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UNC To Host Maryland for ACC/Big10 Challenge

North Carolina and Maryland will get reacquainted this coming basketball season. The two programs are scheduled to meet in Chapel Hill for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, sources confirm. Both are projected as Top 5 programs in 2015-16 and are preseason media favorites to win their respective conferences. The Tar Heels and Terps have played each other 179 times - with UNC posting a 122-57 advantage. (Inside Carolina)

Bill Guthridge Photo Gallery

Bill Guthridge was Dean Smith assistant coach for 30 years and the Tar Heel head coach for three seasons from 1998-2000. He earned national coach-of-the-year honors after the 1997-98 season, his first as the UNC head coach. (GoHeels.com)

Bill Guthridge Passes At Age 77

Former UNC men’s basketball coach Bill Guthridge passed away last evening (May 12). He was 77 years old. Guthridge led the Tar Heels to two Final Fours in three years as head coach and was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1998. He won more games than any college head coach in history after two seasons and tied Everett Case for most coaching victories after three years. (GoHeels.com)

Witty Guthridge cherished his 'Tonto' role

Bill Guthridge turned down a lot of head coaching job offers to play Tonto to Dean Smith’s Lone Ranger on the UNC basketball bench. Well, that’s not entirely true because in the most technical sense, Guthridge accepted at least one of those offers. It was from Penn State in 1978. Joe Paterno spent several days wooing Guthridge to accept the job that had been vacated by Johnny Bach. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Former UNC head coach, longtime Dean Smith assistant Bill Guthridge dies

Former UNC basketball head coach and longtime assistant Bill Guthridge passed away on Tuesday night. UNC confirmed the news on Wednesday. Guthridge served as Dean Smith’s assistant for 30 years before replacing his mentor in 1998. As UNC’s head coach, Guthridge earned consensus National Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and led the Tar Heels to two Final Fours in his three seasons. (Inside Carolina)

Warriors star Harrison Barnes showing plenty of punch against the Grizzlies

Harrison Barnes becomes something else in the postseason, something even better. The third-year forward, often criticized for being inconsistent, has been the Warriors' most reliable player in this series with the Grizzlies. His performance this postseason continues a trend of Barnes' game elevating along with the stakes. Playoff Barnes just might be invaluable to this franchise. (San Jose Mercury News)

Roy Williams writes letter to bullied fan with Asperger's syndrome

When Roy Williams heard Drew Summerlin's story, he knew he needed to reach out. Summerlin, 11, lives with Asperger's syndrome and was subjected to serious bullying by his peers in April. Upon catching wind of what happened to the young man with special needs, the North Carolina men's basketball coach sent Summerlin a signed note and an autographed team picture. (Sporting News)

NCAA should hasten UNC ruling

For crying out loud, Mark Emmert! As the president of the NCAA, man, have a soul and just prescribe the Tar Heels their medicine. Just go ahead and administer the punishment so the program can recover from the academics scandal that keeps sending the best players in the country everywhere but Chapel Hill. The NCAA's lag time is helping turn the Dean Dome into a hoops trailer park. (Durham Herald-Sun)

The value of Danny Green

All Danny Green has done in three-plus seasons as a regular starter is establish himself as one of the NBA’s premier “3-and-D” players, capable of spreading the floor with volume percentage shooting while preventing opponents from doing the same with quality perimeter defense. Green’s career 2.3 blocked shot percentage is among the best in history for a shooting guard. (San Antonio Express-News)

Photo: Ole Roy and the Ole Ball Coach

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge Charity Golf Tournament brought together some of the top college basketball and football coaches from around the country. One of the best pictures from the event captured a moment between North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams and South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier on the course. (Carolina Blue)

Photo: UNC graduate honors parents (and Dean Smith) at commencement

As is common at UNC's commencement, students hold up witty or unique signs. One sign seen among the graduates in the Kenan Stadium crowd gave a shoutout to Mom and Dad while referencing a certain legendary Tar Heel basketball coach who passed away this year. It was a fitting tribute to her parents, UNC, and Coach Dean Smith, who established pointing to the passer as away of honoring or showing gratitude for an assist. (Carolina Blue)

Preseason goals set, accomplished by Danny Green during season

After playing 81 of the 82 games this past season, Danny Green was able to fulfill his early preseason goal, as he indeed took more shot attempts in the paint than the previous season, his assist numbers rose, his pull-up jump shot attempts increased, and Green also shot the most free throws per game, than he ever has in his career. (Project Spurs)

Marvin Williams 2014-15 Season in Review

As a former UNC Tar Heel selected No. 2 overall by Atlanta in 2005, Marvin Williams never lost sight of the chance he’d been give by Charlotte – to return home, just as the Hornets name did, after so many years away. “It’s great to be back in North Carolina. It’s great to be playing for this organization and playing with some of my old teammates with a great coaching staff,” said Williams. (Charlotte Hornets)

Phoenix Suns Player Reviews: Brandan Wright

When Alex Len solidified the starting center spot in December, Phoenix needed another consistent rim protector to back him up. Enter Brandan Wright, one of the best in the business. The 6-10 journeyman used his length, vertical jump and timing to block more shots per 36 minutes than Andre Drummond, Nerlens Noel and Dwight Howard. (Phoenix Suns)

Way-too-early ACC basketball predictions: Familiar teams at top and bottom

North Carolina: Losing junior forward J.P. Tokoto was an unexpected hit, but the Tar Heels still came out in good shape thanks to the decisions of All-ACC performers Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson to return for the senior seasons. UNC was already being picked as the team to beat before landing sharpshooter Kenny Williams last week. That addition only makes a veteran team that much better. (Wilmington Star News)

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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