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Ball Don’t Lie! Here Are 8 ‘Sheedtastic’ Rasheed Wallace Moments

On this day 40 years ago, the greatest entertainer the basketball world has ever known was born. I’m of course speaking of Rasheed Wallace, whose “ball don’t lie” mantra brought more joy to me than any woman in college ever could. Here are some of Sheed’s best moments, both as a player and coach. (Uproxx)

Friendly foes: ‘Brothers’ Otis, Bigger face one another on the field Saturday

Norkeithus Otis was running down the field on kickoff coverage against ECU last season when, out of nowhere, he felt as though he had gotten hit by a truck. There was no need to get the license number, though. The UNC Bandit already knew it. The offending party was Pirates’ linebacker Zeek Bigger, his old Ashbrook High teammate. The two have known each other since they were 10 years old (Wilmington Star News)

Air Protection

It doesn't take a brilliant defensive coordinator to realized East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden took a lot of chances down the field in the Pirates 28-21 road win over Virginia Tech. Carden will surely provide a test for the North Carolina secondary when the Tar Heels travel to Greenville on Saturday. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Carolina Braces For East Carolina Collision in Pirate Country

The No. 25 North Carolina football team, 2-0 on the season, hits the road looking to take down in-state rival East Carolina, sporting a 2-1 record, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. At least outside the locker room, this weekend’s tilt is hard to mention without first referencing the 55-31 runaway victory for the Pirates in Chapel Hill last year. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - ECU

Vic Koenning and Seth Littrell break down how they plan to defend and attack East Carolina when the Tar Heels travel to Greenville. View Video...

Greg Ellis Named An ACC Legend

Former North Carolina All-America Greg Ellis, who is still the all-time leader in sacks, has been named to the ACC's 2014 Class of Legends. The class, which consists of one legend from each school, will be honored at the 10th Annual Dr Pepper Football Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C. on December 6. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel Trio Headed To MLB Playoffs

Three former UNC baseball standouts are headed to the MLB playoffs after their teams clinched division titles this week. Andrew Miller and the Baltimore Orioles secure the AL East crown on Tuesday with a win over Toronto, while Chris Iannetta and Mike Morin of the Los Angeles Angels wrapped up the AL West title with a win and an Oakland loss on Wednesday. (GoHeels.com)

One Thing to Watch: East Carolina

Most concerning for the Tar Heels is the number of missed tackles in the San Diego State game, an eye-opening 34. The Pirate offense will spread out defenders, so the Tar Heels are going to have to make open-field tackles. If not, senior safety Tim Scott says, “It’s going to be just like last year. We’re going to get embarrassed.” (GoHeels.com)

Video: Tim Scott Leads From The Back

UNC senior safety Tim Scott made the switch from cornerback at the end of last season and has helped lead the Tar Heels defense to a tie for sixth in the nation in interceptions. View Video...

Breakin’ It Down: ECU

UNC leads the all-time series 12-3-1, but the Pirates smashed the Tar Heels 55-31 a season ago in Chapel Hill. Saturday’s game will mark only the fourth meeting at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium between the schools. The 2014 encounter promises to be hotly-contested, with the Pirates wanting to prove last year was no fluke and the Tar Heels hoping to exact some revenge on their in-state rivals. (OakeSports)

Make-or-break time for North Carolina

Starting at East Carolina on Saturday, North Carolina begins its toughest stretch of the season -- seven straight games against teams that currently have winning records. Three of the next four are on the road, including games next week at No. 22 Clemson and at No. 9 Notre Dame on Oct. 11. Also in the mix are games against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Miami. (ESPN.com)

Tale of the Tape: East Carolina

Certainly UNC's offense, which is ranked in the 70s nationally in total offense, is a concern given the caliber of opponent the Tar Heels faced in the first two games. ECU's defense has been decent against teams ranked in the lower half of FBS in total offense. Since that's where UNC is sitting, the Pirates defense will be enough to keep the Tar Heels in check. (Tar Heel Blog)

Defending the Air Raid

Lincoln Riley’s offense carved up UNC for 55 points and 603 total yards of offense in 2013. The challenge for the Tar Heels this time around hasn’t gotten any easier. Riley, ECU’s 31-year-old offensive coordinator, has the Pirates averaging 7.2 yards per play and 512.3 yards per game in 2014 despite trips to top-25 opponents South Carolina and Virginia Tech. (Inside Carolina)

Tyler Zeller eager to earn starting center role for Celtics

Four days before his July wedding, Tyler Zeller learned that he had been traded to the Boston Celtics. He phoned his wife-to-be, Caitlyn, who was too busy preparing for the big day to answer her phone. "She was getting her hair done -- a practice 'do or whatever -- and her mom picked up. I was like, ‘I need to talk to my fiancé,’" explained Zeller. (ESPN.com)

B. Strong for Bryce

Everywhere he goes, quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf wears a band around his wrist. It’s rubber, a little thicker than a standard rubber band, and Carolina blue, naturally. It’s not a standard piece of Nike-issued equipment. No, this tiny little wristband has a deeper meaning. Engraved on the outside of the band is the phrase ‘B. STRONG’. The ‘B’ stands for Bryce. (GoHeels.com)

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