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Three to know: No. 9 North Carolina at Miami

Miami’s aspirations of reaching the NCAA tournament are still alive despite dropping four of its last six games. The reason is that none of the Hurricanes losses have been terribly damaging. Five of the six have come against teams ranked in KenPom.com’s top 50. And only one has come on the Hurricanes’ home floor. But on the flipside, the Hurricanes have yet to nab a résumé-boosting win. (Fayetteville Observer)

Chansky’s Notebook: Board Masters

I am now officially a believer in this current Carolina team. I thought the Tar Heels could be pretty good. Not quite as good as last year’s NCAA down-to-the-last four seconds finalist, mind you, but close. The reasons being that Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige could not be replaced by anyone on the 2016-17 roster. Turns out the whole dad gum roster is doing it. (Chapelboro.com)

Theo Pinson out for Miami game

University of North Carolina junior guard/forward Theo Pinson rolled his right ankle during Thursday's win over Virginia Tech and will not play at Miami on Saturday. According to a UNC news release, Pinson landed awkwardly while retrieving a rebound. Doctors continue to evaluate the Greensboro-native's injury. There is no timetable for his return. (Greensboro News & Record)

UM men hope to follow women with win over No. 9 North Carolina

The fans in Carolina blue left the Watsco Center disappointed Thursday night after the 17th-ranked University of Miami women’s team knocked off the Tar Heels 100-88 – first time Miami hit the century mark since 2011. UM’s men are aiming for a similar outcome Saturday afternoon, as they play the ninth-ranked Tar Heels (19-3, 7-1 ACC) in 1 p.m. CBS game. (Miami Herald)

Carolina Insider Podcast - UNC vs. VT, Miami, Pitt

Get ready for an important weekend of Carolina Basketball with Friday's episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas break down Thursday night's win over Virginia Tech, look ahead to matchups against Miami and Pitt and answer listener questions. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Questions abound in ACC basketball - Even at the top

Virginia Tech almost never got a second shot and North Carolina actually got more offensive rebounds, 19, than Tech got defensive rebounds, 18. This led to a huge disparity in shots, 73 to 51. But so-so defense, and the uncertainty surrounding Theo Pinson's ankle injury cast something of a cloud over a 91-72 victory that sent fans home in good spirits. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC vs. Miami Preview

UNC returns to the court to play Miami in Coral Gables on Saturday. The game tips at 1 p.m. on CBS. With only nine scholarship players eligible this season, head coach Jim Larranaga has relied on upperclassmen to balance the remaining youth on his roster. Miami entered ACC play with 11 wins in its first 13 games before losing four of its first six league games. (Inside Carolina)

Lights out shooting shines in seventh-straight win, but Heels have more to do

Long-range shooting powered North Carolina's 91-72 win against Virginia Tech. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels (19-3, 7-1 ACC) took 30 three-point shots and made a season-best 14. But even after the seventh-straight win securing the outright top spot in the ACC, UNC didn't seem quite satisfied. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC shows Hokies why it’s the country’s best rebounding team

This is a North Carolina team that believes in second chances...and then some. The No. 9 Tar Heels are the most dominant rebounding team in the country, and you’ll have no trouble convincing Virginia Tech after a 91–72 victory at the Smith Center on Thursday. UNC came into the game leading the nation in rebounding, offensive rebounds and rebound margin. (Raleigh & Company)

North Carolina flexes too much muscle for Virginia Tech

Entering Thursday, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team had played three straight games that were not decided until the waning minutes. There was no such drama this time. Ninth-ranked North Carolina showed why it is the best rebounding team in the nation, dominating the Hokies on the glass and cruising to a 91-72 victory at the Smith Center. (Roanoke Times)

Justin Jackson's elevated game makes North Carolina title contender

The current era in college basketball looks down on juniors and seniors still sticking to their teams. They are expected to move on the NBA and star in the league. Justin Jackson is a throwback player in that sense. He has steadily improved his game since heading to Chapel Hill as a freshman and now looks like an NBA Draft lottery pick. (Sporting News)

No. 9 UNC Displays All-Around Dominance in Win Over Virginia Tech

Now alone atop the ACC men’s basketball standings, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels flexed their muscles and played like it Thursday at the Smith Center—dominating Virginia Tech from the inside and the outside in a 91-72 victory. UNC drained a season-high 14 three-pointers in the rout—on a staggering 30 attempts–while also punishing Virginia Tech on the glass. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels' 3-point shooting shaping up to be a new concern for foes

The scouting report on slowing North Carolina's offense just got a little bit tougher. After watching Carolina drill a season-high 14 3-pointers in its 91-72 win over the Hokies, it's time to rewrite the game plan. It was the most 3-pointers the Heels have made since having 15 against Mississippi State in the 2012 Maui Invitational. Six different players made 3s. (ESPN.com)

Only hot takes for Tar Heels were from three

UNC beat Virginia Tech 91-72 to take a one-game lead on the rest of the ACC, but my job isn't to tell you about the game. I've been asked to write a "hot take article" to help get us some traffic. It's all about the clicks in this business. The clicks and the views. And so far, this season, Carolina has been dominated in that category by a wide margin. (Carolina Blue)

Lucas: One To Remember

One of the most fun things about attending a Carolina Basketball game in the Smith Center is picking out the former Tar Heels in the crowd and reminiscing. Thursday night, against Virginia Tech, there was Antawn Jamison, Phil Ford, Lennie Rosenbluth, Sean May, Eric Montross, and Desmond Hubert. Each comes with their own set of memories. (GoHeels.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 93
Louisville: 76
Sat, Feb 17 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Syracuse
Wed, Feb 21, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Boston College61
at NC State73
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Mitchell (Boston College) 10 pts; Beverly (NC State) 15 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia13-123-2
(5) Duke10-422-5
(10) North Carolina10-521-7
(15) Clemson9-520-6
Virginia Tech8-618-8
NC State8-618-9
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Boston College6-817-11
Notre Dame6-916-12
Georgia Tech4-1011-16
Wake Forest3-1210-17

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