UNC’s Justin Jackson makes late push for ACC Player of the YearHere we are with Justin Jackson, who’s coming off three consecutive 20-point outings. The 6-8 forward isn’t interested in talking about possibly being voted the best player in the ACC, but he isn’t shying away from making statements with his play. Saturday was no exception: Jackson was the most dominant player on the court in UNC’s 85-67 thumping of Pitt. (FanRag Sports)
UNC-Pitt Postgame NotesNorth Carolina clinches at least a tie for its 31st ACC regular season championship, its eighth in 14 years under Roy Williams. ACC regular-season titles in the last 14 years: Roy Williams 8, Krzyzewski 3, Bennett 2, Leitao 1, Gary Williams 1, Larranaga 1. The Tar Heels are 25-5, 13-3 in ACC. That's 37 25-win seasons for UNC. (GoHeels.com)
ESPN analyst calls North Carolina title favoriteESPN analyst and former NBA player LaPhonso Ellis was breaking down North Carolina's highlights against Pittsburgh at halftime when he began raving about the Tar Heels' chances in March. "I love the depth and the balance of this North Carolina team," Ellis said. "I feel that they’re the most complete team in the nation, and my pick as No. 1 to win the national title." (Carolina Blue)
Marcus Paige living the D-League lifeMarcus Paige will be a free agent once this season ends. The Utah Jazz drafted him in the second round last year. Though he’s slight by pro standards at 6-feet and 164 pounds, he's averaged 34 minutes and has missed just one of his team’s 34 games while averaging 17 points over his last three. “The pro game has a lot more pick-and-roll and spacing,” Paige said. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
ESPN College GameDay Coming to Chapel Hill Again for UNC-DukeESPN College GameDay will end its regular season road show on the campus of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, on Saturday, March 4, in advance of the Saturday Primetime ACC matchup between No. 10 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina (ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET). College GameDay airs at 11 a.m. with an evening edition leading into the game telecast at 8 p.m. (GoHeels.com)
Chase for No. 1 seed in ACC Tournament reaches abrupt endThe ACC looked set for a drama-filled fight for the No. 1 seed for next month's tournament. And then, suddenly, eighth-ranked North Carolina claimed it. First the Tar Heels won at Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon, clinching at least a share of the regular-season title. A few hours later, they also had the top seed for the tournament in Brooklyn thanks to Duke's loss at Miami. (Associated Press)
Former Tar Heel center Neil Fingleton passes awayFormer North Carolina center Neil Fingleton passed away Saturday in his native Durham, England at the age of 36, according to multiple reports. Fingleton, who stood 7-foot-6, was a high school McDonald's All-American and spent two years at UNC before transferring to Holy Cross. After playing professionally in Spain, China, Italy, Greece and England, Fingleton turned his attention to acting. (Worcester Telegram)
Lucas: Doing Their ShareChronicling the nine baskets by Justin Jackson that led to his 23 points in Saturday’s win at Pittsburgh would be a basketball delight. He did it from the perimeter, scored in the midrange, and slammed home a ferocious dunk. But you’ll learn more about this year’s Tar Heels by looking at one of his two assists, and finding out how—and why—he threw that pass. (GoHeels.com)
Roy Williams has never quite gotten his due, but he's outdoing even himself at UNCRoy Williams is a Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer and has been since 2007. So it’s not like the North Carolina coach completely lacks respect. But he is underappreciated. And a reminder of that came Saturday when Williams secured at least a share of the ACC regular-season title via an 85-67 victory at Pitt. His Tar Heels are now 25-5 overall and 13-3 in the league. (CBS Sports)
UNC Expands, Dismantles Pitt's ZoneThe Tar Heels have encountered plenty of zone this season, but as Pitt found out in Saturday’s 85-67 Senior Day loss, their versatility in scoring from inside and out has a way of busting zones wide open. UNC shot shot 41.7 percent from 3-point range against the Panthers, knocking down 10-of-24 attempts. Justin Jackson’s blistering touch from deep torched Pitt. (Inside Carolina)
UNC clinches share of ACC title in one of best coaching jobs of Roy Williams' careerNorth Carolina knocked off Pitt on Saturday, clinching at least a share of the ACC regular season title. It’s the second straight season and the eighth time in 14 years that Roy Williams can make such a claim. For comparison, Mike Krzyzewski and Duke have won just three ACC regular season titles in those 14 years and they haven’t won one since 2010. (NBC Sports)
Video: UNC Players Post-Pitt InterviewsSeveral North Carolina basketball players spoke with reporters following the Tar Heels' 85-67 win at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Here are their video interviews: Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, Isaiah Hicks
UNC Whacks Pitt, Inches Closer to Outright ACC Regular Season TitleThe eighth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team came one step closer to repeating as ACC regular season champions on Saturday, going on the road and defeating the Pitt Panthers 85-67. Holding a two-game lead in the conference standings with two games to play, a single win guarantees an outright league title for head coach Roy Williams and company. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Pitt Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 85-67 road win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Video: Tar Heels Take Down Pitt, 85-67 - HighlightsNorth Carolina's Justin Jackson, Joel Berry and Kennedy Meeks combined for 60 points in a solid 85-67 ACC road win for the Tar Heels over Pitt on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
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