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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)

Rick Barnes on facing Roy Williams, getting UNC on schedule

Rick Barnes knows what to expect when he faces Roy Williams. “Great rebounding team," Barnes said before practice on Friday morning at Pratt Pavilion. "What I’ve always loved about Roy’s teams is they play inside out. I think their defense, they’re not going to beat themselves. (GoVols247)

Is Harrison Barnes the NBA’s Most Improved Player?

Despite the Dallas Mavericks’ woeful start, there’s no reason Harrison Barnes shouldn’t be in the early conversation for Most Improved Player. This season, Barnes has significantly increased his per-game production. He’s averaging 20.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 37.5 minutes as of December 5. (Mavs Moneyball)

Catching Up with Former Tar Heel Justin Knox

Justin Knox joined the Tar Heels as their first-ever graduate transfer and provided much-needed frontcourt depth. Today Justin, his wife, Rachel, and kids, Carter and Aleaha, call Birmingham, Ala. home but that is not where Justin works. “This season will be my sixth playing basketball overseas. I’ve played in Belarus, Turkey (twice), Holland, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and currently Italy.” (Inside Carolina)

Danny Green finally finding his rhythm in new Spurs system

San Antonio Spurs had a historic 2015-2016 season with 67 wins. Although he gave a huge defensive contribution, Danny Green had overall bad offensive performance. He had career-low 37.6 field goal percentage and career second worst 33.2% from 3-point line. (Air Alamo)

Defensive Charting vs. Davidson

Upon my live viewing, I was left with the impression that Nate Britt really struggled to defend Davidson's Jack Gibbs. But that’s why it’s often helpful to re-watch and chart. While he wasn’t a defensive stalwart, his performance on that end was serviceable. In the first 10 minutes, in fact, it was excellent. He repeatedly denied Gibbs the ball in the backcourt. (The Secondary Break)

Sizing up UNC

Carolina’s offense is like a race car at the Indy 500: It’s an engineering marvel with a ton of horsepower that operates at a million miles an hour, but that alone isn’t enough to guarantee a win. UNC still needs a guy in the driver’s seat who can harness all that power and simplify everything to the point that it looks like he’s just repeatedly making left turns. (The Ringer)

Roy Williams appears on Coach K’s radio show

On Thursday, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski brought UNC basketball coach Roy Williams onto his radio show that airs on Sirius XM. The two discussed the current college basketball season and the big rivalry that is UNC-Duke. While the two may disagree in their preferred choice of blue, they both share a love for the rivalry they participate in. (Keeping It Heel)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Davidson & Rick Barnes

Friday's episode of the Carolina Insider podcast includes discussion of the UNC football team's Sun Bowl trip to El Paso later this month and the basketball win over Davidson on Wednesday. Another highlight is an interview Rick Barnes, the former Clemson and Texas and current Tennessee coach, who will bring his Volunteers to the Smith Center on Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

Four Factor Friday: December 9

Now that the Tar Heels have played 10 games, let’s take a look at the four factor highs and lows so far this season. A season ago, North Carolina finished with a .526 eFG% and set a school record for the lowest three-point percentage (.327). One of the reasons for a higher eFG% this season? The Tar Heels are shooting .389 from behind the three-point line. (The Secondary Break)

Davidson game proves importance of Joel Berry

"You know who had to play tonight? North Carolina, regardless of who's available. If use that excuse, we're not being tough mentally or physically." Head coach Roy Williams was talking about this UNC team without their star point guard Joel Berry. (Carolina Blue)

The untold story of the shoe wars: Michael Jordan's influence on design

A basketball shoe revolution began in 1984 with Nike’s explosively popular Air Jordan product line, and it was driven by an odd combination of the NBA’s “ban” on the shoes, Michael Jordan’s embarrassment over his skinny legs, and a raunchy sex scene in an indy film. (Hoops Hype)

Video: No Sophomore Slump for Kenny Williams

There's no sophomore slump for Kenny Williams. The Virginia native recently scored a career high 19 points against Radford. Hear the shooting guard talk about his growth as a player and how good he thinks this team can be. View Video...

Justin Jackson has become one of the ACC’s best perimeter marksmen

Only one player for North Carolina currently ranks inside the top 20 in the ACC in scoring: junior Justin Jackson. Jackson isn’t Joel Berry; he’s not this offense’s best or most important player. However, he’s really good, and it looks like he’s rounding into the wing scorer many have believed him to be capable of becoming when he first arrived in Chapel Hill. (ACC Sports Journal)

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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 UVA64
at Georgia Tech48
Jerome (UVA) 12 pts; Alvarado (Georgia Tech) 4 pts;
Wake Forest63
at NC State72
Crawford (Wake Forest) 18 pts; Beverly (NC State) 10 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia6-016-1
(5) Duke4-216-2
(15) North Carolina4-215-4
(20) Clemson4-215-3
Georgia Tech3-210-8
Boston College3-314-6
NC State3-313-6
Notre Dame3-313-6
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-312-5
Florida State2-413-5
Wake Forest1-58-10

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