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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)

Roy Williams Radio Show Debuts Monday

Roy Williams Live, the Tar Heel basketball coach's weekly radio program with host Jones Angell, will make its 2015-16 debut at 7 p.m. on Monday night November 9 live from Top of the Hill restaurant in downtown Chapel Hill. The show will be heard on Monday evenings in 2015-16, except when the Tar Heels have a game or travel conflict. The show can be heard weekly on the Tar Heel Sports Network. (GoHeels.com)

Ed Davis finds a home with the Portland Trail Blazers

Ed Davis has been somewhat of an enigma in his now five years of NBA service. It seems as if the 2010 13th overall pick has seen just about everything from an early stint in the D-League to inexplicably bouncing between a few different teams. Yet, Davis is one of those rare players that fans and observers claimed that he needed the right fit that really just needed to find the right situation. (Hardwood Paroxysm)

UNC Player Profile: Isaiah Hicks

Despite changing his uniform number from 22 to 4, the upcoming season looks to be more of the same for Isaiah Hicks, a McDonald's All-American and the 2013 North Carolina player of the year. Hicks will be the first sub at power forward, spelling All-ACC returner Brice Johnson, but can capably start if Johnson or Meeks get injured, or if Johnson sputters. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: The Unknown

After watching Roy Williams’ team demolish Guilford, 99-49, you know that the Tar Heels have hooded warmup vests this year, that the new introduction video with Stuart Scott is very cool, that you don’t ever want to see Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson in suits again until the basketball banquet…and that as for basketball, you don’t know much more than that. (GoHeels.com)

UNC vs Guilford: Ross' Rapid Reactions

North Carolina defeated Guilford 99 to 49 on Friday night in the Dean Dome. UNC outmatched the Quakers in size, speed, and skill. Here are my thoughts on the Tar Heels from Friday. Theo Pinson will make the extra pass. He opted out of open mid range jumper to pass to an open Nate Britt who nailed three. Kennedy Meeks is visibly in better shape and slimmer than last season. (Carolina Blue)

Exhibition Recap: UNC 99, Guilford 49

Despite missing Marcus Paige with a broken bone in his hand and Justin Jackson due to illness, the Tar Heels had little trouble rolling by Guilford 99-49 in the team's only public exhibition game of the season. The Tar Heels' starting lineup consisted of Nate Britt, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks. From there Roy Williams made gratuitous use of the bench. (Tar Heel Blog)

Box Score: North Carolina 99, Guilford 49

View the complete box score from North Carolina's season-opening exhibition win over Guilford in Chapel Hill on Friday. (View Box Score)

Six Tar Heels In Double Figures In 99-49 Win Over Guilford

Juniors Kennedy Meeks and Nate Britt scored 14 points apiece to lead six Tar Heels in double figures as the top-ranked UNC men’s basketball team rolled to a 99-49 exhibition win over Guilford College Friday at the Smith Center. UNC shot 62 percent from the floor (42-68) and had 33 assists on 42 field goals. Four Tar Heels handed out five or more assists. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Highlights - Tar Heels Down Guilford in Exhibition, 99-49

The Tar Heels cruised to a 99-49 win over Guilford in Chapel Hill in the first (and only) exhibition game of the season on November 6, 2015. View Video...

Video: Roy Williams Post-Guilford Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams fields questions from the media following the Tar Heels' exhibition win over Guilford on November 6, 2015. View Video...

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

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
NC State84
at #17 Duke82
Smith Jr. (NC State) 32 pts; Kennard (Duke) 20 pts;
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) Duke3-415-5
Wake Forest3-412-7
Georgia Tech3-411-8
NC State3-514-7
Boston College2-59-11

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