Luck of the Irish: Sasha Seymore starts a new pathSasha Seymore traversed the basketball court at UNC and is now traversing the world. Seymore, who graduated in 2015, is studying at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, where he is earning a master’s degree in conflict transformation and social justice. “It rains a lot here, and that’s no fun, and it’s very difficult to watch Carolina basketball, which is also no fun.” (Daily Tar Heel)
Grizzlies' Brandan Wright finding his footingBrandan Wright set a season high with 15 points Wednesday night during the Grizzlies’ win over the Los Angeles Lakers. As easy as it is to be dismissive of performances against a discombobulated and downtrodden Lakers team, the Grizzlies are encouraged by Wright’s activity and competitive spirit early in his return from knee surgery. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
Tar Heels looking to earn advantage on rival’s home courtPNC Arena was a hostile place for the UNC basketball team on Wednesday. And yet, even after enduring a sellout crowd of 19,500 mostly red-clad fans armed with balloons and venom, the Tar Heels can’t wait to come back. There’s a good reason for that. In just three weeks the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament will also be played there. (Wilmington Star News)
The 2016 dunk contest was so good, Vince Carter actually watched itVince Carter is the biggest star the Toronto Raptors have ever produced, but he was nowhere to be found last week at All-Star weekend. It was a shame, as 16 years earlier he put the franchise on the map with his legendary slam dunk contest performance in Oakland. (CBS Sports)
Reggie Bullock stayed ready – and when the Pistons needed him, he deliveredThrough it all – the long stretches without a sniff of playing time, the mop-up minutes in one-sided losses – Reggie Bullock maintained the same upbeat demeanor that makes him a favorite of his teammates and has earned him consistent praise from Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. What Van Gundy likes best about Bullock is his self-awareness. (Detroit Pistons)
Are the Tar Heels title contenders or what?When UNC is clicking, as the team was late against N.C. State, there aren’t many other squads that can maintain the Tar Heels’ scoring pace. We know all about Roy Williams’ vaunted transition offense featuring the secondary breaks the team has run for ages, but what about the other aspects of UNC’s game? Which North Carolina is for real? (Washington Post)
UNC’s Growth On the Road Could Pay Off in MarchWhen the Tar Heels traveled to Raleigh, coming off their best showing this year in a 25-point blowout of Miami, there was still a lot to prove. Could they build off the win over the Hurricanes away from home? Not only did North Carolina dominate the Wolfpack, 80-68, it had exactly the type of showing it needed at a crucial point in the season. (Today's U)
Video: Johnson & Jackson get a MIXTAPE for Beating StateBrice Johnson and Justin Jackson combined for 39 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Tar Heels over the Wolfpack, 80-68, on Wednesday. They're rewarded with a mixtape for their efforts.
How to succeed on offense without really making shotsThis season UNC is meddling with the primal forces of analytic nature, ranking near the top of Division I in offensive efficiency yet doing so by shooting more two-point jumpers than any team in the country. The sport as a whole is moving emphatically toward the threes-and-dunks approach, yet here are the Tar Heels firing away on jumpers inside the arc like it’s 1986. (John Gasaway)
Heels vs. Hoos will ignite ACC's frantic finishBeing at home in important late-season games is an enormous advantage and current leader Carolina has to visit Virginia on Saturday and Duke on March 5, meaning the Tar Heels have little room for error even after their impressive 80-68 win Wednesday at NC State. Just to lay the framework, here are the remaining games for the contenders: (WRAL Sports Fan)
ESPN's Greenberg expects 'different' U.Va. team against North CarolinaSaturday seventh-ranked UNC faces a Virginia team it leads by two games in the ACC standings with three regular-season contests remaining, but one that’s 13-0 at John Paul Jones Arena. The third-ranked Cavaliers are the only ACC team unbeaten at home this season. The occasion has ESPN’s College GameDay crew broadcasting their weekly show from U.Va. (Daily Press)
Video: Roy Williams Post-NC State Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams talks about the Tar Heels' 80-68 win at N.C. State on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
The Reinvention of Marvin WilliamsMarvin Williams has had a few roles during his time in the NBA: lottery pick, sixth man, stretch 4, but his most recent and perhaps unlikeliest is the reason he’s become especially valuable to the Charlotte Hornets. His transformation into a rim protector coupled with his ability to space the floor has made him one of the more unique players in the NBA. (Today's Fast Break)
Video: Locker Room Celebration after 80-68 win at N.C. StateGo inside the locker room and celebrate UNC's 80-68 win at N.C. State. Roy Williams is 30-3 against State, including 25-3 at UNC. The Tar Heels have beaten State 19 of the last 21 times and 25 of the last 28.
Tar Heels turn out to be cool as a Cat, defeat N.C. State againFor all the venom that confronts UNC when it enters this building, Wednesday became a mostly contented experience. The seventh-ranked Tar Heels, who withstood a rocky beginning, ultimately found a calm and poise that drowned out NC State 80-68 in ACC basketball, dousing the energy that had PNC Arena pumped up early on. (Burlington Times News)
|(6) North Carolina||14-4||30-7|
|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|