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North Carolina-Louisville Preview

North Carolina hasn't exactly been challenged thus far in ACC play, but that's about to change as the calendar flips to February. The second-ranked Tar Heels' best conference start in 15 years as well as a 12-game winning streak are on the line Monday at Louisville, and the 16th-ranked Cardinals will be motivated to recover from easily their worst game of the season. (Yahoo! Sports)

Preview: UNC-Louisville

A major challenge for Louisville will simply be getting past Saturday's clunker vs. Virginia. The Cards didn't do anything well outside of Deng Adel finding some confidence and Ray Spalding putting together a nice second half. U of L looked lost and careless on offense and vulnerable on defense. UNC is a different animal than Virginia, so adjusting in just one day will be tough. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

UNC being led by Berry good guard play

Roy Williams probably doesn’t have to worry about ESPN green room promos touting Joel Berry II, but the 6-foot sophomore has been an undeniable fixture in the Tar Heels lineup this season. To say Joel Berry is doing Marcus Paige-like things would be unfair. The newly-established point guard on one of the nation’s top teams is doing Joel Berry-like things. (WRAL Sports Fan)

ESPN's College GameDay coming to South Bend for Notre Dame vs. North Carolina

Three games in one week for ND. Purcell Pavilion will be at the center of the college basketball world next week, when ESPN brings its traveling road show -- College GameDay -- to South Bend. The show will air at 11:00 AM ET on February 6, before No. 25 Notre Dame hosts No. 2 North Carolina at 7:00 PM that evening. (WSBT)

Boston College-UNC Concerns

Picking apart North Carolina’s 89-62 victory over Boston College on Saturday at the Smith Center will reveal some rather unbecoming stuff on the Tar Heels’ part. They just weren’t sharp in stretches and weren’t anywhere close to their so-called A game. That makes four consecutive games that can be said. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels turn up heat to cook wobbly Boston College

Rather than diagramming X-and-O specifics, coach Roy Williams said he instead spent Saturday’s pregame moments with his North Carolina team talking about showing improvement and getting better. And within that simple emphasis, swingman Theo Pinson said the focus was placed on one word — pressure. (Burlington Times-News)

Dress rehearsals over, UNC prepares for ‘real’ ACC season to begin

When it comes to North Carolina’s 89-62 rout of Boston College on Saturday, this was one of those rare occasions in which style points mattered more than the number of points the Tar Heels put up on the Smith Center scoreboard. It was one final dress rehearsal before their “real” ACC season begins on Monday in Louisville. (Wilmington Star News)

Brice Johnson Scouting Report

When Brice Johnson is on, he is just about unstoppable. That was the case against Florida State early this season, when he finished with 39 points on 14-16 shooting from the field. He was on against UCLA, too, this time to the tune of 27 points on 11-12 shooting. And he was on against Wake Forest last week, putting up 27 points on 8-12 shooting. (Upside & Motor)

Watch: Warriors survive Sixers on Harrison Barnes’s game-winner

The seven-win Philadelphia 76ers came back from a 73–54 halftime deficit to tie the Golden State Warriors late in the fourth quarter, but fell short of the win after Harrison Barnes hit a last-second corner three to give Golden State a 108–105 victory. (Sports Illustrated)

Seeing first shot fall gives UNC's Marcus Paige sweet relief

Marcus Paige had hit 250 3-pointers at North Carolina before the one that dropped at the 17:21 mark of the first half in Saturday’s 89-62 drubbing of Boston College. At first glance, there wasn’t much special about it....But as he turned to get back on defense, he shoulders dropped and he cast his gaze up toward the white fabric roof of the suddenly deafening Smith Center. (Fayetteville Observer)

Joel Berry Playing Steady & Strong

Joel Berry has emerged as Mr. Reliable during a stretch of games in which No. 2 North Carolina has struggled to find consistency despite its winning ways. On Saturday, Berry finished with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, six assists (his most in ACC play) and three rebounds without a turnover in UNC’s 89-62 win over Boston College. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels Feast Off Turnovers

No. 2 North Carolina kept its winning streak rolling along despite playing down to its competition at times in Saturday’s 89-62 win over Boston College. The Tar Heels won their 12th game in a row while the Eagles dropped their eighth-straight ACC contest in an uneven affair loaded with unforced turnovers and scoring droughts. The difference was turnovers. (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: Go Time

After Saturday’s 89-62 rout over Boston College, the Tar Heels play five of the final ten games against ranked opponents, with three of those five on the road. Six of the final ten overall are on the road. Seven of the final ten are against teams with an overall winning percentage of at least .700. There are two games remaining in the final ten against teams that are outside Ken Pomeroy’s top 55. (GoHeels.com)

Jeff Lebo working to build a winning basketball program at ECU

Sure, he has put on a few pounds since his playing days at North Carolina. He has lost most of his hair, but that occurred when coaching at Auburn. Still, there are no bags under those sparkling blue eyes, and his laughter often reverberates around his office. Truth be known, there is little physical evidence to show that Jeff Lebo has the toughest job in all of men’s college basketball. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC-Boston College Postgame Quotes

"Just to get it straight about Kennedy [Meeks], he was late to shootaround today, and so when you’re late you have to run some for however many minutes you were late and you don’t play your first run during the game. If you’re a starter, you don’t start. I’ve been a head coach 28 years. We‘ve had four guys that were late in 28 years, so that’s all it was. It’s no big deal." (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 68
Boston College: 65
Tue, Feb 9 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Sun, Feb 14, 1:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Wed, Feb 17, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Sat, Feb 20, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(9) North Carolina9-220-4
(7) Virginia9-320-4
(12) Miami8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
Duke7-418-6
Syracuse7-517-8
Clemson7-514-10
Pittsburgh6-517-6
Florida State6-616-8
Virginia Tech5-713-12
Georgia Tech3-813-11
NC State2-912-12
Wake Forest1-1110-14
Boston College0-117-17

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