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'Small ball,' Marcus Paige dunk lead win over hapless Clemson

Score-first forward Isaiah Hicks led a late fastbreak and threaded the needle on a pass to play-making guard Marcus Paige, who elevated for a two-handed slam with a pair of Clemson defenders in close proximity. The 6-foot-2 Paige didn't record an assist for just the fifth time in his four-year career, but he was able to celebrate his third career dunk with an abbreviated chin-up. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels call on small ball, turn back Tigers to extend history

North Carolina turned to unconventional means and maintained longstanding historical order in its Atlantic Coast Conference basketball opener. The seventh-ranked Tar Heels went small out of necessity, a downsizing move to a four-guard lineup that repelled Clemson’s charge and helped secure an 80-69 victory Wednesday night at the Smith Center. (Burlington Times News)

Ty Lawson showing signs of turning his offense around

Ty Lawson’s 14 points on Tuesday were his most since he had 16 on Nov. 4 in the fifth game of the Rockets season, but it did not look like a one-game streak of good shooting. Since his return from a two-game suspension for last season’s DUI case, Lawson has made 16 of 29 shots in four games, averaging 10.3 points and 4.3 assists in 25.4 minutes per game. (Houston Chronicle)

38-year-old Vince Carter turns back time for thunderous slam

Vince Carter better be careful, if he keeps making plays like this someone's going to start a petition to get him into the dunk contest. He might not have the jumping legs he used to, but it's nice to see Carter rising up still. (SB Nation)

Strange occurrences for UNC lead to standard result vs. Clemson

Score-first forward Isaiah Hicks led a fast break and threaded the needle on a pass to play-making guard Marcus Paige, who elevated for a two-handed slam with a pair of Clemson defenders in close proximity. Paige didn't record an assist for just the fifth time in his four-year career, but he was able to celebrate his third career dunk with an abbreviated chin-up. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC's Sophomores Fuel ACC-Opening Win

It’s not uncommon for athletes to enter a sophomore slump after a productive rookie year. On Wednesday, No. 7 UNC’s trio of second-year players proved that’s not always the case. Point guard Joel Berry and wings Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson each scored double figures in UNC’s 80-69 win over the Tigers, helping to offset the absence of Kennedy Meeks. (Inside Carolina)

Brice Johnson better without Kennedy Meeks? Roy Williams not buying it

Is senior Brice Johnson a better player without fellow forward Kennedy Meeks on the floor? Some people certainly think so. Enough to catch Roy Williams’ attention. The 6-foot-10 Johnson averaged 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 38-for-50 from the field in UNC's first four games without the 6-10 Meeks, who is recovering from a bruised knee. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Clemson Postgame Notes

This was the 26th time in 28 games that the Tar Heels have beaten the Tigers by 10 or more points in Chapel Hill. Marcus Paige has made a three-pointer in a school-record 38 consecutive games. Isaiah Hicks matched his season high with 14 points and tied his career high with six rebounds. Theo Pinson scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

Same as always for Clemson in loss at North Carolina

Clemson came to Chapel Hill and left with an 80-69 loss to North Carolina, just like the previous 57 games the Tigers have played at North Carolina. Whether they believed they could actually complete the rally or not is a moot point, because the Tar Heels never felt they would lose. (ESPN.com)

UNC-Clemson Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "Theo Pinson, Isaiah Hicks were huge for us coming off the bench. Didn’t get much out of Brice [Johnson] tonight; he’s been off the charts. I think he started reading his pub and thinking he was all-world and forgot the work part of it, but we got by with Brice having one of the worst games that I’ve ever seen him, but he has been sensational recently." (GoHeels.com)

Recap & Analysis: UNC 80, Clemson 69

UNC opened ACC play with a solid defensive effort and five players in double figures to grab an 80-69 win over Clemson. UNC had one major question mark entering ACC play: Defense. For one night anyway it appears UNC answered that with a solid defensive effort to win what ended up being a typical tough, grind-it-out game against Clemson. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Clemson Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams addresses the media following the Tar Heels' 80-69 victory over Clemson on December 30, 2015. View Video...

Video: Tar Heels Top Clemson 80-69 in ACC Opener - Highlights

Marcus Paige and Joel Berry combined for 34 points to lead Carolina to an 80-69 win over Clemson in the team's first ACC game of the season on December 30, 2015. View Video...

No. 7 North Carolina beats Clemson 80-69 in ACC opener

Marcus Paige scored 18 points to help No. 7 North Carolina beat Clemson 80-69 on Wednesday in its ACC opener, extending the Tigers' long run of futility in Chapel Hill. Joel Berry II added 16 points for the Tar Heels, who led 37-30 at halftime and by 16 in the second half before turning away the Tigers' last best push. UNC improved to 58-0 all-time against Clemson at home. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Clemson

Carolina doesn't win that game without Isaiah Hicks. The Oxford native played 24 minutes off the bench and was terrific, shooting 5-for-6, making a team-high five trips to the free throw line, grabbing six rebounds. Hicks' contributions are always important, but with Kennedy Meeks still sidelined and Brice Johnson having an off night, Hicks was an essential part of the Tar Heel attack. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Louisville: 63
Wed, Feb 22 Box Score

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

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

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#7 Louisville63
at #8 UNC74
Mitchell (Louisville) 21 pts; Jackson (UNC) 21 pts;
#10 Duke75
at Syracuse78
Tatum (Duke) 19 pts; Gillon (Syracuse) 26 pts;
at Wake Forest63
Young (Pitt) 24 pts; Collins (Wake Forest) 22 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina12-324-5
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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