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P.J. Hairston slides into defensive stopper role for Hornets

Defensive contributions tend to go unnoticed. Charlotte Hornets guard P.J. Hairston has settled into his second NBA season as a defensive facilitator. “When you keep doing little things, something big is going to happen in the end,” he said. “That’s how I look at it.” (Charlotte Post)

Harrison Barnes Q&A: Youth sports, Golden State's streak and more

On Tuesday, Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes took part in DICK's Sporting Goods' “Sports Matter” program. He met 21 girls from the Boys and Girls Club's “She's Got Game” initiative at DICK's Daly City store, and then gave each of them $150 for new gear and acted as a personal shopper. (Sports Illustrated)

Potty-mouthed Brice Johnson leads UNC to double-digit win over UCLA

Three minutes into a nationally televised game, and there was Brice Johnson, buried on North Carolina's bench, which wasn't ideal for anybody except UCLA. Regardless, there Johnson was, getting passed over in the rotation, over and over again. It didn't matter that UNC was light in the frontcourt because of Kennedy Meeks' injury. Or that UNC was trailing by double-digits in a game it was favored to win by eight. (CBS Sports)

Brice Johnson's Benching Ignites Career Effort

It was profanity that kept Brice Johnson on the bench while No. 11 North Carolina fell behind by as many as 11 points in the first half, and it was a yearning to make amends that fueled his career-high 27 points in UNC’s 89-76 win over UCLA. The 13th-year UNC head coach dismissed the situation, telling reporters taking his senior forward out was “not a big thing.” (Inside Carolina)

Roy's benching of Johnson sparks fire, energy

There was a moment during the first half against UCLA where UNC forward Brice Johnson said something that did not please head coach Roy Williams. It was enough for Williams to bench Johnson for roughly eight minutes during the first half. "I kind of used some bad language. He lit a fire under my butt, when I got back in I was ready to go. I have to learn from that." (Carolina Blue)

UNC-UCLA: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes & Audio

Roy Williams: "Really small locker room. I could care less. It could be the size of a phone booth right now because the last 26, 27 minutes of the game, I thought we were pretty doggone good. The first 12 or 13 minutes, I didn't think we were very good at all. Brice and Joel, Marcus, Isaiah, Justin, all the guys that got in there and did a nice job." (Inside Carolina)

Johnson, Berry and Going Small Fuels UNC Surge

In addition to Brice Johnson's effort, North Carolina went to a smaller lineup and ratcheted up the defensive pressure on the perimeter. Theo Pinson was inserted into the game at the four alongside Johnson at the five. Increased pressure in the backcourt along with some classic UNC run and jump turned the game around for the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: Career High

Of course Brice Johnson scored his career high in that game. Career highs are supposed to be those ones you remember forever, the ones where everything happens just perfectly. So it was for Johnson on Saturday afternoon at the Barclays Center against UCLA, where the breakdown of his afternoon looked a little like this: (GoHeels.com)

Video: Tar Heels Down #22 UCLA, 89-76 - Highlights

Brice Johnson set a new career-high with 27 points (11-12 shooting) to lead the Tar Heels to an 89-76 win over UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic on December 19, 2015. View Video...

Brice Johnson's career-high 27 points lifts North Carolina over UCLA

Brice Johnson, a senior with a lot of promise but plenty of inconsistency over his career, had a career-best 27 points in No. 11 UNC's 89-76 win over No. 22 UCLA on Saturday afternoon at the CBS Sports Classic. Even more impressive for Johnson was how he unleashed a can and completely opened up/changed the game for the Tar Heels. (CBS Sports)

Video: Brice Johnson Scores Career-High 27 vs. UCLA

Fresh off a 25-point game against Tulane, Brice Johnson was dominant - setting a new career-high with 27 points (11-12 FG) to go along with 9 rebounds to the lead the Tar Heels over UCLA on December 19, 2015 in the CBS Sports Classic. View Video...

No. 11 North Carolina beats No. 22 UCLA 89-76

Brice Johnson scored 27 points, the second straight game he set his career high, and No. 11 North Carolina overcame a horrible game from beyond the 3-point arc to beat No. 22 UCLA 89-76 on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic. Johnson missed his first shot then didn't miss again, finishing 11 for 12 as he bettered the 25 points he scored earlier this week against Tulane. (Associated Press)

Solving the Carolina riddle

North Carolina's missing ingredient isn’t necessarily one you can find on a stat sheet. It’s their motor. Sometimes it’s going and sometimes it’s idling. If they could simply keep it in gear for game after game after game, they could be that great team. Because when UNC gets in the groove, it’s pretty good. And this game against UCLA was perfectly emblematic of that. (ESPN.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 89, UCLA 76

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 89-76 win over UCLA Saturday at the CBS Sports Classic in New York City: (View Box Score)

Guard play takes center stage as UNC, UCLA clash in Brooklyn

Although the most compelling matchup between North Carolina and UCLA may come in the back court, the players missing inside might make the biggest difference. While Marcus Paige and Bryce Alford will take the court Saturday, Kennedy Meeks will not for the 11th-ranked Tar Heels when they meet the No. 22 Bruins in the CBS Sports Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #18 UVA0
Monday 7:00 PM
Reed 15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg; Perrantes 12.6 ppg, 3.8 apg;
Boston College0
at #19 FSU0
Monday 7:00 PM
Robinson 19.1 ppg, 3.1 apg; Bacon 16.8 ppg, 1.7 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(19) Florida State9-521-6
(18) Virginia8-618-8
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-129-18

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