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Video: Michael Jordan's Greatest Game vs. Duke - 1983

A look back at the GOAT as Michael Jordan prepares to turn 55 on Saturday. Jordan had many great games as a Tar Heel, but here is his greatest against his greatest rival, Duke. M.J. dropped 32 on the Blue Devils in Chapel Hill in 1983 as a sophomore, which was his career high at the time. Read More...

UNC’s Schematic Change on Defense

There has been a subtle change made to UNC's defensive set in recent weeks intended to mitigate the team’s struggles defending the three-point shot. Roy Williams has long employed his 22 defense, a man-to-man set built upon halfcourt pressure. Coming off a three-game losing streak to end January, Williams changed up his defensive sets. (Inside Carolina)

Podcast: Reader Questions, Turtlenecks, Berry, Maye, and the Future

Inside Carolina's Greg Barnes and Ross Martin join host Tommy Ashley to answer reader questions. They also discuss Joel Berry, Luke Maye, the future of UNC Basketball, and more in this episode of the podcast. (Audioboom)

Walston: UNC vs NC State - Of course it's a rivalry

When you want to beat a team so you can talk trash, it’s a rivalry. When you want to not lose to a team as badly as you want to beat them, it’s a rivalry. Roy Williams wants to beat NC State at least as much as he wants to beat anybody on the schedule. Mike Fox, too —he threw on a red Carolina Hurricanes sweater for an event a few years ago, but he didn’t like it. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy Williams Has Not Called a Timeout in 140 Minutes

Roy Williams called one timeout during North Carolina's recent four-game win streak. Williams has not called a timeout since the first half of the Pittsburgh game on Feb. 3. That is a full three and a half games without a calling a timeout. Even when N.C. State went on a 19-0 run against the Tar Heels on Saturday in Raleigh, Williams refused to call a timeout. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Tyler Hansbrough Scores ACC Freshman Record 40 Points vs. GT - Feb. 15, 2006

North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough scores an ACC freshman record 40 points in an 82-75 win over Georgia Tech in the Smith Center on February 15, 2006. Read More...

Michael Jordan Put On a Heckuva Show at ’88 All-Star Weekend

In February of 1988, Michael Jordan was in his prime. The NBA All-Star Game was held that year in Chicago at the old and raucous Chicago Stadium. He was battling Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins for the NBA Dunk Contest title, but everyone there that day knew Jordan was going to win, no matter what. Nor was there anything Wilkins could do about it. (SLAM Online)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings

16. North Carolina: Saying it was a great week for the Tar Heels would be an understatement. They started it with a win over rival Duke in Chapel Hill, then survived in Raleigh against an NC State squad gunning for a season sweep, and finally eased past Notre Dame back at home. Will the emotional win over Duke stand out as a turning point in UNC’s season? (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Michael Jordan's Iconic Turnaround Jumper Started at UNC

A look back at the GOAT as Michael Jordan prepares to turn 55 on Saturday. Jordan developed his iconic turnaround jumper at UNC under the tutelage of Dean Smith. Listen to a young Michael Jordan talk about how that shot was one of his favorites during his time at Carolina. Read More...

Luke Maye, Joel Berry Placed on Naismith Award Top 30 List

The Naismith Award, college basketball’s prestigious National Player of the Year honor, released its top 30 candidates Wednesday with a pair of Tar Heels in the mix. Junior forward Luke Maye leads UNC in scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 rpg), while Joel Berry is right behind in scoring (17.5 ppg) and has been UNC’s steadying backcourt force. (Chapelboro.com)

Inside The Playbook: How UNC turns Theo Pinson into Draymond Green on offense

Theo Pinson is the only frontcourt player in the ACC this season to have an assist rate above 20 percent, and a turnover rate under 22 percent. Pinson gets a lot of his assists off slash-and-kicks, the pick-and-roll, and in transition. In the win over NC State, though, UNC went to a half-court look that, frankly, I’m not sure I’ve seen them go to before. (ACC Sports Journal)

Roy Williams Live: Surviving the Gauntlet

“It was a good stretch,” Roy Williams said on his radio show Tuesday. “I told the kids that it’s the schedule and that we’re going to play it, win or lose. If we lose we’re not going to complain about it because we know it, so let’s get prepared for it. I said that we have an opportunity here. Sometimes opportunities are dressed in work clothes. That’s what it boiled down to.” (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: Channeling The Dean

I’m sure Roy Williams will do this when the time is right, but Dean Smith would not have been subtle in his promotion of Luke Maye for ACC Player of the Year. Let Marvin Bagley III make All-ACC and Rookie of the Year, but he has to put in more than one season to win Best Player. I can hear Smith chiding the media, “If you don’t vote for Maye, you don’t know basketball.” (Chapelboro.com)

Tobacco Road’s wild week alters expectations

So, what have we learned? The Tar Heels have played themselves into a top-four spot in the ACC, which would give them one of the double-byes into the quarterfinals of the tournament in Brooklyn. More importantly, they seem to have tightened up their perimeter defense, at least a little bit, and discovered some reliable scorers outside of Luke Maye and Joel Berry II. (North State Journal)

Roy Williams reaches ACC milestone

University of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball coach Roy Williams has already had an historic career filled with accolades. With Monday’s win, Williams reached an Atlantic Coast Conference milestone and joined some elite company. Williams earned his 200th ACC win, composing of regular season conference wins and conference tournament wins. (Keeping It Heel)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 78
Syracuse: 74
Wed, Feb 21 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ ACC Tournament First Round
Tue, Mar 6, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#1 UVA66
at Pitt37
Hunter (UVA) 14 pts; Stewart (Pitt) 12 pts;
at #5 Duke60
Howard (Syracuse) 11 pts; Carter Jr (Duke) 16 pts;
Georgia Tech67
at #15 Clemson75
Okogie (Georgia Tech) 22 pts; DeVoe (Clemson) 25 pts;
at Virginia Tech68
Snider (Louisville) 22 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 16 pts;
Boston College78
at Miami79
Robinson (Boston College) 30 pts; Huell (Miami) 16 pts;
Notre Dame76
at Wake Forest71
Geben (Notre Dame) 22 pts; Childress (Wake Forest) 13 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia15-125-2
(5) Duke12-424-5
(10) North Carolina11-522-7
(15) Clemson10-621-7
NC State9-619-9
Virginia Tech9-719-9
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Notre Dame7-917-12
Boston College6-1017-13
Georgia Tech4-1211-18
Wake Forest4-1311-18

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