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Killer mindset may have kept UNC from Final Four

All of the coaches here in the Final Four have killers. North Carolina coach Roy Williams? Not so much. “I think we have it in us,” UNC forward Kennedy Meeks said. “I don't know if I can say, like, we have that killer. I don't think we do,” UNC freshman Joel Berry II said. And that may have had something to do with why the Tar Heels, with their talent and size, weren't able to advance from Sweet 16. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Kenny Smith says Dean Smith's check 'is going in a frame' (video)

When former North Carolina coach Dean Smith left every player who earned a varsity letter under him $200 in his will, everyone wanted to know what the players would do with the money. Former Tar Heels star Kenny Smith was a guest on SI Now Wednesday and revealed what he plans to do with his check. (Sports Illustrated)

Oldest living Carolina athlete to lead Walk for Health

It’s a reasonably simple task to find Bob Gersten. If the 94-year-old isn’t at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, he’s probably playing a round at Finley Golf Club. That is, of course, unless its raining. Then he’ll be heading to the movies. No matter where he is, Gersten’s goal is to stay as active as he was when he first competed in Chapel Hill as a baseball and basketball player more than half a century ago. (UNC.edu)

Video: Harrison Barnes Sinks Game-Winner with 0.4 Seconds vs. Suns

Golden State forward Harrison Barnes takes the ball to the rack and stays with the play to get the buzzer-beater to fall, as the Warriors knock off the Phoenix Suns 107-106 on Thursday. View Video...

Tyler Zeller coming up big for Celtics

With the way 25-year-old Tyler Zeller’s game has developed rapidly under the coaching of 3-point enthusiast Brad Stevens this season, the next frontier may not be all that far-fetched for a player who has regained all of the promise in Boston that made him the 17th overall pick out of North Carolina in the 2012 NBA Draft. (Milford Daily News)

UNC Basketball Next Season: The Offense

Looking towards next season, one key will be the offense finding game-to-game consistency and also raising the overall range in which UNC operates. The key to that could be the play of the backcourt, particularly Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson and Joel Berry. In breaking down UNC's season, their final nine contests are separated out as the "Marcus Paige is healthy" portion of the season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lakers’ Wayne Ellington out for the season with shoulder injury

Lakers guard Wayne Ellington, who was injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, had an MRI exam which confirmed a grade 1 shoulder separation. Ellington will miss the remainder of the season. In 65 games (36 starts) this season, Ellington averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals in 25.8 minutes per game. (Los Angeles Lakers)

Harrison Barnes: The Size of the Moment

Harrison Barnes: "For as long as I could remember, I’ve wanted to play basketball at the University of North Carolina. Funny thing is, there was a long period of time when I wasn’t sure how much they wanted me. Becoming a Tar Heel seemed like destiny in some senses. My mother chose ‘Jordan’ as my middle name, as a nod to her favorite basketball player." (The Players' Tribune)

Ranking College Basketball's National Champions since 1985

5. 2009 North Carolina: Led by national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, North Carolina was a dominant team for most of the season but especially in the postseason. The Heels’ 72-60 win over Blake Griffin and Oklahoma was their closest game in the NCAA Tournament. 7. 2005 North Carolina. 15. 1993 North Carolina. (Athlon Sports)

Video: At the Bar with UNC and Duke

We all know about the UNC-Duke rivalry, but which fan base has a better time watching their team play? VICE Sports took the trip down to Tobacco Road for the rivalry game and spent the first half with UNC fans and the second half with Duke fans to see the watering holes, the traditions and the fans that make this rivalry great. (VICE Sports)

UNC's 2005 Championship Run Revisited

A full decade has passed, but the memories, moments and camaraderie forged during the 2004-05 North Carolina national championship season remain for members of the team. Inside Carolina spoke this week with three members of the team – Sean May, Jawad Williams and Damion Grant – about the historic season. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams breaks down Kentucky-Wisconsin

Roy Williams thinks Frank Kaminsky can pull Kentucky's talented big men away from the basket, exposing vulnerability in the paint. He estimates Wisconsin won't be able to stay in front of Tyler Ulis on the other end. Williams figures it will be "an unbelievable game," but ultimately predicts the undefeated Wildcats will remain as such after they square off with the Badgers in a Final Four rematch on Saturday. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

One Last Gift From Coach Smith

Sam Perkins: "I got back in town this week and saw the $200 check from Coach Dean Smith in the mail. Actually, I’m looking at it as I write this. When I first saw it, I was shocked that he left something to all of us in his will. You can’t find another coach who has done that for his players. He didn’t do it for notoriety or anything. That’s just how he was. When I saw it, I took a moment of silence because I have so much admiration for him." (Sam Perkins Blog)

Season in review: Brice Johnson

In his junior season, Brice Johnson became more of the reliable scoring threat that UNC needed. In a full starting role, Johnson was the Tar Heels' go-to post player who was able to score down low and hit the the mid range jumper. Despite head coach Roy Williams continued plea for Johnson to become more consistent, Johnson flourished as scorer and player at an All-ACC First Team level. (Carolina Blue)

Danny Green, Spurs finding rhythm

San Antonio is where Danny Green went to become an NBA star, and if all goes to plan, he intends on staying with the Spurs. Green said Tuesday before the Spurs’ match against the Miami Heat that he hopes to remain in San Antonio following this season, the final year with his three-year, $11.28 million contract. But the former Tar Heel acknowledged there’s plenty of uncertainty with these Spurs, the reigning NBA champions. (Charlotte Observer)

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, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

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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