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Sixers' Kendall Marshall coping with demotion

Brett Brown anointed Kendall Marshall the 76ers starting point guard on Dec. 16. At the time, the coach said the job was Marshall's to lose. His status as the starter lasted eight days. But instead of sulking, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is putting in extra time before practice to be able to contribute in any way. "It's not easy," Marshall said of losing his job. "But it's part of being a professional." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Entering ACC play, Tar Heels familiar with unsettled lineup

Perhaps the most reliable aspect for this North Carolina men’s basketball team is its depth. It’s a trait that has grown in part because of necessity. The absence of star point guard Marcus Paige for the first six games and of junior forward Kennedy Meeks for the last four games has given coach Roy Williams reason to experiment with multiple lineup combinations throughout the non-conference schedule, which ended with Monday night’s victory against UNC Greensboro. (Burlington Times-News)

Tar Heels Look To Defend Home Court Again

UNC looks to defend their home court against Clemson for the 58th time in a row. Clemson has yet to win a men’s basketball game in Chapel Hill, with a 0-57 record. Clemson enters the game with a 7-5 record. They will be led by junior forward Jaron Blossomgame, who averages 15.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, leading the team in both categories. (Chapelboro.com)

Can Clemson end the losing streak at North Carolina?

How much will UNC miss Kennedy Meeks against Clemson? Andy Katz: The game is at the Dean Smith Center, so not that much. The Tar Heels dominate the Tigers in Chapel Hill. This edition of the series won't be any different. Eamonn Brennan: When your opponent has shown up 57 times and literally never beaten you, not even once, confidence is the sensible approach. (ESPN.com)

Preview & Prediction: #7 UNC vs Clemson

UNC opens ACC play in what is historically a mortal lock for a Tar Heel win. Carolina welcomes Clemson to Chapel Hill where the Tigers have never won in 57 tries and the odds of the 58th being any different aren't great. At the same time, conference play means the level of play goes up a notch from the non-league slate. Prediction: UNC 80, Clemson 66 (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC starts bid for ACC hoops title against 0-for-forever Clemson

The drought has dragged on too long for their liking. Not Clemson's all-time 0-fer in Chapel Hill, where a loss to seventh-ranked North Carolina in an ACC opener tonight would extend the fruitless streak to 58 games. The Tar Heels (11-2) haven't finished first in the league standings since 2012, a season before seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige arrived. (Fayetteville Observer)

Scott Cherry: I Use Every Lesson Dean Smith Taught Me (audio)

High Point head coach and former Tar Heel Scott Cherry recently joined Mike Maniscalco, Lauren Brownlow, and Demetri Ravanos on The Morning Show on Raleigh's 620 The Buzz. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Clemson

Clemson is one of the slower teams in the country at 63 possessions per game. The only other ACC team that plays slower is Virginia. The remainder of the teams in the league play at least three possessions or more per game. For most of the first 13 games, UNC has been able to keep the tempo at a tolerable rate. Clemson will test that as it is often difficult to speed the game up. (Tar Heel Blog)

Clemson (0-57 in Chapel Hill) vs. UNC, three to know preview

Clemson has an all-time record of 0-57 in Chapel Hill. Current rotation members Jaron Blossomgame, Sidy Djitte, Jordan Roper, Landry Nnoko and Josh Smith all played at least 12 minutes when the Tigers lost 80-61 at UNC two seasons ago. “All that stuff is in the past,” UNC sophomore Justin Jackson said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with Wednesday’s game.” (Fayetteville Observer)

Clemson Visits For ACC Opener

North Carolina (11-3) will play its first ACC game of the 2015-16 season when it hosts Clemson (7-5) on Wednesday December 30. The Tigers and Tar Heels will tip off just after 7 p.m. in the Smith Center. Dave O’Brien and Jay Bilas will call the game for an ESPN2 national television audience. Every Tar Heel game in December has been televised nationally. (GoHeels.com)

Justin Coleman talks business, basketball & Buffett

Why did you choose to study business? Business applies to everything. It’s part of every profession, whether you’re a doctor or a basketball player. It’s a major that can help me in anything that I do. (UNC.edu)

UNC’s Luke Maye deals with sizable freshman adjustments

It’s a question that immediately comes up when Luke Maye checks into a UNC game at the four spot, facing an obvious height disparity. How is he going to be successful inside against taller big men? It’s something that the 6-foot-8 freshman didn’t have to worry about as a two-time All-State selection at Hough High School. His answer to combat that disadvantage is never to be outworked. (Raleigh & Company)

North Carolina-Clemson Preview

One end of the floor has North Carolina coach Roy Williams concerned entering ACC play, but the other has made a habit of easing those anxieties through the nonconference slate. The seventh-ranked Tar Heels hope the offense keeps churning along while the defense catches up Wednesday night when they host Clemson, which is still seeking its first win in Chapel Hill. (Yahoo! Sports)

Previewing Clemson

No. 7 North Carolina opens ACC play in December for the first time since the 2004-05 season on Wednesday against Clemson. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2. Clemson enters Wednesday’s contest with a 7-5 record. After winning six of their first eight games, the Tigers have dropped three of their last four. (Inside Carolina)

How Dean Smith and Phil Jackson are helping shape Rick Fox's new eSports team

Three-time NBA champion Rick Fox is now the owner of a professional League of Legends team, and on Monday Echo Fox’s website went live with a message to fans. The former Lakers and UNC star makes it clear he’s going to run his new team like any other traditional sports organization, and that Echo Fox’s philosophy is inspired by his two legendary former coaches Phil Jackson and Dean Smith. (USA Today)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:05 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Virginia Tech71
Blossomgame (Clemson) 13 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 10 pts;
NC State71
at Georgia Tech69
Henderson (NC State) 21 pts; Stephens (Georgia Tech) 11 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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