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The 5 Defining Moments Of Dean Smith’s Life Off The Court

Dean Smith, who passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, won 879 basketball games, two national championships, made 11 Final Fours, coached 24 first round NBA Draft picks, among countless other accomplishments on the court. And although his legacy is ultimately ingrained in the hardwood of UNC’s Dean Dome, his contributions off the court are numerous. (Uproxx)

Roy Williams Radio Show - Celebrating Dean Smith (audio)

Listen to the Roy Williams radio show as Coach Williams and Jones Angell celebrate the life of Coach Dean Smith. Special guests include Eric Montross, Antawn Jamison, John Swofford, Phil Ford and King Rice. (GoHeels.com)

Preview & Prediction: #12 UNC at Pittsburgh

Pitt is presently 59th in the RPI and lacks a win against the RPI top 25. Beating UNC would satisfy that need and put the Panthers at 6-6 in the ACC with some winnable games on the schedule. To do that, Pittsburgh is going to need to be much better on both ends of the floor than they have in ACC play so far. Prediction: UNC 77 Pitt 69 (Tar Heel Blog)

Buzz Peterson on Dean Smith: ‘It was how much he cared for you after your career was over’

I’ll never forget I was in his office after I was done playing. He said, ‘All right, you worked hard for me for four years. Now I want to work hard for you. What do you want to do?’ I said I wanted to coach. He spent 15 minutes trying to talk me out of it, but then he helped me get every job I ever got after that. (Charlotte Observer)

Ohio State guard Shannon Scott hit hard by loss of 'grandfather' Dean Smith

Simone Scott got her middle name from her maternal grandmother, and Shaun Scott got his from his paternal grandfather. Shannon Dean Scott -- Simone and Shaun's younger brother and Ohio State's point guard -- got his from Dean Smith. (FOX Sports)

Willie Cooper, first black player on UNC's freshman team, remembers Dean Smith

In 1964 Dean Smith gave Willie Cooper a long-shot chance to be the first black student to play varsity basketball at an ACC school in North Carolina. Cooper, now 69, played freshman basketball at North Carolina and dealt with many of the indignities black athletes faced in the 1960s. (Charlotte Observer)

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace

For Dean Smith, all of this was rooted in his understanding of Christian faith. In his book, A Coach's Life, Smith has a whole chapter on how his faith motivated and drove him to become involved and take clear stands on moral issues. (Huffington Post)

Lineup change wakes up the Tar Heels

Kennedy Meeks had been sick, but that was not the case in Chestnut Hill. That’s not why Meeks didn’t start, Roy Williams said. Neither Meeks nor Brice Johnson had graded out well defensively coming into the game. Last Saturday was the first time in 19 games that Meeks, a sophomore, hadn’t started. Sophomores Britt and forward Isaiah Hicks started against Boston College. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Pitt looks to bolster NCAA Tournament resume vs. No. 12 North Carolina

Pitt's final regular-season home game against a ranked opponent gives the Panthers their last best opportunity to make a push for an NCAA Tournament berth. If the noon matchup Saturday against No. 12 North Carolina at Petersen Events Center follows a recent trend, the Panthers will be a dangerous adversary. The Panthers are 4-2 in ACC home games compared to 1-4 in conference road contests. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Pitt's weakness 'pretty obvious' to all

In the 10 games in which the other team made at least half of its shots, Pitt has allowed 67 or more points. That reduces the margin of error for a team that scores an average of 68. “It just doesn't get noticed (in victories). Now that we lost a game, it has to get changed.” Saturday would be a good starting point, with No. 12 North Carolina at Petersen Events Center. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Dean Smith's coaching genius, character showed in early struggles

The booming baritone voice on the other end of the line left no doubt about a willingness to tackle the subject of Dean Smith’s early days. I think he called me “Holliday.” Lee Shaffer often does when he wants to make a passionate point about Carolina basketball: “People have no idea,” he said, “what Dean Smith inherited.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC basketball legends turn out for Dean Smith's funeral

The service was open to family, close friends and Tar Heels basketball letter-winners. One of those letter-winners was Pearce Landry of Greensboro, a minister, coach and part-time financial adviser who played for Smith from 1992 to '95. Landry said the pastor told the packed church that Smith planned his own funeral, hand-picking scripture passages and hymns. (Greensboro News & Record)

Theo Pinson, despite injury, still takes the lead for Carolina

North Carolina basketball guard Theo Pinson on Monday will finally get out of the protective boot he has worn for the past three weeks. Next Friday, he’ll sit down with team doctors and figure out whether he’ll get to play again this season. Healthy or not, the Greensboro resident who played at High Point’s Wesleyan Christian Academy is still an oft-heard presence in UNC’s locker room. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Pitt

UNC returns to action following a week off with the second of three straight games on the road. The Tar Heels travel to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1995. On paper these teams are similar offensively while on the other end of the court Pitt has struggled to defend. Pitt's offensive efficiency is a respectable 110.4 with a solid ORB% and a low turnover rate. (Tar Heel Blog)

Vince Carter: The greatest dunker ever (video)

Vince Carter cast a spell on every basketball fan at the 2000 slam-dunk contest. Amin Elhassan shares his memories of it 15 years later. (ESPN.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
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North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
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ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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