Yes, John Lucas has Ty Lawson's back, but demons don't go away easyThe Rockets put a conference finals team in the hands of a point guard with long history of alcohol offenses -- and before playing in his first game he was busted again. Now that the season is underway, how are things going for Ty Lawson and the Rockets? Carefully, and one day at a time. (ESPN.com)
Tyler Zeller has set standard for Boston's overcrowded frontcourtThe way Tyler Zeller has handled this situation has made it a positive for the Celtics. While some players might have moped or tuned out, the easy-going Zeller never allowed the situation to impact his work ethic. And that's now set a standard for a Boston team that believes it runs 15 deep and will see similar rotation issues crop up over the course of the 2015-16 campaign. (ESPN.com)
Britt brings outside touch to bolster Tar HeelsNate Britt is more than willing to take up the slack in top-ranked North Carolina’s backcourt. “I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Britt said. “I get a lot of confidence from my teammates and the coaching staff.” Britt scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half as UNC pulled away from Fairfield, winning 92-65 its home opener Sunday at the Smith Center. (Burlington Times News)
Nate Britt 'comfortable and confident'Replacing a preseason All-American is never easy. But two games into North Carolina's season, junior Nate Britt has answered the call — and more. Britt carried the load for UNC in Sunday’s 92-65 win against Fairfield in the team’s home opener, tying a career-high with 17 points and four 3-pointers. For Britt, it isn’t about minutes or being open. It’s all about being more confident. (Daily Tar Heel)
On the Mavs, everybody loves Raymond FeltonIt has been a while since the guard had the ball in his hands during closing time and delivered like he did Saturday night at the Toyota Center. The Houston Rockets seemed on the verge of mounting a serious comeback against the Dallas Mavericks. Until Felton took over the game. “It was just a little hop and a skip, that’s all it was,” Felton said with a big smile after his 23-point performance. (ESPN.com)
'Dream Come True' for Kenny WilliamsFreshman Kenny Williams said his dream came true Sunday afternoon when he played his first game in the Dean Smith Center. What was it like playing your first actual game in the Dean Dome? Williams: "It felt good. It was like a dream come true. I always grew up wanting to play here. So it was really a dream come true for me, and it felt really good to have that “Carolina” on my chest." (Inside Carolina)
Luke Maye's Home DebutUNC freshman forward Luke Maye scored his first points as a Tar Heel in Sunday's win over Fairfield. What’s the challenge been for you adapting to the college game? Maye: "It’s just adjusting to the speed and quickness and size of the other players. It’s been an adjustment for me coming straight from high school, I’m just trying to do the best I can to continue to play hard and aggressively." (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Overcome Lackluster StartNo. 1 UNC’s home opener ended up as the snoozer that most expected, although for different reasons, as the Tar Heels played to the level of their overmatched opponent for much of Sunday’s 92-65 victory. UNC, two days after a strong season-opening performance against Temple, played less like the nation’s top team and more like one going through the motions without its best player. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: November DreamsNearly sixty years ago, a group of teenagers from across the United States came together and did something they had no idea would follow them for the rest of their lives. That group was the national champion 1957 team, and five of the living members of that squad—Lennie Rosenbluth, Joe Quigg, Hilliard Greene, Tony Radovich and Bob Young—reunited this weekend and took in Sunday’s 92-65 win over Fairfield. (GoHeels.com)
Ross' Rapid Reactions: UNC vs. FairfieldJoel Berry knows how to run the break. He has a good sense of when to pass and when to take it himself. His strength allows him to score though contact and his decision making and execution will only get better. Kennedy Meeks is noticeably more explosive in rebounding the ball and on put backs. It's looking like it could be a special season for him. (Carolina Blue)
UNC-Fairfield Postgame NotesNate Britt tied his career high with 17 points and four three-point field goals (both vs. Syracuse last year). Theo Pinson established career highs in points (11) and assists (8) vs. Fairfield. Roy Williams is now 752-202 in 28 seasons as a head coach and 334-101 in 13 seasons at Carolina. North Carolina is now 99-7 in home openers. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Fairfield Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams discusses the Tar Heels' 92-65 win over Fairfield on November 15, 2015.
Video: Highlights - UNC Tops Fairfield 92-65Five Tar Heels score in double figures in the Tar Heels' 92-65 win over Fairfield in Chapel Hill on November 15, 2015.
Recap and Analysis: #1 UNC 92 Fairfield 65Theo Pinson was the Tar Heels' second best player on the court, notching 11 points on 5 shots. He made 6-8 FTs and was 1-3 from three. Pinson was UNC's best distributor on the day with 8 assists and no turnovers. He has looked much better early this season compared to last year and has been markedly better than Justin Jackson, confirming Roy Williams' choice to play him as a starter. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Nate Britt Ties Career-High 17 vs. FairfieldNate Britt came off the bench to tie his career-high with 17 points - including 4 of 6 from distance - in UNC's win over Fairfield on November 15, 2015.
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|(10) Florida State||4-1||16-2|