Learning to explodeThere’s still a good bit of basketball left to play, yet Kennedy Meeks already is far beyond the 27 shots he rejected last season. The weight loss has helped — Meeks wasn’t getting to those shots last season, UNC coach Roy Williams said. “But his explosiveness has got to be with the ball around the basket,” Williams said. “The lift has been there because he doesn’t have the weight.” (Durham Herald-Sun)
Kennedy Meeks sick, out for UNCUNC coach Roy Williams said starting center Kennedy Meeks is sick and will miss Wednesday's second-round ACC tournament game. Williams said Meeks had a fever, didn't practice Monday and would not participate in Tuesday morning's session before the Tar Heels head to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the tournament. No. 19 UNC plays the Boston College-Georgia Tech winner. (ESPN.com)
Video: Roy Williams, Brice Johnson Pre-ACC Tournament Press Conference RecapRoy Williams and Brice Johnson talk about Marcus Paige getting healthy, Kennedy Meeks getting sick, and potential lineup changes as the Tar Heels prepare for the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
Tar Heels Off To ACC TournamentNorth Carolina will open play in the 2015 ACC Tournament in Greensboro on Wednesday at approximately 2 p.m. UNC will play the winner of Tuesday’s first-round game between No. 12 seed Boston College and No. 13 seed Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels are the tournament’s fifth seed and have a bye to Wednesday’s second round in the new Tuesday-to-Saturday ACC Tournament format. (GoHeels.com)
Roy Williams Radio Show QuotesIn your time as a coach, how has recruiting changed the most? Roy Williams: “It is definitely more difficult. It used to be a kid could get a scholarship offer and be ecstatic, but now a kid wants to know how fast he can get to the NBA. College has gotten to be a bus stop for a lot of the kids. So many more people are involved. There is a culture out there that so many people want to be involved and truly are involved." (Inside Carolina)
Justin Jackson sees UNC making fresh start in GreensboroA team still figuring out what the deal is with its heart after 31 games seems a bit late. “I don’t think it is,” UNC freshman Justin Jackson said Saturday. UNC is the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament, which starts Tuesday in Greensboro. UNC’s first game in the tournament is Wednesday (2 p.m.) against the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between Boston College and Georgia Tech. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Love/Hate: Experiencing The Passion Of The Duke-UNC Rivalry First HandDates, names and general facts take on a malleable quality where it doesn’t so much matter that you have it right but more that you remember or you felt something in the first place. When two teams have played each other as many times as these two have and won that many conference championships, it makes sense. It’s easy to dismiss the rivalry as media-created hype until you’re right in the center of it. (Uproxx)
Video: UNC Men's Basketball Senior Day 2015Seniors Sasha Seymore, Luke Davis, Jackson Simmons and Desmond Hubert were honored before the tip-off against Duke as it was the final home game of their Tar Heel basketball careers on March 7, 2015.
Coaches' All-ACC Team: Paige 2nd Team, Johnson 3rd TeamThe ACC has announced the 2015 All-ACC Team, as voted upon by the league’s 15 head coaches. North Carolina's Marcus Paige is on the second team and Brice Johnson is on the third team. Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas, Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon and Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan comprise the first team. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Stay No. 19 In Both Men's Basketball PollsNorth Carolina stayed at No. 19 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls this week. Carolina is ranked in the AP poll for the 22nd week in a row, including all 18 polls in 2014-15. UNC was ranked in the final four polls of last season. The Tar Heels began the 2014-15 season ranked sixth in the preseason. UNC started the season in the top 10 for the ninth time in 12 seasons under head coach Roy Williams. (GoHeels.com)
Video: ACC Dunks of the YearCheck out the best high-flying action from the entire season of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball in Dunks of the Year.
Larry Brown still trying to please mentor Dean SmithLarry Brown last played for former North Carolina coach Dean Smith 52 years ago, but he's still trying to please his mentor. While he was thrilled with SMU's conference-clinching 67-62 win over Tulsa on Sunday at Moody Coliseum, it was bittersweet. Smith, who died this past month, has been on the 75-year-old coach's mind quite a bit these days. (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC Basketball Pre-Tournament Hype VideoThe North Carolina Tar Heels have had an exciting regular season. Check out this hype video that features their best plays from Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Brice Johnson and more as we head into March Madness!
Five memorable moments in Dean Smith's career in the Greensboro Coliseum1997 Smith wins his last ACC tournament championship, a bookend to the 1967 title, beating N.C. State 64-54 in the finals. Tournament MVP Shammond Williams and Antawn Jamison lead the way. That final season, Smith won his final game against every ACC team. (Greensboro News & Record)
ACC Tournament PreviewNorth Carolina's first matchup against Boston College or Georgia Tech should be very winnable as the Tar Heels went 3-0 in the regular season against those two. Beyond that are matchups with Louisville and then potentially Virginia. A win against the Cardinals in the quarterfinals is critical for momentum heading into the Big Dance. (Scout.com)
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