Memories of Dean Smith linger, even as his memory sadly fails himDean Smith celebrated his 83rd birthday on Friday. In all likelihood, there wasn’t much of a celebration. Smith is suffering from dementia and only occasionally is aware of what is going on around him. Dean Smith can no longer remember all the lives he touched. But he should be remembered every single day — on his birthday, today and forever. (Washington Post)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Virginia Tech Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams talks about the Tar Heels' win at Virginia Tech as UNC won it's eleventh game in a row.
Animated GIF: J.P. Tokoto's fast break dunk vs. Virginia TechUNC forward J.P. Tokoto adds to his rapidly-growing highlight reel on Saturday as he skies over a Virginia Tech defender for a thundering one-handed dunk.
UNC-VT: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes & VideoRoy Williams opening comments: "It was really a workman like game. I thought Virginia Tech’s zone defense really gave us problems. We didn’t get the kind of movement we’ve been getting nor did we shoot the ball as well. Still, it’s another win going 12-4 in the league we’re happy with the result, but we’ve got to play better and we’ve got to get better." (Inside Carolina)
Working Through Virginia Tech's ZoneVirginia Tech’s offensive ineptitude required a stout defensive effort to stay close with No. 19 North Carolina. The Hokies’ 2-3 zone did just that on Saturday, frustrating the Tar Heels until James Michael McAdoo made enough plays late to help his team pull out a 60-56 victory. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Clinch ACC Tournament ByeSeven weeks ago, North Carolina sat alone at the bottom of the ACC standings. The 19th-ranked Tar Heels clinched a top-4 seed and a bye until Friday of the ACC Tournament with their 60-56 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. UNC (22-7, 12-4 ACC) was the last team to notch a win in conference play, but has since won 12 of its last 13 games, including 11 in a row. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: Elevating His GameSo it was on Saturday in Blacksburg, when it really looked like J.P. Tokoto was going to be the story. But then McAdoo happened, scoring nine straight points and 11 in the game's final seven minutes, and so Tokoto was again...Wait a second. It might finally be time for the Wisconsin native to get a little recognition. Here is what he does on a nightly basis for the Tar Heels: (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC-Virginia Tech Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 60-56 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday in Blacksburg.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 60 Virginia Tech 56UNC did a decent job executing against the zone, utilizing a big man in the high post and getting good looks at the rim. The problem was that no one could hit anything at the rim. Brice Johnson struggled going 1-6 from the floor and missing open jumpers in the high post. Kennedy Meeks was 1-5, and James Michael McAdoo missed some early looks. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: James Michael McAdoo's One-Handed Dunk vs. VTUNC forward James Michael McAdoo throws down a big one-handed dunk over two defenders in the second half of the Tar Heels' 60-56 win at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
McAdoo leads North Carolina past Virginia Tech 60-56James Michael McAdoo scored 15 points to lead No. 19 North Carolina past Virginia Tech 60-56 on Saturday for its 11th straight victory. McAdoo hit 6 of 9 from the floor for the Tar Heels, who started ACC play 1-4 and have not lost since. The Tar Heels haven't won this many games in a row since opening the 2008-09 season with 13 straight victories. (ESPN.com)
Video: J.P. Tokoto's Huge Slam at Virginia TechNorth Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto tomahawks a monster slam off an in-bounds steal in the Tar Heels' 60-56 win at Virgina Tech.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Virginia TechGood to see James Michael McAdoo come alive late in the game. After struggling early, the junior scored nine straight points late in the second half during a key stretch. Including in those four baskets were two aggressive, strong moves to the rim--one finished in a dunk and one finished in a virtual dunk. As always, McAdoo is at his best when he's using his athleticism. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 60, Virginia Tech 56View the complete box score from North Carolina's 60-56 win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Saturday. (View Box Score)
Basketball Q&A With Tar Heel BlogIf you ask Roy Williams he likes to talk about their "sense of urgency" which is code for playing with effort and intensity. Honestly it is really something different every game with the one notable consistent factor being the defense. UNC has played very well on the defensive end. (Gobbler Country)
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