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Senior Day an emotional, nervous time for UNC's Williams

It doesn’t take much to get Roy Williams emotional, so it goes without saying that a tear or two will likely be shed Saturday on Senior Night at the Smith Center. The UNC coach got misty eyed just talking about it at a press conference. But sadness and nostalgia aren’t the only two emotions Williams will feel on the occasion of his team’s final home game. (North State Journal)

Stingy with praise, Roy Williams keeps Tar Heels grounded

While UNC is a win away from grabbing the outright regular-season title in the nation’s toughest league, nobody seems as unimpressed as Roy Williams. In his dealings with the media, at least, he seems to be going out of his way to make sure his fifth-ranked Tar Heels stay grounded. If they want an unqualified compliment, they likely won’t get one from him. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC-Duke: Gameday Notes

In the first Duke matchup, UNC allowed 24 open or lightly contested 3s (Duke made 13). That number will need to come down this time around (or the Tar Heels will need to hope for lots of luck). In the last game against Virginia, UNC allowed only 13 of the Cavaliers’ 24 3s to be open or lightly contested (they made 8, compared to just 2-of-11 that were well-contested). (The Secondary Break)

UNC's Seniors Play One Last Time at Home

No. 5 North Carolina’s starting five against No. 17 Duke on Saturday will, as traditional dictates on Senior Night, consist of five players that are playing their final game at the Dean E. Smith Center. While the starting lineup will look the part – UNC’s home white uniforms serve as a lifelong bonding agent – its diversity is what makes this Senior Night unique. (Inside Carolina)

Rivals meet with questions to answer

So many answers could come before tonight’s tip-off for the UNC-Duke game. Those shouldn’t distract from these ACC rivals finishing the regular season with purposeful performances. “It still boils down to one thing,” Roy Williams said. “It’s still North Carolina against Duke.” By tip-off, it will be clear if UNC will have to win in order to be the outright regular-season champion. (Burlington Times News)

Last game home game for Justin Jackson? He answers

One reporter asked Justin Jackson on Thursday if he has given any thought to Saturday possibly being his last home game. "I've given the thought that it's our last game against Duke this year, and that we could win the whole entire thing for the regular season. The only thing I think about in the future is what I'm going to eat for dinner and what homework I have." (Carolina Blue)

A Golden Anniversary of Success: Pt. 3

North Carolina had a memorable season in 1967 with 26 wins, an ACC first-place finish, an ACC Tournament title and a trip to the Final Four. But, that was just the beginning of a three-year stretch unequalled in ACC history. All that has preceded this 50th anniversary of those teams can be traced back to that three-year period. So much has happened since then. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel Super Fan

You know the hair: Dark, frizzed out like a 1970s rock star, and all over the place. He’s that guy. Josh Mayo is UNC’s super fan and he’s on TV almost as often as the Tar Heels. “I was born in Chapel Hill to a mother that didn't go to UNC and father that went to Duke,” Mayo said, sitting in his dorm room on Carolina’s campus, walls adorned everywhere with Tar Heelia. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Portland Trail Blazers' Ed Davis on season-ending surgery: 'Definitely not a high point in my life'

One day after the Portland Trail Blazers announced that Ed Davis would undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, the big man spoke to reporters about an injury he had been keeping quiet for parts of two seasons. Davis can't remember exactly when he first hurt himself -- sometime last season -- but he remembers when he aggravated it. (Oregon Live)

Video: Roy Williams interview on The Rich Eisen Show

North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams discusses March Madness, Michael Jordan, and more Thursday on the Rich Eisen Show. (Rich Eisen Show)

UNC students go to great lengths to get Duke tickets

With the UNC vs. Duke basketball game quickly approaching on Saturday, many students are willing to do almost anything to get a ticket. Numerous Facebook posts can be found asking for tickets in exchange for money or through trade. One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he had four different offers for his Phase 3 ticket, and he sold it for $140. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC-Duke matchup also a showdown for ACC Player of the Year between Jackson, Kennard

The Player of the Year race in the ACC is closer than in any other power conference this season, and the proceedings at the Smith Center offer Luke Kennard and Justin Jackson one last chance at a distinctive statement effort. For a pair of 2016-17’s ascendant stars, it represents one final opportunity to create separation where there is not much at all. (Sports Illustrated)

Summer work, NBA lessons fuel Justin Jackson's rise at No. 5 UNC

There's nothing complicated about how UNC's Justin Jackson dramatically improved his 3-point range and scoring output to make himself a candidate for ACC player of the year. No, the 6-foot-8 junior said it's simply a revamped mentality after lessons learned from workouts for NBA teams last summer. "I realized how hard you really have to work to be at that level," Jackson said. (Associated Press)

A Golden Anniversary of Success, Pt. 2

UNC’s 1967 basketball season was filled with anticipation. Dean Smith had engineered a building process that was coming to fruition. This is the golden anniversary of a three-year period unparalleled in ACC history with three straight league regular-season and tournament championships. Smith knew he had to have a more balanced team to be really successful. (GoHeels.com)

King Rice named MAAC Coach of the Year for second straight season

On Friday, King Rice was named the MAAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season after Monmouth went 18-2 in the league, becoming the first team in league history to win 18 games. Rice is the third coach in league history to win that award in back-to-back years, joining Iona's Tim Welsh in 1997 and 1998, and La Salle's Speedy Morris in 1988 and 1989. (Asbury Park Press)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6, TBD

UNC @ Elon
Fri, Nov 9, TBD

UNC vs. Stanford
Mon, Nov 12, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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