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Positives takeaways from UNC's loss to Duke

No matter the outcome, there were certainly some positives to take away from UNC's 86-78 loss to Duke in Cameron Indoor. North Carolina was within three points in the final minutes ---- the game was a lot closer than the final score. What did UNC do well on Thursday night? What were the positives to takeaway from the game? (Carolina Blue)

Defending Duke’s Threes

Here’s a quick breakdown of how Duke created its 13 made 3-pointers on Thursday night. I only focused on the made 3s, but (generally) the missed 3s were created in the same manner—a combination of high-screen/iso drive-and-kicks and dribble hand-offs. Most of the misses were charted as “lightly contested”. (The Secondary Break)

ACC threatens to make NCAA Tournament history with unprecedented depth

The simplest way to measure whether the Atlantic Coast Conference of today measures up with the league that produced more NCAA Tournament bids than any conference ever, is to ask one of the men who coached in both leagues. Mike Brey, Notre Dame? “I think this one’s tougher." (Sporting News)

Jerry Stackhouse, Coby Karl eager for D-League All-Star game

Jerry Stackhouse played in two NBA All-Star games . Coby Karl has been to a few All-Star weekends as well, a perk of having his father coaching the game. Next weekend, they'll get a different perspective. But soon, they'll see it from the D-League perspective. Stackhouse and Coby Karl are the coaches for next Saturday's NBA Development League All-Star Game. (Quad City Times)

Wish granted! Cancer patient attends Duke vs. Carolina game

A young woman diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer got one of her biggest wishes granted Thursday night. Former BYU basketball player Melanie Day had always wanted to see a Duke vs. Carolina game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (ABC 11)

Italian League team Grissin Bon RE agree to terms with Jawad Williams

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Italian League) agreed to terms with 34-year old American forward Jawad Williams. He started the season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. In 16 games he averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.0 rpg this season. The former University of North Carolina NCAA champion is in his twelfth season in pro basketball spanning eight different countries. (EuroBasket.com)

Johnson, Redick, Rivers Make Trip To North Carolina-Duke

The number of Clippers’ ties to the UNC-Duke game runs deep. There’s J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers and Brice Johnson. There’s assistant coach Patrick Sullivan, who played in three NCAA Final Fours at UNC and coached at the school as an assistant. There’s also Raymond Felton, who missed reunion to see his nephew, UNC commit Jalek Felton’s senior night as a surprise. (NBA.com)

UNC can’t blame Roy Williams for its problems

UNC finished No. 1 in the ACC seven times in Williams’ first 13 seasons, making four runs to the Final Four over that stretch. But Roy Williams can’t coach? It’s difficult to criticize the job Williams has done this season. Despite losing their two best players from the 2015-16 roster in Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels have mostly looked like a national title contender. (FanRag Sports)

UNC Ball Boy Asher Lucas Reflects On Basketball, Family Fanaticism and Internet Fame

Asher Lucas didn’t have to sneak into the Smith Center, where UNC now plays, to find out what it was like to stand on the court. Thanks to his dad’s connections, Asher was allowed to come down from the stands to help rebound during warm-ups. "And then one game, one of the managers, Eric Hoots, he asked if I wanted to ball boy and stay on the basket," Asher says. (WBUR)

How Dirk Nowitzki has seen new Maverick Harrison Barnes grow as a closer this season

While Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock with a game-tying jumper with 2.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Mavericks small forward Harrison Barnes took the baton in overtime. Barnes scored eight of the Mavericks' 12 overtime points to secure the 112-105 win over the Utah Jazz. (Dallas Morning News)

George Karl still stirring the pot

All these years later, it still stings. George Karl can still see Glenn Robinson missing that 10-footer at the buzzer in Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Eastern Conference finals. “I can see that jump shot and I can almost replay the emptiness I felt when it didn’t go in,” Karl said. “It was like, ‘Oh, man, we had this one. We had this one.’ ” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Video: Brice Johnson UNC Senior Season Highlights

Highlights of former Tar Heel forward and current Los Angeles Clipper Brice Johnson during his senior season at North Carolina. View Video...

UNC-Duke: Crunch-Time Execution

Even in its close wins, North Carolina’s crunch-time execution (on both ends) has often left plenty to be desired. That was the case again on Thursday. Let’s recap it possession-by-possession, starting right after Nate Britt split a pair of free throws to give the Tar Heels a 71-70 lead with 6:50 remaining. UNC’s lineup was Berry-Britt-Jackson-Maye-Meeks. (The Secondary Break)

Carolina can’t make the adjustments, free throws to beat Duke

From the time it became clear that forward Isaiah Hicks wasn’t going to play, it was a game of adjustments for North Carolina. No. 18 Duke’s tough perimeter defense and screening action on its offensive end required additional challenging adjustments that the No. 8 Tar Heels didn’t make often enough in an 86–78 loss Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Raleigh & Company)

UNC at Duke: ESPN’s Most-Streamed College Basketball Game Ever

North Carolina at Duke, on ESPN, had an average streaming audience of 103,000 viewers with a total of 319,000 people watching 12,675,000 minutes. The overnight rating of 1.9 is college basketball’s highest weekday overnight of the season across all networks and is ESPN’s most-streamed college basketball game ever in all three metrics. (ESPN.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

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

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

UNC vs. ACCT 8/9 Winner
Thu, Mar 9, 12:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#8 UNC85
at Pitt67
Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;
#10 Duke50
at Miami55
Jackson (Duke) 16 pts; Brown (Miami) 25 pts;
#18 UVA70
at NC State55
Perrantes (UVA) 16 pts; Abu (NC State) 12 pts;
#19 FSU76
at Clemson74
Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 15 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 24 pts;
Virginia Tech91
at Boston College75
Robinson (Virginia Tech) 13 pts; Robinson (Boston College) 25 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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