A year after epic NCAA final, Marcus Paige and Ryan Arcidiacono cross paths in NBA D-LeagueThree hundred thirty-five days later, and back in Texas somehow, two young men had a mellow chat this past Sunday on a court in an arena that can seat 8,500 but wouldn’t. An NBA Development League game set to start, Salt Lake City Stars vs. Austin Spurs, and an audience trickled in, eventually inching past “sparse” but coming up shy of “packed.” (Washington Post)
Roy Williams Live: ACC Tournament Offers Tough TestThe depth of the ACC will be on display this week at the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, where top-seeded UNC will play a likely NCAA Tournament team in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Tar Heels will play the winner of Wednesday’s 8-9 matchup between Syracuse and Miami. Regardless of the opponent, Roy Williams’s team will likely encounter a zone defense. (Inside Carolina)
Chansky’s Notebook: Roy ACC Coach Of Year By Far!Josh Pastner ACC Coach of the Year? You are kidding me? Roy Williams won the ACC outright for the second straight year. This season, his Tar Heels were picked third and won the league by two full games over Florida State, Notre Dame, Louisville and Duke. UNC also won by two games last year and Ol’ Roy didn’t win Coach of the Year in 2016 either. (Chapelboro.com)
Lucas: Best Of The BuildingNorth Carolina won’t play in the Smith Center again this year. But before completely turning our attention to the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn and the rest of the postseason, a quick question: was this the best home season in the history of the Smith Center? It might have been. If you had season tickets to Carolina home games this year, consider what you saw: (GoHeels.com)
USBWA Honors Justin Jackson, Roy WilliamsJustin Jackson is the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District III Player of the Year and Roy Williams is the Coach of the Year, the USBWA announced on Tuesday. Joel Berry II also is a member of the All-District III team. The USBWA released its 2016-17 Men's All-District Teams, based on voting from its national membership of 900-plus. (GoHeels.com)
1-on-1 with Ty Lawson: It’s time for everyone to step upVlade Divac knew he was taking a risk when he signed Ty Lawson and so far, Lawson has exceeded most expectations and has been a welcomed addition on and off the court. I sat down with Lawson for a few minutes right before the Nuggets game last Thursday and we discussed the trade and his new teammates. (Cowbell Kingdom)
Big Game BerryJoel Berry, the guy who won the ACC Tournament MVP and was inches away from a potential Final Four Most Outstanding Player award last season, torched Duke for 28 points in Saturday’s win, including 5-of-5 first-half shooting from behind the arc. Let’s recap how Berry got his scoring opportunities (14 FGAs + 3 trips to the line) against the Blue Devils. (The Secondary Break)
I rushed Franklin Street for the first timeFollowing the buzzer, the frenzy began: thousands of students rushed to Franklin Street, flooding out of the Dean Dome, their apartments and dorms (like me, since a first-year student rarely is granted the luxury of winning the basketball lottery), watch parties, or wherever they viewed the victory. (Daily Tar Heel)
Roy Williams on ‘the ceiling is the roof:’ Michael Jordan can say what he wantsMichael Jordan meant to say that there was no limit to the potential of the UNC football program. Instead Jordan said, “The ceiling is the roof.” Almost immediately, the phrase went viral on social media. Roy Williams, meanwhile, didn’t hear anything about “the ceiling is the roof” until Monday morning, when he woke up and heard someone talking about it on the radio. (Charlotte Observer)
The importance of Isaiah HicksIsaiah Hicks' big game against Duke gives him and this North Carolina team confidence rolling into tournament play. Sure Joel Berry scored 28 points and hit five threes, but potentially the most important mark in UNC's 90-83 win over Duke was Hicks' 21 points and nine rebound line. Hicks is crucial to the Tar Heels' success in March and a deep postseason tournament run. (Carolina Blue)
North Carolina's Justin Jackson leads AP all-ACC TeamUNC forward Justin Jackson is The Associated Press player of the year in the ACC and Georgia Tech's Josh Pastner is its coach of the year. Jackson, one of three unanimous selections to the AP all-ACC team also announced Monday, earned five votes for the top individual honor following a vote of 15 journalists who cover the ACC throughout the league's nine states. (Associated Press)
Video: UNC vs. Duke - A Perfect Night in the Smith CenterFrom the pregame tunnel to Michael Jordan's halftime speech followed by the Tar Heels' win over Duke and a postgame locker room celebration, it was a perfect night in the Smith Center.
Video: Roy Williams Pre-ACC Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Monday prior to the Tar Heels' opening game of the 2017 ACC Basketball Tournament in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday.
Video: Joel Berry, Justin Jackson Pre-ACC Tournament Press ConferenceNorth Carolina's Joel Berry and Justin Jackson speak with the media on Monday prior to the Tar Heels' opening game of the 2017 ACC Basketball Tournament in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday.
Theo Pinson's Savvy Court VisionTheo Pinson has yet to meet a television camera or microphone he didn’t like, and that will once again become evident as the postseason begins and personalities shine brighter. On the court, however, the junior wing doesn’t receive the same manner of attention as his teammates, such as Justin Jackson, Joel Berry and Kennedy Meeks. (Inside Carolina)
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