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Carolina Rundown: October 29

ACC Basketball Media Day is today, so expect the usual assortment of polls and preseason picks. Danny Green had 13 points and four rebounds as the Spurs won. Brandan Wright had six points and five rebounds for Dallas. Ed Davis had 11 points for the Lakers. Miami is having a "greenout" on Saturday to support Jim Kelly, and the Hurricanes will be without its starting left tackle. (GoHeels.com)

17 Tar Heels In The NBA

Seventeen former UNC players made 2014-15 opening day NBA rosters, released this week. UNC's total of 17 NBA players is tied for third nationally with Kansas. Several Tar Heels are with new teams this year, including Vince Carter (Memphis), Ed Davis (L.A. Lakers), Wayne Ellington (L.A. Lakers), Raymond Felton (Dallas), Brendan Haywood (Cleveland), Marvin Williams (Charlotte) and Tyler Zeller (Dallas). (GoHeels.com)

Reggie Bullock says he's unaware of sham classes at UNC

If there were sham classes that athletes at the University of North Carolina were directed to take, it qualified as news to Reggie Bullock. “I didn’t know there were any of those classes there,” said Bullock, the Clippers’ second-year forward who spent three seasons playing for Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams. (Los Angeles Times)

Transformed Meeks Poised For Breakout Season

Low-post returning starter Kennedy Meeks could be an X-factor for the No. 6 North Carolina men’s basketball team this season. After losing nearly 50 pounds, Meeks is hoping his body transformation translates into more dominant play. (Chapelboro.com)

Desmond Hubert looks to make impact in senior year for Tar Heels

Desmond Hubert is looking to end his career on the UNC basketball team by fulfilling the promise he showed when he came in as a freshman out of New Egypt High School, where he led the state in blocked shots during his senior season. “Hopefully, my senior year, I’ll make my best year” Hubert said he’s working on improving everything, but his greatest emphasis is on his mental approach. (Tri-Town News)

Video: Tuesday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Marquise Williams and Ryan Switzer discuss how to overcome a fast Miami defense, starting out strong and the punt return game after practice on October 28, 2014. View Video...

Sources: Bucks guarantee contract of point guard Kendall Marshall

Despite holding the flexibility to wait until January for a decision, the Milwaukee Bucks have guaranteed the contract of point guard Kendall Marshall for the 2014-15 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Marshall had a non-guaranteed contract, but is assured now to make his full $915,000 for the season. (Yahoo! Sports)

Kyle Seager – On the Rise

Kyle Seager has quickly made a name for himself after only three full Major League seasons. Here is a look at Kyle’s career stats, be sure to pay attention to the steady rise of his home run and RBI totals over the last few seasons. In 2014, Seager was a first-time All-Star while leading the team in home runs (25), RBI (96) and extra-base hits (56). (MLB.com)

UNC AD Bubba Cunningham discusses fallout from Wainstein Report

The Wainstein Report was a major blow not only to UNC’s athletic department but also to its reputation as one of the nation’s premier academic institutions. That helps explain why Bubba Cunningham was notably tired when I sat down with him to discuss the report, its findings and what comes next. (Sports Illustrated)

Opponent Preview: Miami

Miami has the 15th best defense in the country in terms of yards per game, allowing only 319 yards per game. The defense has also forced 17 turnovers this season, 10 fumbles and 7 interceptions. The Miami defense is excellent against the pass, holding opponents to 171.6 yards per game and 5.6 yards per attempt, both are the 10th best marks in the country. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Playing Underdog Role Against Miami

Much like UNC, this 2014 Miami team has had an inconsistent season thus far. The Hurricanes are 5-3 (2-2 ACC) and are averaging 37.8 points per game in those five victories. In those three losses, however, fifth-year head coach Al Golden’s squad has been handled by the likes of Louisville (31-13), Nebraska (41-31) and Georgia Tech (28-17). (Inside Carolina)

Meeks and Johnson: Guardians Of The Glass

Whether it was Sean May, Tyler Hansbrough, Tyler Zeller or John Henson, opponents constantly had to figure out ways to stop UNC's low post scorers. While each of those players were threats to score every trip down the court, they could also dominate a game on the glass. On this year's team, Roy Williams will be looking for Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks to be those dominant rebounders. (GoHeels.com)

ACC Upset Watch: Week 10

North Carolina (4-4, 2-2) at Miami (5-3, 2-2), 12:30 p.m. Line: Miami by 17. The line in this game seems a bit high considering the Tar Heels are on a roll after two straight wins. There is no doubt Miami presents many more challenges to a struggling UNC defense -- both from Duke Johnson and its speedy receivers. But the UNC offense presents more challenges than Virginia Tech did (ESPN.com)

Mack Hollins, Team Confidence Soaring for Tar Heels

There’s a much more positive atmosphere surrounding the Tar Heel football program following back-to-back ACC victories. UNC head coach Larry Fedora says the belief is sky-high for his 4-4 Tar Heels. Coach Fedora was asked Monday what he points to as the key to UNC’s turnaround the past few weeks. His answer? Greater team unity. (Chapelboro.com)

Michael Jordan: Next ring will mean most

In his four seasons as the majority owner of the NBA team in Charlotte, Michael Jordan has endured plenty, including the worst season in NBA history, but Jordan said Monday that the competitor in him has his eyes on a seventh NBA ring. "And to get to that would be much more gratifying" than the previous six he won with the Chicago Bulls. (ESPN.com)

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