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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)

Lucas: Thursday Practice Notebook

After a long preseason, Thursday finally brought a typical day-before-a-game practice for the Tar Heels. That meant watching film clips of some of the favorite sets from Friday's opponent, NC Central, and then walking through them on the court. Like Dean Smith, Roy Williams has always preferred to spend more time on what his team does and less on what the opponent does. (GoHeels.com)

UNC basketball preview: Pinson aims for change in culture

When Theo Pinson takes the floor in UNC's season opener Friday, he’ll take his first steps out of the shadow. As Greensboro’s most recent highly-touted prospect to go to UNC, Pinson is trying not only to make a name for himself but to leave a better legacy than that of the last such player, P.J. Hairston. It’s not the easiest scenario to walk into. But those close to Pinson say he’s perfect for the job. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tar Heels carve out starting lineup

There’s less anxiety about the lineup for North Carolina’s men’s basketball team than a year ago. That’s what coach Roy Williams said Wednesday, two days before the season opens with a game against visiting North Carolina Central. Apparently the roster has settled nicely for the sixth-ranked Tar Heels. (Burlington Times-News)

Previewing NC Central

The Tar Heels open the 2014-15 season on Friday against North Carolina Central. Tip-off at the Smith Center is at 8 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. North Carolina Central University punched its ticket to the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a 28-6 (15-1 MEAC) record in LeVelle Moton’s fifth season in Durham. The Eagles reeled off 20 straight victories to close the regular season and MEAC Tournament. (Inside Carolina)

Assault charges against Charlotte Hornets player P.J. Hairston dropped

The Durham district attorney has dropped assault charges against Charlotte Hornets player P.J. Hairston. The charges stemmed from a fight during a pick-up basketball game at the YMCA in Durham. The D.A. says charges were dropped at the request of the alleged victim, Northern High senior Kentrell Barkley. (ABC 11)

No. 6 Tar Heels Open With Upset-Minded Eagles

The No. 6 North Carolina men’s basketball team opens up its regular season Friday night with an 8 p.m. tipoff against the upset-minded N.C. Central Eagles. UNC head coach Roy Williams brings a deep squad into the game, but he says he won’t be playing around with the lineup now that the results count toward the win-loss columns. (Chapelboro.com)

Sharp-dressed men ready to do battle Friday at Smith Center

Whether UNC coach Roy Williams is tearing into a referee, or having a more cerebral moment, he’s always going to be sharply dressed. Williams has that same scouting report on N.C. Central coach LeVelle Moton. Those two will exchange nods before their teams tip off their seasons in the Smith Center on Friday (8 p.m., ESPNU). And before the ball gets tossed up, Williams said he’d be sizing up more than Moton’s players. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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
Virginia Tech0
at UVA0
8:00 PM ET
UNC0
at Boston College0
8:00 PM ET
Pitt0
at Miami (FL)0
7:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(9) North Carolina8-219-4
(7) Virginia8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
(12) Miami7-318-4
Duke7-418-6
Clemson7-514-10
Pittsburgh6-417-5
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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