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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls James Worthy Favorite Teammate

The Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s created one of the biggest dynasties in NBA history, winning five NBA Championships with great players like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and one of the best coaches ever in Pat Riley. In a recent interview, Abdul-Jabbar said that James Worthy was his favorite teammate, and it is not necessarily for reasons on the court. (Lakers Nation)

Tar Heels covet rewards of regular season

It’s no wonder that the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season means so much to North Carolina. The Tar Heels keep winning those titles. Already assured of the top seed for next month’s ACC Tournament, North Carolina can claim the outright regular-season crown by winning tonight at Virginia or Saturday night against visiting Duke. (Burlington Times-News)

Virginia-North Carolina preview capsule

The Tar Heels, winners of four straight, have clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. ... UNC is 7-4 on the road this season, including a 5-3 mark in ACC play. The Heels have a winning road record in 11 of Williams’ 14 seasons. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

UNC Basketball At Virginia On Big Monday

Carolina begins the last week of the regular season with its final away game when it travels to Charlottesville, Va., on Monday to play Virginia on ESPN. The Tar Heels are 25-5 overall and have clinched at least a share of the regular-season ACC championship with a 13-3 record in conference play. UNC concludes the regular season at home vs. Duke on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

UNC vs. Virginia Preview

No. 8 North Carolina can secure back-to-back outright ACC regular season titles with a win at Virginia, where the Tar Heels haven't won since February 2012. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. on Monday (ESPN). Virginia was finally able to stop the bleeding on Saturday with a 70-55 win over fledgling N.C. State. The win snapped the Cavs’ four-game losing streak. (Inside Carolina)

Theo Pinson’s Passing

While the story of the game on Saturday (along with another monster scoring performance from Justin Jackson) was probably UNC’s second-chance points (led by Kennedy Meeks’ offensive glass dominance), let’s focus on the passing of Theo Pinson. He was officially credited with seven assists, but that doesn’t truly do justice to how well he passed the ball. (The Secondary Break)

Quick turnaround as No. 18 UVa hosts No. 8 North Carolina

It’s been over a week since Virginia’s 24-point loss to No. 8 North Carolina. It doesn’t seem even that long to the Cavaliers’ players. “They’re still fresh in our mind,” forward Devon Hall said Saturday. The Tar Heels, who clinched the conference regular season championship and the top seed in the ACC tournament Saturday beat Virginia 65-41 in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Feb. 19. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Jeff Capel's ALS diagnosis has made son Jason realize "how fragile life is"

Jeff Capel Jr., the Army veteran and former Old Dominion head coach, has ALS, an incurable, fatal disease. "My dad’s doing well," Jason Capel said. "He still does everything he’s always done. You learn to value every moment. I have two kids; my brother has three. We’re just trying to make sure my dad and our family spend as much time together as possible." (The Virginian-Pilot)

Ranking college basketball's player of the year candidates

8. Justin Jackson, North Carolina. Jackson’s improvement during his three years in Chapel Hill has been striking. His size and frame make him a new-age matchup from hell, but he also has a lot of old school array of fades and floaters, not to mention a throwback mid-range game. He is the best player on what is increasingly looking like the nation’s most talented team. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC clinches share of ACC title

With North Carolina's 85-67 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday and Duke's loss to Miami that followed, the Tar Heels have now clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title. The Tar Heels have also clinched the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. Carolina will play at noon on Thursday, March 9 in Brooklyn's Barclay's Arena. (Carolina Blue)

UNC’s Justin Jackson makes late push for ACC Player of the Year

Here we are with Justin Jackson, who’s coming off three consecutive 20-point outings. The 6-8 forward isn’t interested in talking about possibly being voted the best player in the ACC, but he isn’t shying away from making statements with his play. Saturday was no exception: Jackson was the most dominant player on the court in UNC’s 85-67 thumping of Pitt. (FanRag Sports)

UNC-Pitt Postgame Notes

North Carolina clinches at least a tie for its 31st ACC regular season championship, its eighth in 14 years under Roy Williams. ACC regular-season titles in the last 14 years: Roy Williams 8, Krzyzewski 3, Bennett 2, Leitao 1, Gary Williams 1, Larranaga 1. The Tar Heels are 25-5, 13-3 in ACC. That's 37 25-win seasons for UNC. (GoHeels.com)

ESPN analyst calls North Carolina title favorite

ESPN analyst and former NBA player LaPhonso Ellis was breaking down North Carolina's highlights against Pittsburgh at halftime when he began raving about the Tar Heels' chances in March. "I love the depth and the balance of this North Carolina team," Ellis said. "I feel that they’re the most complete team in the nation, and my pick as No. 1 to win the national title." (Carolina Blue)

Marcus Paige living the D-League life

Marcus Paige will be a free agent once this season ends. The Utah Jazz drafted him in the second round last year. Though he’s slight by pro standards at 6-feet and 164 pounds, he's averaged 34 minutes and has missed just one of his team’s 34 games while averaging 17 points over his last three. “The pro game has a lot more pick-and-roll and spacing,” Paige said. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ESPN College GameDay Coming to Chapel Hill Again for UNC-Duke

ESPN College GameDay will end its regular season road show on the campus of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, on Saturday, March 4, in advance of the Saturday Primetime ACC matchup between No. 10 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina (ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET). College GameDay airs at 11 a.m. with an evening edition leading into the game telecast at 8 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-528-7
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-9
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-922-11
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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