Charlie Scott to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of FameKansas State’s Rolando Blackman, Quinn Buckner of Indiana, Ohio State’s John Havlicek, Long Beach State’s Ed Ratleff and Charles Scott of North Carolina headline the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2015. A two-time All-America and the ACC athlete of the year in 1970 playing for coach Dean Smith, Scott was the first African-American scholarship athlete for the Tar Heels. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Know Your Opponent: DukeWith round one of the best rivalry in college basketball set for Wednesday night in Durham, Duke finds itself in sight of one of its annual goals - a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils have been no worse than a No. 3 seed every March since 2007, and with an RPI of 5 and a SOS of 8, they can expect to continue that streak. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Dean Smith Breaks Down 1989 UNC vs Duke GameIn this ACC Hidden Gem, legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith breaks down UNC's big win over Duke during an episode of his weekly TV show. It's a unique opportunity to hear the coach talk about keys to the 91-71 win for a Tar Heels team that featured Rick Fox, Hubert Davis, Scott Williams and J.R. Reid.
Justin Jackson finding his way, from home school to hoops hotbedThus far, there's been little normal about Justin Jackson's college experience. The freshman forward for 15th-ranked North Carolina gets one day off a week. This month his Tar Heels will play seven games in four different states, each one carried on television and chewed over by fans and media. One of those, Wednesday night's trip to No. 4 Duke, will come complete with several days of incessant hype. (Fayetteville Observer)
Video: UNC Assistant Coach Steve Robinson Previews DukeThe no. 15 Tar Heels will head to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the no. 4 Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday, February 18th at 9pm. North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson previews the matchup.
Tribute to the late Dean Smith comes from unlikely sourceAaron Kirschenfeld played the role of the Blue Devil mascot before graduating from Duke in 2007. Even though he’s receiving a law degree and master’s from North Carolina, there is no question where his alliance lies in the Carolina-Duke rivalry. Yet the death of legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith hit him in a way he never could have anticipated. (ESPN.com)
History of UNC vs Duke in the Roy Williams EraRoy Williams is presently 10-13 against Duke at UNC but just 3-8 in the last 11 games spanning the past five seasons. UNC has matching 5-6 records at home and on the road against Duke in the Williams era with the Tar Heels dropping the only neutral court affair in the 2011 ACC Championship. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Michael Jordan UNC HighlightsIn honor of Michael Jordan's birthday, we take a look back at some of the best moment's from his UNC career. One of the best college players and perhaps the best NBA player of all time, Jordan became a household name by hitting the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship.
Tar Heel Trailblazer: Charles WaddellCharles Waddell came to Carolina on a football scholarship with the understanding that he would have the opportunity to play basketball. Waddell’s first year on campus, 1971-72, was the last before freshman became eligible to compete in football and basketball. He participated in spring football practice that year. But in his sophomore season after the Sun Bowl that December, Waddell joined the JV basketball team. (GoHeels.com)
Joel Berry Providing BoostFreshman guard Joel Berry II has added a defensive presence to No. 15 North Carolina’s backcourt since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for seven games. Berry’s defensive ability could be critical down the stretch for a team that struggles at times to limit dribble penetration. (Inside Carolina)
Kennedy Meeks On Watch List For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar AwardThe Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the fifteen watch list members for the 2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. North Carolina sophomore Kennedy Meeks is on the list. Named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its inaugural year recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. (GoHeels.com)
John Kilgo Remembers The Life Of Dean Smith (audio)On a somber Monday morning, legendary NC announcer John Kilgo opened up and shared stories with Mac Attack on the life of Coach Dean Smith. “He was a man of total grace, self-depricating, uncommon humility…his humility was off the charts,” says Kilgo. (WFNZ)
Carolina Visits Duke On WednesdayNorth Carolina will try to bounce back from Saturday’s loss at Pitt when it visits Duke on Wednesday in the first meeting between the schools this season. The Tar Heels will be playing their fourth road game in the last five outings. They have lost three of their last four games overall. ESPN will televise the game nationally at 9 p.m. with Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake on the call. (GoHeels.com)
Former UNC walkon Joe Jenkins talks about Coach SmithOut of 14 players, seven were McDonald’s All-Americans on the 1987-88 North Carolina men’s basketball team. The remaining seven who didn’t earn such acclaim were no less important in coach Dean Smith’s eyes. Joe Jenkins was certainly in the second group of seven, a UNC JV player who worked his way to a roster spot amongst the real deal Heels by his senior year. (Daily Advance)
UNC Announces Fund to Honor Coach SmithUNC, in consultation with the family of the late former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith, has announced the creation of the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, according to a statement from the university. The release states that the fund will honor the legacy of Coach Smith by providing access and opportunities to Carolina students for generations to come. (Chapelboro.com)
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