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Basketball Season Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels

The strength of this team is in the interior, with a rotation of really good big men. If the Tar Heels continue the trend of pounding the ball inside, scoring off of second shots (UNC had the fifth-best offensive rebound rate in the nation) and Marcus Paige being Paige, Carolina can hang another banner in the Dean Smith Center. (ESPN.com)

Marcus Paige's injury dents preseason calculations

Even without Marcus Paige, it’s possible Carolina will be favored in its first seven games and may start 7-0. Maryland probably will be the biggest problem, although Chris Collins’ second Northwestern team is expected to improve on last season’s 15-17 finish. Kansas State (15-17 last season) and Missouri (9-23) are again picked for second-division league finishes. (WRAL Sports Fan)

King Rice, Brian Reese set for on-court reunion

King Rice's friendship with Brian Reese goes back a quarter-century to 1990 when Rice was a senior at UNC, Reese was a freshman, and together they helped the Tar Heels reach the 1991 Final Four. After all the years and all the memories together, what does Rice think it's going to be like coaching against Reese for the first time? "Funny," Rice said. "Brian is one of my closest friends." (Asbury Park Press)

Why Harrison Barnes is fine with calculated risk of restricted free agency

Worried that she couldn’t afford college for her son, Shirley Barnes put the time and money she did have into developing Harrison Barnes’ basketball skills in hopes of earning a scholarship. He not only succeeded by landing a scholarship to play for North Carolina, but he’s also now in his fourth season with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. (Yahoo! Sports)

Q&A with UNC Coach Roy Williams, Part III

Rapper Drake hangs out with Calipari and LeBron with Coach K. Do you feel like you have to compete with that? Roy Williams: "I don’t know. Kids make decisions for unusual reasons. I am old fashioned, but I don’t think I’m that much different from a lot of other guys. If somebody tells me I have to hang out with somebody to be successful as a coach, I’d probably have a problem with that." (Inside Carolina)

UNC Player Preview: Kennedy Meeks

Coming into 2015, Kennedy Meeks has reportedly dropped another 10 pounds and is sure to provide extended minutes with his leaner, fitter shape. Meeks also needs to increase his ability to crash the boards to go alongside his usually reliable scoring. If he finds a way to average a double-double then he could become one of the best big men in the conference. (Carolina Blue)

Lucas: Ramifications Of Paige's Prognosis

So what does Marcus Paige’s injury actually mean? It’s great news that it’s not his ankles or feet. This is, by far, the most important part of today’s announcement. Paige had ankle and feet issues that lingered throughout his junior season and by his own admission, limited his performance. This is what should be a one-time injury to his non-shooting hand that will be fully healed before the first ACC game ever tips off. (GoHeels.com)

Tobacco Road Rivalry

The Battle for the Bell has huge implications in the race for the Coastal crown. However, the Heels are playing that school eight miles away, and that only adds fuel to the fire. Yes, yes the two basketball blue bloods are playing a game of significance on the gridiron, not the hardwood. And it seems the fans are excited as Kenan stadium is already sold out. (Carolina Blue)

Top five disappointments in UNC basketball (Roy Era)

1. Kendall Marshall's injury obstructs 2012 NCAA Title hopes The 2011-2015 UNC team might have been Roy William's most talented. The group featured Kendall Marshall, John Henson, Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Reggie Bullock, Dexter Strickland, James Michael McAdoo, and P.J. Hairston. Seven of those players are on NBA rosters. (Carolina Blue)

Broken Hand Sidelines Marcus Paige For 3-4 Weeks

UNC senior guard Marcus Paige fractured the third metacarpal on his right (non-shooting) hand in practice on Tuesday and is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks. Paige has received a number of first-team preseason All-America honors and was selected the Co-Preseason Player of the Year in the ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Player Profile: Joel Berry II

As of now, Joel Berry's role as either starter or first perimeter player off the bench will likely be based on whether Roy Williams prefers to have Marcus Paige start the game as the team's point guard or have him playing off the ball. But regardless of where he starts the season, Berry will see significant minutes early and figures to be a key factor in determining the level of success for this UNC team. (Tar Heel Blog)

All-around game coming together for stronger Justin Jackson

There were times last season when a physical opponent would get the best of Justin Jackson, and even the slightest contact sometimes knocked him off balance. Jackson, who is 6–8, has taken steps to change that by going from 186 pounds at the end of last season to about 200 now, and has a goal to be at 205 by the season opener. That has meant quite a bit of work in the weight room and at the table. (Raleigh & Company)

Lucas: Inside Jordan's Office

While going through some of Dean Smith’s office items recently, a photograph was uncovered that pictured Smith with Michael Jordan in a practice setting. Roy Williams hadn’t seen the photograph before, so he stuck it in his car before making the drive to Charlotte for the Hornets season opener on Sunday with three Williams-coached players plus Jordan. (GoHeels.com)

Light bulb now on, UNC’s Justin Jackson looking for big sophomore season

Justin Jackson is looking forward to being more assertive than he was as a freshman, when he admittedly found himself deferring to older teammates. Although this year’s Tar Heels will again be dominated by juniors and seniors, including preseason ACC Player of the Year Marcus Paige, Jackson’s continued improvement will likely be the key to UNC living up to its No. 1 national ranking. (Wilmington Star News)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Hollow No. 1?

Is Carolina the most overrated preseason No. 1 in college basketball history? We’re all excited about the basketball season, which begins officially next weekend. But that excitement has to be tempered by this question: how exactly are the Tar Heels No. 1 in the AP and other preseason polls, darn near a consensus No. 1? (Chapelboro.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Kansas State: 70
Tue, Nov 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Maryland
Tue, Dec 1, 9:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Davidson
Sun, Dec 6, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

UNC @ Texas
Sat, Dec 12, 5:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Utah State52
at Duke85
at Notre Dame73
Boston College45
at Santa Clara62
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(5) Duke0-06-1
(9) North Carolina0-05-1
(12) Virginia0-05-1
(15) Miami0-05-1
Florida State0-04-1
(17) Notre Dame0-04-2
NC State0-04-2
Georgia Tech0-04-2
Virginia Tech0-04-2
Wake Forest0-04-2
Boston College0-03-3

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