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Raptors’ Hansbrough made subtle changes to be greater impact

The stat line for Tyler Hansbrough read just five points and two rebounds in the Toronto Raptors’ season opener, yet coach Dwane Casey came off the floor raving about how big an impact the big man had. There’s a subtle change in the 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward as he enters his second season with the Raptors, and it’s paying off for the team, even if it doesn’t show up on the stats sheet. (The Globe and Mail)

Warriors Exercise Contract Option on Harrison Barnes

The Golden State Warriors announced Thursday that the team has exercised the fourth-year contract option on forward Harrison Barnes for the 2015-16 NBA season. Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option. (NBA.com)

Danny Green is NBA’s ‘Mr. Average’

Danny Green has been named the NBA's “Mr. Average” for 2014-15, and that’s not an insult. Rather, it’s an honor earned through the league’s annual roster survey. The average height of an NBA player is 6-7. Green is listed at 6-6. The average weight of an NBA player is 219.5 pounds. Green’s listed weight is 215. The average experience for an NBA player is 5.03 seasons. Green has played five seasons. (San Antonio Express-News)

Help Wanted: 3-Point Shooting

North Carolina’s 2014-15 roster represents Roy Williams’ most balanced group since the 2011-12 season. What it lacks is perimeter firepower outside of Marcus Paige. UNC ranked 339th out of 345 Division I programs in 3-point field goals per game (4.3) last season. The Tar Heels shot 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. (Inside Carolina)

Top 25 Basketball Countdown: No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels

I’m not convinced that there is a team in the country with markedly more talent on the roster than North Carolina. Kentucky, Duke, Arizona and Kansas are all loaded as well, but there’s a fairly easy argument to make that the Tar Heels are anything-but outclassed by the schools ranked above them. (NBC Sports)

CBSSports.com's Top 100 college basketball players for 2014-15

3. Marcus Paige, UNC. Paige developed into the best offensive guard in the NCAA last season with his ability to not only consistently get into the middle of the lane, but also with his further-developed outside jumper. He'll be the engine that makes UNC's high-powered offense go. 61. Brice Johnson, UNC. 89. Justin Jackson, UNC. (CBS Sports)

Carolina Rundown: October 30

Marvin Williams had 19 for the Hornets. John Henson had five points for the Bucks. Wayne Ellington had 13 points for the Lakers, and Ed Davis had 14 points and nine rebounds. Harrison Barnes started for the Warriors and scored nine points.Tyler Zeller had six points in his first game for Boston. Tyler Hansbrough had five points. Vince Carter posted four points in his Memphis debut. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Getting To Know Wayne Ellington

The Los Angeles Lakers signed 6’4? shooting guard Wayne Ellington to a partially guaranteed contract before the start of training camp. The former North Carolina Tar Heel, known for his ability to shoot from deep, entered the league in 2009 and has had stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, and most recently, the Dallas Mavericks. (Lakers Nation)

Size, range, balance mark resurgent Tar Heels

The Tar Heels have improved their balance this season — with remodeled players in the post and three impact freshmen surrounding ACC preseason player of the year Marcus Paige — leading to hopes for a deep run in 2014-15. “This will be the most confident I’ve been going into a season,” junior forward Brice Johnson said at the ACC’s preseason media day. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Roy Williams defends ethics; Swofford says he was unaware of issues at UNC

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said that he chose a career in athletics administration because of his belief in the marriage between academics and athletics. Swofford, who served as the athletic director at UNC from 1980-97 before assuming his current role, and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams faced questions about the failed marriage at UNC during the ACC’s preseason basketball event Wednesday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Marcus Paige Voted Preseason ACC Player of the Year

North Carolina (12 first-place votes) finished second behind Duke in the ACC basketball preseason media poll. North Carolina junior guard Marcus Paige, who averaged 17.5 points per game and led the ACC in free-throw percentage (.911) last season, received the nod as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. The Marion, Iowa, native received 33 votes in the Player of the Year balloting. (The ACC)

Video: This is Carolina Basketball - Episode 3

Inside access to preseason practice with the Tar Heels. Episode 3 features the importance of added depth at the point guard position, freshman Justin Jackson's immediate impact and the growth of J.P. Tokoto into one of the most versatile members of the team. View Video...

Video: Roy Williams Delivers Powerful Response to Academic Investigation

Watch Roy Williams' powerful message to reporters in response to questions about the academic investigation at the University of North Carolina. View Video...

Roy Williams: Some things being said aren't fair

Roy Williams: "I know I've never one day in my life failed to do something knowingly that would hurt our student-athletes. I've never one day in my life did something that I shouldn't have done. If you want to accuse me of being naive, go ahead. You can be as skeptical as you want. But the people that know Roy Williams know that some of those things that are being said are not fair." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Brice Johnson shuts out Wainstein Report

Brice Johnson wasn't even born when Deborah Crowder began enrolling North Carolina students in paper classes in the Afro and African American Studies department. As far as he's concerned, the Wainstein report doesn't affect him. And yet, the first 15 questions at the ACC's annual Media Day were about the Wainstein report. (Carolina Blue)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 68
Boston College: 65
Tue, Feb 9 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Sun, Feb 14, 1:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Wed, Feb 17, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Sat, Feb 20, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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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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