A look back at 1982's JMU vs UNC basketball gameThe 1982 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is one remembered by many. Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, hit the spotlight when he nailed the game-winning shot to win the title for UNC. This is regarded as the first time Jordan introduced himself to a national audience, but that moment almost didn’t happen. (The Breeze)
Carolina Insider Podcast: Memories Of WoodyWoody Durham, the longtime "Voice of the Tar Heels," passed away last month. With the public celebration of Durham's life slated for Sunday in Chapel Hill, hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas discuss some favorite Woody memories with his sons, Wes and Taylor, former broadcast partners Mick Mixon, Fred Kiger, Rick Steinbacher and Eric Montross, and more. (GoHeels.com)
'We saw how much fun he had:' Durham's sons remember lessons from WoodyIt was a father-son tradition unlike any other. For 30 of the last 31 years, Taylor Durham made sure he was at home in Chapel Hill to watch the final round of the Masters on television with his father, Woody Durham. That won’t happen this Sunday. Taylor will be in Chapel Hill, but it will be to honor his father, who passed away on March 7 at the age of 76. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Video: UNC Whips Michigan State to Win NCAA Title - April 6, 2009Final Four MVP Wayne Ellington scores 17 of his 19 points in the first half, Ty Lawson has a game-high 21 points and sets a Final Four record with eight steals, and Tyler Hansbrough scores 18 points to cap his brilliant career as the Tar Heels beat Michigan State, 89-72, in Detroit to win the national championship.
Raymond Felton a missing piece to Thunder's playoff puzzleWhen the postseason kicks off next week, if the Thunder is in, Raymond Felton — not Paul George or Carmelo Anthony — will be the biggest difference from last season's ineptitude without Russell Westbrook at the point. Yes, the Thunder still has to earn its way into the playoffs, but this season has already been a marked improvement with Felton backing up Westbrook. (The Oklahoman)
Podcast: Wayne Ellington's Journey From Indistinguishable to IndispensableHow does a player suddenly become indispensable after years of bouncing around the NBA? In the latest episode of the Breakaway podcast, Miami's Wayne Ellington walks us through his well-traveled career and the break that changed everything. (Sports Illustrated)
UNC championship sign will go back up in Raleigh. NC State will help decide where.The state Department of Transportation is consulting N.C. State as well as UNC to determine where it should place a new sign commemorating the Tar Heels' 2017 men's basketball national championship. NCDOT erected eight signs along highways across the state to celebrate UNC's win. Only two of the signs were in the Triangle, and one of them didn't last long. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Look Back: 25th Anniversary of UNC's 1993 TitleThursday, April 5, 2018 is the 25th anniversary of North Carolina's 1993 National Championship game win over Michigan. The Tar Heels defeated the Wolverines 77-71 to clinch UNC's third NCAA National Championship and head coach Dean Smith's second title. In the game, UNC guard Donald Williams scored 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting (5-for-7 from three). (Inside Carolina)
Cameron Johnson finds a home at North CarolinaNBA concerns are secondary to North Carolina wing Cameron Johnson. After all, family, even if it’s not bound by blood, comes first. “We all have a common goal and that’s making it to the national championship,” Johnson said. “I haven’t been to one. I have one more year of eligibility. With that one year, I want nothing more than to win a national championship.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
UNC Basketball to Play in Next Season’s Las Vegas InvitationalThe UNC men's basketball team will play in the Las Vegas Invitational, November 22-23, 2018, at Orleans Arena. UNC, Michigan State, Texas and UCLA make up the field in Las Vegas. The Tar Heels won the event in 2007-08 and finished second in 2011-12. UNC's campus opponents and the bracket for the Nov. 22 games in Las Vegas will be announced later. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Beats Michigan's Fab-5 to Win 1993 NCAA Title - April 5, 1993Final Four MVP Donald Williams score 25 points for the second Final Four game in a row, Eric Montross scores 16 and George Lynch posts his fourth straight double-double as UNC avenges an earlier loss to Michigan with 77-71 victory in the 1993 NCAA title game. The win gives Dean Smith his second NCAA championship.
South Dakota All Star Awards Welcomes Speaker Roy WilliamsIt's an All-Star Weekend in Sioux Falls as the basketball community rallies around the state’s top talent on the court. The 2018 South Dakota All-Star Awards Ceremony will be held at the Sanford Pentagon Saturday April 7. High School awards will be presented during the ceremony that includes featured speaker Hall of Fame basketball Coach Roy Williams. (KSOO.com)
Wayne Ellington Makes NBA HistoryNo player in NBA history has made more threes off the bench than the 207 Wayne Ellington has made this season. Ellington’s third three-pointer of the night Wednesday moved him past Houston’s Eric Gordon (206 in 2016) for the record. He was surprised to learn after the game he had set the record. “That’s a great accomplishment to set any NBA record.” (Miami Herald)
How Kings rookie Justin Jackson broke from a slump and earned a career high in minutesPerspective is an important part of how Kings rookie forward Justin Jackson has kept his confidence during his rookie season. Some nights, he doesn't get a lot of minutes. But Jackson doesn't fret. "I'm in a great profession, I've got a great job and God has blessed me with a lot of good things," Jackson said after the Kings' loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. (Sacramento Bee)
Mitch Kupchak’s UNC pedigree an asset as Hornets GM. His 1st act might be a hard one.Mitch Kupchak will have one of the toughest management jobs in Charlotte. The Hornets are hamstrung by big contracts – except for their best player, Kemba Walker, who has by NBA standards a small contract. It expires at the end of next season. If I’m Kupchak, my first act as general manager is to sit down with Walker to understand what he thinks. (Charlotte Observer)
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