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Big men key in UNC's six game winning steak

UNC's big men have thrived in North Carolina's six straight ACC wins. Not only have Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks started every one of Carolina's 21 games, they have played better during the more intense conference schedule. Hicks, in particular, has increased his numbers in every key offensive area, while Meeks has shown improvement at a less drastic rate. (Carolina Blue)

UNC junior varsity basketball overcomes slow start for 74-55 win over Guilford College

Sophomore guard Caleb Ellis cut down the middle of the lane. Junior guard Kane Ma tossed up a soft lob, and Ellis threw it down with one hand. It was executed to perfection. It brought UNC’s bench and the small crowd in the Smith Center to their feet. Even star varsity point guard Joel Berry II — who had stopped by to watch the JV team — was impressed. (Daily Tar Heel)

Roy Williams on what Theo Pinson brings

UNC head coach Roy Williams was asked on Monday's ACC coaches teleconference about what junior wing Theo Pinson brings to this Carolina team that they may not have had before. Pinson missed North Carolina's first 16 games while recovering from surgery from a broken bone in his foot. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball In the National Polls

North Carolina remained No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and moved up to No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches poll in new rankings released on Monday afternoon. The Tar Heels were No. 9 in both polls last week and won games against Syracuse (at home) and Boston College (on the road) since last week's rankings were released. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Defensive Charting vs. Boston College

While Ky Bowman did score 33 points for Boston College on just 19 field goal attempts, it wasn’t all bad news for the Tar Heels. They kept him off the foul line (only one attempt), and also turned him over eight times (although a couple fell into the “unforced” category). Still, it was another mediocre (at best) defensive performance for Joel Berry. (The Secondary Break)

Ty Lawson compares referee to Spongebob character

The Sacramento Kings weren’t too happy about the way Saturday’s 102–99 loss to the Bulls was officiated, and we can point to Ty Lawson’s Instagram as an example. After Lawson’s teammate DeMarcus Cousins sarcastically applauded the officials for their great work after he appeared to be hosed on a phantom foul call, Lawson dropped some heat on IG. (Sports Illustrated)

George Karl shares fond memories of his time coaching Sonics

George Karl has found himself in the news recently thanks to some statements in his new book “Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection.” Considering the title, it really shouldn’t be much of a surprise that George doesn’t mince words about a lot of the players he coached. (MyNorthwest.com)

UNC Basketball Pounding the Post

In Chestnut Hill on Saturday, UNC got back to its preferred strategy of force-feeding the low post. The Tar Heels threw 30 post entries in the 90-82 win, higher than their season average of 24. While all four primary posts (Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Tony Bradley, and Luke Maye) received at least a handful of entries, it was Meeks who did the heaviest lifting. (The Secondary Break)

George Karl discusses his new book, coaching missteps, Carmelo Anthony, and the league today

George Karl's new book, "Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection," doesn't hold back. The book from the 64-year-old former coach is a tell-all memoir spanning his North Carolina roots, with him learning under legendary basketball coach Dean Smith, to his wild and successful coaching career, where he coached six teams and amassed 1,175 wins, the sixth-most all-time. (Business Insider)

A statistical glimpse at Harrison Barnes’ growth in his first season as a Mav

It would be an understatement to say Harrison Barnes has come a long way in his first season as a Maverick. Remember when he shot 26 percent during the preseason? That feels like an awfully long time ago at this point. He’s had seven games this season with a scoring output higher than the percentage he shot during exhibition season. (Dallas Mavericks)

On the Warriors' Bench, Life Is Good for James Michael McAdoo

The last player on the bench for the best team in basketball was the first to arrive at the team’s training facility on a. James Michael McAdoo joined three members of the Golden State Warriors’ video department for a workout before practice. They call themselves the Breakfast Club, and McAdoo enjoys the relative solitude of these early-morning sessions. (New York Times)

Lucas: The Difference

“The difference in that game,” said a gentleman who has played, coached and been in the front office of the NBA at the very highest levels, “was Theo Pinson.”Say what now? Pinson made three baskets. He collected five rebounds (four Tar Heels had at least that many). He played 23 minutes and did not lead the team in any statistical category. And he was the difference? (GoHeels.com)

UNC Addressing Defensive Inconsistency

Help defense has been a talking point through UNC’s first 21 games, not only for an occasional inability to stop penetration, but also for collapsing too far off the 3-point line, thereby giving too much cushion to perimeter shooters. If we do a better job of keeping the ball in front of us, no one has to help,” Kenny Williams said after UNC’s sixth-straight ACC win. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Kennedy Meeks Scores 20 at Boston College

North Carolina senior forward Kennedy Meeks scored 20 points (9-16 FG) to go along with 9 rebounds in the Tar Heels' 90-82 win over Boston College in Chestnut Hill on Saturday. Read More...

No. 9 Tar Heels Withstand Bowman’s Big Day, Knock Off Boston College on the Road

For a majority of UNC’s 90-82 road victory over Boston College on Saturday, it appeared the Eagles had the perfect recipe for an upset. It was a noon start-time, and BC point guard Ky Bowman was nearly unstoppable–pouring in a career-high 33 points. Still, though, UNC was able to come together in the final minutes to clinch its sixth straight ACC win. (Chapelboro.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 93
Louisville: 76
Sat, Feb 17 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Syracuse
Wed, Feb 21, 7:00 ET ESPN

UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Georgia Tech0
at #1 UVA0
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Okogie 18.6 ppg, 2.2 apg; Guy 15.2 ppg, 1.5 apg;
at #5 Duke0
Wednesday 9:00 PM
Adel 15.7 ppg, 2.9 apg; Bagley III 21.2 ppg, 1.7 apg;
#10 UNC0
at Syracuse0
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Maye 18.4 ppg, 2.5 apg; Battle 19.9 ppg, 1.8 apg;
#15 Clemson0
at Virginia Tech0
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Reed 15.6 ppg, 3.4 apg; Robinson 13.7 ppg, 5.6 apg;
Wake Forest0
at Pitt0
Wednesday 9:00 PM
Crawford 17.0 ppg, 5.0 apg; Wilson-Frame 12.8 ppg, 1.5 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia13-123-2
(5) Duke10-422-5
(10) North Carolina10-521-7
(15) Clemson9-520-6
NC State9-619-9
Virginia Tech8-618-8
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Boston College6-917-12
Notre Dame6-916-12
Georgia Tech4-1011-16
Wake Forest3-1210-17

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