How to Fix the Dean DomeRoy Williams’ postgame press conference tirade regarding the Dean Dome’s lackluster atmosphere this Saturday was nothing new. The "wine and cheese" debate has lingered in Chapel Hill ever since the Tar Heels moved from Carmichael Auditorium to the Dean E Smith Center. So rather than rehashing stale criticisms and pointing fingers, let’s jump straight to fixing the problem. (Tar Heel Depot)
Video: Roy Williams, J.P. Tokoto Pre-NC State Press Conference RecapNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams and forward J.P. Tokoto answer questions from the media on February 23, 2015 as the Tar Heels prepare to host NC State on Tuesday.
UNC Basketball Remains 15th In AP PollNorth Carolina remained ranked No. 15 in this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll for the second week in a row. The Tar Heels also are No. 18 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, falling two spots from last week. Carolina is ranked in the AP poll for the 20th week in a row, including all 16 polls in 2014-15. UNC was ranked in the final four polls of last season. (GoHeels.com)
Remembering Dean: Stories & LaughsThe North Carolina basketball family celebrated Dean Smith's life with anecdotes during his memorial service on Sunday. (Inside Carolina)
Farewell to Dean Smith was celebration, not memorialDean Smith didn't suffer many losses in his legendary career as North Carolina's basketball coach. The building in which his public memorial was held Sunday is a testament to one of them. An intensely humble man who always believed in the concept of "we" over "me," Smith fought hard to keep the folks in Chapel Hill from naming their new basketball arena in his honor when it first opened in 1986. (Wilmington Star News)
Former UNC team manager remembers Coach Dean SmithWhen I think of all the lessons from Coach Smith, the word that continues to echo in my mind is respect. Coach Smith believed everyone deserved to be treated with respect. He was intentional in his efforts to encourage all of us to always do what was right, even if it was not popular. (Shelby Star)
Johnson, Meeks Coming Up BigThe North Carolina basketball team has shown itself to be a prolific inside scoring threat this season, ranking among the top teams in the nation in points per game in the paint.
There are plenty of players on the team that contribute to that in any given game, but the biggest factor is the dynamic forward duo of sophomore Kennedy Meeks and junior Brice Johnson. (GoHeels.com)
They came to remember, honor Dean SmithSome people wore their Sunday suits, but most people dressed for a game day. It felt like a game day. The line was hundreds deep two hours early outside the Dean Smith Center. They wore countless variations on Carolina blue. "We're finished with grieving because we've grieved a lot," said UNC coach Roy Williams once everybody got inside. (ESPN.com)
Tar Heel Basketball Family Finds ClosureThe celebration of Dean Smith's life was a fond remembrance of the legendary Tar Heel coach and finally gave the Carolina community closure. "It's been hard." Roy Williams during Sunday's celebration of Dean Smith's life. The fortnight since Dean Smith passed has been difficult for those closest to him and highly emotional for the Tar Heel basketball community at large. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Roy Williams Remembers Dean Smith at Memorial ServiceDuring the public memorial service for legendary coach Dean Smith, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams honored Smith's longtime assistant Bill Guthridge and shared a few humorous personal stories about Coach Smith. In closing, Williams encourages the audience to point to the sky to thank Dean Smith for his many assists.
Dean Smith's Tar Heel family bids farewell from their seats in the skyNearly an hour before Sunday's memorial for Dean Smith, only three of the seats in Section 228 were taken. Stuart Burroughs, Ellyn Courts and Mary Beth Montgomery had claimed three seats in Row K. "This was a very special gentleman," said Burroughs, a Carolina blue sweater slung over her shoulders. Courts and Burroughs, both of Chapel Hill, are longtime Tar Heels fans. (Fayetteville Observer)
A chance to smile, cry and say goodbyeSaturday afternoon, North Carolina coach Roy Williams honored Dean Smith in the best way he knew how — by holding up four fingers and calling Smith’s signature Four Corners to open the team’s 89-60 win against Georgia Tech. Sunday afternoon, he honored his mentor yet again in the Smith Center at the memorial service to honor Smith’s life. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Remembering Coach SmithThe sign that Dean Smith was most known for – other than the iconic four fingers raised to signal the four corners offense – was the index finger of the scoring player pointing to the teammate who made the pass. The meaning behind the gesture: “You deserve the credit. Thanks for the assist.” Sunday’s celebration of the late Smith’s life was a two-and-a-half-hour point back from grateful players, friends and fans. (GoHeels.com)
Harrison Barnes shows improvement in Warriors' new offenseHarrison Barnes is averaging career highs of 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. His 43.4 percentage from long distance is second on the team and even better than 3-point champion Stephen Curry's. After Barnes' 16-point performance in Friday's win over San Antonio in which Barnes was 7 for 11 from the field, Steve Kerr even spoke of possibly a larger role for the 22-year-old. (San Jose Mercury News)
Remembering Dean SmithRoy Williams has reprised the role of a history professor since Dean Smith, his mentor, died Feb. 7. Williams’ players aren’t old enough to fully appreciate the man for whom the arena in which they play is named. “I always kind of had an idea of how great of a legend he was,” UNC forward Kennedy Meeks said Saturday after the Tar Heels beat Georgia Tech. (Durham Herald-Sun)
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