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UNC drops in polls, Paige not playing tonight

The time at the top didn't last long. North Carolina, who was ranked No. 1 in both the coaches and AP Polls, dropped in both this week. The Tar Heels lost 71-67 to Northern Iowa on Saturday to move to 3-1 on the season. Carolina takes on Northwestern on Monday night at 9:15 PM. The game is in Kansas City. (Carolina Blue)

Preview & Prediction: #9 UNC vs Northwestern

Northern Iowa and Northwestern both average 67.5 possessions per game putting them in the 330s nationally for tempo. A slower game tends to mean more half court offense and without Marcus Paige that has proven to be a bit dicey. Better offensive execution in half court sets will be crucial if the Tar Heels cannot get as many transition looks. Prediction: UNC 77 Northwestern 69 (Tar Heel Blog)

Weekly Basketball Assignments: Week 3

Marcus Paige is still missing and the Tar Heels have missed his playmaking in their first four games. However, these growing pains could develop players who will stand out down the stretch as Carolina gets into the postseason. This week would be a good place for Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Nate Britt to show that they learned from the loss to Northern Iowa. (Tar Heel Blog)

Three to know: No. 9 North Carolina vs. Northwestern

Chris Collins is in his third season as Northwestern’s head coach. The Chicago-area native should be familiar to ACC hoops fans. He was a shooting guard for Duke in the mid-1990s and served on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff for more than a decade. Seven-foot senior center Alex Olah has been a major cog in the Wildcats’ attack, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: Tar Heels Ready To Move Ahead

So if a tree falls in Northern Iowa in November and no one hears it, does it really make a sound? Carolina, of course, played without Marcus Paige. But they still should’ve had enough weapons to dispatch a Panther club that already lost at home to Colorado State. Here are three factors that went into the defeat for those who might not have had the benefit of seeing the entire game: (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Look To Rebound vs. Northwestern

North Carolina will play its second game of three-game Midwestern road trip on Monday night when it meets Northwestern in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. Tipoff for UNC-Northwestern is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. Eastern Time in the Sprint Center. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. Bob Wischusen and Dan Dakich will have the call. (GoHeels.com)

One year with Marcus Ginyard

Last year at this time, I signed a contract to play in D-League with the Westchester Knicks club affiliated with the New Yorks Knicks. I was extremely excited to embark on this journey which brought me closer to my dream of playing in the NBA. I was hoping to stand out, attract the attention of general managers in the league, and generate enough interest for someone willing to take the risk to offer me a 10-day contract. (Chapelboro.com)

Ty Lawson enters guilty plea on charges stemming from January DUI arrest

Houston Rockets point guard Ty Lawson pleaded guilty on Thursday to driving while ability-impaired and failing to drive in a single lane in connection with his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in Colorado back in January. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Northwestern

With four games in the books, the sample size is still fairly small but there are a couple of weak spots in UNC's numbers. The foremost among them is the offensive rebounding rate. Last season UNC rebounded 40% of its own misses which was 5th nationally. So far this season that number is 35% which is still in the upper third nationally but not nearly as good as one would expect. (Tar Heel Blog)

Previewing Northwestern

No. 1 North Carolina looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season against Northwestern in the Hall of Fame Classic on Monday. Tip-off at the is at 9:15 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2. Northwestern enters Monday’s contest with a 3-0 record. The Wildcats have defeated UMass Lowell (79-57), Fairfield (79-72) and Columbia (83-80, OT). (Inside Carolina)

Know Your Opponent: CBE Hall Of Fame Classic

Northwestern: Chris Collins' third team at Northwestern should be his best, with all five starters returning from a team that finished 15-17. Kansas State: Bruce Weber's third season at K-State was undone by an inconsistent offense that couldn't hold on to the ball. Missouri: Carolina and Missouri last met as UNC was on its way to an improbable appearance at the 2000 Final Four. (GoHeels.com)

Charles Scott Joins College Basketball Hall Of Fame

It never occurred to Charlie Scott that he would make history when he accepted a scholarship offer from Dean Smith to play basketball at UNC in the late 1960s. "Being the first black in the South was not something I understood the importance of. Coach Smith understood its significance a lot better than I did," said Scott, who joined his late coach in the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. (GoHeels.com)

Spurs' Danny Green: 'I've got to take the shot'

How difficult is it to stay calm regardless of whether you’re shooting well or badly? Danny Green: It’s not easy. It took me a couple of years to not worry about it so much, and not put so much pressure on it. I just do other things: rebound, play defense, get steals, block some shots, run transition, open up the floor. My job out there is to space the floor, to be a threat." (ESPN.com)

Lucas: Homecoming

There will be two postgame columns about the defeat. One will focus on what happened to the 2015-16 Tar Heels that caused them to lose a 16-point second-half lead on the way to the first defeat of the season. That column will be posted on Sunday. This column is a different one. This column is about why Carolina needed to travel to Northern Iowa in the first place. (GoHeels.com)

UNI exposes UNC’s vulnerability without Paige in spoiled homecoming

Northern Iowa in recent years has become a powerful mid-major and a nuisance to many of the top Power 5 teams. And when UNC was struggling over a horrendous 12-minute stretch in the second half in which it was outscored 29–8, when it needed Marcus Paige to do anything—make a big shot, drive the lane and find a shooter—there was nothing he could do. (Sports Illustrated)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Syracuse: 68
Mon, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State5-117-2
(15) Notre Dame5-116-3
(12) Louisville4-216-3
(16) Virginia4-214-3
Virginia Tech3-314-4
Georgia Tech3-311-7
(18) Duke2-314-4
NC State2-413-6
Wake Forest2-411-7
Boston College2-49-10

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