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With five to go, who has the edge for the ACC regular season title?

North Carolina and Miami play Saturday with the winner taking sole possession of first place in the ACC. The good news for the Tar Heels is the game is in Chapel Hill but how much damage was done by the loss to Duke? In their final 5 games, North Carolina will play three of the top six in the ACC and two are on the road; at Virginia and Duke. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Wayne Ellington says it’s ‘bittersweet’ after father's murderer gets 30-60 years in prison

Nets guard Wayne Ellington Jr., a supporter of gun-control efforts, said it was "bittersweet" when the man accused of shooting and killing his father was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. "You always want justice to be served," Wellington Jr. said at practice in Brooklyn on Wednesday, "but at the same time none of that could ever bring my father back." (New York Daily News)

How will the North Carolina, Duke move forward from dramatic upset?

UNC is now tied with Miami for first place in the ACC, and the Hurricanes play in Chapel Hill on Saturday. Miami's Sheldon McClellan is the best pick-and-roll scorer among the nation's major-conference players, and the Hurricanes often have succeeded by involving their big men in high screens that force UNC center Kennedy Meeks to move on the perimeter. (Fayetteville Observer)

Bucks' John Henson focuses on healing

John Henson is trying to keep his spirits up while waiting for a lower back injury to heal. The 6-foot-11 Henson has missed the last seven games with his injury. He said it started to bother him in the Bucks' loss at New Orleans on Jan. 23. "We really don't know (when it happened)," Henson said. "I took a couple hard falls and then I wasn't moving right." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ACC, Big Ten & SEC coaches evaluate conference opponents with brutal honesty

On UNC: "They don't play hard all the time. I don't know if it's that they're soft or they just know they're really good and just trying to get through the regular season. Marcus Paige has been a dud. His body language is bad. Not sure he's the leader you need him to be. Joel Berry is much improved. Brice Johnson's turnaround jump shot is unguardable." (Campus Rush)

Duke hung around long enough to beat Carolina

There are some things in the universe that just can’t be explained. Air travel has always baffled me. Same with trigonometry. Radio, too. Halle Berry. Duke’s 74-73 win over North Carolina at the Smith Center has to fall into that inexplicable category because there’s really no legitimate justification for how it all transpired. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Williams: 'I should have called a timeout'

It's easy to sit here and be an armchair coach with the benefit of hindsight. However, if we all recognize it, and if Williams recognizes it based on how he's talked about his team all season, the insistence on coaching this year's iteration of North Carolina basketball like previous veteran groups looks like nothing other than sheer inflexibility to adapt to the team you have instead of the team you want. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings: #10 UNC

I’m still stunned at how the final 11 minutes of Carolina-Duke went down on Wednesday in Chapel Hill. In the 16 offensive possessions Brice Johnson plays in the final 11 minutes, he gets one field-goal attempt and one paint touch (on the same play). Duke's Marshall Plumlee plays the final 10:51 with four fouls, defending Johnson on all 16 of his possessions. (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Woody Durham Honored in Smith Center for Gowdy Award

Longtime 'voice of the Tar Heels' Woody Durham was honored on the Smith Center floor after receiving the Gowdy award for his contributions to the game of basketball. View Video...

UNC again can’t put away a good team

Although this one hurt for the Tar Heels more than the losses at Louisville and Notre Dame, the same issue of not being able to make big plays down the stretch doomed the Tar Heels. This even though Duke played basically with five players for much of the game after Duke’s Matt Jones badly sprained his left ankle in the first half. (Raleigh & Company)

Ross' Reactions: UNC vs. Duke

UNC outplayed Duke for the majority of Wednesday's rivalry matchup, but down the stretch the Blue Devils showed the grit necessary to leave with the win. The Blue Devils bested the Tar Heels 74-73. Brice Johnson was a beast, but the play of Brandon Ingram, Grayson Allen, and Luke Kennard countered the Carolina senior's effort. (Carolina Blue)

After Wednesday’s loss to Duke, North Carolina must rebound quickly

North Carolina desperately needs soul-searching after Wednesday’s loss. The fifth-ranked Tar Heels, once the preseason No. 1 team in the country, have now lost three of their last five games. One of their two wins during that stretch was a come-from-behind victory over Boston College, one of the worst teams in the ACC. (Sports Illustrated)

Tar Heels unable to close out Blue Devils

No. 5 North Carolina had No. 20 Duke dead to rights in the second half Wednesday, up eight points with 6:49 to play and all the momentum in the world. Dead to rights, however, is not dead. The Tar Heels’ old bugaboo of closing games came back to bite it in a bad way as the Blue Devils squirmed out from all that momentum and stole a 74-73 win in Chapel Hill. (Greensboro News & Record)

Roy Williams takes blame for not calling timeout late in loss to Duke

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he apologized to his team for not calling a timeout in the closing seconds of the Tar Heels' 74-73 loss to rival Duke on Wednesday. UNC had the ball with 20 seconds left and a chance for the win. Williams said he allowed the Tar Heels to play through based on the principles he learned from legendary coach Dean Smith. (ESPN.com)

Why North Carolina botched its final possession vs. Duke

It was total mismanagement of the final possession — and something that happened all too frequently for North Carolina in the second half. Instead of feeding Brice Johnson (or any post player) in the paint, the Tar Heel guards settled for jump shots, many of which didn't fall. Joel Berry, for instance, finished his night 2-for-12 from the field. (USA Today)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, 5:05 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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