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UNC seniors hope to change legacy

Marcus Paige's jersey will hang in the Smith Center rafters after this season, with the honored status for his No. 5 resulting from a second-team All-America selection in 2014. That alone won't provide Paige with a sense of fulfillment once his college career has ended. The legacy of this talented senior class will be determined by what they accomplish in 2015-16. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Player Profile: Brice Johnson

On paper, Brice Johnson is everything you would want in a UNC big man. He is long, athletic, and quick. He has added 40 pounds to his matchstick frame since he arrived at Chapel Hill, so at 230 pounds he won't be conceding nearly as much heft on the inside. His scoring and shotmaking have steadily improved, but his consistency and drive have been his biggest question marks. (Tar Heel Blog)

No. 1 Tar Heels tweaking backcourt lineup for Temple opener

Everything was set up perfectly for No. 1 North Carolina to start with a flurry — until senior Marcus Paige suffered a freak injury when his right hand got tangled in a teammate's jersey during practice. Now the Tar Heels are juggling their backcourt rotation entering Friday's opener against Temple, aiming to make up for the multi-week loss of the ACC preseason co-player of the year. (Associated Press)

UNC's Lineup in Motion

While Roy Williams has yet to pencil in his starting lineup for Friday’s season opener against Temple, his rotation has been consistent since Marcus Paige broke his hand last week. No. 1 North Carolina is participating in the Veterans Classic at Annapolis - along with Florida, Navy and the Owls – with its All-American combo guard, who is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. (Inside Carolina)

Paige, Johnson realize influence: "It speaks volumes"

UNC senior forward Brice Johnson and guard Marcus Paige were both asked on Wednesday about their reaction to the Missouri football team protest and the subsequent resignation of University of Missouri system president, Tim Wolfe. "It speaks volumes for the entire football team to say we are not going to play a game if such and such doesn't resign," Johnson said. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball Weekly Press Conference: Roy Williams, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige

Roy Williams, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige took turns taking questions from the media in the first press conference of the season ahead of Friday's opening tilt with Temple. The two biggest questions related to the lineup with Paige out and when Paige might return. Williams said playing time for Theo Pinson, Joel Berry and Nate Britt will be predicated on player performance. (Tar Heel Blog)

Chansky’s Notebook: Long But Loving

The inaugural Dean Smith Award dinner was a bit long but very loving. The Carolina Club ballroom was packed, every table and nearly every seat sold out. And while it went on so long that Roy Williams had to buy up the last live auction prize – a foursome at Pinehurst No. 2 – so his players in attendance could get to bed, the first Dean Smith Award was given and received a success of stories. (Chapelboro.com)

Marcus Paige's Hand Garnering Attention

As Marcus Paige walked to the Smith Center on Wednesday, a random food truck stopped and its driver asked the All-American how his broken right hand was progressing. Whether it’s students or professors, employees or fans, everyone wants to know when the top player on the nation’s No. 1 team will be cleared to play. “It’s kind of annoying, but it’s expected,” Paige said. (Inside Carolina)

North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky lead SI's preseason top 20 poll

1. North Carolina Tar Heels: The Tar Heels looks to build on last season's Sweet 16 run with a loaded roster ready to win right now. The loss of senior guard Marcus Paige for a month will hurt, but it won't be impossible to overcome. (Sports Illustrated)

UAB coach Jerod Haase donates $46K cost of attendance for men’s, women’s teams

UAB couldn’t cover cost of attendance for its basketball players, so men’s head coach Jerod Haase took the responsibility upon himself and donated $23,000 to both the men’s and women’s programs to pay the lion’s share of the stipends, ESPN.com com reported Wednesday. (Sporting News)

Harrison Barnes dunks from 10 feet (video)

Reggie Jackson was in decent position to challenge Harrison Barnes if the Warriors forward jumped from a normal place. Barnes didn’t jump from a normal place. The free-throw circle has a radius of six feet, and Barnes jumped from that, though to the left of its closest point to the rim. With the free-throw line 15 feet from the basket, I’m giving Barnes double-digit feet on that dunk. (NBC Sports)

How the Terps stack up against North Carolina

Since this game is going to take place in three weeks, a lot will be determined by Marcus Paige’s recovery. It seems that there would be a good chance he could play against the Terps with some sort of soft brace. Still, he clearly won’t be at full strength. With the game being at the Dean Dome, North Carolina should be the favorite. but Maryland has been a decent road team in the past. (Baltimore Sun)

Dean Smith fund gets $5,000 on Roy Williams bid as John Thompson honored

All net proceeds from the dinner and a special memorabilia auction will benefit the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, which provides financial assistance for undergraduate students from low-income families and enables professionals in education and social work to pursue advanced degrees. The bidding turned out to be lively, with tickets to the Duke-Carolina game going for thousands of dollars and Roy Williams bidding $5,000 for golf at Pinehurst No. 2. (WNCN)

First winner of Dean Smith award was coach's close friend

Dean Smith and John Thompson – two of the biggest names in college basketball – were close friends on and off the court, so it was only appropriate that Thompson was the first winner of the Dean Smith Award on Tuesday night. Normally Thompson would not be found at a fancy event, but the former Georgetown basketball coach said that he couldn’t say “no” to the award because of the person it was named for. (WRAL.com)

Lucas: Thompson Honored In Spirit Of Smith

One thing we learned about John Thompson on Tuesday night: he is honest. Another thing we learned about Thompson: he loved Dean Smith, and the first-ever Dean Smith Award could not have gone to a more perfect recipient. The former Georgetown coach told the sold-out crowd that he would never have journeyed to Chapel Hill to accept an award if it was in honor of anyone but Smith. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 90
Boston College: 82
Sat, Jan 21 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Tue, Jan 31, 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#9 UNC90
at Boston College82
FINAL
Meeks (UNC) 20 pts; Bowman (Boston College) 33 pts;
#12 Louisville68
at #10 FSU73
FINAL
Mathiang (Louisville) 13 pts; Isaac (FSU) 16 pts;
Syracuse66
at #15 Notre Dame84
FINAL
Lydon (Syracuse) 24 pts; Beachem (Notre Dame) 30 pts;
Georgia Tech49
at #16 UVA62
FINAL
Stephens (Georgia Tech) 6 pts; Shayok (UVA) 19 pts;
Miami58
at #18 Duke70
FINAL
Brown (Miami) 15 pts; Jefferson (Duke) 5 pts;
Wake Forest93
at NC State88
FINAL
Collins (Wake Forest) 21 pts; Smith Jr. (NC State) 15 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(9) North Carolina6-118-3
(10) Florida State6-118-2
(15) Notre Dame6-117-3
(16) Virginia5-215-3
(12) Louisville4-316-4
Virginia Tech3-314-4
(18) Duke3-315-4
Wake Forest3-412-7
Georgia Tech3-411-8
Syracuse3-411-9
Miami2-411-6
Boston College2-59-11
NC State2-513-7
Pittsburgh1-512-7
Clemson1-511-7

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