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ACC viewer's guide: Week 8

Georgia Tech at North Carolina, 7:00, ESPNU: The Yellow Jackets lost their first game of the season last week, a delay-filled affair against Duke. But that option attack might still be tough to defend for a UNC defense that cannot seem to get out of its own way. Marquise Williams played a terrific game last week at Notre Dame, giving the Tar Heels a tremendous chance to win. (ESPN.com)

James Michael McAdoo scores 20 in Harrison Barnes' "homecoming" game

James Michael McAdoo scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors rallied to beat the Nuggets 104-101 on Thursday for their fourth straight victory. Golden State's Klay Thompson added 18 points in the first NBA exhibition game in Des Moines since 1997. Harrison Barnes sealed it with a jumper with 6.8 seconds left. The game marked Barnes's return to his native Iowa. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Video: UNC Football Field Prep

Another loss in the ACC but at least UNC looked good! So how exactly did the stars and stripes end up on the field at Kenan Stadium? A.J. Nwoko has the answer. View Video...

His NBA homecoming pulls Harrison Barnes to his past

Harrison Barnes is a third-year NBA veteran. Yet, when he steps into Wells Fargo Arena, he morphs into a high schooler all over again. The pressure that surrounded him trying to win a second straight state championship is as present as it was in March 2010. Would Ames win? Would it be a memorable game? “It was so much excitement,” Barnes said. “No one ever knew what the next step was going to be.” (Ames Tribune)

Video: James Worthy coaches up the Lakers

UNC and Los Angeles Laker legend James Worthy works with the current Lakers on the finer points of footwork and gaining position in the paint. And yes, "Big Game James" still has it after all these years. View Video...

Tale of the Tape: Georgia Tech

The most shocking finding in the stats comparison this week is the fact Georgia Tech's defense is actually worse than UNC's in yards per played allowed. The Yellow Jackets have a slightly worse 6.3 yards per play allowed but under 400 yards per game allowed. The key? Ball control on the offensive side. Georgia Tech is 18th in time of possession. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels Look To Avoid Habitual Yellow Jacket Sting

The 2-4 North Carolina football team welcomes 5-1 Georgia Tech to Chapel Hill this weekend for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday under the lights at Kenan Stadium. The Tar Heels will be searching for their first ACC win of the season. Saturday’s game is a classic contrast in styles. It’s the jumpy, up-tempo UNC offense up against the deliberate, ‘lull you to sleep’ triple-option assault of Georgia Tech. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Rick Fox returns to Chapel Hill

Rick Fox returns to Chapel Hill and talks to Roy Williams and Hubert Davis in these two videos from NBA.com and NCAA.com.

Butch Davis: UNC should be a top-10 program

The final poll of the 1998 season – that was the last time UNC football was ranked in the AP top 10. Former head coach Butch Davis, who led the Tar Heels out onto the field as a ranked team 11 times in his four-year coaching stint from 2007-10, said there is no reason UNC shouldn’t see the top 10 more often. “I felt like it was an institution that had all the potential to be a top-10, top-5 football program in the country,” Davis said Thursday. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Study Hall: Notre Dame 50, North Carolina 43

And let's go ahead and say it: I was fooled by UNC. I know people get sucked in by the Heels each year, and I usually resist. But I thought offense and special teams would be good enough to overcome mediocre defense, and that UNC would be a solid top-40, or potentially much better, team. Instead, the Heels' defense has been awful, and special teams has been worse. (Football Study Hall)

Video: UNC Coordinator Insight - Georgia Tech

Seth Littrell and Vic Koenning breakdown what they expect to see on defense and offense when Coastal division opponent Georgia Tech comes to Chapel Hill on Saturday night. View Video...

Visit home helping Warriors’ Harrison Barnes clear his head

Harrison Barnes can still remember watching Iowa’s then-Mr. Basketball, Matt Gatens, play on TV nearly a decade ago and thinking what a thrill that would be. Those memories will come full circle Thursday, when Barnes and the Warriors play a preseason game at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, roughly 35 miles south of Ames High School, where Barnes won back-to-back state championships in 2009-10. (SFGate)

Kareem Martin Has Expanded Role Now with Arizona Cardinals

With Darnell Dockett lost for the season, rookie Kareem Martin has a more expanded role now with the Arizona Cardinals. The 3-1 Red Birds drafted the defensive end in the third round of this year's NFL Draft with an eye towards helping their pass rush. Martin has five tackles and one pass defended on his Cardinals resume so far. (AZ Cardinals 101)

Marquise Williams turns to old pal for word on Jackets

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams got some advice on how to beat Georgia Tech this week from an old friend — Duke quarterback Anthony Boone, who helped hand the Yellow Jackets their first loss last Saturday. The Charlotte natives have known each other for almost 10 years and bonded during clinics and camps. The information should come in handy on Saturday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC's Offensive Tempo Adding to Defensive Woes

There’s a laundry list of problems to highlight in trying to explain UNC’s current defensive predicament. The Tar Heels rank 124th in scoring defense (43.3 ppg) and 117th in total defense (508.0 ypg). One aspect that hasn’t gotten much attention, however, is the relationship between Larry Fedora’s uptempo offense and the effects of that increased tempo on the defensive efforts. (Inside Carolina)

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