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Tar Heels Open ACC Tournament Play On Thursday

UNC enters the ACC Tournament with a 26-6 overall record, 14-4 and first place in the ACC. The Tar Heels won the ACC regular-season championship for the 31st time (ACC record) and the 21st time outright (ACC record). Roy Williams led UNC to the ACC regular-season championship for the eighth time in 14 seasons. No other coach has won more than three in that time. (GoHeels.com)

UNC’s win over Duke brings business to Franklin Street bars

UNC fans rushed Franklin Street after the UNC men’s basketball team’s win over Duke Saturday. Along with their Carolina blue apparel and loud, cheering voices, they brought plenty of business to restaurants and bars along the street. “At 4 o’clock we had a line all the way down to close to the Varsity of people wanting to sit,” Sup Dogs manager Lindsey Ewing said. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC’s All-New York City team could play with anybody

For UNC, the ties to New York perhaps run deeper than any other ACC school. There's the connection to the city through Frank McGuire, who preceded Dean Smith. But then there are all the players, too, so many that it's possible to make a UNC all-star team, comprised only of natives of New York City or one of its boroughs (namely Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx). (Charlotte Observer)

Michael Jordan's private jet has dramatic Jordan Brand-themed paint job

Michael Jordan’s private jet used to be North Carolina-themed blue and white. That is no longer the case. Jordan made a change to his plane, the MJ G550, that sneaker heads will surely appreciate. The new paint job featured the “elephant print” from his signature Jordan Brand gear. The paint job even continued under the wings. (USA Today)

Tyler Hansbrough Returns to Indiana

The big news in Fort Wayne this week was the signing of Tyler Hansbrough. The Pacers drafted Hansbrough out of UNC with the 13th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. The 6-9 forward had not played this season before the D-League Mad Ants claimed him off waivers. Hansbrough appeared in two games for Fort Wayne last weekend, averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. (NBA.com)

Report: Kings’ Ty Lawson allegedly violates probation agreement in Denver

The Denver Probation Department is seeking a bench warrant for Kings guard Ty Lawson for allegedly violating his probation, TMZ Sports reported Tuesday. The team had no immediate comment on the report. The warrant would revoke the former Nugget’s probation from a 2015 drunken-driving case in Denver. (Sacramento Bee)

Video: Throwback chat with Bobby Gersten, UNC's oldest living basketball alumnus

Ethan Jordan interviews Bobby Gersten, the oldest living North Carolina Basketball alum. In this episode, Gersten discusses playing in the 1940s, facing Duke 18 times in basketball and baseball, and you may even get to see Gersten's victory dance. Read More...

Jay Bilas Interview: 'North Carolina is the Best Team'

Jay Bilas: I'm tempted to say their ceiling is the roof. But I do think that North Carolina is the best team. They've had some stumbles here and there where they haven't brought it. But once we get to the tournament, I favor them. That doesn't mean they're going to win. And it doesn't mean other teams aren't capable. But when they play their best, they're the best team. (Hero Sports)

Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige Reunited as Salt Lake City Teammates

Brice Johnson was assigned to the D-League Salt Lake City Stars on Tuesday, where he will be reunited with former UNC teammate Marcus Paige. Johnson has played only one game with the Clippers this season due to a herniated disc he suffered in October. Nevertheless, he will require some development before becoming an asset to the Clippers' talented rotation. (CBS Sports)

If it’s March, there must be madness

The fifteen-team league competing for the 2017 ACC Tournament Championship is a far cry from the league in 1954 when only 8 teams made up the conference. North Carolina won its first tournament in 1957. And UNC continued its winning ways as the NCAA Champion that year...the first North Carolina based team to do that since the formation of the ACC in 1953. (A View to Hugh)

A year after epic NCAA final, Marcus Paige and Ryan Arcidiacono cross paths in NBA D-League

Three hundred thirty-five days later, and back in Texas somehow, two young men had a mellow chat this past Sunday on a court in an arena that can seat 8,500 but wouldn’t. An NBA Development League game set to start, Salt Lake City Stars vs. Austin Spurs, and an audience trickled in, eventually inching past “sparse” but coming up shy of “packed.” (Washington Post)

Roy Williams Live: ACC Tournament Offers Tough Test

The depth of the ACC will be on display this week at the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, where top-seeded UNC will play a likely NCAA Tournament team in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Tar Heels will play the winner of Wednesday’s 8-9 matchup between Syracuse and Miami. Regardless of the opponent, Roy Williams’s team will likely encounter a zone defense. (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: Roy ACC Coach Of Year By Far!

Josh Pastner ACC Coach of the Year? You are kidding me? Roy Williams won the ACC outright for the second straight year. This season, his Tar Heels were picked third and won the league by two full games over Florida State, Notre Dame, Louisville and Duke. UNC also won by two games last year and Ol’ Roy didn’t win Coach of the Year in 2016 either. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: Best Of The Building

North Carolina won’t play in the Smith Center again this year. But before completely turning our attention to the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn and the rest of the postseason, a quick question: was this the best home season in the history of the Smith Center? It might have been. If you had season tickets to Carolina home games this year, consider what you saw: (GoHeels.com)

USBWA Honors Justin Jackson, Roy Williams

Justin Jackson is the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District III Player of the Year and Roy Williams is the Coach of the Year, the USBWA announced on Tuesday. Joel Berry II also is a member of the All-District III team. The USBWA released its 2016-17 Men's All-District Teams, based on voting from its national membership of 900-plus. (GoHeels.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Bahamas All Stars
Fri, Aug 17, 7:30 ET

UNC @ NPBA All Stars
Sun, Aug 19, 3:00 ET

UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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