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UNC JV basketball team mimics fast play of varsity counterparts

The UNC junior varsity basketball team faced off against Wake Tech Military Community College in its second game of the 2017 season. During UNC's 91-77 win, the Dean Dome's emptiness would be filled with head coach Hubert Davis’ screams: “Take a charge!” and “Get on the floor!” It’s clear how Davis likes his junior varsity team to play — hard and fast. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Roy's 800th Win

It was a big weekend for the Tar Heels, as Carolina beat ninth-ranked Florida State on Saturday and earned Roy Williams' 800th career win as a head coach on Monday night against Syracuse. Join Jones Angell and Adam Lucas on the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast as they break down the games and the celebration. (GoHeels.com)

Sports Illustrated writers make midseason picks for Final Four

The North Carolina Tar Heels are just working the underrated Theo Pinson back into their rotation after a long absence due to injury. Their offense has yet to hit its ceiling, and data has shown that Roy Williams teams historically play better in March than they do in January. They’re no longer ranked in the top 10, but I still think they can reach the Final Four. (Sports Illustrated)

Jordan Brand Honors Coach Roy Williams’ 800 Career Wins

Roy Williams’ celebrated his 800th career win Monday night with an 85-68 victory over Syracuse. To celebrate the occasion, Jordan Brand gifted the University of North Carolina head men’s basketball coach with a stained oak box laser engraved with the number 800 including an autographed pair of AJ1 pinnacle lows from Tar Heel legend Michael Jordan. (Nike)

The Pinson-Hicks Effect

After only playing together a couple of minutes during the NC State and Wake Forest games, Isaiah Hicks and Theo Pinson shared the court much more frequently against Florida State and Syracuse (averaging over 11 MPG together over those games). The eye test has indicated that the Pinson-Hicks chemistry has been strong. Let’s look inside the numbers. (The Secondary Break)

Foul-free Hicks explosive, aggressive against Syracuse

When Isaiah Hicks took entry passes Monday night, he might has well have been snatching batons during track-and-field relays because of what happened next. Syracuse saw an explosive Hicks who was in attack mode, immediately making either a quick move to the basket, firing up a short jump shot or unloading a touch pass. (Raleigh & Company)

Roy Williams hits hard-earned milestone, thanks players that made it worth it

Despite the hardships, as he reflected on his most recent milestone, Roy Williams was grateful. He got misty while watching former players praise him in a postgame video and teared up when thanking his wife Wanda and his high school coach Buddy Baldwin at his postgame news conference. But he saved his highest praise for the group he'd just guided on the floor. (Fayetteville Observer)

Chansky’s Notebook: Ode to Ol’ Roy

You can argue with his strategy or claim he is too stubborn to change his coaching philosophies. But Roy Williams has won nearly 80 percent of his games, including reaching eight Final Fours and winning two national championships. And he has been a loyal servant of UNC in the mold of his mentor, Dean Smith. That is not debatable. He loves us and we should love him in return. (Chapelboro.com)

Jim Boeheim on Roy Williams' 800th win: 'He's one of the very best basketball coaches'

On Monday, Roy Williams joined Jim Boeheim as the newest member of the very select 800-win fraternity. Only nine coaches have earned 800 Division I victories. Only three are active. "He's a great coach,'' Boeheim said. "He's one of the top coaches that has ever coached in college basketball. There is no debate about that. He doesn't need me to say that.'' (Syracuse.com)

North Carolina's Roy Williams relies on experience in reaching 800 wins

It's no secret that North Carolina hasn't signed the recruits it used to seemingly pluck from the top 10. It also doesn't matter. Roy Williams still reached 800 Division I wins in fewer seasons (29) than any other coach, including former UNC coach Dean Smith and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who shared the previous record at 33 seasons. (ESPN.com)

Isaiah Hicks living up to hype

Isaiah Hicks came into the 2016 season with a plethora of hype and now, the UNC senior is finally starting to play like the Isaiah Hicks everyone expected. The six-foot-nine forward led UNC with 20 points and eight rebounds in a career-high tying 30 minutes against Syracuse. It was the first time in his career he has scored 16 or more points in three straight games. (Carolina Blue)

Relentless Tar Heels secure No. 800 for Williams

Roy Williams was forced to relive some of his past because of a postgame tribute to recognize is latest milestone. The North Carolina coach was quick to look to the future as well. “When you get to 800 (career wins), not a lot of guys have done that,” he said after the Tar Heels pulled away for an 85-68 victory against Syracuse on Monday. “But I hope I get a few more.” (Burlington Times News)

Roy Williams Notches 800th Career Win as No. 9 UNC Pounds Syracuse 85-68

Two days after he deployed a never-before-seen small lineup to beat Florida State, UNC coach Roy Williams saw his team return to the style he’s known for on Monday against Syracuse. The Tar Heels pounded the ball inside against the Orange’s trademark 2-3 zone on the way to an 85-68 victory at the Dean Dome—a win that gave Williams 800 for his career. (Chapelboro.com)

Roy Williams's Rapid Climb to No. 800

Roy Williams celebrated his 800th win in the typical way that he celebrates such milestones, deferring first to his players, then to his assistants and finally to his wife, Wanda, and his high school coach, Buddy Baldwin. If his postgame comments seem familiar, it’s because he’s expressed similar gratitude over the years as he won game after game. (Inside Carolina)

On night when he leads UNC in scoring, Isaiah Hicks most proud of stat column that's empty

It wasn’t until after Monday night’s 85-68 victory against Syracuse had ended that North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks realized he’d played an entire game without being whistled for a foul. It figures, because when he’s out on the court, he said he tries not to think about things like that. Against the Orange, though, those fouls never came. (Fayetteville Observer)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 78
Syracuse: 74
Wed, Feb 21 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ ACC Tournament First Round
Tue, Mar 6, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Georgia Tech54
at #1 UVA65
Lammers (Georgia Tech) 22 pts; Jerome (UVA) 18 pts;
at #5 Duke82
Spalding (Louisville) 17 pts; Carter Jr (Duke) 18 pts;
#10 UNC78
at Syracuse74
Pinson (UNC) 23 pts; Battle (Syracuse) 26 pts;
#15 Clemson58
at Virginia Tech65
Reed (Clemson) 28 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 14 pts;
Wake Forest63
at Pitt57
Crawford (Wake Forest) 14 pts; Carr (Pitt) 11 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia14-124-2
(5) Duke11-423-5
(10) North Carolina11-522-7
(15) Clemson9-620-7
Virginia Tech9-619-8
NC State9-619-9
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Boston College6-917-12
Notre Dame6-916-12
Georgia Tech4-1111-17
Wake Forest4-1211-17

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