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Spenser Dalton added to North Carolina's varsity basketball roster

Short-handed UNC has added Spenser Dalton, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior guard, to the varsity roster. Previously a second-year member of UNC's junior varsity program, Dalton had been helping Roy Williams' injury-plagued team in practice but still playing for JV coach Hubert Davis' team. Dalton attended the Christ School in Asheville, where Williams was raised, and will wear No. 43 for the Tar Heels. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC professor emerita Hortense McClinton did not study black history — she lived it

If you want to stay on her good side, it’s best to address her as Mrs. McClinton. Not Dr. – “because it isn’t true” – and definitely not Hortense, because, in her 96 years, she remembers a time when white people called black people by their first names “to keep you in your place,” she explained. (UNC.edu)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Miami Hurricanes game preview

North Carolina walked off its home floor following a fifth defeat in seven games its last time out feeling outworked and outhustled. The 15th-ranked Tar Heels hope that scenario doesn't repeat itself Saturday. North Carolina looks to avoid dropping a fifth straight meeting with Miami, which seeks its fourth victory over a ranked opponent in its pursuit of an NCAA tournament berth. (FOX Sports)

Tar Heels’ basketball fading as ACC, national power?

This is Blue Heaven, where Dean Smith built a program of unparalleled success that went 37 consecutive years without finishing outside the ACC’s top three, a stretch that included a combined 28 league titles. Is 68-30 (34-17 in the ACC) the past three years good enough? It would be in most places. But in Chapel Hill, it is a step back from what is expected and has been established. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Real Problems with North Carolina Basketball

To be sure there are significant issues with this year’s Tar Heel basketball team. In most years under Roy Williams the Heels kick into another gear, when one player emerges as the team’s star, and when Tar Heel fans start fantasizing about a March run to NCAA Title #6. Instead the 2014-2015 Heels are dropping the games they usually drop in January. So why has Carolina backslid over the past month? (Tar Heel Depot)

Previewing Miami

No. 15 North Carolina looks to rebound from a tough home loss against N.C. State when it heads to South Florida to take on Miami on Saturday. Tip-off at the BankUnited Center is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised by CBS. Miami enters Saturday’s contest with a 18-10 (8-7 ACC) record. Despite seven losses in league play, the Hurricanes have done well against the best teams in the conference. (Inside Carolina)

Audio: Scouting Report With Miami Coach Jim Larrañaga

WCHL’s Matt Oakes chats with Miami basketball coach Jim Larrañaga as his Hurricnaes get set to welcome the Tar Heels to the BankUnited Center on Saturday. The two discuss the do-or-die scenario facing bubble teams like his own, the competitiveness of coaching in the ACC, the special challenges Carolina presents and the atmosphere that will await UNC on Senior Day at Miami. (Chapelboro.com)

A conversation with Brad Daugherty

Born in Black Mountain, NC, Brad Daugherty rose to basketball stardom at UNC and in the NBA. Since 1994, he has covered both basketball and NASCAR for ESPN. Brad has seen his share of setbacks as well as successes, during a life built on the strong work ethic and goal-setting that he learned from his parents and mentors like Coach Dean Smith. Brad shared his story. (Live Fearless NC)

Pack's win was just its seventh at UNC in the last 40 years

That was NC State's seventh win in 40 years in Chapel Hill — 1976, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2015 (Backing the Pack)

Slumping Tar Heels Head To Miami In Hopes Of Recovery Effort

The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 19-9 overall and 9-6 in ACC action, hits the road to sunny south Florida to take on the 18-10 Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels will desperately be looking to get back on track after dropping five of their last seven games. If there’s such a thing as a must-win game, Saturday’s tilt at the BankUnited Center is one of those. (Chapelboro.com)

Gene Chizik tasked with revamping UNC defense

When the time came for UNC coach Larry Fedora to make defensive staff changes, he figured he would try the biggest long shot on his list of potential hires. Though he had never worked with Gene Chizik, the two competed against each other at various stops throughout their careers. Fedora the offensive coordinator, going against Chizik, the defensive coordinator. Fedora had no idea whether Chizik would even listen. (ESPN.com)

Extra Points: Hope Springs

Carolina opens spring football practice Sunday with decidedly different missions in three phases of a team coming off a 6-7 mark in 2014. Offense: Rev up the tempo, get stronger upfront, be more physical. Defense: Start from scratch with a new coaching staff and different scheme. Kicking game: Find a reliable punter and place-kicker and juice a return game that was largely ineffectual in 2014. (GoHeels.com)

Mets' ace Matt Harvey gets his own ESPN documentary; Watch the preview

Matt Harvey is on the precipice of a return to the mound with the Mets but he has spent the past year away from the field and rehabbing. It seems ESPN was there to document it. Harvey will be the subject of an E:60 video chronicling his return. The motif: The Dark Knight. (NJ.com)

Huge Outrage Over "SFN" Following Blog's Dean Smith Joke

Following last night’s win, the N.C. State fan blog “State Fans Nation” published a piece that was met to massive criticism and uproar from around the Twittersphere. I don’t know how long this tweet will be up, but here was the tweet that started it all last night…Many State and Carolina fans alike agreed that this article crossed the proverbial line, especially since Smith’s passing was so recent. Many State and Carolina fans alike agreed that this article crossed the proverbial line, especially since Smith’s passing was so recent. However, enough State fans thought it was funny that it got around 300 likes on Facebook as of this morning. (Keeping It Heel)

Five things to love about UNC Football in 2015

UNC could not be much worse on the defensive side of the ball in 2014 (ranking No. 117), but Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora did something about it- hiring national championship winner Gene Chizik to coordinate that side of the ball. Assistants John Papuchis and Charlton Warren arrive from Nebraska. Both are excellent on-field coaches, evaluators and recruiters. (Carolina Blue)

Art’s Angle: Bad And Getting Worse

You saw two teams going in opposite directions Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the team trending downward is Carolina, which suffered its fifth defeat in the last seven games and its fourth loss in the Smith Center this season, scoring its fewest points ever in Dean’s Dome. The Tar Heels have now lost at home seven times in the last two seasons, with only Senior Night remaining against Duke on March 7. (Chapelboro.com)

Daniel Bard refreshed for comeback with Cubs after taking time off

Instead of pitching last summer, Daniel Bard rode a bike across Iowa. He then flew to Europe and drove around France, Switzerland and Germany with his wife. "I said, 'I need a break.' And I took it, and it's the best thing I could've done," Bard said. He needed the extended vacation because Bard had gone from being one of the best setup pitchers in baseball with the Red Sox to struggling to retire Minor League hitters. (MLB.com)

Stephanie Mavunga's Buzzer Beater Tops Virginia

Stephanie Mavunga’s putback layup at the buzzer gave No. 15 North Carolina a 72-70 nail-biting victory over Virginia on Thursday. Mavunga led North Carolina (23-6, 10-5 ACC) with 23 points and eight rebounds. N’Dea Bryant added 13 points off the bench for her third-straight game in double figures and Brittany Rountree had 10 points in her final regular season game at Carmichael Arena. (GoHeels.com)

Loud And Clear At The Dean E. Smith Center

Almost an hour before tip off at the Dean E. Smith Center, an elderly man, probably in his late 70's, walked into the arena and made a b-line toward the UNC student section. Dressed in a satin Carolina blue baseball jacket, white cowboy hat and matching Carolina blue boots, the m faced the students and screamed at the top of his lungs, "are you going to be loud tonight?" (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels Off To Miami

UNC will play its final two road games of the season in a four-day stretch starting on Saturday at Miami. Carolina and the Hurricanes will tipoff just after 2 p.m. at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. With several inches of snow on the ground in Chapel Hill, the warmth of Miami should be a welcome change. CBS will televise the game nationally, and Spero Dedes and Doug Gottlieb will call the action. (GoHeels.com)

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Pitt's loss to Wake Forest tonight keeps the tiebreaker in UNC's favor if the Tar Heels end up tied with Louisville for the ACC's 4th spot.
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March 2, 1974
Freshman Walter Davis banks in a 35-footer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, where the Tar Heels beat Duke, 96-92. Carolina trails the Blue Devils by eight points with 17 seconds to play in regulation, but UNC rallies behind Bobby Jones, who had four points and a steal (Video).

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Marcus Ginyard registers his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 assists as Carolina beats Miami, 69-62, to become the second school in NCAA history to win its 2,000th game (Video).

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