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Cavs face daunting task of trying to break out of slump on road against UNC

North Carolina wing Justin Jackson has seen enough of Virginia to get a feel for what he’ll face Saturday. Though No. 14 U.Va. is slumping, it won’t abandon its deliberate pace — a stark contrast to UNC’s warp-speed comfort zone. Of course, U.Va. loves playing slowly, as evidenced by its 350th-fastest tempo out of 351 Division I programs. (Daily Press)

ESPN's Jay Bilas very high on UNC

Ahead of GameDay broadcasting live from Chapel Hill on Saturday, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas sat down with the local media to discuss a variety of topics. Much of the talk centered around UNC, who Bilas considers the top team in the nation."They have a brutal schedule down the stretch. I do think that when they are healthy they are the best team." (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams Twice Approached About NCSU Job While At Kansas

Roy Williams coached in Lawrence from 1988-2003. N.C. State made two coaching changes during that time period, first after firing Jim Valvano in 1990 and again after Les Robinson stepped down in 1996. “I was called about it on two different occasions when I was at Kansas. I said, ‘How in the dickens can I come coach at State? That just doesn’t make sense.’” (Inside Carolina)

UNC vs. Virginia Preview

No. 10 North Carolina closes the regular season with four of its final five games against ranked opponents. First up is a home tilt with No. 14 Virginia on Saturday night.Tony Bennett’s squad has dropped four of its last six games. Virginia’s primary scorer is point guard London Perrantes, while wing Marial Shayok has moved into a more prominent role. (Inside Carolina)

When Michael Jordan made his NBA debut in Peoria, Illinois

Michael Jordan made his professional debut Oct. 5, 1984, at what now is called Carver Arena. He had a team-high 18 points as the Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-98 in an NBA preseason game. The attendance that night was estimated at 2,100, according to a Journal Star story by Dave Reynolds. (Peoria Journal Star)

Carolina Basketball Hosts UVA Saturday Night

UNC hosts Virginia Saturday, in a matchup of two of the top-15 ranked teams in the country. Game time is 8:20 p.m. ESPN is televising the game and is producing its GameDay show from 10 a.m. to Noon and during pregame, halftime and postgame. UNC will recognize Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson at halftime for their jerseys honored in the Smith Center rafters. (GoHeels.com)

Despite Recent Losses, UVa Still Formidable

Just because Virginia has lost three of its last four games and four of its last six doesn’t necessarily mean the Cavaliers aren’t playing well, UNC coach Roy Williams says. When Williams watched film of the Cavaliers from the last few weeks, he was impressed with what he saw and figures the rigors of the ACC simply jumped up and bit them. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC is a tough place for Virginia basketball to avoid a rare losing streak

Virginia senior point guard London Perrantes has never experienced a three-game losing streak at Virginia; the Cavaliers haven’t had one since February 2011. But that stretch is in danger of snapping Saturday, when No. 14 Virginia will face league-leading, 10th-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where the Tar Heels are undefeated this season. (Washington Post)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Virginia Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media Friday prior to the Tar Heels' game against Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill. View Video...

Video: Justin Jackson Pre-Virginia Press Conference

North Carolina forward Justin Jackson speaks with the media Friday prior to the Tar Heels' game against Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill. View Video...

Video: Vince Carter takes us through Vinsanity's greatest moments

Vince Carter turned 40 on January 26; however, he still shows flashes of his younger, acrobatic self. For nearly two decades, Half-Man/Half-Amazing has entertained audiences worldwide. In an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report Studios, Carter takes us in full detail through Vinsanity's greatest moments. (Bleacher Report)

Video: Interview with Art Chansky about Dean Smith-Charlie Scott book

Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men’s basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Author Art Chansky looks at the impact the legendary coach & player had on the sport, the town, & the times. (UNC-TV)

Luke Maye Busts Out

Luke Maye set a career-high against NC State with 13 points, the continuation of a positive trend in scoring volume and efficiency. The table included shows his season splits divided into three segments: 1.) non-conference games (Maye played in nine of the 14); 2.) the first seven ACC games; and 3.) the last six ACC games. (The Secondary Break)

Lucas: Dynamic Duo

Of course they’re being honored together. That’s really the only way Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson could have their jerseys recognized in the Smith Center. In UNC basketball history, there are some players we remember most frequently as part of a duo or trio. Miller and Lewis. Sheed and Stack. Vince and Antawn (and Ademola). And Marcus and Brice. (GoHeels.com)

Michael Jordan's 50 Sports Illustrated Covers

In recognition of Michael Jordan's 54th birthday on Friday, here are all 50 of his Sports Illustrated covers spanning 30 years from his days at North Carolina in 1983 through his 50th birthday in 2013. (Sports Illustrated)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Louisville: 63
Wed, Feb 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(8) North Carolina12-324-5
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Miami9-619-8
Syracuse9-717-12
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
Pittsburgh4-1115-13
Clemson4-1114-13
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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