Wheelchair basketball changes perspectives for UNC basketball playersThe disability subcommittee of Best Buddies — a group that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — organized a four-hour pickup wheelchair basketball game to raise awareness about disabilities on campus. The substitutes for the game included UNC basketball players Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson and Sasha Seymore. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC's ACC Seeding Scenario Has Been SimplifiedUNC is tied for fourth with Louisville with each team holding an 11-6 record in league play. For seeding purposes, UNC's game versus Duke is inconsequential. What does matter is whether Louisville beats Virginia or not in the game set tip at 6:30 PM just prior to UNC-Duke's 9 PM start. If Louisville wins and UNC beats Duke, Louisville wins the tiebreaker based on having gone 1-0 versus Virginia. (Tar Heel Blog)
Sportswrap Vault: 1981, Dean Smith vs. Lefty Driesell (video)With the recent passing of legendary basketball coach Dean Smith, we felt this was a good time to dig into the vault and look for some stories on coach Smith. This report is from the 1981 ACC Tournament in Landover, MD. Smith and his Carolina Tar Heels defeated Lefty Driesell and his Maryland Terrapins to win the championship. (WAVY)
Michael Jordan: The Everywhere ManFormer Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan was named to the Forbes' billionaire list this week. In honor of the announcement, SI.com republished Jack McCallum's 1991 Sportsman of the Year essay on Jordan that originally appeared in an SI commemorative issue on Dec. 23, 1991. (NBA.com)
Video: Celtics' Tyler Zeller makes spinning game-winning buzzer-beater against JazzThe Jazz used the enormous Rudy Gobert to contest Marcus Smart‘s inbound, leaving the paint just open enough – with a recovering Gobert – for Tyler Zeller to find an opening. Credit Smart for making that tough pass, too.
North Carolina-Duke: Classic SI PhotosConsidered one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports, two schools separated by eight miles and two shades of blue, the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils men's basketball teams usually rank amongst the nation’s best when they meet. Here are some classic SI photos of the rivalry over the years. (Sports Illustrated)
Updated ACC Tournament Seeding Scenarios for UNCWith the win over Georgia Tech, UNC moves to 11-6 in ACC play and locks down no worse than 5th place in the ACC. The Tar Heels can still move up to the 4 seed but need some help. 4 seed scenario No. 1: UNC beats Duke, Louisville loses to Notre Dame and Virginia. UNC would finish 12-6 and in sole possession of fourth place. (Tar Heel Blog)
Ranking college basketball's history of 30-0 teams7. 1956-57 North Carolina Tar Heels. Went 32-0 and won the NCAA title. Maybe the most overlooked dominant team in the history of the sport. The Tar Heels, coached by Frank McGuire, are led by Lennie Rosenbluth's 28.0 points per game and Pete Brennan's 10.4 boards average (Rosenbluth's 895 points that season is still a school record). UNC took down Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas in the title game, a triple-overtime 54-53 burner. (CBS Sports)
Video: Berry, Pinson, Jackson Post Georgia Tech InterviewsUNC freshmen Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, and Justin Jackson talked to the media following the Tar Heel's win at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
Joel Berry comes into his own at Georgia TechSometimes the biggest things come in the smallest packages. Sometimes it appears as points. Other times it’s assists, or blocks, or any number of minute statistics that fail to capture the scope of a moment. Perhaps it’s something different entirely. Tuesday night, during the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s 81-49 demolition of Georgia Tech, it was all three from one player — Joel Berry. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Georgia Tech Press ConferenceNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams spoke to the media following the Tar Heels' 81-49 victory at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
Lucas: Many Happy ReturnsTheo Pinson missed plenty while injuring his foot at Wake Forest on Jan. 21. But at no point during the 11 games he missed did he forget how to count. Pinson’s sudden appearance in the closing minutes of Tuesday’s 81-49 victory over Georgia Tech was the game’s most unexpected highlight. Roy Williams had said on Monday he did not expect his freshman to play. (GoHeels.com)
Freshmen Pace Tar Heels In Win Over Georgia TechWhile Theo Pinson made his return late in No. 19 North Carolina’s 81-49 win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday, it was his classmates – Joel Berry and Justin Jackson - that sparked an explosive run early in building an 18-point halftime lead. Neither Berry nor Jackson played much like freshmen at McCamish Pavilion as both attacked with confidence. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Scramble Past Yellow JacketsNo. 19 North Carolina routed Georgia Tech in their first meeting on Feb. 21 with a lethal display of offensive efficiency. The Tar Heels delivered a similar result through a different manner on Tuesday, scoring 25 points off 18 Yellow Jacket turnovers. The Yellow Jackets committed seven turnovers in their first 13 possessions in falling behind by seven points. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams Post-Georgia Tech QuotesAfter you beat Georgia Tech last time, your team had a letdown against N.C. State. How do you prevent that from happening again on Saturday? Roy Williams: "If we have a letdown this time, guys, we don’t have a frickin’ heart. Come on. You’re playing Duke and they beat us last time. It’s the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball. If we get beat, it won’t be because of a letdown." (Inside Carolina)
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