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Brandan Wright Excited to Help Memphis Push for the Playoffs

Brandan Wright’s NBA career has been extremely consistent when it comes to production on the court. When he plays, he’s a true difference-maker. A versatile scorer who’s incredibly efficient in the post, Wright’s unique size and skill set make him a tough matchup for almost any forward in the league. (Basketball Insiders)

Roy Williams Confident UNC-N.C. State Will Tip as Scheduled

Roy Williams expressed a “high” confidence level on Friday that his Tar Heels would play N.C. State as scheduled on Saturday despite winter weather descending upon the Triangle. As of Friday afternoon, a mix of rain, sleet and snow was expected to start falling as temperatures plummet below freezing. Weather forecasts are calling for 6-to-8 inches of snow in the Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels To Welcome Wolfpack

Carolina plays its first ACC home game of the season on Saturday when the Tar Heels host NC State. The Tar Heels are 13-3, 1-1 in the ACC after losing the conference opener at Georgia Tech then beating Clemson on the road in overtime. NC State is 12-3, 1-1 after beating Virginia Tech, 104-78. This is the earliest these teams have played since 2007-08. (GoHeels.com)

UNC vs. N.C. State Preview

No. 14 North Carolina opens its ACC home slate against N.C. State in what is expected to be a winter wonderland at the Smith Center on Saturday. After an upset in their conference opener against Miami, head coach Mark Gottfried’s team got one in the win column with a 104-78 smacking of Virginia Tech at home on Wednesday. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-NC State Press Conference

North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams speaks to the media Friday prior to the Tar Heels' game against the NC State Wolfpack on Saturday. View Video...

Theo Pinson Set to Return vs. N.C. State

For the first time this season, No. 14 North Carolina will be at full strength when it plays N.C. State on Saturday. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Friday that junior wing Theo Pinson will make his return Saturday after missing the first two months of the season with a broken bone in his foot. “Unless he screws it up at practice today, he’ll play tomorrow.” (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: Joel Berry Pre-NC State Press Conference

North Carolina point guard Joel Berry speaks to the media prior to the Tar Heels' game Saturday against the NC State Wolfpack. View Video...

UNC’s Top (and Bottom) Performances vs. NC State

Pending any winter-weather catastrophes in the Triangle, North Carolina and NC State are slated to renew their rivalry on Saturday in a prime-time 8pm showdown. And, frankly, ever since Roy Williams’ return to Chapel Hill before the 2003-04 season, calling it a “rivalry” is probably polite to the ‘Pack. UNC has won 25 of its 28 match-ups during that time frame. (The Secondary Break)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Eric Church

Recap the overtime basketball win at Clemson, break down the overall hoops strength of the Atlantic Coast Conference this season and visit with country music star and UNC superfan Eric Church in the latest Carolina Insider podcast. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Jones Angell and Adam Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Isaiah Hicks has jersey retired at his high school, J.F. Webb

Isaiah Hicks is a hero on the way to becoming a legend in his hometown. But unfortunately for his high school alma mater, the senior forward at North Carolina wasn’t much of a good-luck charm for J.F. Webb’s basketball teams on Wednesday night. On a night when Hicks’ No. 4 jersey was retired, the Warriors were on the wrong end of a sweep from Warren County. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Barn Burner Inside

UNC will beat State tomorrow night for two good reasons. As long as the weather cooperates, the Tar Heels host the Wolfpack in the earliest meeting for the old rivals since 2006. Usually the home and home starts in mid-to-late January, sometimes in February. So with UNC 13-3 and State 12-3 and both teams 1-1 in the ACC, this figures to be a pretty close game. (Chapelboro.com)

Harrison Barnes' rise to stardom this season for Mavs has him reaching new heights as a playmaker

For most people, changing this much in one year requires enrollment in the witness protection program. For Harrison Barnes, all it's taken is a huge commitment from the Mavericks and himself. And the changes keep coming. In the two recent Maverick wins, Barnes has averaged eight rebounds and 4.5 assists. (Dallas Morning News)

Four Factor Friday: Conference Concerns

North Carolina is 1-1 in the ACC hosts NC State Saturday. In what might end up being the worst ACC loss under Roy Williams, Georgia Tech beat the Tar Heels by 12 in the league opener. Carolina followed that up with a fever-dream performance, escaping Clemson with an impressive 89-86 overtime win on the road. So what’s there to be concerned about? (The Secondary Break)

Jerry Stackhouse named D-League Coach of the Month

It’s just been announced today that Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse was named the NBA D-League Coach of the Month for December. The stats don’t lie. Stackhouse, a first-time head coach, has kept his team on the up-and-up, even as the roster’s main assignees (Fred VanVleet, Bruno Caboclo, and Jakob Poeltl) have found themselves in and out of the 905 quite a bit. (Raptors HQ)

Kennedy Meeks' Recent Play A Positive For The Heels

While UNC’s turnover and defensive problems have been an issue over the last three games, senior big man Kennedy Meeks’ play hasn’t been an area of concern. Meeks has returned to his ways when double-doubles were more the norm and he was a presence in the paint, especially tearing it up on the offensive glass. It’s come at a pretty good time, too. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

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

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Virginia Tech82
at Clemson81
Allen (Virginia Tech) 17 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 20 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina6-118-3
(10) Florida State6-118-2
(15) Notre Dame6-117-3
(16) Virginia5-215-3
(12) Louisville4-316-4
Virginia Tech4-315-4
(18) Duke3-315-4
Wake Forest3-412-7
Georgia Tech3-411-8
Boston College2-59-11
NC State2-513-7

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