Carolina To Host Duke Saturday NightNorth Carolina will play its final regular season game of 2014-15 and host Duke for senior night on Saturday in the Smith Center. ESPN will televise the game nationally. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake will call the action. Tipoff is set for just after 9 p.m. ESPN’s College Gameday program will originate from the Smith Center for its 10 a.m.-noon pregame show. (GoHeels.com)
Kennedy Meeks knows much will be required of him versus DukeOne verse, and one verse only. Luke 12:48. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required. It’s Kennedy Meeks’ absolute favorite. It always has been. Depending on which version of the Bible is nearby, the words of the passage shift ever so slightly. (Daily Tar Heel)
Roy Williams not worried about letdown against DukeNext up for UNC after blowing out Georgia Tech are the guys from down the road whose blue has a royal hue. “We’re playing Duke,” Roy Williams said. “It’s the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball. If we get beat, it won’t be because of letdown.” It'll be the last game of the regular season for both Duke, ranked No. 3, and No. 19 UNC. Tip time in the Dean Dome is 9 p.m. ESPN will show it. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Tokoto remembers Rockford roots while preparing for DukeNorth Carolina ends the regular season Saturday night against Duke, and Rockford (IL) native J.P. Tokoto will have some special visitors in Chapel Hill for the game. His grandparents are making the trip from Rockford for the big showdown. J.P. Tokoto spent the early years of his life in Rockford prior to moving to Wisconsin before middle school. He still has fond memories of his time in the Forest City. (WREX.com)
Scott Cherry recalls mentor Dean SmithTournament time is the most popular part of college basketball season. When the lights are the brightest it can seem like every shot is life or death. Scott Cherry learned a long time ago that’s not the case. Cherry, a Ballston Spa native who graduated from Saratoga Catholic in 1989, recently reflected on his time playing basketball at UNC and the lessons he learned from his former coach Dean Smith. (The Saratogian)
Man busted for selling fake Duke/UNC tickets at Salisbury Waffle HouseA Charlotte man is under arrest in Salisbury, accused of trying to sell counterfeit tickets to the Duke/UNC basketball game. Salisbury Police say they got a contact from police in Carrboro that Chancy Withro Sherrill, III, 52, of Booker Avenue in Charlotte, was advertising the tickets on the Craigslist web site. (WBTV)
This Day in Carolina History: Tar Heels Destroy Duke in 2011 (video)With Marshall at the helm, this was a new Carolina team, but it still had something to prove. The team fell just short to Duke in February when Duke made a spectacular second-half comeback to thwart the Heels. Carolina would get its second chance on March 5, in the first ever primetime regular season game in CBS history. The world would be watching, and the Tar Heels put on a memorable show. (Tar Heel Depot)
Marcus Paige Wins Skip Prosser AwardUNC’s Marcus Paige, a two-time second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection and the recipient of the 2015 Skip Prosser Award, headlines the annual All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC-Duke Round Two PreviewPart two of the best rivalry in college basketball is here. North Carolina hosts Duke in the rematch of an instant classic from earlier this year. Get hyped for the game as we take a look at the epic players and games in this Tobacco Road tilt.
Wheelchair basketball changes perspectives for UNC basketball playersThe disability subcommittee of Best Buddies — a group that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — organized a four-hour pickup wheelchair basketball game to raise awareness about disabilities on campus. The substitutes for the game included UNC basketball players Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson and Sasha Seymore. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC's ACC Seeding Scenario Has Been SimplifiedUNC is tied for fourth with Louisville with each team holding an 11-6 record in league play. For seeding purposes, UNC's game versus Duke is inconsequential. What does matter is whether Louisville beats Virginia or not in the game set tip at 6:30 PM just prior to UNC-Duke's 9 PM start. If Louisville wins and UNC beats Duke, Louisville wins the tiebreaker based on having gone 1-0 versus Virginia. (Tar Heel Blog)
Sportswrap Vault: 1981, Dean Smith vs. Lefty Driesell (video)With the recent passing of legendary basketball coach Dean Smith, we felt this was a good time to dig into the vault and look for some stories on coach Smith. This report is from the 1981 ACC Tournament in Landover, MD. Smith and his Carolina Tar Heels defeated Lefty Driesell and his Maryland Terrapins to win the championship. (WAVY)
Michael Jordan: The Everywhere ManFormer Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan was named to the Forbes' billionaire list this week. In honor of the announcement, SI.com republished Jack McCallum's 1991 Sportsman of the Year essay on Jordan that originally appeared in an SI commemorative issue on Dec. 23, 1991. (NBA.com)
Video: Celtics' Tyler Zeller makes spinning game-winning buzzer-beater against JazzThe Jazz used the enormous Rudy Gobert to contest Marcus Smart‘s inbound, leaving the paint just open enough – with a recovering Gobert – for Tyler Zeller to find an opening. Credit Smart for making that tough pass, too.
North Carolina-Duke: Classic SI PhotosConsidered one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports, two schools separated by eight miles and two shades of blue, the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils men's basketball teams usually rank amongst the nation’s best when they meet. Here are some classic SI photos of the rivalry over the years. (Sports Illustrated)
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