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UNC Men’s Basketball Seeking New Identity Without Paige and Johnson

Two names cast a large shadow over the UNC men’s basketball media day session on Tuesday. The reason that matters is because Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige played their final game in Tar Heel uniforms over six months ago. Despite returning six key contributors from a year ago, the remaining Tar Heel players face an uphill challenge this season. (Chapelboro.com)

As 2016-17 season dawns, Tar Heels turn the page from stinging NCAA loss

With three starters back – including double-figure scorers Joel Berry and Justin Jackson – and three other key players returning, the Tar Heels have plenty to work with. But replacing last season’s stars Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson will be a challenge. “Those six guys were in the games at crunch time,” Roy Williams said of the returning contributors. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: Hard Hitting Questions at UNC Basketball Media Day

From 2K rivalries to twitter verifications (and so much more in between), Taylor Vippolis was on the scene at North Carolina's basketball media day to get answers. Read More...

Fueled By The Sting, Heels Begin Quest For A Title

Houston still stings in Chapel Hill. It stings a lot. North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams has only seen the final, fatal, play from the Tar Heels’ 77-74 last-second loss to Villanova in the NCAA title game, and it wasn’t really by choice, either. “I have not watched the game – I may never,” Williams said Tuesday at the Smith Center (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Q&A With Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson on stepping up as a leader: “It’s huge. Joel [Berry] and I know that everyone has to step up, but for us, we’re probably the two guys that have played the most consistently, other than maybe Kennedy [Meeks], out of this group. So we know that we have to step right into that leadership role, and if we can do that and carry everybody else along, I think we’ll be alright.” (GoHeels.com)

Multiple questions, multiple answers as UNC readies to take the court

North Carolina lost more than just two of its starters to graduation after finishing 2016 as the National Champion runner-up. UNC lost its two best players, and the difference that makes is huge, Roy Williams says. How the Tar Heels replace the production of Brice Johnson and the leadership of Marcus Paige are two of the biggest questions for this season's team. (WRAL Sports Fan)

With Paige gone, Berry takes lead in Tar Heels' backcourt

Joel Berry is coming off a big year in which his offensive output and floor game blossomed for a team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and played for the NCAA title. And with four-year starter Marcus Paige gone, Berry enters his junior season looking like the top candidate to take Paige's role as the guy to entrust with a taking a big shot. (Associated Press)

ICTV: Behind The Scenes at UNC Basketball Media Day

North Carolina basketball is back. Today kicked off the 2016-17 season with a few smiles, laughs and pictures. Interviews were held with players and head coach Roy Williams, along side an open practice to get an inside look at what to expect from the Heels as their first game quickly approaches. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Isaiah Hicks Turned Down NBA Process for Title Run

Unbeknownst to Isaiah Hicks, Roy Williams had sought out feedback from 21 NBA teams on his draft stock along with Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks. When Hicks sat down, Williams slid over paperwork already filled out, save for a signature, that would serve to enter the Oxford, N.C. native into the NBA Draft. Hicks immediately turned down the offer. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Roy Williams Media Day One on One with Jones Angell

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams sat down with Jones Angell to discuss the ending to last season, off-season knee surgery and what he's looking to get from his team as season practice is underway. Read More...

Roy Williams Media Day Q&A

Roy Williams on who will take over the leadership role: “The three seniors have done a nice job, but those three juniors are good role models too. Everybody listens to what they say. Nobody is at the level of Marcus yet, but you’re hoping that you see that. I think that we’ll have to see who’s going to do it and who’s going to handle the adversity.” (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams 2016 Media Day Press Conference

Roy Williams took questions from the media at the North Carolina's Basketball media day on October 11, 2016. View Video...

Lucas: Sophomores Ready For Important Leap

Late in the summer, most of the Tar Heels were preparing for a late afternoon pickup game. On one of the Smith Center side baskets, Kenny Williams and Luke Maye were firing jumpers while they waited for the action to begin. A well-informed observer nudged his companion. “Those two guys,” he said, “have been here every single day.” (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams Mic'd at First Practice - Part 4

Go inside the Tar Heels' first basketball practice of the season as North Carolina head coach Roy Williams gets mic'd up in the final part of the series. Read More...

Barnstorming event cancelled for 2018, new tourney expected for Las Vegas

The barnstorming event put together by Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis for 2018 has been cancelled, multiple sources told FanRag Sports. The event was set to feature Michigan State, Florida, Texas, and North Carolina in three separate venues — New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Sources said that “logistical issues” prevented the event from happening. (Today's U)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 104
Western Carolina: 61
Wed, Dec 6 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Tennessee
Sun, Dec 17, 3:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Wofford
Wed, Dec 20, 9:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Ohio State
Sat, Dec 23, 1:30 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
Boston College1-08-3
(19) Florida State0-09-0
(7) North Carolina0-09-1
(6) Miami0-08-0
Virginia Tech0-08-1
(18) Notre Dame0-08-2
NC State0-08-2
(16) Virginia0-07-1
Wake Forest0-06-4
Georgia Tech0-04-4
(4) Duke0-111-1

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