Inside Brice Johnson's improvement for UNCBrice Johnson has turned in three straight double-doubles and one historically good performance for the Tar Heels — three games into ACC play. He’s a candidate for ACC and national player of the year after the first third of the college basketball season. But Johnson’s past is marked by wild and inconsistent swings from centerpiece to liability. (Greensboro News & Record)
Hicks hysteriaFour days after UNC’s 84-73 win over Syracuse, the tweets and articles about forward Isaiah Hicks keep coming — as they should. The junior put the squeeze on the Orange Saturday, tying his career high with 21 points and setting a new rebounding high with eight. Amidst the Hicks hysteria, some fans have called for the forward to be moved into the starting lineup. (Daily Tar Heel)
Harrison Barnes close to rejoining Warriors starting lineupHarrison Barnes returned Jan. 4 after missing 16 games with a high ankle sprain sustained on Nov. 27. But he’s coming off the bench now, while the teammate that replaced him in the starting lineup, Brandon Rush, continues to start. Barnes has played in each of the past five games, though, with his minutes incrementally rising from 20 on Jan. 4 to 27 Monday night against Miami. (CSN Bay Area)
Marcus Paige Gets AggressiveBefore the season started, Roy Williams asked his star point guard Marcus Paige to be more aggressive and not rely as much on the three point shot. “When we meet with all of our players in the spring and decide two or three things we want them to work on, I wanted Marcus to work on taking the ball to the basket and see if he could get to the free throw line more often,” Williams said. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Michael Jordan "Rocks the Cradle" Against Maryland (January 12, 1984 )UNC's Michael Jordan comes up with the steal then "rocks the cradle" before slamming home this legendary dunk in a 74-62 win at Maryland on January 12, 1984.
Roy Williams Live: Recruiting In-SeasonRoy Williams provided some details on his recruiting travels and plans with host Jones Angell during his weekly radio show at Top of the Hill restaurant on Monday. His first priority has been keeping in touch with his most recent signees – forward Tony Bradley and guards Seventh Woods and Brandon Robinson. “I’ve seen all of them already since they’ve signed." (Inside Carolina)
Antawn Jamison named to 2016 NC Sports Hall of Fame classAntawn Jamison, a former All-American for the North Carolina Tar Heels, will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. As a Tar Heel, Jamison went to two Final Fours. He was named the National Player of the Year in 1998 and was a consensus first-team. In the NBA, Jamison made two All-Star teams in his 16-season career. He retired in 2014. (Chapelboro.com)
Brice Johnson is the player North Carolina wants every recruit to beRoy Williams will be the first to tell you he's spent four years riding Brice Johnson, pushing North Carolina's senior big man to be stronger, to play smarter, to fulfill the potential he saw in him as a skinny but relentless four-star recruit in the class of 2012. Halfway through his final season of college basketball, there's no question it's happening. (SB Nation)
Sizing up the start of ACC playThe first two weeks of ACC play have certainly been entertaining and unpredictable. With rule enforcement designed to help offenses throughout the country, the ACC is capitalizing better than any other league. According to Ken Pomeroy's statistical database, the nation's top five teams in offensive efficiency are North Carolina, Duke, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Virginia. (Fayetteville Observer)
Vince Carter: Still Got ItVince Carter is 38-years-old. With the possibility of one very notable exception, Vince is the best dunker in UNC basketball history. But, Vince Carter is 38-years-old. When the former Tar Heel and current member of the Memphis Grizzlies elevates, everybody in the crowd still anticipates something amazing. On Sunday, Vince Carter delivered. (Chapelboro.com)
Brice Johnson Named ACC Player of the WeekNorth Carolina senior Brice Johnson has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season. Johnson scored 55 points and had 27 rebounds, nine assists, four blocks and five steals in road wins at Florida State and Syracuse. He was 21-of-27 from the floor (.778) and 13-of-19 from the foul line. (The ACC)
Tale of Two LineupsSome interesting efficiency numbers tweeted out by analytics aficionado Adrian Atkinson regarding the use of Kennedy Meeks versus Isaiah Hicks. If we could amend the rules of basketball to permit Meeks and Hicks to freely sub in and out, the Tar Heels would be golden. With Meeks on the floor, UNC is still a good offensive team but when it's Hicks, it goes off the charts. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Syracuse Press ConferenceRoy Williams speaks to the media after the Tar Heels pulled out an 84-73 win at Syracuse. UNC is 4-0 in conference play for the first time under coach Williams.
UNC Moves Up To No. 5 In College Basketball PollsRanked No. 6/7 last week, UNC has moved into the top five of both national polls this week (released on Monday January 11). The Tar Heels moved up one spot from No. 6 to No. 5 in the Associated Press poll while jumping two slots from No. 7 to No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Tar Heels will host NC State on Saturday at noon in the Smith Center. (GoHeels.com)
Dickie V's weekly awards: Brice Johnson puts on a showCollege Basketball Co-Player of the week: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Sooners; Brice Johnson, North Carolina Tar Heels. Johnson had 39 points and 23 rebounds at Florida State. Hield had 46 points for an Allen Fieldhouse record for an opponent. Then he put up 31 against Kansas State. (ESPN.com)
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