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Genesis of the Triangle basketball rivalries

There was once a time Duke, UNC, NC State and Wake Forest all cheered for each other. A time during the Big Four Tournament that, when all four won on the same day, the region celebrated as if it were a holiday. Chants of “ACC!” united fan bases wearing blue, red and black. How and when did it all change? Recruiting may have played the biggest role. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tar Heels Get Back On Track With 79-56 Win

Junior center Joel James registered one of his better offensive games of his career going 5-7 for 11 points. Now UNC faces another tough test this weekend. The Tar Heels will travel to Chicago and take on No. 12 Ohio State this Saturday. UNC’s game against the Buckeyes will be its fourth game of the season against a ranked team. UNC is 2-1 in games against ranked teams so far. (Carolina Blue)

Hard work paying off for UNC's Joel James

Joel James didn't have much time for a dry spell. He entered the lineup with 15:07 left in the opening half, made all four of his first-half shots and tied his career high of 11 points in UNC's 79-56 win against UNCG. "It shows that what you do in practice works in the games," James said. "The harder you work, the better it shows. I'm just going to keep working hard and see how far it takes me." (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Ranked No. 1 Again as "Best Value" Public University

When it comes to value, Carolina is still number one. UNC-Chapel Hill ranks, for the 14th time in a row, as the best value in American public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The new ranking appears in the February 2015 issue and was posted December 17 online. UNC has topped the list every time since Kiplinger’s began issuing the rankings in 1998. (UNC.edu)

Video: Marcus Paige, Joel James Post-UNCG Interviews

Joel James and Marcus Paige spoke to the media after the Tar Heels convincing 79-56 win against UNCG in Greensboro, N.C. View Video...

Video: Roy Williams Post-UNCG Press Conference

UNC coach Roy Williams kept his comments short and sweet after the Tar Heels convincing win against UNCG in Greensboro, N.C. View Video...

Lucas: Gate City

Something happens when the Tar Heels play in the Gate City. The love affair between the city and the team was established sometime during the Dean Smith era, when Carolina made annual stops in Greensboro and treated it almost as a second home. The city was once the permanent home for the ACC Tournament, which guaranteed it would be the setting for some of the season's most heated games. (GoHeels.com)

Feed the Big Men

Layup, offensive rebound, dunk: rinse and repeat. In its 79-56 beat-down of UNC-Greensboro (4-7) Tuesday, the No. 24 North Carolina men’s basketball team had a plan, a plan it executed to near-perfection. Feed the big men. Sophomore forward Kennedy Meeks was the biggest beneficiary Tuesday, finishing the night with 18 points and six rebounds on 8-for-9 shooting. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels will be healthy for Quick Lane Bowl game

For the three key offensive players injured in the [NC State] game, their physical maladies have recovered enough for them to return to action. Coach Larry Fedora said that quarterback Marquise Williams, wide receiver Ryan Switzer and center Lucas Crowley are all healthy and will be available for the Tar Heels when they play Rutgers at the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26 (Wilmington Star News)

Marcus Paige remains upbeat despite more shooting struggles

Marcus Paige endured another rough offensive night Tuesday, scoring five points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field and a 1-for-7 effort from 3-point range - the official scorer missed his final miss, assigning it instead to Justin Jackson. Paige, who broke out of his slump with a strong second half at Kentucky on Saturday, was in good spirits in his team’s Greensboro Coliseum locker room. (Fayetteville Observer)

By The Numbers: Quick Lane Bowl

1 - Number of touchdowns WR Quinshad Davis needs to set a UNC career mark for receiving touchdowns. He is currently tied with Hakeem Nicks at 21. 5 - UNC is one of just five schools in the country to play 11 bowl-eligible teams this season. 6 - Number of consecutive winning seasons for head coach Larry Fedora, including four years at Southern Miss and two at UNC. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels In The NFL – Week 15

The Carolina Panthers signed linebacker Kevin Reddick from the practice squad to their official squad on Sunday and he saw playing time on special teams. Safety Tre Boston recorded 6 solo tackles in the game as well. Linebacker Bruce Carter recorded 6 tackles intercepted Mark Sanchez late in the fourth quarter to seal Dallas' crucial road victory. (GoHeels.com)

Kennedy Meeks Efficient in Victory

Kennedy Meeks has emerged as No. 24 North Carolina’s most efficient scoring option 10 games into his sophomore season. Meeks led UNC with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting in Tuesday’s 79-56 win over UNCG at the Greensboro Coliseum. The double-digit scoring effort marks his eighth of the season, which is tops on the team along with his 13.8 points-per-game average. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams Post-UNC Greensboro Quotes

Roy Williams: “We had too many turnovers in the second half, but Kennedy and Joel sort of dominated with 8-9 and 5-7. But we turned it over 17 times; again, that’s too many turnovers. Now we get the chance to have some practices that hopefully will be long, long and long. We have no classes to go to – we have a lot of class – but we need to get some work done in the next couple of days.” (Inside Carolina)

Marcus Paige struggles to score in UNC's 79-56 rout of UNC-G

With Kennedy Meeks, Joel James and the Tar Heels thriving inside the paint, Marcus Paige's uncharacteristically poor shooting didn't prove too costly. Still, questions about his shot lingered after the game. "He did some good things," said coach Roy Williams, referring to Paige's team-high seven rebounds. "But boy, he missed some wide open shots, too." (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: UNC-UNC Greensboro Game Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 79-56 win over UNC Greensboro Tuesday at the Greensboro Coliseum. View Video...

Recap & Analysis: UNC 79, UNC Greensboro 56

Kennedy Meeks continues to come into his own as an offensive threat. Granted this level of competition is going to struggle to keep up but Meeks illustrated an ability to score in the post, using a face up game and on the fast break. Meeks had a very efficiency evening going 8-9 from the floor and 2-2 at the line while collecting six rebounds. (Tar Heel Blog)

Just Too Much: No. 24 Tar Heels pound UNCG

North Carolina was way better than UNC Greensboro. That’s why the Tar Heels won 79-56 in Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday — that and UNCG’s gross inability to put the ball in the basket. The Tar Heels (7-3) showed up shooting roughly 45 percent, but UNCG didn’t have much defense for them. At halftime, UNC was shooting 48 percent from the field and had a 40-19 lead. (Durham Herald-Sun)

No. 16 Oregon State upsets No. 6 Tar Heel Women

For the No. 6 North Carolina women’s basketball team, a perfect storm of errors began brewing in Carmichael Arena shortly after tip-off Tuesday night. No. 16 Oregon State was able to expose and exacerbate every Tar Heel flaw in UNC’s 70-55 loss. It was a performance UNC junior Xylina McDaniel struggled to comprehend. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions

No one is calling Joel James "Kareem" just yet, but he's demonstrated a reliable lefty skyhook over the last couple of weeks. He nearly made one at Kentucky on Saturday, and did drain one on Tuesday night. With James' bulk, the shot is nearly unblockable when he motors across the lane, and it's a shot you just don't see very much anymore in college basketball. (GoHeels.com)

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