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This Year’s ACC Might Be the Best Basketball League Ever

The cream of the ACC plays Wednesday night, with No. 10 Duke meeting Syracuse and No. 7 Louisville facing No. 8 North Carolina. All four programs have won national titles, feature Hall of Fame coaches and likely will qualify for next month’s NCAA tournament. But if the ACC, leaves a mark this year, it will be because even its worst teams are pretty good. (New York Times)

Lucas: An Uncommon Showdown

When No. 8 UNC hosts No. 7 Louisville tonight, the Smith Center will be the venue for the 31st Associated Press top-ten game it has hosted in its 32 seasons. This is the first time the Cardinals will be in the building for a top-10 showdown. Nearly half (14) of the 31 games at the arena have been against Duke, and UNC holds an 8-6 mark in those contests. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Charlie Scott - A Deserving Pioneer

This basketball season marks the 50th anniversary of Charlie Scott’s enrollment at UNC as the first black scholarship athlete. Recruited by Dean Smith out of Harlem, Scott broke one of the most significant color barriers in the history of this state and went on to become a two-time All-American and win an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City. (Chapelboro.com)

Wilson Library opens exhibit on integration of varsity sports at Carolina

When Charles Scott took the floor for the men’s basketball team on Dec. 2, 1967, he became the first African-American to play on the varsity basketball team at Carolina. When Dean Smith was hired as head basketball coach in 1961, one of his goals was to recruit African-American players for Carolina. (UNC.edu)

The Greatest Game Never Played

The made-for-TV court at Caesars Palace could have been empty except for one basketball and two of the game's most illustrious players ever. They would have been free of teammates, facing each other head-on in The King of the Court, to finally answer a question that remained unanswered for so long: Who's better—Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson? (Bleacher Report)

UNC vs. Louisville: Tempo-Free Season Box Scores

It’s surprising sometimes how seldom big-time programs have played each other. UNC is 11-5 vs. Louisville, including 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament and 1-0 in the ACC Tournament. UNC lost the first meeting in 1929, then went 11-3 from 1972 until that ACCT meeting two years ago, before dropping the game last year. Round 17 is Wednesday at 9:00 in Chapel Hill. (The Secondary Break)

Tar Heels anxious to pick up pace again

After mastering a different kind of style, it could be back to full speed ahead for North Carolina tonight. The first-place Tar Heels tangle with Louisville, which shares second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, in a Top 10 showdown. “It will be a much different game than what it was against Virginia,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. (Burlington Times-News)

Sam Perkins, Ivory Latta Visit Troops in Afghanistan

Sam Perkins, Caron Butler and Ivory Latta sat in the first row, Bob Delaney in the second, members of the U.S. military were fanned out behind and beside, and Craig Sager was everywhere. It didn’t feel like a combat zone. That was the plan, of course, that the USO would bring several NBA representatives and Latta from the WNBA’s Washington Mystics on a tour. (NBA.com)

Ed Davis blazes his own trail in NBA

On the basketball court, Ed Davis is a spark. Davis, a former Benedictine and Hanover High star, played in 81 games for the Portland Trail Blazers last season, all providing a spark off the bench. As his NBA career has become more solidified, he wants to provide that same spark off the court. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Three team breakaway in the ACC?

Last week I likened the ACC basketball chase to the final furlongs of a great horse race. This week, the ACC’s epic 2017 showdown more nearly resembles a cycling road race, where after weeks of watching a very crowded peloton, we now are seeing the beginning of a three team breakaway. And next week we may see an unbelievable sprint to the finish. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Theo Pinson is UNC's X-Factor

North Carolina basketball analyst Taylor Vippolis takes a look at the importance of having Theo Pinson in UNC's starting lineup and the positive effects he has on and off the court. Read More...

Jerry Stackhouse making serious inroads to become NBA coach

This is not Former standout Jerry Stackhouse big-naming his way to a job. This is not a marketing move by the Raptors, the parent club. Stackhouse is no sideshow attraction to sell tickets or send Raptors 905 players on an Internet scavenger hunt of old highlights. "This is what I do. This isn’t a fluke. I’ve been working at this thing for a while. A lot of people just see it now." (NBA.com)

UNC vs. Louisville Preview

No. 8 North Carolina welcomes No. 7 Louisville to the Smith Center Wednesday with first place in the ACC standings on the line. Tip off is set for 9:05 p.m. on ESPN. Louisville ranks fifth nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency and 16th in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to kenpom.com, and currently sits one game behind UNC in the ACC standings. (Inside Carolina)

Louisville Visits UNC With First Place On The Line

North Carolina hosts Louisville with first place in the ACC on the line on Wednesday at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN. The Tar Heels are 23-5 and first in the ACC with a 11-3 record in league play. The Cardinals are 22-5, 10-4. UL is tied for second place with Duke. UNC has a one-game lead on Louisville and Duke and a one-and-a-half game lead on Notre Dame and Florida State. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Basketball Ticket Buyers Advised To Check Tickets

Fans looking to buy tickets to the University of North Carolina’s remaining men’s basketball home games this season at the Dean E. Smith Center against Louisville (Feb. 22) and Duke (March 4) are advised to be on the lookout for counterfeit tickets. There have been several recent reports of the sale of counterfeit tickets which appear to be authentic. (GoHeels.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
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North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Miss St79
at Louisville56
Weatherspoon (Miss St) 19 pts; Spalding (Louisville) 13 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-528-7
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-9
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-922-11
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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