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Isaiah Hicks grades monster dunk modestly

Just when it looked like it would be a routine dismantling of an opponent in the second half of a game last week for nationally ranked North Carolina, Isaiah Hicks brought some noise. It came with a thunderous dunk that gave the Tar Heels’ 85-42 trouncing of Northern Iowa a signature highlight from the Smith Center. “It was executing what they gave us,” Hicks said. (Burlington Times News)

More on 3-Point Shooting: The ’09 Heels vs. The Current Heels

Earlier today, I posted some data on the 3-point shooting tendencies of the 2016-17 Tar Heels. Writing that article got me to thinking about the 2008-09 national championship Heels (mainly how they compared as a transition 3-point-shooting team) so, after doing a little digging through my old stats, I decided to share my findings. (The Secondary Break)

Joel Berry Looks Ahead

The Holidays are a busy time for people. The Carolina basketball team is no different. With six games between finals and the start of the spring semester, the Heels do not get much time off. But Joel Berry says the short time they are given can be very beneficial. (Carolina Blue)

Jerry Stackhouse says “dream job” is UNC

North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams is still a few years removed from retiring as the coach. Many have speculated who will replace Williams when that time comes as UNC usually likes to keep it in the family. One former player is already throwing his name into the ring. Former UNC star Jerry Stackhouse was at the Dean Dome with the Raptors 905, Toronto’s D-League affiliate. (Keeping It Heel)

UNC Drops to No. 9 in AP Men’s Basketball Top 25

Despite winning its only game this past week–a blowout of Northern Iowa–the North Carolina men’s basketball team fell one spot in the latest AP Top 25. In the new poll released on Monday the Tar Heels found themselves at No. 9, which is the lowest they’ve been ranked so far this season. Louisville jumped from No. 10 to No. 6 after its win over now No. 8 Kentucky. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Basketball Shooting Its Way to the Top

Through the first 13 games, UNC is knocking down an impressive 38% of its 3-pointers. The Tar Heels are also making nearly a quarter more 3s per game than last year, up to 6.9 so far. The improvement has been spurred by returning players getting better: the quartet of Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Kenny Williams, and Luke Maye has made 41% this year. (The Secondary Break)

Why Michael Jordan Still Dominates The Basketball Shoe Market

Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has not played in the NBA since 2003. But the billionarie's basketball shoes are still the industry's biggest sellers and the main reason why Nike has 90% of the U.S. basketball shoe market. (Forbes)

For Monmouth's King Rice, emotions may play a role at UNC

This is not the first time King Rice will take his team to UNC (Wed., 7 PM, ESPNU), and it probably won't be the last. A generation ago, Rice patrolled Dean Smith's backcourt, helping push the 1991 Tar Heels to the Final Four. On New Year's Day 2012, Rice took his first Monmouth team to the Smith Center, complete with then-assistants Brian Reese and Derrick Phelps. (Asbury Park Press)

North Carolina's report card: Tar Heels, to this point, grade out as projected

The Tar Heels were sixth in the preseason AP poll. Now they're ranked eighth. So UNC is about what it was supposed to be, which is to say a top-10 team with a chance to win the ACC and maybe return to the Final Four and secure the program's sixth NCAA Tournament title. Every bit of that is just as realistic today as it was in the preseason. It's all still possible. (CBS Sports)

Dirk Nowitzki has funny quote about Harrison Barnes’ game-winner vs. Clippers

Dirk Nowitzki is no longer the Dallas Mavericks’ go-to guy in the clutch, but at least he has a good sense of humor about it. After Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes hit the game-winner against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, Nowitzki playfully jabbed Barnes for hijacking all the plays the Mavs have been running for him over the years. (Larry Brown Sports)

Ty Lawson’s renewed aggressiveness shows he’s more than a backup for Kings

Ty Lawson is not a backup. True, he does not start for the Kings, but coach Dave Joerger believes the veteran point guard could play extended minutes any night and help the Kings win, and Lawson has done that the past two games. Lawson made up his mind: Coming off the bench won’t hurt his game. (Sacramento Bee)

Jackson, Berry, Williams power improved perimeter shooting for UNC

This year, the Tar Heels are shooting a collective 37.8 percent from three-point land — an improvement of more than five percentage points from last season. After making just 224 three-point attempts in 40 games in 2015-16, UNC is on pace to easily exceed that total this year. So far, the Heels have knocked down 90 shots from long range in 13 outings. (ACC Sports Journal)

Droppin’ Dimes for the Holidays

Hope your holidays are as cool as Ed Cota lounging by the scorer’s table at Cameron Indoor Stadium waiting to check in to once again terrorize Wojo. Speaking of Cota, who delivered assists like Santa Claus delivers presents, let’s proceed with a generous holiday helping of passing stats for the 2016-17 Tar Heels. (The Secondary Break)

Monmouth, UNC will both look to play fast

Monmouth's next opponent, seventh-ranked North Carolina, averages that same number of possessions, but is getting more out of them, ranking in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense and adjusted offense (points per 100 possessions). When these two teams get together on Wednesday at the Dean Smith Center (7 p.m., ESPNU), it will be a matchup of similar styles. (Asbury Park Press)

Isaiah Hicks, teammates react to his dunk

Isaiah Hicks second half slam over a Northern Iowa defender displayed the explosiveness we haven't seen from the starting senior power forward this season. The emphatic dunk AND the subsequent stare down was some edge, aggressiveness, and emotion rarely seen from the modest and quite Hicks. (Carolina Blue)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 87
Clemson: 79
Tue, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Jan 20, 2:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27, 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#20 Clemson79
at #15 UNC87
Reed (Clemson) 21 pts; Pinson (UNC) 12 pts;
at Notre Dame78
Spalding (Louisville) 23 pts; Geben (Notre Dame) 22 pts;
at Syracuse59
Stewart (Pitt) 23 pts; Howard (Syracuse) 18 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia5-015-1
(5) Duke4-216-2
(20) Clemson4-215-3
(15) North Carolina4-215-4
Georgia Tech3-110-7
Boston College3-314-6
Notre Dame3-313-6
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-312-5
NC State2-312-6
Florida State2-413-5
Wake Forest1-48-9

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