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James Hurst Among Ravens' Offensive Rookie Trio Helping To Change Team's Philosophy

When starting left tackle Eugene Monroe went down with a knee injury that required a clean-out procedure during the Ravens' Week Three win at Cleveland, it was up to Hurst to hold down the fort on Flacco's blind side for the next four games while Monroe recovered. Even with fifth-round rookie guard John Urschel lining up right next to him, the line didn't waver much, if at all. (PressBox Baltimore)

UNC's Bowl Game Serving as Building Block

It’s been nearly three weeks since the N.C. State debacle at Kenan Stadium. The embarrassment is still fresh for the Tar Heels as the players approach the Quick Lane Bowl as a springboard for better days in 2015. On Monday, quarterback Marquise Williams vowed to never let that type of outing occur again during his time at UNC. “It took a lot of pride out of me. As a quarterback, you’ve got to bounce back strong." (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels In The NBA Update

Harrison Barnes took an elbow from the Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham but returned to action in Sunday’s game. Barnes is averaging 11.2 points on the season for the Warriors, who are five games ahead of the L.A. Clippers atop the Pacific Division. John Henson has missed nine games with a "dancer’s sprain." The Bucks are hopeful Henson can return during this week’s road trip. (GoHeels.com)

Quick Lane Bowl Preview: Offense

Prepare for plenty of points on the day after Christmas. UNC’s defensive struggles this season have been well documented, but Quick Lane Bowl opponent Rutgers has also had some issues stopping opposing offenses. The Scarlet Knights rank 95th in the country in total defense, allowing a whopping 439.5 yards per game. Over the last half of the season, Rutgers allowed 40.2 points per game. (GoHeels.com)

Today In History: Billy Cunningham's Banner Rises

On December 17, 1976, a Sixers legend was immortalized with a banner in the rafters. The Spectrum stood as the towering monument to Philadelphia indoor sports culture, and Billy Cunningham was there to see his number 32 ascend towards the Philadelphia basketball heavens. His UNC days are marked with unbelievable rebounding and scoring games. (NBA.com)

Video: One on one with Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson talks about being a life-long Tar Heel fan, developing relationships with his teammates, and adapting to playing college basketball in this exclusive GoHeelsTV feature. View Video...

One on One with Isaiah Hicks

After playing out of position a year ago, Isaiah Hicks is finally comfortable at power forward. Last weekend, he earned the coaches’ defensive award for the fourth time this season for his efforts against Kentucky. You seem to be a more confident player this season. Can you feel that on the court early in the season? Hicks: "Yeah, because it’s making me more assertive, more aggressive..." (GoHeels.com)

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)

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