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Harrison Barnes helps Iowa boy after the loss of his father

Harrison Barnes' Golden State Warriors facing the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ryan Slaubaugh watching inside Oracle Arena. This was Ryan's Masters, his One Shining Moment. "The thrill of my life," he said. What takes this beyond the routine "kid meets celebrity" is the planning that occurred over the past two months — shortly after cystic fibrosis claimed Ryan's father's life. (Des Moines Register)

Player Review: Theo Pinson

Theo Pinson arrived on campus as part of a three man recruiting class that was believed to fill in some of the missing production (i.e. perimeter shooting) from the 2014 season. It didn't quite pan out that way until the final quarter of the schedule. Pinson was seen in the mold of defensive stopper and rebounder who has some offensive capability. Then the injury bug bit. (Tar Heel Blog)

For Bob Gersten, 94, It's Always a Good Day for a Walk

Bob Gersten ’42 has enough memories for several lifetimes, and while he likes to reminisce, at 94 years old he also likes to live in the here and now — and plan for the future. Gersten, the oldest living former UNC baseball and basketball player, hosted the inaugural “Walk for Health” Saturday, where about 75 people walked the mile from the tennis courts behind Cobb dorm to the parking lot of the UNC System’s headquarters on Raleigh Road. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Changing and denying shots, John Henson protecting paint for Bucks

With 2.02 blocks per game, John Henson is sixth in the NBA. If you look at blocks per 48 minutes, Henson is at the top of the league. Henson's ability to block and alter shots gives him one of the best defensive ratings in the NBA. He allows an estimated 98 points per 100 possessions, which would rank sixth in the league. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Wayne Ellington Exit Interview 2014-15

Wayne Ellington averaged 10 points and 3.2 assists, while shooting 41 percent from the field and 37 percent on 3-pointers in 65 games before he separated his right shoulder on April 1, ending his season. “I’m feeling a lot better. It’s getting better every day. I was very sore for about a week. It’s not something I’m worried about. It happens a lot in sports.” (NBA.com)

UNC a title contender in 2015-16, but NCAA threat remains

Even with J.P. Tokoto's exit, the Tar Heels are expected to be one of the top national title contenders in 2015-16, likely moving ahead of ACC counterpart Virginia following its loss of Justin Anderson. The absence of Tokoto creates an opening for the Theo Pinson (or possibly Brandon Ingram) to emerge. The NCAA's handling of an academic scandal at the school will also be a storyline to follow. (Fayetteville Observer)

Warriors’ Harrison Barnes still looking for consistency as playoffs arrive

Harrison Barnes is both scintillating yet frustrating as a third-year pro with the Golden State Warriors. He’s both one of the Warriors’ most talented players yet he’s never found the kind of constant production to see his game blossom into the makings of a top-tier small forward in the NBA. You see pure physical ability and realize that he can be more than just an league average player at his position. (Eureka Times Standard)

ECU's Jeff Lebo takes Dean Smith up on posthumous dinner offer

When people reel off names of players coached by Dean Smith, Jeff Lebo probably isn’t high on the list. Smith had a major impact on Lebo, however. Lebo played under Smith at North Carolina from 1985-89 and is now the men's head coach at East Carolina. When Lebo received his $200 check from Smith’s trust after Smith's death last month, he did exactly what he was supposed to do — he went out for dinner. (Sporting News)

Reforming college hoops with baby-blues brothers

There must be something to all of the talk about the North Carolina basketball brotherhood, because the NCAA at anytime could decide to keep the Tar Heels out of the upcoming Big Dance, yet there hasn't been a peep about jumping ship from UNC forward Brice Johnson and his point guard, Marcus Paige. The architect of the brotherhood was former UNC coach Dean Smith. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Bid To Golf With Roy Williams To Beat Cancer

Roy Williams is among 10 elite NCAA men’s basketball coaches taking part in an auction to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The online auction is open to the public. Auction winners and their guests will spend time with their favorite coach at a private dinner and golf outing at the prestigious Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1, 2015. (GoHeels.com)

Warriors' Harrison Barnes turns down invitation to prom in the nicest way possible

The latest athlete to get invited to prom is Golden State Warriors swingman Harrison Barnes who turned down the offer to rent a tux, buy a corsage and arrange fancy transportation to hang out with some high schoolers for a magical evening. Why would Barnes down the invite from a nice young woman? (FanSided)

Remember Ty Lawson Hitting NBA Record 10 Three-Pointers In A Row (video)

April 10, 2011: Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson breaks an NBA record with 10 straight three-pointers made without a miss. Lawson started to heat up in the second quarter with the Nuggest up six points on the Minnesota Timberwolves. He hit all 10 three-pointers by the end of the third quarter, when his team led by over 30. (The Post Game)

The Coach and the Kid

Dean Smith, who died Feb. 7, was a great coach, no doubt about it, but on that day he was so much more than a coach. If you could have seen him with that kid, arm around him, pulling him close, you’d know that Dean Smith saw in Matt Shelor more grit than ought to be legal in one kid. Did they hit it off? Please. You see, Dean leaned in. Always, Dean Smith leaned in. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Season in review: Justin Jackson

In the second half of the 2014-2015 season, Tar Heel fans were able to see the true potential of freshman Justin Jackson. Closing out the regular season and into the ACC Tournament, the 6-foot-8 Texas native scored double figures in eight straight games, If you take out the loss to Notre Dame in the ACC final, Jackson scored double figures in eleven straight games to close out the season. (Carolina Blue)

How Michael Jordan became the face of Nike

Without Sonny Vaccaro, Michael Jordan would still be Michael Jordan, but would he be Michael Jordan, father of Nike’s Air Jordan brand and billionaire? Probably not. A new ESPN “30 for 30? documentary airing on Thursday night shows just how Vaccaro became the godfather of sneakers, operating in “the gray areas” of college basketball as the multibillion-dollar athletic shoe industry blossomed. (Washington Post)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 4:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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