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NBA, Michael Jordan join talks over gender bathroom bill

It's no secret that business leaders, entertainers and heads of major corporations think North Carolina's gender bathroom bill is not just discriminatory, but bad for the state's economy. Now, the National Basketball Association is working with lawmakers to modify the controversial HB2 law, with sports legend Michael Jordan playing a key role. (CNN)

Video: Brice Johnson shines in US Select Team role

As a member of the US Select Team, former UNC forward Brice Johnson continues to grow as a player under two longtime rival coaches. (WRAL Sports Fan)

ACC to add two more basketball games starting in 2019-20

The new ACC Network will have more television "inventory" when the league moves from 18 conference games to 20 beginning in 2019-20. The current setup of the league schedule means that not everyone plays twice, and while that would still be true even after adding two more games, the league would come closer to a home-and-away format. (Carolina Blue)

An early look At UNC’s Maui Invitational bracket

Regardless of the outcome of the semifinal game, the Tar Heels are likely to face a fellow top-10 team in their final game, with Oregon and Wisconsin slated to meet on the other side of the bracket. Much like UNC, both teams welcome back star players who initially flirted with the NBA Draft, and both enter the season as legit Final Four contenders. (Tar Heel Blog)

Harrison Barnes can already provide big contributions on both ends for the Mavs

Harrison Barnes averaged a career-high 31 minutes per game last season and posted career-highs in both points (13.6) and assists (2.1) per 36 minutes, an indication that perhaps he’s ready to take on more of a lead offensive role. The better news for Dallas is Barnes is also a good defender, with the ability to defend multiple positions. (Dallas Mavericks)

Clutch players on each top-25 college basketball team

North Carolina Tar Heels: Joel Berry II: From a pure skill standpoint, Joel Berry's mix of perimeter shooting and first-step ballhandling makes him the most reliable candidate to hoist the big shots that would have fallen to Marcus Paige last season. (ESPN.com)

Harrison Barnes Proud To See Growth Of Fellow UNC Star Brice Johnson

As new Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes continued making waves during his two seasons at North Carolina, he remembered seeing a wiry 17-year-old take a visit to his school. Little did he know at the time he’d end up friends with future UNC standout Brice Johnson, and that the Clippers’ first-round pick would be part of Barnes’ Team USA experience. (Los Angeles Clippers)

US House Speaker Paul Ryan's UNC-NC State analogy falls flat with NC Republican delegation

All due respect Mr. Speaker, but you need to give them something to work with. This just isn’t happening. Suggesting it is even more absurd than when you tried it with Texas football. Ok. There is one way, and one way only, that Tar Heels fans would root for N.C. State in the the NCAA Tournament: if the Wolfpack were playing Duke. (USA Today)

Local legend, NBA star Vince Carter approaches 40 with a 2-year plan

Ever since leading the Mainland Bucs to the 1995 state title and winning Florida’s “Mr. Basketball” award, Vince Carter has continued collecting accolades and the occasional hardware that accompanies them. He’s been the NBA Rookie of the Year (1999), won Olympic gold (2000) and played in eight All Star games (2000-2007). (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Ty Lawson aims to bounce back after stumbling

After his NBA star status crashed, free agent point guard Ty Lawson hopes to get back to his old self on the hardwood and make his parents proud again, too. Lawson averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 assists with the Denver Nuggets from 2009-15. The seven-year NBA veteran, however, also had four DUI arrests from 2008-15. (The Undefeated)

Is Michael Jordan becoming the face of UNC basketball?

What remains to be seen is just how active and public Michael Jordan is going to be in regards to UNC. Will he go to a few home games and cheer on the team? Or was his appearance at the National Championship game an anomaly? Did Jordan simply understand that after such a trying time, fans needed to see the best player of all-time supporting their school? (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams Q&A

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams took part in a teleconference Tuesday with the other seven coaches whose teams will participate in this year’s Maui Invitational in Hawaii. The tournament will take place Nov. 21-23 with the Tar Heels opening up against the host school, Chaminade. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Hopes Maui Invitational Brings Good Luck Yet Again

It may not make him much different from anyone else, but here’s a true story about UNC head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams. He loves Hawaii. When the bracket for November’s Maui Invitational was released on Wednesday he was plenty excited to talk about his upcoming trip–one that has brought the Tar Heels good fortune in the past. (Chapelboro.com)

North Carolina, Oregon may be surfing toward Maui title game

Roy Williams has been a regular visitor to the island, bringing his Kansas and North Carolina teams to Maui now for the sixth time, tying him for most all-time appearances by a coach. North Carolina will making its seventh trip and the Tar Heels have been champions three times. “Needless to say, it’s my favorite way to open college basketball,” Williams said. (Today's U)

ACC Basketball Summer Reset

The Tar Heels are likely to enter 2016–17 as contenders but not favorites. The focus in Chapel Hill is on what Roy Williams needs to replace: four-year starting guard/face of the program Marcus Paige and All-America power forward Brice Johnson, the ACC’s top rebounder as a senior. Fortunately for Carolina, plenty of talent returns to campus. (Sports Illustrated)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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