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Tar Heels Get An Assist from Tokoto

While Marcus Paige deserves every single one of his accolades, the title of best passer for Carolina is closer than you think, and the closest competition doesn’t come from another point guard, either. It comes from junior J.P. Tokoto, who has steadily improved over his career as a Tar Heel to become one of the team’s most dependable players with the ball in his hands. (GoHeels.com)

UNC basketball sets Indianapolis goal

It’s almost an unwritten rule among athletic teams: don’t talk about the postseason until it’s the postseason. But the UNC men’s basketball team isn’t paying attention to that. It’s only October, but the team is already discussing their end goal for the season: Indianapolis. The midwestern city is hosting the Final Four and National Championship, and this year, the Tar Heels want to be there. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels To Host NCCU In Opener

North Carolina, ranked sixth in both preseason national polls, will open the 2014-15 season on Friday against North Carolina Central. Roy Philpott and Fran Fraschilla will call the action for ESPNU. The tip is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. The NC Central campus is less than 15 miles from the Smith Center, but Friday’s game will be just the second meeting between UNC and NCCU on the hardwood. (GoHeels.com)

Preview & Prediction: #6 UNC vs NC Central

The fact UNC has played two exhibition games should help alleviate some of the opening game jitters, particularly for the freshmen. The caliber of competition was much lower than what UNC will face in this game but simply getting the experience out of the way should make the season opener easier. Prediction: UNC 90, NCCU 66 (Tar Heel Blog)

Carolina Rundown: November 14

Vince Carter had 11 points and four rebounds. Brandan Wright had 14 points and five rebounds. Harrison Barnes had 12 points. Da'Norris Searcy had three tackles in the Thursday night game. It looks like Eric Ebron will play this weekend. A recruiting coup for Carolina, as Jalen Dalton signed and will enroll in January. (GoHeels.com)

Plenty of options surface for Tar Heels on defense in hoops

UNC’s perimeter defense figures to be an asset, especially with the considerable size and length available at the wing positions. J.P. Tokoto and freshman Justin Jackson could form one of the stretchiest starting duos in the ACC. Throw in 6-6 freshman Theo Pinson, another athletic option off the bench, and the Tar Heels have a couple of long-armed types with which to clog passing lanes. (Burlington Times News)

UNC position series: Post players

North Carolina forward Brice Johnson and center Kennedy Meeks played so well together as an offensive frontcourt tandem in limited minutes last season that it was fair to wonder how would they do with an increased load. The answer comes this season as both are in the starting lineup and both will be key to establishing an inside presence for the Tar Heels. (ESPN.com)

A jump on the competition, Justin Jackson could soar early

“He’s a walking bucket,” forward Brice Johnson said. “He has a knack for the ball finding his hands,” coach Roy Williams said. “He’s a born scorer,” forward Isaiah Hicks said. “Whenever the ball hits his hands, the ball just ends up in the nets. It’s like, ‘Wow.’” That’s just a sampling of the praise Justin Jackson has generated before even playing an official game for the Tar Heels. (Burlington Times News)

Brice Johnson bulks up to take on starter’s role

During Brice Johnson’s freshman year, he had no interest in picking up the ‘Freshman 15.’ Since then, North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams has challenged Johnson to bulk up his lanky, 6-foot-9 frame. So now, the junior forward jumps at every chance he gets to eat a little extra. He’s 40 pounds heavier than his freshman self: 228 pounds and counting. (Daily Tar Heel)

Marcus Paige will have help carrying the load this season

Now as a junior, coming off of a breakout sophomore campaign that saw him average a team-high 17.5 points per game and rack up myriad awards, it’s Marcus Paige’s duty to pass this same message along to his teammates. Last season, it had to be all about him. Now that’s not the case. “I don’t think the team’s going to have to rely on me as much this year,” said the ACC’s Preseason Player of the Year. (Daily Tar Heel)

Isaiah Hicks ready to contribute

In UNC’s first two exhibition games, Isaiah Hicks has missed just one of his 14 shots en route to a combined 27 points. “He’s a lot more comfortable with his play than he was when he was beating himself up,” Brice Johnson said. His performances against Fayetteville State and Belmont Abbey haven’t clinched the sixth man spot yet. And while he likely will, his coach isn’t ready to crown him just yet. (Daily Tar Heel)

New year, new role for J.P. Tokoto

J.P. Tokoto, who led UNC with 55 steals in the 2013-14 season, credits his defensive diligence to his years on the pitch and the quick feet that long hours of soccer practice gifted him. Still, despite these improvements, Tokoto realizes he’s just one cog in the North Carolina machine that has its sights set as high as they can go. (Daily Tar Heel)

Kennedy Meeks drops the weight, keeps the flair

Kennedy Meeks is a smiling motivator. He’s a graceful giant, a big man with a soft touch both around the rim and away from it. He shot 55 percent from the field last season and started 50 percent of games. He averaged about eight points and six rebounds a game. Now, he’s a breakout candidate, a player many expect to solidify UNC’s ever-evolving frontcourt this season. (Daily Tar Heel)

ACC Basketball Preview: North Carolina

Although questions still remain about the NCAA’s continued interest in UNC’s academic situation and an untested frontcourt, all the elements are there for this to be a special season. Especially if Justin Jackson continues to play to the high standard he’s set during the preseason. No matter what, expectations are high – as they always are in Chapel Hill. This time, though, the hype might be justified. (Wilmington Star News)

Let's be real: Expectations for the '14-15 UNC Basketball season

Expectations get thrown around a lot at the start of the college basketball season, especially along Tobacco road. Its a time of nervous hope, water cooler chatter, and local sports radio debate. With the 2014-2015 UNC basketball season tipping off Friday evening in Chapel Hill against N.C. Central, its a great time to start the conversation on the expectations for this year's squad. (Carolina Blue)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 76
Notre Dame: 80
Sat, Feb 6 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Tue, Feb 9, 8:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Sun, Feb 14, 1:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Wed, Feb 17, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Louisville65
at Duke72
FINAL
Notre Dame52
at Clemson47
9:39 IN 2ND
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(9) North Carolina8-219-4
(13) Louisville8-219-4
(7) Virginia8-319-4
(12) Miami7-318-4
Notre Dame7-416-7
Clemson7-414-9
Pittsburgh6-417-5
Duke6-417-6
Florida State6-516-7
Syracuse6-516-8
Virginia Tech5-613-11
Georgia Tech2-812-11
NC State2-912-12
Wake Forest1-1010-13
Boston College0-107-16

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