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TBS’s ‘Meet the Smiths’ gives NBA analyst Kenny Smith the spotlight

Kenny “The Jet” Smith is a two-time NBA champion and Emmy Award-winning sports analyst, but on the new reality TV show Meet the Smiths, which chronicles the daily life of him and his family, Smith is seen in a more candid role: the figurehead of a unique, blended household. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Brice Johnson Coming Back

Brice Johnson will return to North Carolina for his senior season, multiple sources confirmed Sunday evening. “He had two really good months with the ACC Tournament and with the NCAA Tournament,” said his former coach and mentor Dion Bethea. “He felt like he had a lot left to do at Chapel Hill." Johnson was a major part of the Tar Heels’ inside attack this past season. (Inside Carolina)

Randy Wiel receives gift from Dean Smith as former player

As one of 180 lettermen who played for legendary coach Dean Smith at North Carolina over 36 years, Randy Wiel received the letter and the check. It didn’t come directly from Smith, who died on Feb. 7, but rather the attorney representing his estate. Among the wishes of Smith in his will was that each of his players receive a $200 check for the stated purpose from their coach to “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” (The Daily News Journal)

We Remember: Tyler Hansbrough Bloodied After Being Elbowed by Gerald Henderson

Back on March 4, 2007, Duke and North Carolina met in Chapel Hill. The game itself wasn't that close, as the Tar Heels pulled away for an 86-72 victory, but it did feature a moment that will never be forgotten by basketball fans. North Carolina held a 12-point lead with 17.5 seconds remaining in the game when Tar Heels star Tyler Hansbrough missed a free throw. (Bleacher Report)

Kenny Smith -- Honoring Dean Smith With UNC Dinner at Final Four

But when Kenny -- who played for Smith in the '80s -- appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Wednesday, he told us he can't bring himself to spend Dean's cash ... it's going in a frame. Instead, Kenny says he's planning an event during the Final Four in Indianapolis this weekend -- gathering a bunch of ex-Tarheels for a special tribute to the the man he considers the greatest college coach of all time. Pretty cool. (TMZ)

Season in review: J.P. Tokoto

What stands out from J.P. Tokoto's junior season is that he often led UNC in assists. Surrounded with a number of scorers, the Wisconsin native found open teammates for easy shots and often looked to pass before shoot. With the increased number of assists also came more turnovers. Tokoto averaged 2.2 turnovers per game, tops on the 2014-2015 UNC team. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball Next Season: The Defense

Heading into next season, the Tar Heels' primary focus must be cutting down on fouls. One key to that, aside from instructing the big men to stay vertical and on their feet is stopping dribble penetration. Because UNC likes to help on drives, limited penetration not only protects post players from fouling at the rim but it can also keep opposing teams from getting open looks on the perimeter. (Tar Heel Blog)

NBA journey has had many flights for Vince Carter

At 38, Vince Carter has never been less influential statistically or athletically. And at the same time, in his 17 NBA seasons, he has never played for a better team. And so, in terms of the championship goal that he may yet reach, is this version of Carter -- earthbound, aching and wise -- more valuable than the young star who was supposed to be the second coming of Michael Jordan? (NBA.com)

Killer mindset may have kept UNC from Final Four

All of the coaches here in the Final Four have killers. North Carolina coach Roy Williams? Not so much. “I think we have it in us,” UNC forward Kennedy Meeks said. “I don't know if I can say, like, we have that killer. I don't think we do,” UNC freshman Joel Berry II said. And that may have had something to do with why the Tar Heels, with their talent and size, weren't able to advance from Sweet 16. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Kenny Smith says Dean Smith's check 'is going in a frame' (video)

When former North Carolina coach Dean Smith left every player who earned a varsity letter under him $200 in his will, everyone wanted to know what the players would do with the money. Former Tar Heels star Kenny Smith was a guest on SI Now Wednesday and revealed what he plans to do with his check. (Sports Illustrated)

Oldest living Carolina athlete to lead Walk for Health

It’s a reasonably simple task to find Bob Gersten. If the 94-year-old isn’t at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, he’s probably playing a round at Finley Golf Club. That is, of course, unless its raining. Then he’ll be heading to the movies. No matter where he is, Gersten’s goal is to stay as active as he was when he first competed in Chapel Hill as a baseball and basketball player more than half a century ago. (UNC.edu)

Video: Harrison Barnes Sinks Game-Winner with 0.4 Seconds vs. Suns

Golden State forward Harrison Barnes takes the ball to the rack and stays with the play to get the buzzer-beater to fall, as the Warriors knock off the Phoenix Suns 107-106 on Thursday. View Video...

Tyler Zeller coming up big for Celtics

With the way 25-year-old Tyler Zeller’s game has developed rapidly under the coaching of 3-point enthusiast Brad Stevens this season, the next frontier may not be all that far-fetched for a player who has regained all of the promise in Boston that made him the 17th overall pick out of North Carolina in the 2012 NBA Draft. (Milford Daily News)

UNC Basketball Next Season: The Offense

Looking towards next season, one key will be the offense finding game-to-game consistency and also raising the overall range in which UNC operates. The key to that could be the play of the backcourt, particularly Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson and Joel Berry. In breaking down UNC's season, their final nine contests are separated out as the "Marcus Paige is healthy" portion of the season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lakers’ Wayne Ellington out for the season with shoulder injury

Lakers guard Wayne Ellington, who was injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, had an MRI exam which confirmed a grade 1 shoulder separation. Ellington will miss the remainder of the season. In 65 games (36 starts) this season, Ellington averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals in 25.8 minutes per game. (Los Angeles Lakers)

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, 6:00 ET ESPNU 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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