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North Carolina Tar Heels 2014-15 team preview

Coach Roy Williams is already sick of repeating the key to the Tar Heels’ success this season: At least one of their big men must become the kind of go-to inside presence that helped lift the program to NCAA titles in 2005 (with center Sean May) and in ’09 (forward Tyler Hansbrough). Fortunately for Williams, North Carolina has two promising options. (Sports Illustrated)

Carolina Rundown: November 4

Reggie Bullock had 12 points in his first action of the season, and the Clippers might be ready to give him more playing time. Nine points and 12 assists for Ty Lawson, but Denver lost. Vince Carter had nine points off the bench in a Memphis win. Tyler Zeller had six points in eight minutes. Brandan Wright had six points and six rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

Some 30 years removed from rookie season, Michael Jordan now plays a different game

As part of UNC tradition, each summer former Tar Heel players return to campus and compete against the current crop of college kids for a training camp tune-up. One summer in particular, Walter Davis and Phil Ford, then established NBA players, experienced the surprise of their life. Both Davis and Ford had the pleasure of guarding a 17-year old freshman named Michael Jordan. (Sporting News)

UNC Player Profile: Joel Berry

The 2014-15 season is almost here and in preparation for that we profile the players. Today's focus is on incoming point guard Joel Berry. Berry is a nice counter to both Marcus Paige and Nate Britt. Whereas Paige uses a probing dribble to find driving space and Britt depends on his speed, Berry uses his strength to bully his way into the lane and draw contact. (Tar Heel Blog)

Q&A with Roy Williams, Part I

Roy Williams answered questions for more than an hour at the ACC's Operation Basketball: "It’s been a tough last year and a half. Last year with Leslie and P.J. and their problems, NCAA. Then all of a sudden this stuff going on too. The last 16- 17 months haven’t been very pleasant. That’s the reason I’ve enjoyed it so much, the relationship I have on the court with the players." (Inside Carolina)

Marcus Paige Named AP Pre-Season All-American

Marcus Paige is the sixth UNC player to earn preseason All-America honors from the Associated Press, earning the honor on Monday. The rest of the team includes Wisconsin center forward Frank Kaminsky, Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell, Wichita State junior guard Fred VanVleet and Duke center Jahlil Okafor. Paige was the leading vote-getter, named on 58 ballots by the 65-member panel. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Rundown: November 3

John Henson had six points and seven rebounds on Friday. Ty Lawson had 25 points and five assists on Saturday. Harrison Barnes had 15 points on Saturday. Brandan Wright had 12 points on Saturday. Tyler Zeller had eight points and four rebounds on Saturday. Ed Davis, an early bright spot for the Lakers, had 13 points and six rebounds on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

The 10 best backcourts in college hoops

1. North Carolina: Marcus Paige, Nate Britt, Joel Berry, Justin Jackson; Paige is a savant at the point, carrying on a Carolina legacy of super-talented and heady floor generals. Britt is a 5-foot-11 defensive pest. In terms of talent, minutes, points, assists and steals, I've got to have the Heels at the top. Paige might win Player of the Year, after all. (CBS Sports)

Ed Davis a bright spot for Lakers early in season

The Lakers are off to an 0-2 start while getting outscored by 19 points a night. One of the few bright spots has been the play of forward-center Ed Davis, who is averaging 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocked shots and 1.5 steals in 27.1 minutes a game. (Los Angeles Times)

Michael Jordan deserves credit for Hornets' buzz

Say a person started a new career four years ago. Odds are he is better at the job now. Through trial and error, experience and focusing on the keys to running a successful NBA team on and off the court, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan acknowledged he's a better owner today than he when he first became majority owner. (USA Today)

Clippers exercise option on SG Reggie Bullock

Guard Reggie Bullock, who averaged nine minutes played in 43 games last season as a rookie, has had his third-year option picked up by the Clippers. Bullock averaged 2.7 points per game a year ago, but shot just 35.5 percent from the field. (CBS Sports)

Video: Roy Williams Makes Half-Court Shot

UNC men's basketball head coach Roy Williams makes a half-court shot during practice on Friday, October 31 2014. View Video...

Lucas: NBA Storylines

Here's a storyline to watch for each of the Tar Heels in the NBA this year.: New Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a longtime Harrison Barnes fan, and moved the third-year pro into the starting lineup in the season opener in place of Andre Iguodala, who has moved into a sixth man role. The Warriors exercised their fourth-year option on Barnes this week. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Ranked No. 6 in Preseason AP Basketball Poll

The Associated Press released its 2014-15 preseason poll on Friday, and North Carolina will start the season in the top 10 for the ninth time in 12 seasons under head coach Roy Williams. The Tar Heels came in at No. 6, trailing No. 1 Kentucky, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Kansas. This marks UNC's highest ranking in the preseason AP poll since 2011-12. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Rundown: October 31

CBSSports.com ranks Marcus Paige the No. 3 player in college basketball. Brandan Wright had 14 points for the Mavericks. Mentioned earlier this week the reception Roy Williams got in Lawrence, and here's the video of both the fan reaction and his speech (note his tie). Women's basketball begins the season ranked 13th in the preseason AP poll. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 68
Boston College: 65
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UNC vs. Miami
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ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina9-220-4
(7) Virginia9-320-4
(12) Miami8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
Florida State6-616-8
Virginia Tech5-713-12
Georgia Tech3-813-11
NC State2-912-12
Wake Forest1-1110-14
Boston College0-117-17

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