Tar Heels Buried UnderAll around Roy Williams was hail, raining down from atop the Petersen Events Center and piling in Pittsburgh's basket. He was powerless to stop it. His team was not. It could have guarded better, Williams said. It could have done more to prod and nudge and disrupt Pittsburgh, which by Saturday afternoon's end had bludgeoned No. 12 North Carolina, 89-76. And yet the hail kept coming. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Seeking A SparkJ.P. Tokoto sat down in the visitor's locker room at the Petersen Events Center and prepared for the questions. He had, for the second-straight week, watched No. 12 North Carolina's starters take the floor without him. He had, Saturday in UNC's lopsided 89-76 loss to unranked Pittsburgh, scored four points in 24 minutes. And now he had, for another week, faced a question about his role. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: Go Where He GoesDuring the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t play golf. During the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t go to the beach. During the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t do much of anything other than see his immediate family, go recruiting, and coach the Tar Heels. (GoHeels.com)
Big House Gaines, Dean Smith admired each otherI couldn’t help but think about Big House Gaines on Sunday — in between writing assignments as we chased plenty of stories on the life and times of Dean Smith, the legendary former North Carolina coach. Smith and Gaines — the legendary former Winston-Salem State basketball coach — knew each other very well. Both were firm believers in loyalty to players long after they had left college. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Phil Ford, Dean Smith remain linked in Carolina historyPhil Ford was always close with his coaches growing up. So it only made sense that Ford, as a high school senior in Rocky Mount, wanted a similar bond with his college coach. “It’s not only basketball then,” Ford said. “You’re looking at someone who would share their whole life with you.” (Greensboro News & Record)
UNC-Pitt: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "Everybody gets to beat up college athletics a little bit about money and all of that kind of stuff, but that was a pretty neat thing, what those kids did out there. They gave me a card that was signed by a bunch of kids sharing their condolences over the loss of Coach Smith. They also gave me the banner that they held up before the game." (Inside Carolina)
Mike O'Koren on Dean Smith: 'remarkable person'In four years playing for the late, great Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina, Mike O'Koren scored 1,785 points, won 94 games and rebelled one time. On that occasion, O'Koren complained to the media about the excruciating pace of Smith's famous "four corners" spread offense. At the next practice, Smith gave him a 10-pound vest and orders to run the bleachers for the duration of the workout. (Asbury Park Press)
Video: UNC-Pitt Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 89-76 ACC road loss to Pitt on Saturday.
Recap & Analysis: Pittsburgh 89 UNC 76At this stage, it's next to impossible to get a grasp where this team is at in terms of identity and mentally. While the second half versus Louisville may seem like an arbitrary point, it certainly feels like losing that game after having an 18 point lead sent this team into a bit of a tailspin. Ultimately, UNC had a bad day while Pitt had its best of the season. (Tar Heel Blog)
Dave Popson fondly remembers Dean SmithThe University of North Carolina basketball team had just won the national championship. It was legendary coach Dean Smith’s first NCAA championship, and the following morning he was working the phones contacting recruits from across the country. One of those phone calls was to 6-foot-10 high school All-American to be, Dave Popson from Bishop O’Reilly. (Citizens Voice)
Pitt students honor Dean Smith with a quiet, powerful tributeThere's no doubt the Pitt students let the North Carolina players hear it during Saturday's game between the Panthers and Tar Heels. But before the game? Before the game they were all class as the school held a moment of silence for the late Dean Smith, the legendary UNC coach who passed away a week ago Saturday. (ESPN.com)
Pittsburgh drills No. 12 North Carolina 89-76Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 22 points and hot-shooting Pittsburgh dominated No. 12 North Carolina 89-76 on Saturday. Cameron Wright added 15 points for the Panthers, who shot 65 percent from the field (37 of 67) and never trailed. Brice Johnson led North Carolina with 19 points in the program's first game since the death of retired Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith. (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC Unveils Patch to Honor Dean Smith in Pitt GameDean Smith was honored at the North Carolina vs Pittsburgh game and the Tar Heels wore a commemorative patch on their uniforms to pay tribute to their legendary coach.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - PittsburghWell, that capped a difficult week for Carolina basketball. Pittsburgh did everything right and had an unbelievable shooting day on the way to an 89-76 victory. The tone was set early, as Roy Williams was frustrated with his team's effort. UNC's third loss in the last four games puts the Tar Heels in a difficult position going to Durham on Wednesday night. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: Pittsburgh 89, North Carolina 76View the complete box score from North Carolina's 89-76 loss to the Pitt Panthers in Pittsburgh on Saturday. (View Box Score)
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