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Improved footwork could be key to breakout season for Harrison Barnes

Hoping to tap into Harrison Barnes’ full potential this season, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle plans to work on making adjustments to the 24-year-old budding star’s footwork in order for him to emerge as a top offensive option. The coach began working with Barnes on improving his footwork before the versatile forward left for the Rio Olympic Games with Team USA. (Dallas Mavericks)

Michael Jordan pledges $5 million to African-American museum

Michael Jordan has made another major donation, pledging $5 million to the Smithsonian's new African-American history museum on the National Mall. Officials at the National Museum of African American History and Culture announced the gift from the basketball great Monday. In recognition of the gift, the museum will name a section of its sports gallery after Jordan. (Associated Press)

U.S. Men's Basketball Tops Venezuela, 113-69

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, which found itself tied with Venezuela at 18-18 after the first quarter, blew the game open with a 24-4 second-quarter run that propelled it to a 113-69 win on Monday evening at Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro. UNC product Harrison Barnes had four points and two rebounds in seven minutes off the bench. (GoHeels.com)

Wayne Ellington Hosts Inaugural Philadelphia Peace Games

For Miami Heat guard, and former UNC standout, Wayne Ellington, life was turned upside down on Nov. 9, 2014. His father, was shot to death in his car in the Ellingtons’ hometown of Philadelphia. In response, the younger Ellington has become an advocate for gun safety–even taking home the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. (Chapelboro.com)

ACC/Big Ten Challenge dates, times, networks announced

ESPN announced Monday the dates, times and channels of all games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Duke’s showdown with Michigan State in Cameron Indoor Stadium will be on Nov. 29th — a Tuesday — in a 9:30 p.m. tip on ESPN. UNC’s Sweet 16 rematch with Indiana in Bloomington will be at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN the following night, Nov. 30th. (NBC Sports)

Lucas: These Scrimmages Were A Dream

Eric Montross, who had just finished his sophomore season at UNC, was selected along with seven other college players to the USA Developmental Team. The task was simple: travel to La Jolla, California, and scrimmage against the Dream Team in June of 1992 to prepare them for Olympic competition. In a 20-minute session, the collegians took a 62-54 victory. (GoHeels.com)

UNC’s Olympic Firsts

Athletes and coaches from UNC have participated in most summer Olympic games since 1936. UNC’s first Olympian was Harry Williamson, who ran the 800 meters at the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin. The first UNC alumnus to win a gold medal was a basketball player. A former UNC star did not win an individual gold medal until the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. (UNC.edu)

USA Men's Basketball Opens With Blowout Win Over China

Taking on China, a team it twice had beaten in exhibition play in recent weeks, the U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team recorded an easy, 119-62 victory in its first game on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Former UNC star Harrison Barnes pitched in eight points and four rebounds for the USA off the bench. Barnes hit 4 of 5 shot attempts and added an assist and a steal. (GoHeels.com)

The craziest summer of Harrison Barnes’ life sets up Olympic trip

In the midst of the most important summer of his life, Harrison Barnes, as usual, seems entirely at ease and in control. Nothing, ever, has really seemed to shake him, and not even the most tumultuous, rewarding, disappointing and satisfying months of his career would seem to knock him off kilter. “That’s just his personality,” his mother, Shirley Barnes, said. (Ames Tribune)

New Mav Harrison Barnes documents his entrance to Olympic opening ceremony

New Dallas Mavericks small forward Harrison Barnes was in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night. No big occasion or anything, it was just the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games. This is Barnes' first time at the Olympics and he was sure to document his entrance in the Parade of Nations. (Dallas Morning News)

Wayne Ellington to host Philadelphia Peace Games

Former UNC star Wayne Ellington, who now plays for the Miami Heat, and Connor Sports will host the first Philadelphia Peace Games. The event aims to bring at-risk youth and young adults together while emphasizing gun violence prevention and advocacy. The games will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 and will include a basketball tournament open to the public. (Philadelphia Tribune)

Valuing Vince: What is Carter’s Future with the Memphis Grizzlies?

For the 39 year old Vince Carter, though? Father Time is probably knocking at the door. It is hard to envision a scenario under which this isn’t Vince Carter’s last NBA season. He has had health issues himself in recent years, and he clearly is not even the player who was a Sixth Man of the Year candidate in Dallas for the Mavericks, much less the high-flying Vinsanity of yesteryear. (Grizzly Bear Blues)

Is a freshman superstar all that UNC basketball is missing?

UNC has a few exciting freshmen who will probably become very good Tar Heels in the next two or three years. There’s the growing sense that Roy Williams’ solid yet not spectacular recruiting has begun to hold UNC back from contending for championships every year. Is the lack of impact freshman really what’s keeping the Tar Heels out of title contention year after year? (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC basketball freshman preview: Seventh Woods

Basketball is still 96 days away to be exact, and there are some fresh faces in the UNC program that everyone should get to know. So we thought we’d familiarize everyone with the three newest players to the Tar Heel family. This week we introduce someone who may not need an introduction at all: Freshman shooting guard, Seventh Woods. (Tar Heel Blog)

Recounting UNC’s Olympic gold medal history

North Carolina has had plenty of sporting success over the years. In addition to the many teams that have won national championships, UNC has sent dozens of athletes to the Olympics. Several of them have came away with gold medals. In all, Tar Heel athletes have won 35 gold medals. In 2016, 17 former UNC athletes have a chance to add to that total. (Tar Heel Blog)

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, 4:00 ET ESPN2 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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