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Kennedy Meeks' slimmer frame adds strength, explosiveness

Now, considerably slimmer and more explosive, Kennedy Meeks is learning how to control his new, more athletic body. “I think I’m getting a lot better; I think I’m finally getting accustomed to my body,” Meeks said. Meeks’ summer work ethic did not go unnoticed. Fellow senior Isaiah Hicks, who has guarded Meeks in practice, has had a first-hand view of Meeks’ growth. (Daily Tar Heel)

College basketball preview: ACC preseason power rankings

2. North Carolina While the Tar Heels head into this season without some of the players that had been pillars in recent seasons, they face considerably less pressure. In juniors Joel Berry, a steady guard and the 2016 ACC tournament MVP, and swingman Justin Jackson, who stayed after flirting with the NBA, the Tar Heels have two of the league’s most accomplished players. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC to Open Its Men’s Basketball Season Against Tulane Without Assistant Coach Steve Robinson

After nearly 30 practices–and a blowout exhibition win last week over UNC-Pembroke–the No. 6 UNC men’s basketball team is ready for the real games to begin. As the Tar Heels prepare to travel to New Orleans for their season opener at Tulane on Friday, head coach Roy Williams told reporters on Thursday that his team is still searching for new leaders to step up. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC vs. Tulane Preview

No. 6 North Carolina opens its 2016-17 basketball season with a trip to New Orleans to play Tulane. Tip-off at the Smoothie King Center is set for 9 p.m. ET on Friday. The Green Wave return four starters from a squad that finished 12-21 (3-15 AAC) in 2015-16. Longtime NBA head coach Mike Dunleavy, who took over the program in March, has his work cut out for him. (Inside Carolina)

Luke Maye brings versatility to UNC frontcourt

Luke Maye wasn’t the first person off the bench last season for North Carolina. But the graduation of Joel James and Brice Johnson leaves UNC’s frontcourt much thinner than it was a season ago. Isaiah Hicks moves into the starting lineup, and with freshman Tony Bradley as the only new big, Maye finds himself the most experienced reserve big man. (Daily Tar Heel)

Assistant Coach Steve Robinson Not Traveling with UNC to New Orleans

Longtime UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson will not travel with the team to New Orleans for Friday’s season opener against Tulane due a blood clot in his right leg, Roy Williams announced on Thursday. Robinson, who has been a member of Williams’s coaching staff for 14 years at UNC and 22 years overall, will also miss the team’s trip to Hawaii. (Inside Carolina)

UNC player preview: Joel Berry

Joel Berry had a breakout sophomore season and became UNC's go-to perimeter scorer down the stretch. A tough and physical point guard, Berry is skilled at getting into the lane and scoring through contact. The Florida native also became a reliable three-point shooter. Berry enters the season as "the guy" --- UNC's leader and most important scoring threat. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Tulane Press Conference

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams speaks with the media Thursday prior to the Tar Heels' season-opening game against Tulane on Friday night. View Video...

Video: Justin Jackson Pre-Tulane Press Conference

North Carolina forward Justin Jackson spoke to the media on Thursday prior to the Tar Heels' opening game at Tulane on Friday at 9:00 PM (ESPNU). View Video...

UNC Basketball To Tip Off 2016-17 At Tulane

UNC opens its 107th basketball season at Tulane on Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The game will be played at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The arena opened in 1999. The NBA’s New Orleans Hornets began play there in 2002, and the arena seats approximately 18,000 for basketball and is the home of the New Orleans Pelicans. (GoHeels.com)

UNC player preview: Justin Jackson

UNC fans are still waiting for a breakout year from Justin Jackson. The Texas native has been solid for two season, but many feel there is still a wealth of untapped potential. Jackson has to be more aggressive looking for his shot. Similar to Isaiah Hicks' role for the 2016-17 season, Jackson has to step up and be more of "the guy" for the Tar Heels. (Carolina Blue)

Spurs welcome back Danny Green's defensive prowess

Danny Green made his season debut against the Rockets on Wednesday night at the AT&T Center after sitting out the first seven games with an injured left quad. Green is one of the Spurs’ top defenders, but his work is often overshadowed by Kawhi Leonard’s greatness on that side of the ball. Leonard is the two-time defending league defensive player of the year. (San Antonio Express-News)

North Carolina-Tulane Basketball Preview

When new Tulane basketball coach Mike Dunleavy looks across the court at No. 6 North Carolina Friday in the season opener, he'll see more than a few NBA prospects wearing Carolina blue. Even though Dunleavy's young Green Wave don't have the talent to match up, he knows his job is to create a culture built on the lessons he learned in 17 years coaching in the NBA. (FOX Sports)

Tar Heels have to move forward, step up

There aren’t many programs that could lose two players whose jerseys now hang in the Smith Center rafters and expect a return to the Final Four, but not many programs are North Carolina. The Tar Heels have the talent to avoid a rebuild. Whether they’re reloading for another run at a national title depends on whether they can move forward. (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC player preview: Kennedy Meeks

Kennedy Meeks doesn't need to score 18 points a game, but he has to contribute consistency. With Brice Johnson gone, Meeks does need to step up on defense and rebounding. Meeks won't be the first or second scoring option for UNC, but he can keep defenses honest and make a huge impact with his experience and effectiveness down low. (Carolina Blue)

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Last Game:
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Western Carolina: 61
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UNC vs. Wofford
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UNC vs. Ohio State
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Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Florida State72
Reynolds (Tulane) 16 pts; Angola (Florida State) 18 pts;
MD-E Shore40
at Virginia Tech93
Bacote (MD-E Shore) 12 pts; Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech) 16 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
Boston College1-08-3
Florida State0-09-0
(11) North Carolina0-09-1
(10) Miami0-08-0
Virginia Tech0-08-1
(9) Notre Dame0-08-2
NC State0-08-2
(15) Virginia0-07-1
Wake Forest0-06-4
Georgia Tech0-04-4
(1) Duke0-111-1

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