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ECU coach Jeff Lebo to have hip surgery

East Carolina basketball coach Jeff Lebo will undergo hip surgery on Monday and be sidelined indefinitely, director of athletics Jeff Compher announced Friday. Assistant coach Michael Perry will assume head coaching responsibilities during Lebo’s absence, starting with the Pirates’ game at Connecticut on Jan. 22 in Hartford. Lebo will coach Sunday against Cincinnati. (Greenville Daily Reflector)

Turner's Take: Defensive Identity

The potential is there to be a great defensive team, as evidenced by UNC's efforts against NC State and in Maui against Oklahoma State and Wisconsin, but the pendulum has swung the other way as well, like against Hawaii, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. Eighteen games into the season, the Tar Heels are consistently inconsistent, defensively. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels see tall task vs. Seminoles

North Carolina is bound to be outnumbered when it comes to big and tall players in the lane Saturday against Florida State. Without their tallest player, the Tar Heels will be determined to make the best of it. UNC will play without reserve center Tony Bradley, who’s sidelined with a concussion suffered Wednesday. Bradley’s absence leaves a void in the post. (Burlington Times News)

Winning the Transition Battle

When Florida State, 16-1 overall and an 4-0 in the ACC, and UNC meet in Chapel Hill on Saturday, the outcome could be decided by which team wins the fast-break battle. And, on paper, that matchup favors the Seminoles. While both teams love to play fast the ‘Noles have been doing it better. FSU ranks in the 90th percentile in the country in terms of transition efficiency. (The Secondary Break)

How Bradley's absence will affect UNC versus FSU

UNC freshman center Tony Bradley will not play against Florida State. It's a big loss for UNC who will face an impressive Seminole frontline on Saturday. FSU are off to a great start to the 2016-17 season with a 16-1 overall record, a No. 9 ranking, and a big 88-72 win over Duke on Tuesday. (Carolina Blue)

Ty Lawson proving reliable in fourth quarter in Kings’ victories

It’s a bit of hyperbole to refer to Ty Lawson as the Kings’ closer. But lately when the Kings win, one constant has been a lot of Lawson in the fourth quarter. In four of the Kings’ last six victories prior to facing the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, Lawson had played the entire fourth quarter. Lawson has been part of the bench unit that has injected energy. (Sacramento Bee)

Know Your Opponent: Florida State

The ninth-ranked Seminoles are 16-1 and riding a school-record 12-game winning streak that has seen them surge into the AP top 10 for the first time since 1993. And after opening league play with wins over Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke, the conversation has shifted from getting into the Big Dance to talk of high seeds and ACC byes. (GoHeels.com)

Another enormous test awaits FSU

So you beat No. 7 Duke on Tuesday? Congratulations, now you get to play No. 11 North Carolina on Saturday. In Chapel Hill. The fun never stops. “That’s one thing about our sport,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Especially in the ACC. Every night you’ve got to prove yourself.” Florida State has proven plenty already. Hamilton’s team is 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. (Tallahassee Democrat)

Man acquitted in slaying of sister of NBA's Reggie Bullock

A Hagerstown man accused of killing the transgender sister of NBA player Reggie Bullock was acquitted by a jury of all counts Thursday. Shawn Oliver, 46, had been charged in 2015 with first degree murder in the July 2014 stabbing death of 26-year-old Mia Henderson in West Baltimore, after police said DNA found under Henderson's fingerprints was matched to Oliver. (Baltimore Sun)

Tar Heels Shoring Up Ball Screen Defense

With the Wake Forest game in the past, but a date with No. 9 Florida State on the horizon, Roy Williams says his Tar Heel team must improve its defensive effort, even if the ball screen is not a primary component of Leonard Hamilton’s offense. “Florida State didn’t set a ton of ball screens [against Virginia],” Williams said at his press conference on Friday. (Inside Carolina)

Triangle teams chasing Florida State

Leonard Hamilton has been coaching basketball for more than 40 years. I remember seeing him as a young assistant at Kentucky in the press box at UNC’s Carmichael Auditorium in the mid-seventies. Hamilton was scouting North Carolina in advance of a Tar Heel game against the Wildcats. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Close games, road games, and silencing crowds

North Carolina has now won tight games against Tennessee, Clemson, and Wake Forest. They have lost a close one to Kentucky. There is a lot of value to playing in these tight games. The more experience this team has now will pay off in March when it matters even more. "These games are huge," senior point guard Nate Britt told CarolinaBlue. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Florida State Press Conference

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

Video: Kenny Williams Pre-Florida State Press Conference

North Carolina sophomore guard Kenny Williams speaks with the media on Friday prior to the Tar Heels' game Saturday against Florida State. View Video...

FSU Bringing Depth & Scoring Options

Leonard Hamilton’s 12th team in Tallahassee has multiple scoring options and arguably the best depth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Four different Seminoles average double figures in league play, led by Dwayne Bacon’s 20.5 points per game, while 11 different players average more than 10 minutes per game during their current 12-game winning streak. (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 90
Boston College: 82
Sat, Jan 21 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Tue, Jan 31, 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#12 UVA14
at #14 Notre Dame8
9:38 IN 1ST
Hall (UVA) 4 pts; Vasturia (Notre Dame) 3 pts;
#13 Louisville82
at Pitt31
11:11 IN 2ND
Mitchell (Louisville) 27 pts; Artis (Pitt) 9 pts;
Wake Forest17
at Syracuse13
11:12 IN 1ST
Collins (Wake Forest) 8 pts; White III (Syracuse) 9 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(9) North Carolina6-118-3
(6) Florida State6-118-2
(14) Notre Dame6-117-3
(12) Virginia5-215-3
(13) Louisville4-316-4
Virginia Tech4-315-4
(17) Duke3-415-5
Wake Forest3-412-7
Georgia Tech3-411-8
Syracuse3-411-9
NC State3-514-7
Miami2-411-6
Boston College2-59-11
Pittsburgh1-512-7
Clemson1-611-8

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