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Young Vols take confidence and fearlessness on road to UNC

Tennessee will need confidence in its toughest game of the season at seventh-ranked North Carolina today. The Vols were 1-11 in true road games last season, and though this team is younger with three freshmen in the starting lineup and another potential freshman starter out with an injury, perhaps their fearlessness will lead to better play. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Rick Barnes 'studied as hard as you could study' Dean Smith

Rick Barnes, in his days as a young, fiery basketball coach, was never afraid to go after Dean Smith. He went after Smith during the first round of the 1995 ACC Tournament, after Smith pointed a finger at one of Barnes' Clemson players after a hard foul, telling him what he thought of the foul. (GoVols247)

Know Your Opponent: Tennessee

After a 1-2 showing at the Maui Invitational, Tennessee had 10 days off to regroup. The time off seems to have paid off for Rick Barnes and his young team, as the Vols routed Georgia Tech and Presbyterian to improve to 4-3 ahead of Sunday's visit to Chapel Hill. UT features three freshman starters and Barnes has one of the youngest rosters in college basketball. (GoHeels.com)

Throwback Breakdowns: Vince Carter

Vince Carter inspired an entire nation to dribble a basketball at a time when slapping a hockey puck reigned supreme. Now a resident of Toronto, I can attest that it still does, but that margin has slimmed to the point where “Maple Leaf Square” is now more popularly referred to as “Jurassic Park.” (BBall Breakdown)

North Carolina doesn't want to win ugly again

Moments of frustration seemed to be a sticking point with North Carolina since its last game, albeit a nine-point victory. So the No. 7 Tar Heels have vowed to produce an upgrade against Tennessee on Sunday at the Smith Center. "We definitely have to go back to the drawing board," forward Kennedy Meeks said. "We have to learn from it." (CBS Sports)

UNC vs. Tennessee Preview

Rick Barnes returns to the Smith Center in a different shade of orange on Sunday as his Tennessee Volunteers arrive for a matchup with No. 7 North Carolina. The game tips at 5:00 p.m. In his second season in Knoxville, head coach Rick Barnes has one of the youngest teams he’s ever coached, and it’s showing in the Vols’ play. (Inside Carolina)

Vol Basketball Preview: North Carolina

Per the early season ratings over at KenPom.com, there’s a class of about six elite teams and then there’s everyone else. North Carolina is one of those six. Point being: North Carolina is part of the 2016–17 elite class in basketball, as per usual. (Orange & White Report)

Tennessee knows the damage UNC can do on the glass

Rick Barnes started practice Friday afternoon with two sets of five on the floor at Pratt Pavilion. Five players in orange practice jerseys, large pads in hand. Five players in grey with no pads to work with. Barnes threw one shot after the other off the rim, and with it, the grey-clad players bodied up an orange pad, boxing out and going after rebounds as physically as possible. (GoVols247)

Stilman White headed for a memorable finish with UNC basketball

Every day, the phone vibrates. Sometimes in the morning, sometimes late at night. It can go off during class, lunch or while strolling across campus. Redemption is calling. Texting, actually. That’s the name of the ongoing group chat among the UNC basketball players this season. If there’s one thing Stilman White knows, it’s finishing what he started. (Wilmington Star News)

The Impact of Joel Berry

With Joel Berry considered doubtful for Sunday’s game against Tennessee, let’s do a quick rundown of UNC’s on-court/off-court numbers with and without him on the floor. The usual “take this kind of data with a grain of salt” caveats apply, especially for a 10-game sample size The Heels have now played about 60% of their minutes with Berry in the lineup. (The Secondary Break)

Tar Heels Welcome Vols Sunday

North Carolina hosts Tennessee on Sunday, December 11 at 5 p.m. The Tar Heels are 8-1 against the Volunteers, although the schools from neighboring states have only played three times in the last 69 years. Roy Williams is 2-0 against Tennessee. Both games were as UNC’s head coach. UNC never played Tennessee during Dean Smith’s 36-year tenure. (GoHeels.com)

Tennessee at North Carolina Preview

The Vols and Tar Heels haven’t played on-campus since the 1940’s. Tennessee and North Carolina met in the 2000 Sweet 16, a bitter end to an SEC Championship season as the 4-seed Vols blew a late lead to fall 74-69 to the Tar Heels. UNC also beat the Vols in Maui in 2004 and in the Preseason NIT in 2006. (Rocky Top Talk)

Vols know the damage UNC can do on the glass

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes threw one shot after the other off the rim, and with it, the grey-clad players went after rebounds as physically as possible. A tone was being set before Tennessee travels to face No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday. The Tar Heels play inside out. They feed the post and crash the glass. Be ready to box out -- or else. (247 Sports)

Tennessee basketball ‘almost ready’ for statement game at North Carolina

Tennessee basketball has a chance to put itself back on the map Sunday afternoon at North Carolina. The Vols (4-3) are coming off a 90-50 victory over Presbyterian (S.C.) on Tuesday, but they’ll be a prohibitive underdog to the No. 5-ranked Tar Heels (9-1) at 5 p.m. at the Dean Smith Center (TV: ESPN). (SEC Country)

Luke Maye Developing Into An Important Component

As far as Luke Maye is concerned, Wednesday night’s game versus Davidson was really his fourth of the season even though it was the Tar Heels’ 10th. A sprained ankle in the second game forced the sophomore forward to miss five games, but he only played a partial game versus Chattanooga, which was the home opener, and returned for last week’s loss at Indiana. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 87
Clemson: 79
Tue, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Jan 20, 2:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27, 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#2 UVA0
at Georgia Tech0
Thursday 8:00 PM
Guy 15.5 ppg, 1.6 apg; Okogie 18.8 ppg, 1.8 apg;
Wake Forest0
at NC State0
Thursday 8:00 PM
Crawford 16.1 ppg, 4.7 apg; Freeman 14.3 ppg, 2.8 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia5-015-1
(5) Duke4-216-2
(20) Clemson4-215-3
(15) North Carolina4-215-4
Georgia Tech3-110-7
Boston College3-314-6
Notre Dame3-313-6
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-312-5
NC State2-312-6
Florida State2-413-5
Wake Forest1-48-9

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