place for fascinating case study in fourth down tactics and Larry Fedora may have no choice but to embrace it. (Raleigh & Company)

Help Wanted: 3-Point Shooting

North Carolina’s 2014-15 roster represents Roy Williams’ most balanced group since the 2011-12 season. What it lacks is perimeter firepower outside of Marcus Paige. UNC ranked 339th out of 345 Division I programs in 3-point field goals per game (4.3) last season. The Tar Heels shot 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. (Inside Carolina)

Top 25 Basketball Countdown: No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels

I’m not convinced that there is a team in the country with markedly more talent on the roster than North Carolina. Kentucky, Duke, Arizona and Kansas are all loaded as well, but there’s a fairly easy argument to make that the Tar Heels are anything-but outclassed by the schools ranked above them. (NBC Sports)

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