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At 38, Vince Carter Drifts to the 3-Point Line and Reinvents Himself

If Vince Carter is self-conscious about going gray at 38, it is one of the rare instances in which he has fought the slow toll of time. As a basketball player, he has embraced his old age, adapting his game and tailoring his approach as his career marches on. Gone are the fierce drives and skyscraping dunks (for the most part), replaced by jumpers along the 3-point arc. (New York Times)

Justin Jackson Confirms He Will Return For Sophomore Season

Justin Jackson will return to UNC for his sophomore season, he announced on Wednesday. The family confirmed the news to Inside Carolina. The 6-8, 193-pound Texas native averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists and earned a spot on the ACC's All-Freshman Team. He started 37 games, tied for most by a freshman under Roy Williams in Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)

Top NCAA football-basketball coaching combos

5. Dean Smith and Mack Brown; School: North Carolina; Overlap: 1988-97; Smith coached Michael Jordan on the court and fought for racial equality off of it. Albeit in Smith's shadow, Brown turned UNC's football fortunes around and then solidified his inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame with his run at Texas. Brown and Smith both departed their posts at UNC within two months of each other. (ESPN.com)

Dean Smith's parting gifts to North Carolina players should have never been considered a violation

Fans and media have become so accustomed to scandal and corruption at this level of athletics that even a gesture as seemingly harmless as this, one that represents the best of sports and the relationships it fosters, is immediately flagged as a potential violation. It shows a level of cynicism in college sports that somewhat necessary at this point, but still disappointing. (PennLive.com)

UNC Basketball Next Season: The Roster

UNC's 2014-15 season is over so we set our sights on next season starting with the roster. One of the little talked about aspects regarding UNC in 2014-15 was the fact this was actually a young team, especially in regards to the players who were key factors in the team's success. According to KenPom UNC was 289th in experience. (Tar Heel Blog)

Kenny Smith stays cool in new reality series

On Friday, Kenny Smith and clan dip into the reality pool with the debut of “Meet the Smiths,” (9 p.m., TBS) which focuses on the family’s dynamic. Smith’s fans will enjoy getting to know him better; those from a later generation will wonder what the cameras are doing there. Kenny Smith is steady as a maypole as his family life-dances all around him in their California home. (Charlotte Observer)

Raymond Felton 'a true pro' in trying season

The minutes have been few and far between for Raymond Felton, but he has earned the respect of his teammates this season. A lot of 10-year veterans with the pedigree of Felton, a former fifth overall pick who has been a starter virtually his whole career, would have responded to riding the pine on a regular basis by pouting. Felton just kept putting in work, preparing in case the Dallas Mavericks needed him. (ESPN.com)

Roy Williams Adding “Fuel” To 2016 Final Four Push

The North Carolina men’s basketball team couldn’t progress past the Sweet Sixteen in an up-and-down season that ultimately ended short of its hopeful final destination – Indianapolis for the Final Four. But with nearly every key player likely to return for next season, optimism reigns here in Chapel Hill. (Chapelboro.com)

ESPN.com Top 20 Athletes 1995-2015

ESPN.com celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. We'll be highlighting some of the top teams, athletes and moments that characterized greatness in sports from 1995 to 2015. Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods -- which athletes defined the pinnacle of sports over the past two decades? Our staff chose the following athletes as the best of the best. (ESPN.com)

Season in review: Marcus Paige

Year three saw a decrease in Marcus Paige's scoring average and a general struggle to score and play at the standard he established during his excellent sophomore season. Much of this can be attributed to a lingering plantar fasciitis injury. Before the ACC Tournament, Paige said he was finally 100% healthy. Consequently, his play and scoring returned to its normal high level. (Carolina Blue)

A tribute in black and white

The recent passing of Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith hit groundskeeper Lance Long hard. He had always admired Smith not just as a coach, but also as a man. Then, only a few days later, three Muslim students were slain in Chapel Hill, and he grieved for them, too, as he had for Student Body President Eve Carson when she was murdered in 2008. (University Gazette)

Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

Roy Williams on losing to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16: "In the locker room, the most difficult time as the coach is what to say to the kids in the last game after you lose. I tell them I feel so inadequate because there is nothing I can say to erase what just happened. There is nothing I can say to make it go away. It’s not like golf; you don’t get a mulligan. That is a very difficult time." (Inside Carolina)

Wayne Ellington missed his late father while helping Lakers beat 76ers

Wayne Ellington used to look into the crowd when he played an occasional road game here. His father would always be in attendance. Always. But Wayne Ellington Sr. wasn't there Monday, a sad fact of life still being grasped by his son. Ellington Sr. was shot and killed while sitting in a car last November in Philadelphia. (Los Angeles Times)

Basketball (after golf) with His Airness, Tom Brady...and Keegan Bradley?

What happens when Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and PGA Champion Keegan Bradley end up in the Bahamas together? They play a little pickup hoops – after they had played a round of golf. Apparently, Bradley tested the waters, telling Scott Van Pelt on “SVP and Russillo” that he asked Luke Donald about going to shoot some hoops, hoping Jordan would take the bait. He did. And so we have this clip: (Pinehurst Resort)

Roy Williams Not Expecting Any NBA Jumps

Roy Williams told his radio show audience on Monday night that he expects his roster to remain intact for the 2015-16 season. “I do think everybody’s coming back, but I’ve been surprised before,” Williams said. All ten Tar Heels that played in last Thursday’s Sweet 16 loss to No. 1 seed Wisconsin have eligibility remaining and no one on the roster is projected as a first-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. (Inside Carolina)

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
TeamACCOverall
(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
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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