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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)

College basketball's toughest non-conference schedules

4. North Carolina: When taking into consideration this team's ACC opponents, it's not a stretch to say UNC has the toughest schedule in the country. UNC has neutral showdowns with Temple and UCLA and faces Texas and Northern Iowa on the road. The Tar Heels also host Maryland and Davidson. In the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, UNC starts with a game against Northwestern. (USA Today)

Video: Marcus Paige - UNC's Key To Title Run

UNC's Marcus Paige is the key to a North Carolina title run in 2016. The Preseason All-American is critical for the Tar Heels with his clutch scoring, leadership and heart. See why Paige is UNC’s player to watch this season in this video. View Video...

Lucas: Dean Smith Award Finds Fitting Recipient

Dean Smith and John Thompson were kindred spirits in many ways; both Carolina and Georgetown sported near-perfect graduation rates under their direction. How close a friend was Thompson to Smith? The famously private Smith, who never opened his program to anyone, allowed Thompson to have the pregame meal with the team before the 1977 NCAA championship game against Marquette. (GoHeels.com)

Marvin Williams Impressing Inside and Out

29-year-old Marvin Williams seems to be having a renaissance on the court for Charlotte. Williams has started every game for the Hornets so far and is averaging 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds, while leading the team with three double-doubles. “I just feel better. I’m in a lot better shape, so physically I feel better, and mentally I feel better,” Williams said. (NBA.com)

Without Paige, "everybody has to step up"

Roy Williams stressed that the individual performance of team members has to be raised as Marcus Paige recovers from a broken hand. "Everybody has to play closer to their potential. We can't have any sloppiness. The team we are going to play on Friday night is a different level team. We talked the other day about everybody picking their play up and doing a better job themselves." (Carolina Blue)

College basketball preview: It's sometimes sunny on Tobacco Road

Here in the heart of ACC country, where hoops powers Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State exist in a perpetual Cold War, the mood is more upbeat than usual. All three programs are coming into this season with momentum. Duke just won a national title. North Carolina begins the season ranked No. 1. N.C. State is somewhat under the radar, but the Wolfpack doesn’t mind. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams Live: UNC Chemistry Starting Strong

Roy Williams is no stranger to great teams, or great groups of kids. He has won two national championships and made it to three Final Fours in his time on the UNC bench. That’s why his praise of the 2015-16 Tar Heels was telling during his first radio show of the season on Monday. “It’s the kind of group I thought it was going be,” Williams said at Top of the Hill. “I just love the kids.” (Inside Carolina)

P.J. Hairston glad to be starting even after Hornets declined his contract option

The Hornets refused to guarantee P.J. Hairston all of $1.25 million — of an $89 million salary cap — for next season. The Hornets have started Hairston in all four games this season. Hairston was the only 2014 first-round NBA Draft pick whose third-year option was not picked up by Monday's deadline. (Sporting News)

UNC Player Profile: Justin Jackson

With Marcus Paige out, Justin Jackson will have the opportunity to assert himself as the team's leading weapon on offense. For North Carolina to be most successful this season, Jackson needs to be an aggressive scorer with the mid-range game and driving to the basket, while taking advantage of open opportunities beyond the arc when they are presented. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Player Preview: Brice Johnson

ESPN ranked Brice Johnson 38th on their preseason list of 100 best players in college basketball. He was the third Tar Heel on the list behind Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson. Johnson will be expected to provide consistent scoring and should emerge as UNC’s best frontcourt scorer. His ability to hit mid-range jumpers combined with his quick post moves should give defenses fits. (Carolina Blue)

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
NC State0
at #17 Duke0
Monday 7:00 PM
Smith Jr. 18.9 ppg, 6.6 apg; Kennard 19.7 ppg, 2.4 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina6-118-3
(6) Florida State6-118-2
(14) Notre Dame6-117-3
(12) Virginia5-215-3
(13) Louisville4-316-4
Virginia Tech4-315-4
(17) Duke3-315-4
Wake Forest3-412-7
Georgia Tech3-411-8
Boston College2-59-11
NC State2-513-7

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