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Lucas: Reason To Believe

Some former players are fixtures at the Smith Center. Lennie Rosenbluth is a regular. Phil Ford makes routine visits. Sam Perkins, however, is an unusual guest. The 1982 national champion who is the owner of one of the best nicknames in Tar Heel history—The Big Smooth—made a point to visit Chapel Hill on Wednesday night for the Carolina-Clemson game. (GoHeels.com)

Top ACC stories of 2015: No. 1, The Dean of coaches bids farewell

No embellishment was needed in the case of Dean Smith, who died at the age of 89 on Feb. 7, just a few weeks shy of his 84th birthday. The legendary North Carolina basketball coach really was a great man. And not because he won 879 games during his tenure with the Tar Heels — the most of any college coach in history at the time of his retirement in 1997. (Wilmington Star News)

Three to know: Georgia Tech at No. 7 North Carolina

As league play begins, North Carolina is considered one of the favorites to win the ACC crown. However, the Tar Heels do have a bit of a tortured history when it comes to the early segment of the conference season. In his previous 12 seasons at the helm of the North Carolina program, Roy Williams has seen his team win its first two ACC games just five times. (Fayetteville Observer)

Previewing Georgia Tech

No. 7 North Carolina rings in the New Year against Georgia Tech on Saturday. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for noon and will be carried by the ACC Network. Georgia Tech enters Saturday’s contest with a 10-3 record. The veteran Yellow Jackets have won six of their last seven and own wins over Tennessee and Arkansas. (Inside Carolina)

Isaiah Hicks thriving through efficiency

In the five games (Tulane, UCLA, Appalachian State, UNCG, Clemson) since UNC's loss to Texas, Isaiah Hicks is averaging 20.2 minutes. His minutes per game have gradually increased in almost every successive contest (19, 17, 20, 21, and 24). This is an indication that coach Roy Williams likes what he sees. He trusts Hicks on defense and values his effort on offense. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels To Host Georgia Tech Saturday

North Carolina (12-2, 1-0 ACC) will open the new year in search of its sixth consecutive win when it hosts Georgia Tech (10-3, 0-0) at noon on Saturday January 2. The Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels will tip off at 12:07 p.m. in the Smith Center. Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst) will call the game for an ACC Network regional television audience. (GoHeels.com)

John Henson's Block Party

John Henson has blocked 18 shots in his last four games. Henson swatted five shots at Oklahoma City on 12/29, blocked four shots at Phoenix on 12/20, posted six rejections on 12/23 vs. Philadelphia, and had another three blocks vs. Toronto on 12/26. Henson’s 1.89 blocks per game average currently ranks ninth in the NBA. (Milwaukee Bucks)

Clemson fell short when Carolina went small

It was with Isaiah Hicks at the five spot and Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson, Marcus Paige and Joel Berry on the floor that UNC went on an 11–2 run early in the second half. Nate Britt also was in the mix when going small. “I think it helped us with our spacing, just having everybody on the floor being able to take their guy and make a play,” said Pinson. (Raleigh & Company)

Small lineup, big bench lift UNC past Clemson

Roy Williams decided to go with a smaller lineup about eight minutes in. “Brice wasn’t having the best night in the world. Joel (James) wasn’t having the best night, “ Williams noted, “So we decided to go small.” Although this tactical change was dictated by lackluster defense on the interior, putting more quickness on the floor transformed the complexion of the game. (WRAL Sports Fan)

'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)

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

Radio Affiliates

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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