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A Very Early College Basketball Top 25 for 2015-16

1. North Carolina (26-12, 11-7 ACC): The Tar Heels’ roster returns virtually intact with each of the top 10 scorers returning to Chapel Hill. After years of roster turnover and un-North Carolina-like results in the ACC, the fortunes should be ready to turn. Marcus Paige will be a National Player of the Year candidate and the cast around him continues to improve. (Athlon Sports)

Loaded Schedule, High Expectations Await

The best thing about the end of the 2014-15 basketball season is that it's finally acceptable to look ahead to the 2015-16 season. With the likelihood that everyone who played in the season finale against Wisconsin will be back, plus the continued development of players like Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, plus senior leadership from Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, expectations will be high for the Tar Heels. (GoHeels.com)

Ridiculously Early Basketball Preseason Top 25

2. North Carolina: UNC is projected to return every relevant player from a team that finished 12th in KenPom's final ratings. Notable players definitely gone: None; Others expected to leave: None; Notable players expected to return: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, J.P. Tokoto, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, Joel James, Natre Britt, Theo Pinson. (CBS Sports)

The controlled chaos of Raptors’ Tyler Hansbrough

Arms flail and legs splay, missed shots get tipped and more often than not, a player or two goes crashing to the floor. Stuff happens when Tyler Hansbrough is on the basketball court and while it tends to look like chaos and mayhem from afar, there is far more method to his madness than you might think. (Toronto Star)

Roy Williams leaves seat open at National Championship to honor Bo Ryan's father

Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams made a touching gesture on Monday, giving up his seat to the 2015 National Championship between Wisconsin and Duke. The reason? To honor Badger coach Bo Ryan's late father, Butch. (Sporting News)

Roy Williams Donates Seat in Memory of Bo Ryan's Father

Sect. 140, Row A, Seat 13 will be left open for tonight's game. Roy Williams has donated that seat to the memory of the late Butch Ryan. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels remember the 2005 NCAA title 10 years later

There are only a few moments in life that cement themselves in the hearts and memories of thousands, only a few that can bring forward laughter, ecstasy and childlike exuberance. For North Carolina men’s basketball fans, April 4, 2005 provided one of those moments. The team clinched the program’s fifth national championship — the crowning glory for a team and a season that would be forever a part of UNC’s history. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tyler Hansbrough recalls Tar Heels’ NCAA title run

In his sixth NBA season, Tyler Hansbrough is firmly entrenched as a role player, a big man who comes off the bench to provide energy and rebounding on both ends of the floor, and rattle opposing players with his physicality. There was a time, however, when Hansbrough was the focal point at the University of North Carolina, where he was a four-time All-American and the 2007-08 National Player of the Year. (SportsNet.ca)

TBS’s ‘Meet the Smiths’ gives NBA analyst Kenny Smith the spotlight

Kenny “The Jet” Smith is a two-time NBA champion and Emmy Award-winning sports analyst, but on the new reality TV show Meet the Smiths, which chronicles the daily life of him and his family, Smith is seen in a more candid role: the figurehead of a unique, blended household. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Brice Johnson Coming Back

Brice Johnson will return to North Carolina for his senior season, multiple sources confirmed Sunday evening. “He had two really good months with the ACC Tournament and with the NCAA Tournament,” said his former coach and mentor Dion Bethea. “He felt like he had a lot left to do at Chapel Hill." Johnson was a major part of the Tar Heels’ inside attack this past season. (Inside Carolina)

Randy Wiel receives gift from Dean Smith as former player

As one of 180 lettermen who played for legendary coach Dean Smith at North Carolina over 36 years, Randy Wiel received the letter and the check. It didn’t come directly from Smith, who died on Feb. 7, but rather the attorney representing his estate. Among the wishes of Smith in his will was that each of his players receive a $200 check for the stated purpose from their coach to “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” (The Daily News Journal)

We Remember: Tyler Hansbrough Bloodied After Being Elbowed by Gerald Henderson

Back on March 4, 2007, Duke and North Carolina met in Chapel Hill. The game itself wasn't that close, as the Tar Heels pulled away for an 86-72 victory, but it did feature a moment that will never be forgotten by basketball fans. North Carolina held a 12-point lead with 17.5 seconds remaining in the game when Tar Heels star Tyler Hansbrough missed a free throw. (Bleacher Report)

Kenny Smith -- Honoring Dean Smith With UNC Dinner at Final Four

But when Kenny -- who played for Smith in the '80s -- appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Wednesday, he told us he can't bring himself to spend Dean's cash ... it's going in a frame. Instead, Kenny says he's planning an event during the Final Four in Indianapolis this weekend -- gathering a bunch of ex-Tarheels for a special tribute to the the man he considers the greatest college coach of all time. Pretty cool. (TMZ)

Season in review: J.P. Tokoto

What stands out from J.P. Tokoto's junior season is that he often led UNC in assists. Surrounded with a number of scorers, the Wisconsin native found open teammates for easy shots and often looked to pass before shoot. With the increased number of assists also came more turnovers. Tokoto averaged 2.2 turnovers per game, tops on the 2014-2015 UNC team. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball Next Season: The Defense

Heading into next season, the Tar Heels' primary focus must be cutting down on fouls. One key to that, aside from instructing the big men to stay vertical and on their feet is stopping dribble penetration. Because UNC likes to help on drives, limited penetration not only protects post players from fouling at the rim but it can also keep opposing teams from getting open looks on the perimeter. (Tar Heel Blog)

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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